Fenland DC and CCC meeting

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Dear Cambridgeshire County Council

I understand that Cambs County Council met with Fenland DC last year in a joint meeting with Frimstone to discuss a possible large waste incinerator at Wisbech.

Please could you tell me the following-

1. What was the reason for Cambridge County Council attending this meeting?
2. What was discussed? Are minutes publically available ? (Please include a copy if possible)
3. Who from county council attended ? And who from FDC attended?
4. How many of these joint (Frimstone, CCC and FDC) meetings have there been since and including last year ? What was discussed and are there minutes?
5. When do you anticipate Frimstone will submit an application?

Yours faithfully,

Jude Sutton

FOI, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Jude

Re: Freedom of Information Request ref 8865

Your request will be dealt with in line with the Freedom of Information Act and its regulations. In accordance with the Act, the Council aims to respond to all requests within 20 working days; ie by 23rd April.

Should we require further information, clarification or a fee in order to fulfil your request we will contact you again. Please quote the reference number above in all future correspondence concerning this request.

Yours sincerely,

David Price
Business Intelligence Team – Information and Records
Tel. 01223 743881, Email: [Cambridgeshire County Council request email]
Box No. OCT1224, Cambridgeshire County Council, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP

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Panesar Charanjit, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Jude,

 

FOI 8865 – Wisbech Waste Incinerator

I am writing with reference to your FOI request received on 22^nd March
2018 regarding Wisbech Waste Incinerator. We have considered your request
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act and our response is
below.

 

FOI Request

Dear Cambridgeshire County Council

 

I understand that Cambs County Council met with Fenland DC last year in a
joint meeting with Frimstone to discuss a possible large waste incinerator
at Wisbech.

 

Please could you tell me the following-

 

1. What was the reason for Cambridge County Council attending this
meeting?

2. What was discussed? Are minutes publically available ? (Please include
a copy if possible) 3. Who from county council attended ? And who from FDC
attended?

4. How many of these joint (Frimstone, CCC and FDC) meetings have there
been since and including last year ? What was discussed and are there
minutes?

5. When do you anticipate Frimstone will submit an application?

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Jude Sutton

 

Questions/ Responses

          1. What was the reason for Cambridge County Council attending
this meeting?

 

Cambridgeshire County Council's Business Manager for County Planning,
Minerals and Waste (Miss Emma Fitch) was invited to the Frimstone meeting
by Fenland District Council officers, to ensure that someone was on hand
to ensure that any specialised waste matters could be verified and the
process understood. It was on this request alone that Miss Fitch attended
the meeting on 3 February 2017.

 

2. What was discussed? Are minutes publically available ? (Please include
a copy if possible)

 

Miss Fitch has confirmed that minutes were not produced and published by
Fenland District Council to her knowledge. But she has confirmed that the
following matters were discussed during the meeting on 3 February 2017:

 

(a) Who was behind the proposal;

(b) What the proposal was likely to entail;

(c) The team that would produce the planning application;

(d) The proposed site;

(e) The potential benefits and wider considerations; and

(f) Next steps and actions for the company to undertake.

 

3. Who from county council attended ? And who from FDC attended?

 

As noted above, the only County Council officer present at the Fenland
District Council Frimstone meeting was Miss Emma Fitch. The Fenland
District Council officers present were as follows:

 

(a) Mr Gary Garford;

(b) Mr Nick Harding;

(c) Ms Wendy Otter;

(d) Mr Steve Bass; and

(e) Mr Justin Wingfield.

 

4. How many of these joint (Frimstone, CCC and FDC) meetings have there
been since and including last year ? What was discussed and are there
minutes?

 

No other meetings have taken place with Fenland District Council to our
knowledge. As such, there are no minutes or discussions matters to note.

 

5. When do you anticipate Frimstone will submit an application?

 

This is unknown.

 

I hope this information is helpful but if you are unhappy with the service
you have received in relation to your request, please let me know.

