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

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough 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.

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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

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Katharine Quarmby,

 

Request for Information RFI-4484-22

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to Traveller sites in
hazardous or polluted locations which was received on 13 April 2022.

 

In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
the council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

If, for any reason, we cannot provide you with the information, we will
tell you why.

If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you again.

 

Update – Your Information Rights Requests and Coronavirus:

 

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This may mean that our usual processes for responding to requests for
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Yours sincerely,

Naiyar Sultana

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

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Dear Katharine Quarmby,

 

Request for Information RFI-4484-22

 

Further to your request for information about Traveller sites in hazardous
or polluted locations, received on 13 April 2022, I am writing to ask for
some further clarification of some aspects of your request.

 

In order for us to process your request as fully as possible could you
please provide the following information:

Do you require information about complaints arising from activities on the
site, from activities nearby that affect the site, or both.

The Freedom of information Act 2000 allows the council 20 working days in
which to respond to requests.  However, this “clock” stops should we need
to seek clarification in order to locate or identify relevant
information. 

 

As such, your request is now on hold until we receive the clarification
requested.

If you wish to proceed with this request please send your clarification to
us, quoting the above reference number.

 

Please note that if we have not received your clarification within 15
working days we will close your request.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Denise Gold

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [1]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Thank you for your email. I would like information from residents (or from residents via any local organisations or management raising issues). Sometimes some councils do not distinguish between complaints about sites from residents or outside, hence the question being wide. For example, if vermin were seen on or near the site, that could come from either an external observer or a resident. I hope this answers your question but do come back for further clarification if needed.

Yours faithfully,

Katharine Quarmby

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear  Katharine Quarmby

Thank you for your email.  I will be back in touch with you as soon as
possible.

Best wishes

Denise Gold

 Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation
 Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,
 Civic Centre,
 Darwall Street,
 Walsall, WS1 1DG

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Thank you for your email. I would like information from residents (or from
residents via any local organisations or management raising issues).
Sometimes some councils do not distinguish between complaints about sites
from residents or outside, hence the question being wide. For example, if
vermin were seen on or near the site, that could come from either an
external observer or a resident. I hope this answers your question but do
come back for further clarification if needed.

Yours faithfully,

Katharine Quarmby

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Dear Katharine Quarmby,

 

Freedom of Information Request RFI-4484-22

 

Further to your request for information about Traveller sites in hazardous
or polluted locations, 

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://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlo......
https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlo......

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.

I can tell you the following:

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.

 

Yes 2021 and 2022 (not formal complaints)

 

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

 

2021 – 2 vermin, 2022 – 2 vermin

 

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.

 

No

 

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.

N/A

 

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I hope that the information provided is useful to you. However, if you are
dissatisfied, you should set out in writing your grounds for complaint and
send to: Corporate Assurance Manager, Resources & Transformation, Civic
Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a decision.
Please remember that, generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you
have first exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
5AF. [1]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Yours sincerely,

Denise Gold

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [2]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

Website:  [3]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

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