Environmental information relating to any concerns raised about the location of Traveller sites in hazardous or polluted locations

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Dear Plymouth City Council,

Please could you provide the following information on socially rented Traveller sites in your local authority area for the five full calendar years between 2017 and 2021. This includes all sites owned and managed by the local authority or by a housing association, but not private sites. For any 'yes' answers, please specify in your answer which site the answer refers to, e.g. 'Mary Street, Bradford', or 'Esholt Site, Bradford'.

For the purposes of this request, this is made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

For more information: https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio... https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui...

If you are unable to provide five years of information within the FOI/EIR cost limits, please prioritise 2021 and work backwards in reverse chronological order.

1a. Have you received any environmental complaints from residents or other parties, including council officers, between 2017 and 2021? Please respond with a 'Yes' or 'No' answer for each of the five years.

1b. For any 'Yes' answers, please list how many complaints you received by type for each calendar year. For example: 2017 - Total: 18 - 8 complaints for vermin, 2 from odour from refuse dump, 1 for noise, 3 for insects, 1 for dust, 2 for air pollution, 1 for flooding etc

2a. Between 2017 and 2021, has the council measured air or noise pollution, or taken soil samples to test for contamination? Please respond with a 'Yes' or 'No' answer for each of the five years for air, soil and noise separately. For example: 2017 - Noise pollution - Yes; Soil - No; Air pollution - Yes.

2b. For any 'Yes' answers, please state whether or not pollution or contamination exceeded legal or recommended levels, or was higher than the local authority area average on the site at any point through each year. Please give as much detail as you can, such as the month the breach occurred. For example: 2017 - Noise pollution exceeded legal or recommended levels in March; air pollution exceeded legal level.

Yours faithfully,

Katharine Quarmby

FOI People, Plymouth City Council

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Katharine

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference: 937617

 

Thank you for your request for information about environmental
information. Your request was received on 13 April 2022 and is being dealt
with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

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Yours sincerely

Jim

 

James Guy
FOI Representative  
People Directorate
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House

West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Katharine

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference: 937617

Environmental Information

 

Following our email of 25 April 2022, I can confirm that the Council does
hold the information you requested. Please see the attached/enclosed
response to your request.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Matthew Garrett
Service Director (Community Connections)

Community Connections
Plymouth City Council
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Plymouth
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Dear FOI People,

Thank you for the response. As my request stated, please can you provide the site (s) name to which the complaints refer.

Yours sincerely,

Katharine Quarmby

FOI People, Plymouth City Council

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Katharine

 

Thank you for your e-mail and apologies for not including the information
regarding the site names into our response.

 

Please be advised that all of the complaints mentioned relate to Bayview
Caravan Site, Plymouth.

 

I have amended and attached our response.

 

I trust that this is satisfactory but look forward to being of further
assistance, should you need it.

 

Best regards

Jim

 

James Guy
FOI Representative  
People Directorate
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House

West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

T +441752398500
E [1][email address]

[2]www.plymouth.gov.uk

 

 

 

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