 

Should you wish to make a formal complaint or request a review, you should
write to Information Management Team, at either
[1][Cambridgeshire County Council request email] or by post at Box OCT1224, Shire Hall,
Cambridge CB3 0AP within 40 days of the date of this e-mail.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, or via their website: [2]https://ico.org.uk/.

 

Generally, the ICO will not undertake a review or make a decision on a
request until the internal review process has been completed.

 

Regards

 

Charan Panesar

Business Development Officer

Policy and Business Development Team

Place & Economy, Cambridgeshire County Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Panesar Charanjit,

Thank you very much

Please could you clarify information regarding your response to question 3. Specifically:

(a) Who was behind the proposal;

(b) What the proposal was likely to entail;

(c) The team that would produce the planning application;

(d) The proposed site;

(e) The potential benefits and wider considerations; and

(f) Next steps and actions for the company to undertake.

Yours sincerely,

Jude Sutton

Panesar Charanjit, Cambridgeshire County Council

Good Afternoon Jude,

Thank you for your emailed dated 10/04/18. Please note that we have logged your request for further information as a new FOI request. This will be acknowledged in a separate email with a response date.

Regards

Charan Panesar
Business Development Officer
Place & Economy, Cambridgeshire County Council

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FOI, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Jude

Re: Freedom of Information Request ref 8940

Your request will be dealt with in line with the Freedom of Information
Act and its regulations. In accordance with the Act, the Council aims to
respond to all requests within 20 working days; ie by 9^th May 2018.

 

Please note that your request appears to refer to our response to question
2 rather than question 3 as stated in your email.  If you feel this to be
incorrect, please advise accordingly. 

 
Should we require further information, clarification or a fee in order to
fulfil your request we will contact you again. Please quote the reference
number above in all future correspondence concerning this request.

Yours sincerely,

 

Business Intelligence Team – Information and Records

Email: [1][Cambridgeshire County Council request email]

Box No. OCT1224, Cambridgeshire County Council, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3
0AP

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Panesar Charanjit, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Jude,

 

FOI 8940 – Wisbech Waste Incinerator follow on questions from FOI 8865

I am writing with reference to your FOI request received on 10^th April
2018 regarding Wisbech Waste Incinerator follow on questions from FOI
8865. We have considered your request under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act and our response is below.

 

FOI 8940 Request follow on questions from FOI 8865

            Dear Panesar Charanjit,

 

Thank you very much

 

Please could you clarify information regarding your response to question
3. Specifically:

(a) Who was behind the proposal;

(b) What the proposal was likely to entail;

(c) The team that would produce the planning application;

(d) The proposed site;

(e) The potential benefits and wider considerations; and

(f) Next steps and actions for the company to undertake.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jude Sutton

 

FOI Response to follow on questions from FOI 8865

Please note that we have clarified information regarding our response to
question 2 in FOI 8865 not 3 as per the above request in FOI 8940. The
reason for this is that question 3 was fully answered in the previous FOI
response.

 

As explained in our previous response, the meeting was held by Fenland
District Council and no formal published minutes were produced by them.

The information we hold are some officer notes that Miss Emma Fitch made
at the meeting and they relate to the information Frimstone discussed.  It
is therefore Frimstone's commercial information and we are obliged to
consider the commercial confidentiality of that information in respect of
whether we can disclose it. 

The information is exempt from disclosure under Regulation 12(5)(e) of the
Environmental Information Regulations: disclosure would adversely affect
"the confidentiality of commercial or industrial information where such
confidentiality is provided by law to protect a legitimate economic
interest".

The matter is a potential commercial venture of a private company. We have
to respect the commercial confidentiality of information they share as any
details we disclose are considered to be placed into the public domain and
therefore would be available to competitors of Frimstone.  Such potential
ideas ultimately relate to their business plans for the coming years, how
they are considering potential new ventures and where they decide to take
an interest forward into a formal planning application or not.  This is
inherently commercially sensitive information that a company simply would
not share with councils if they believed it could be disclosed into the
public domain in a way that would prejudice their commercial interests.

