Development Infrastructure Funding Study for Kingston

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Dear Greater London Authority,

Please can you send me the Development Infrastructure Funding Study for Kingston upon Thames (DIFS) or current draft thereof, together with data that gives the assumptions on which the Study is based and information that shows in full the assumptions used in the study. Please also send minutes of meetings in which the DIFS has been proposed, discussed or approved or mentioned in any way, together with the names of people participating in any such discussions or meetings or decisions.

I assert that you do not have the right under EIR 12 (4) to withhold any of the requested information on the basis that such information may be "incomplete, unresolved or otherwise undecided". I assert that such an exception fails the public interest test. Under Regulation 12(1)b of the EIR , it is stated that "the public authority can only withhold the information if, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in meeting the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information."

I assert that it is in the "greater good or benefit to the community" for any and all information that may affect the Council's ambitious growth plans for the Borough be made public, specifically given there is considerable doubt as to whether the council has a mandate for the growth being planned (Roy Thomson - Growth Committee discussion of Direction of Travel October 2016), given that the council only has authority from IPC Committee to pursue Opportunity Area status for Kingston Town (IPCC Committee 24/3/15) whilst it is pursuing Opportunity Area status for areas across the Borough, and given the complete secrecy with which discussions and plans are being formed with the GLA for growth in Kingston. In my opinion, the way in which growth policy is being developed and information withheld is undemocratic and harmful to public interest and there is no doubt that it is in the greater good and benefit of the community to receive details about how the Council's growth plans and associated infrastructure, may be funded. By withholding information, Kingston Council would be purposefully limiting public awareness of the potential for growth in the Borough, restricting public participation in environmental decisions and working to stop people from creating a better environment - all of which are counter to Directive 2003/4/EC. I assert also that the Council would not be justified to withhold the requested information because Regulation 12(2) of the EIR states that "a public authority shall apply a presumption in favour of disclosure" and the council has no justifiable reason not to presume in favour of such disclosure.

I also assert that disclosing the names of people who are acting in their professional capacity or expressing views of their organisations is not a disclosure that is exempt under the Data Protection Act or Regulation 13(1) of the EIR and that there is no basis on which to withhold the names of any person involved in any way in the DIFS.

Yours faithfully,

Caroline Scott

Greater London Authority

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Funding Study for Kingston

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Dear Caroline Scott

Thank you for your request for information which the GLA received on 6
December 2016. Your request has been dealt with under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

You asked for:

"The Development Infrastructure Funding Study for Kingston upon Thames
(DIFS) or current draft thereof, together with data that gives the
assumptions on which the Study is based and information that shows in full
the assumptions used in the study. Please also send minutes of meetings in
which the DIFS has been proposed, discussed or approved or mentioned in
any way, together with the names of people participating in any such
discussions or meetings or decisions".

Where possible DIF studies are produced for all opportunity areas. As such
the intension to carry out a DIF study for Kingston was added to page 40
of the Direction of Travel document consulted on in the summer. However
this works is not yet underway. As such there have been no meetings to
discuss the DIF study and no draft document or data to send you. The GLA
does not hold the information you have requested.

If you have any further questions relating to this matter, please contact
me, quoting the reference at the top of this email.

Yours sincerely

Kim Tagliarini
Principal Strategic Planner - Development & Projects

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Dear Greater London Authority,

Please can you send me the Development Infrastructure Funding Study for
Kingston upon Thames (DIFS) or current draft thereof, together with data
that gives the assumptions on which the Study is based and information
that shows in full the assumptions used in the study. Please also send
minutes of meetings in which the DIFS has been proposed, discussed or
approved or mentioned in any way, together with the names of people
participating in any such discussions or meetings or decisions.

