Excel Spreadsheet of Burials/Cremations

Georgina James made this Freedom of Information request to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please provide the following (where available):

An Excel spreadsheet of all burials and cremations in the following cemeteries:

Wood Green, Wednesbury
Heath Lane, Wednesbury
Fallingsheath, Wednesbury

Yours faithfully,

Georgina James

Sandwell MBC, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear - Georgina James,
Information Request - FS-Case-96309953
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. In response to your
request I can confirm the following:
In respect of Heath Lane and Fallings Heath Cemeteries, please find
attached information in the format requested. In respect of Woodgreen
cemetery, we do not hold the information in the format requested. However,
as the Council holds the information, you may want to consider viewing by
appointment the original registers for Wood Green cemetery which are held
at Sandwell Valley Crematorium. In the event, that it is you require the
information in the format requested for Woodgreen, to comply with your
request the time to do this would exceed the limit set by the Freedom of
Information Act, therefore on this occasion we will not be processing your
request further. The law allows us to decline to answer Freedom of
Information requests when we estimate it would cost us more than £450
(equivalent to 18 hours' worth of work, calculated at £25 per hour) to
identify, locate, extract, and then provide the information that has been
asked for. In this instance to provide you with the information in the
format requested, we would be required to transcribe 44,232 lines of
interments. This would likely take one minute per transcription onto an
excel spreadsheet, which would equate to almost 20 weeks work for one full
time employee. This task would therefore exceed the appropriate limit set
out in the Act, that is, in excess of 18 hours.
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