Documents provided to Harcourt Street Developers - BAM Construction

Sheila Oliver made this Freedom of Information request to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

Waiting for an internal review by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council of their handling of this request.

Sheila Oliver

Dear Stockport Borough Council,

As I understand it there was a burst water pipe this week or last week at the Harcourt Street toxic site school development. United Utilities are going there today to test the drinking water for contamination, although as I understand it there is unlikely to have been drinking water contamination due to the high pressure at which the water would have come out. As I have repeatedly said, as have others, that the existence of the two large housing estates on the far side of the toxic waste site are being ignored, and have been declared vexatious for raising this issue, I would like to see the documents supplied to the developers regarding the water and sewage pipes across the site.

Should there be a drinking water contamination incident, I don't know whether United Utilities would seek to recover costs from the Council, but the Council's insurers do not have to cover reckless or illegal action and the councillors and council officers responsible for refusing to act on this information may find themselves personally financially liable for any costs.

I suggest the ban is removed; the Information Commission has said there are no grounds for it.

Kind regards


FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mrs Oliver,

I am writing in response to your request for information below (ref 3132).

As you have previously been informed, all your requests for information
about Harcourt Street are considered to be vexatious under section 14(1)
Freedom of Information Act 2000 and manifestly unreasonable under
Regulation 12(4)(b) Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and will
not receive a response. This decision has previously been through the
Council's internal review process and was upheld.

You are entitled to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office. To
do so, contact:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane




01625 545 745

Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven

Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Sheila Oliver

Dear Ms Naven

So you say, Ms Naven, so you say, although Francis Maude, Paymaster General, reiterated again this week in the Guardian that public authorities must be open and disclose data so they can be held to account.

Yours sincerely,

Sheila Oliver

Sheila Oliver (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

On 23 June 2010 the Leader of Stockport Council wrote to me stating: "The committed to continuing to increase the transparency of its activities."

In the light of this, would the Council please reconsider releasing all the information currently being kept secret on the school on the still gassing toxic waste dump?