I assert that you do not have the right under EIR 12 (4) to withhold any
of the requested information on the basis that such information may be
"incomplete, unresolved or otherwise undecided". I assert that such an
exception fails the public interest test. Under Regulation 12(1)b of the
EIR , it is stated that "the public authority can only withhold the
information if, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest
in meeting the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosing the
information. "

I assert that it is in the "greater good or benefit to the community" for
any and all information that may affect the Council's ambitious growth
plans for the Borough be made public, specifically given there is
considerable doubt as to whether the council has a mandate for the growth
being planned (Roy Thomson - Growth Committee discussion of Direction of
Travel October 2016), given that the council only has authority from IPC
Committee to pursue Opportunity Area status for Kingston Town (IPCC
Committee 24/3/15) whilst it is pursuing Opportunity Area status for areas
across the Borough, and given the complete secrecy with which discussions
and plans are being formed with the GLA for growth in Kingston. In my
opinion, the way in which growth policy is being developed and information
withheld is undemocratic and harmful to public interest and there is no
doubt that it is in the greater good and benefit of the community to
receive details about how the Council's growth plans a!
nd associated infrastructure, may be funded. By withholding information,
Kingston Council would be purposefully limiting public awareness of the
potential for growth in the Borough, restricting public participation in
environmental decisions and working to stop people from creating a better
environment - all of which are counter to Directive 2003/4/EC. I assert
also that the Council would not be justified to withhold the requested
information because Regulation 12(2) of the EIR states that "a public
authority shall apply a presumption in favour of disclosure" and the
council has no justifiable reason not to presume in favour of such
disclosure.

I also assert that disclosing the names of people who are acting in their
professional capacity or expressing views of their organisations is not a
disclosure that is exempt under the Data Protection Act or Regulation
13(1) of the EIR and that there is no basis on which to withhold the names
of any person involved in any way in the DIFS.

Yours faithfully,

Caroline Scott

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Dear Mayor of London,

Thank you for your reply. I note that no Development Infrastructure Funding Study for Kingston currently exists.

Please can you send me written information of whatever kind exists that shows how a statement came to be included on page 40 of the Direction of Travel document for Kingston upon Thames of the intention to conduct a Development Infrastructure Funding Study (DIFS) for the Borough. Such information should include the names of individuals representing the GLA and Kingston Council in whatever capacity who were involved at any stage in making the decision to include the statement of the intention to complete a DIFS in the Direction of Travel document. I would also like to receive written information that exists on the intended scope of said Development Infrastructure Funding Study for Kingston.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline Scott

Greater London Authority

    From: [FOI #375635 email]
    To: [Greater London Authority request email]
    Subject: RE: MGLA061216-5824 Freedom of Information request -
Development Infrastructure Funding Study for Kingston

Thank you for your interest in the work of the Mayor and the Greater
London Authority (GLA). We are keen to answer your query as quickly and
fully as possible. As you will appreciate, the Mayor receives a very large
amount of correspondence but the GLA is committed to responding to your
query within 20 working days.

 

Further information on our service standards, and where exceptions may be
applied, is available on our website at:

[1]http://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/contac...

 

Please note that the GLA will refer queries to the relevant Greater London
Authority (GLA) functional body for them to reply. For example, Transport
related queries will be passed on to Transport for London (TfL), queries
related to policing oversight will be forwarded to the Mayor’s Office for
Policing And Crime (MOPAC).

 

Thank you for taking the time to write to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

 

Yours sincerely,

Public Liaison Unit
[2]http://www.london.gov.uk/contact-us

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Mayor of London, Greater London Authority

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Dear Ms Scott

Please find attached our response to your request of 3 January, which is
copied below.

Yours sincerely

Ruth Phillips
Information Governance Officer

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Dear Mayor of London,

Thank you for your reply. I note that no Development Infrastructure
Funding Study for Kingston currently exists.

Please can you send me written information of whatever kind exists that
shows how a statement came to be included on page 40 of the Direction of
Travel document for Kingston upon Thames of the intention to conduct a
Development Infrastructure Funding Study (DIFS) for the Borough. Such
information should include the names of individuals representing the GLA
and Kingston Council in whatever capacity who were involved at any stage
in making the decision to include the statement of the intention to
complete a DIFS in the Direction of Travel document. I would also like to
receive written information that exists on the intended scope of said
Development Infrastructure Funding Study for Kingston.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline Scott

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