There clearly is a public interest in transparency around potential waste
incinerator plans and this is why there is an established democratic
process through full information about a planning application is made
available and any interested party is able to make representations about
it. If Frimstone decide to submit an application then they will do so with
the full knowledge and understanding of the planning application process
and the information they submit being available for public inspection.

As noted, at this stage, a planning application has not been submitted to
Cambridgeshire County Council and a company understandably would not
expect a council to disclose internal notes containing commercial
information in this situation.
Taking a different approach would have a significantly detrimental impact
on companies being willing to engage with councils which would not be in
the public interest as this would lead to companies not considering
potential ideas that may be of benefit to the local community, or
companies submitting application (and councils investing resource in
considering them) that have little prospect of being approved.

 

FOI 8865 Response

 

Dear Jude,

 

FOI 8865 – Wisbech Waste Incinerator

 

I am writing with reference to your FOI request received on 22^nd March

2018 regarding Wisbech Waste Incinerator. We have considered your request 
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act and our response is 
below.

 

 FOI Request

 

Dear Cambridgeshire County Council

I understand that Cambs County Council met with Fenland DC last year in a 
joint meeting with Frimstone to discuss a possible large waste
incinerator  at Wisbech.

 

Please could you tell me the following-

1. What was the reason for Cambridge County Council attending this 
meeting?

2. What was discussed? Are minutes publically available ? (Please include 
a copy if possible)

3. Who from county council attended ? And who from FDC  attended?

4. How many of these joint (Frimstone, CCC and FDC) meetings have there 
been since and including last year ? What was discussed and are there 
minutes?

5. When do you anticipate Frimstone will submit an application?

 

Yours faithfully,

Jude Sutton

 

Questions/ Responses

 

1. What was the reason for Cambridge County Council attending  this
meeting?

Cambridgeshire County Council's Business Manager for County Planning, 
Minerals and Waste (Miss Emma Fitch) was invited to the Frimstone meeting 
by Fenland District Council officers, to ensure that someone was on hand 
to ensure that any specialised waste matters could be verified and the 
process understood. It was on this request alone that Miss Fitch attended 
the meeting on 3 February 2017.

 

2. What was discussed? Are minutes publically available ? (Please include 
a copy if possible)

                       Miss Fitch has confirmed that minutes were not
produced and published by  Fenland District Council to her knowledge. But
she has confirmed that the  following matters were discussed during the
meeting on 3 February 2017:

                        (a) Who was behind the proposal;

(b) What the proposal was likely to entail;

(c) The team that would produce the planning application;

(d) The proposed site;

                       (e) The potential benefits and wider
considerations; and

                       (f) Next steps and actions for the company to
undertake.

 

3. Who from county council attended ? And who from FDC attended?

            As noted above, the only County Council officer present at the
Fenland  District Council Frimstone meeting was Miss Emma Fitch. The
Fenland  District Council officers present were as follows:

                       (a) Mr Gary Garford;

(b) Mr Nick Harding;

                       (c) Ms Wendy Otter;

(d) Mr Steve Bass; and

(e) Mr Justin Wingfield.

 

4. How many of these joint (Frimstone, CCC and FDC) meetings have there 
been since and including last year ? What was discussed and are there 
minutes?

           No other meetings have taken place with Fenland District
Council to our  knowledge. As such, there are no minutes or discussions
matters to note.

 

5. When do you anticipate Frimstone will submit an application?

This is unknown.

 

I hope this information is helpful but if you are unhappy with the service
you have received in relation to your request, please let me know.

 

Should you wish to make a formal complaint or request a review, you should
write to Information Management Team, at either
[1][Cambridgeshire County Council request email] or by post at Box OCT1224, Shire Hall,
Cambridge CB3 0AP within 40 days of the date of this e-mail.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, or via their website: [2]https://ico.org.uk/.

 

Generally, the ICO will not undertake a review or make a decision on a
request until the internal review process has been completed.

 

Regards

 

Charan Panesar

Business Development Officer

Policy and Business Development Team

Place & Economy, Cambridgeshire County Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The information in this email is confidential and may be legally
privileged. It is intended solely for the addressee. If you receive this
email by mistake please notify the sender and delete it immediately.
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