DOT ZEBRA funding and any conditions attached to it

Richard Parnham made this Freedom of Information request to Oxfordshire County Council

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Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council were recently successful in obtaining £32.8m of support to deliver 59 electric buses for the Oxford area under the ZEBRA funding scheme.

https://twitter.com/OxfordshireCC/status...

However, according to the managing director of one of the affected bus companies, the ZEBRA funding is conditional on the introduction of extremely contentious private vehicle restriction measures on several of Oxford's major arterial roads.

https://twitter.com/P_Southall_OBC/statu...

The private vehicle restriction measures are variously described as "traffic filters" or "bus gates" or, more accurately, "road blocks" to all private vehicles except buses. There is due to be a consultation on the pre-existing plans to introduce these road blocks during the summer, in a policy known as "Connecting Oxford". I (along with thosands of other car owners) live between two of the planned road blocks, and will be signficantly affected by them if implemented.

Both the existance of the funding, and the stated restrictions, are now in the public domain. However, there is confusion about who is the source of the conditionality of the funding, which I would like to resolve. Was the source of the conditionality the two Oxford councils (in their bid), the Department of Transport (as a condition of funding) - or is a policy decision taken by the bus company, and therefore not mandatory from a government perspective?

Therefore, please provide me with:
The DoT's evaluation of Oxfordshire County / City Council's ZEBRA bid. I am particularly interested in any evaluation comments regarding the scoring / weight given to the councils' pledge to introduce Connecting Oxford and / or traffic filters. If there was no evaluation / scoring / weighting given to Connecting Oxford / traffic filters, please state this also.

Any correspondence between Oxford City / Oxfordshire County Council and the Department of Transport regarding any conditions attached to the ZEBRA funding, with specific reference to the planned traffic filters / Connecting Oxford scheme. If there were no correspondence between the councils and the DoT, please state this also.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Parnham

FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

Our reference: 19689 EIR

                                                            

Dear Mr Parnham,

 

Thank you for your correspondence received on 29 March 2022 in which you
requested the following information:

 

The DoT's evaluation of Oxfordshire County / City Council's ZEBRA bid. I
am particularly interested in any evaluation comments regarding the
scoring / weight given to the councils' pledge to introduce Connecting
Oxford and / or traffic filters. If there was no evaluation / scoring /
weighting given to Connecting Oxford / traffic filters, please state this
also.

 

Any correspondence between Oxford City / Oxfordshire County Council and
the Department of Transport regarding any conditions attached to the ZEBRA
funding, with specific reference to the planned traffic filters /
Connecting Oxford scheme. If there were no correspondence between the
councils and the DoT, please state this also.

 

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means that the Council will respond to you by the end of 28 April 2022 at
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Your sincerely

 

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Oxfordshire County Council

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Our reference: 19689 EIR

 

Dear Mr Parnham,

 

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Our reference: 19689 EIR

 

Dear Mr Parnham,

 

Thank you for your request of 28 March 2022 in which you asked for the
following information.  Please find our response below in bold:

 

• The DoT's evaluation of Oxfordshire County / City Council's ZEBRA bid.
I am particularly interested in any evaluation comments regarding the
scoring / weight given to the councils' pledge to introduce Connecting
Oxford and / or traffic filters. If there was no evaluation / scoring
/ weighting given to Connecting Oxford / traffic filters, please state
this also.

 

Ernst & Young, on behalf of the Department for Transport, provided some
initial feedback on the Council’s business case development in October
2021 and a copy of this is attached. No feedback has been received on the
final business case itself.

 

• Any correspondence between Oxford City / Oxfordshire County Council
and the Department of Transport regarding any conditions attached to
the ZEBRA funding, with specific reference to the planned traffic
filters / Connecting Oxford scheme. If there were no correspondence
between the councils and the DoT, please state this also.

 

Please find attached copies of the Council’s correspondence with the
Department for Transport on the issue of conditions related to the ZEBRA
funding.

 

The Council has redacted the following information from the disclosure:

 

The names, addresses and contact details of some third parties who are not
Council staff.

 

The Council considers that this information is exempt from disclosure
under regulation13 of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 
Regulation 13 provides that information shall not be disclosed where it
constitutes the personal data of someone other than the applicant and that
disclosure would satisfy one of the following three conditions:

 

 1. disclosure would contravene any of the data protection principles, or
would do so if the exemptions in section 24(1) of the Data Protection
Act 2018 (manual unstructured data held by public authorities) were
disregarded or,
 2. disclosure would contravene Article 21 of the GDPR (general
processing: right to object to processing), or section 99 of the Data
Protection Act 2018 (intelligence services processing: right to object
to processing).
 3. on a request under Article 15(1) of the GDPR (general processing:
right of access by the data subject) for access to personal data, the
information would be withheld in reliance on provision made by or
under section 15, 16 or 26 of, or Schedule 2, 3 or 4 to, the Data
Protection Act 2018, on a request under section 45(1)(b) of that Act
(law enforcement processing: right of access by the data subject), the
information would be withheld in reliance on subsection (4) of that
section, or on a request under section 94(1)(b) of that Act
(intelligence services processing: rights of access by the data
subject), the information would be withheld in reliance on a provision
of Chapter 6 of Part 4 of that Act.

 

In this case, the relevant condition is the first condition. 
Specifically, the council considers that the first data protection
principle would be breached; namely, that disclosure of the redacted
information would not be fair for the following reasons:

 

 1. The reasonable expectations of the data subjects and the nature of the
information itself leads the Council to conclude that the data
subjects could not reasonably expect that this information would be
disclosed;
 2. Neither this, nor similar information has been released into the
public domain by the data subjects or anyone else; and
 3. That the legitimate interests in the public having access to this
information do not outweigh the interests in preserving the rights and
freedoms of the data subjects.

 

In reaching this decision, the Council noted that the following
consequences may occur if this information was disclosed:

 

 1. The data subject would not expect this information to be released.

 

In light of the above, the Council considers it justified to uphold this
exemption by applying redactions to the disclosure.

 

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Joanne Fellows

Growth Manager – Central

Environment and Place

Oxfordshire County Council

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