Edinburgh Council - lack of traffic assessment - SPSO decision summary does not properly reflect report

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Dear Scottish Public Services Ombudsman,

Edinburgh Council - lack of traffic assessment for stadium and not following government guidance.

I refer to the case that was investigated which involved a large Stadium and retail development at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh for which no traffic assessment was done. I have been given information on the full original report and it seems that the summary report published on your site plays down the Ombudsman's findings and the admissions in the report which are quite clear that a full transport assessment should have been done the original report reference number is 201204998 but I am sure you will have no difficulty finding this case and report.

I and many people in the community of Stockbridge are concerned about this. In view of these concerns I ask that you supply to me, with a full copy of the pdf report so that I, and the public, can see the full report and not the rather odd summary that is on your web page.

I also ask for all email and correspondence to and from the SPSO and Edinburgh Council which discusses the findings of the decision and any matters relating to it.

The fact that a council has ignored Scottish Government guidance on traffic assessments affecting a large area of the Capital City and that this report took almost a year to complete would suggest to any right minded person that it should have been classed as a full investigation report which should have been reported to the Scottish Parliament, not a decision report. I ask for all SPSO correspondence that discussed how this report was to be classified. I would appreciate it if there is an explanation somewhere as to why the SPSO did not think that this matter was important enough to draw to the attention of ministers when more minor matters are routinely drawn to their attention in investigation reports.

A link to the news article concerning this case is below:

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/ne...

Yours faithfully,

Bruce Thompson

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Dear Mr Thompson

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Your sincerely

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Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
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Dear Scottish Public Services Ombudsman,

You have asked for my address, it is as follows:

7 Comely Bank Place
Edinburgh
EH4 1DT

Please proceed with all aspects of my request, including providing me with the original report in pdf form.

Yours faithfully,

Bruce Thompson

Dear Scottish Public Services Ombudsman,

I received your letter dated 13th of May 2015, which refuses to release a full copy of the decision report on a missing traffic assessment for a major project in the centre of Edinburgh. I accept that investigations are conducted in private but you findings on what a public body has done should be a public document. The SPSO Investigation Reports are published in full and have all the details and findings of the case. There is no reason why Decision Reports should be any different. The summary that is published for Decision Reports is done to reduce paperwork and volume when presenting the work of the SPSO to the Scottish parliament, it should not be used a means of obstructed and obscuring the actual decision report which should be easily available to the public. Please confirm whether you think that Decision Reports should be secret and not disclosed whilst Investigation Reports are published in full; this is appears to be what you are saying in your letter of 13 May 2015. I am surprised at this letter and the view expressed that the SPSO can refuse to provide Decision Reports, the SPSO states that it has values of openness, thoroughness and transparency, so why would the SPSO be embarrassed by its own final reports?

This is now a very important matter, and I believe that the public have a right to know whether people will ever see the decision reports made on their complaints or whether the report will be open to losing it's meaning when it is condensed into a summary (which is not even seen by the affected person) and published by the SPSO as a matter of no importance.

In view of the above and the importance of access to full decision reports, I now ask you to conduct a review of your refusal and your non-disclosure for decision reports.

I would appreciate it if a pdf copy of the decision report could now be provided in pdf form. I would prefer if you could provide an email response on this web site because the non-disclosure of all decision reports will greatly concern the wider public.

Yours faithfully,

Bruce Thompson

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

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Dear Mr Thompson

Please find attached acknowledgement of your request for a review of our
decision dated 13 May 2015.

Yours sincerely

Ellie Robertson
Corporate Information Governance Officer
Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
4 Melville Street
Edinburgh
EH3 7NS

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
4 Melville Street Edinburgh EH3 7NS
tel 0800 377 7330 fax 0800 377 7331
web [1]http://www.spso.org.uk

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Thank you for your response and notification that the matter is now being reviewed. To assist, I have corrected a couple of typos in my letter requesting the review see below:

Dear Scottish Public Services Ombudsman,

I received your letter dated 13th of May 2015, which refuses to
release a full copy of the decision report on a missing traffic
assessment for a major project in the centre of Edinburgh. I accept
that investigations are conducted in private but your findings on
what a public body has done should be a public document. The SPSO
Investigation Reports are published in full and have all the
details and findings of the case. There is no reason why Decision
Reports should be any different. The summary that is published for
Decision Reports is done to reduce paperwork and volume when
presenting the work of the SPSO to the Scottish parliament, it
should not be used a means of obstructing and obscuring the actual
decision report which should be easily available to the public.
Please confirm whether you think that Decision Reports should be
secret and not disclosed whilst Investigation Reports are published
in full; this appears to be what you are saying in your letter
of 13 May 2015. I am surprised at this letter and the view
expressed that the SPSO can refuse to provide Decision Reports, the
SPSO states that it has values of openness, thoroughness and
transparency, so why would the SPSO be embarrassed by its own final
reports?

This is now a very important matter, and I believe that the public
have a right to know whether people will ever see the decision
reports made on their complaints or whether the report will be open
to losing it's meaning when it is condensed into a summary (which
is not even seen by the affected person) and published by the SPSO
as a matter of no importance.

In view of the above and the importance of access to full decision
reports, I now ask you to conduct a review of your refusal and your
non-disclosure for decision reports.

I would appreciate it if a pdf copy of the decision report could
now be provided in pdf form. I would prefer if you could provide an
email response on this web site because the non-disclosure of all
decision reports will greatly concern the wider public.

Yours faithfully,

Bruce Thompson

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