Fencing erected around Alderbourne Playing Fields

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Dear Buckinghamshire County Council,

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and with the help of the website WhatDoTheyKnow.com please note your response will be displayed on WhatDoTheyKnow.com

My first question is did the Council play any role whatsoever in the erection of fencing (which went up on August 15th without any notice) around Alderbourne Playing Fields, Denham ?

If the answer is no , then thankyou very much that would conclude this FOI request. If your answer is yes then I'm asking for more information. Please disclose all communications internal and external that led to the decisions that have been made around this . That includes communications that may be with the police and with contractors. Please also disclose any other paperwork or information in your possession that are in any way relevant to the erection of this fencing. Please disclose the original material that instigated this.

Thank you in advance

Yours faithfully,

Robert Smith

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Dear Buckinghamshire County Council,

I refer to my Freedom of Information request made on the 16th August titled "Fencing erected around Alderbourne Playing Fields" . I note that a response should have been recieved by the 16th September. Only an automated response has been recieved so far.

I look forward to your speedy response.

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Robert Smith

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Dear Buckinghamshire County Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Buckinghamshire County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Fencing erected around Alderbourne Playing Fields'.

I originally made this request in August and I have only ever recieved automated responses. I sent a follow up message on September 29th and recieved an automated response. I have not recieved a human generated response yet to this enquiry.

By law, public authorities must respond “promptly” to requests. And in any event within 20 working days. This enquiry is listed as 'long overdue'

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Robert Smith

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Dear Mr Smith

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS 2004 - INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for contacting Buckinghamshire County Council. Please accept our apologies for the delay in replying.

I can first confirm that the Council did play a role in the erection of the fencing around Alderbourne Playing Fields, Denham as set out below.

The Council was contacted by a local PCSO late in May of this year as the Police had been receiving complaints relating to anti-social behaviour in relation to individuals riding off-road motorcycles on both the Council’s land known as Alderbourne Field and also an adjacent field in third party ownership. Those concerned had been gaining entry to Alderbourne Field from a gap created in the boundary hedge located by the garage block in Priory Close.

A complaint was also made by a resident to the Environmental Health Department at South Bucks District Council (as referred to in the attached information).

Once the Council had been alerted to the situation, urgent action was deemed necessary both to ensure local residents did not continue to suffer undue disturbance from the unauthorised use and also as there was the risk of injury to the motorcyclists and any other persons accessing the field and the adjoining child’s play area.

Whilst the PCSO (as referred to in the attached information) had suggested the Parish Council could assist by erecting a temporary fence, a permanent solution was required. Therefore, once it had been ascertained that the fencing would not obstruct any existing public right of way and recognising that the field is not a public recreation area, it was agreed with the PCSO (at a site meeting held on the 5th June*, also involving the contractor) that closing the gap adjacent to Priory Close and installing additional fencing at Lindsey Road would be the appropriate solution. It was acknowledged that the erection of robust security fencing around the whole of the site would not be possible due to budgetary constraints but if access could be denied at the existing entry point which is largely concealed by the garages, offenders would only then be able to gain access via the public highway and the Police could then prosecute those concerned if deemed to be committing a traffic offence.

The configuration of fencing erected at the Lindsey Road entry point is such that it does not preclude access to the Parish Council’s playground where public access is permitted (this playground is situated on land leased to the Parish Council by the County Council).

* No minutes or notes were taken of this meeting by the Council but as set out we were looking at the most effective way to preclude unauthorised access from Priory Close and control access at the Lindsey Road access point.

As requested, please find attached copies of communications that led to the decision to erect fencing around Alderbourne Field.

Please note the following:

- Under Regulation 12(3), I have redacted the names/contact details of non-BCC staff and any 'non-senior' BCC staff as this is personal information that it would be unfair to disclose.
- There was a good deal of duplication of material, so where possible (and seeking to maintain the context of the correspondence) I have included the final email trails rather than each and every email in those trails. As you will see, some duplication remains.
- In terms of the part of your request for any information that is 'in any way relevant to the erection of this fencing', I am sorry, but we cannot assist on this basis as this is too general (Regulation 12(4)(c)), in that whether something is 'relevant' is a subjective matter.

We hope this is of help and if you have any further queries please do let us know.

We acknowledge that this response is late but if you have any other complaint about the handling of your request then please use the Council’s complaints procedure in the first instance by writing to:
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Regards

Neil Doling

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