Dear Haringey Borough Council,

From January 2019 to the present, how many cases of fly-tipping have been reported in Haringey?
From January 2019 to the present, how many convictions have there been from fly-tipping in Haringey?
From January 2019 to the present, how many fines have been issued over fly-tipping?
From January 2019 to the present, how many fixed term penalty notices have been issued over fly-tipping in Haringey?

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Mather

FOI, Haringey Borough Council



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Dear Ms Mather

 

Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations Request:
LBH/9320519

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 11 November 2019.

 

This information request will be dealt with in accordance with the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations and we
will send the response by 09 December 2019

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

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Alan Stanton left an annotation ()

Dear Rachel Mather,

I have been complaining about and making suggestions about rubbish dumping (so-called flytipping). So am pleased to see your F.o.I requests which - hopefully - will help establish an improved factual basis for policy decisions in Haringey.
It may also disseminate such factual information among the wider public.

But I was not pleased to see Haringey continuing to claim that its replies:
"are confidential, may be subject to legal privilege and are intended only for the person(s) or organisation(s) to whom this email is addressed. Any unauthorised use, retention, distribution, copying or disclosure is strictly prohibited."

I was a Haringey Councillor for sixteen years (1998-2014) and my recollection of advice from one of Haringey's senior lawyers was that Freedom of Information Act replies are in the public domain.

Linked to this, I was dismayed to see that Haringey is urging F.o.I. requesters to use Haringey's own form. Asking all of us "that in future
[we] fill in the request form [we] can find on our website."

Although they claim this is being done "to be more efficient", it is plain that what this might gain in efficiency, it will lose in effectiveness. Because the website What Do They Know is now a tried and trusted and independent online tool. As important - if not more so - it also enables anyone to search, research, copy, compare, communicate, and learn from the information Haringey and other public bodies supply.
It is a democratic tool which can build citizens' knowledge and participation.

Haringey's apparent attempt to restrict or discourage the use of What Do They Know appears to me to grossly misunderstand the website's aims and ethos ; and its value in making local bodies more open and accountable.

I would urge you to continue to use What Do They Know and also to disregard Haringey's claims to FoI replies as confidential and restricted.

Other than I being registered with What Do They Know, have no connection with the website or its "parent" Trust Dear Rachel Mather,

I have been complaining about and making suggestions about rubbish dumping (so-called flytipping). So am pleased to see your F.o.I requests which - hopefully - will help establish an improved factual basis for policy decisions.
It may also disseminate such factual information among wider public.

I was less pleased to see Haringey continuing to claim that its replies:
"are confidential, may be subject to legal privilege and are intended only for the person(s) or organisation(s) to whom this email is addressed. Any unauthorised use, retention, distribution, copying or disclosure is strictly prohibited."

I was a Haringey Councillor for sixteen years (1998-2014) and my recollection is of advice from one of Haringey's senior lawyers that Freedom of Information Act replies are in the public domain.

Linked to this, I was dismayed to see that Haringey is urging F.o.I. requesters to use Haringey's own form. Asking you all of us "that in future
[we] fill in the request form you can find on our website."

Although they claim this is being done "to be more efficient", it is plain that what - if anything - this may gain efficiency, it will lose in effectiveness. Because the website What Do They Know is now tried and trusted and independent online tool. As of not more important it also and also enables anyone to search, research, copy, compare communicate , and the information Haringey and other public bodies supply.

It is a democratic tool which can build citizen knowledge and participation.

Haringey's apparent attempt to restrict or discourage the use of What Do They Know appears to me to grossly misunderstand the website's aims and ethos ; and its value in making local bodies more open and accountable.

I would urge you to continue to use What Do They Know and also to disregard the claims to FoI replies as confidential and restricted.

Sincerely,

Alan Stanton

Clive Carter left an annotation ()

Dear Ms Mather

I wish to endorse all that Alan Stanton has said.
I was a Haringey Councillor from 2014-18 and in that time, made many Member Enquiries. Those are the equivalent of FoI requests from the public, the only difference being that they were supposed to be answered in 10 working days, rather than the 20 working days allowed for requests from the public.
Before and after my time as a Councillor, I have used this website to lodge requests. There are and remain, good reasons to do so.
I recently made an FoI request (about Fortismere School) and was disappointed to receive, for the first time, an auto-reply with the intended purpose of discouraging me from using this site. I will write to the Haringey Chief Executive about this. And if necessary, to the Office of the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely
Clive Carter

Kershaw Ian, Haringey Borough Council

Dear Ms Mather,

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request ref: LBH/9320519

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 11 November 2019,
in which you asked for the following:

 

From January 2019 to the present, how many cases of fly-tipping have been
reported in Haringey? From January 2019 to the present, how many
convictions have there been from fly-tipping in Haringey? From January
2019 to the present, how many fines have been issued over fly-tipping?
From January 2019 to the present, how many fixed term penalty notices have
been issued over fly-tipping in Haringey?

 

My response is as follows:

 

17,563 fly-tips have been reported since January 2019, resulting in 8
convictions and 128 fixed term penalty notices.

 

We also issue Fixed Penalty Notices for other waste offences such as
littering. In the period April to September we have issued 261 Fixed
Penalty Notices for waste offences.

 

This information is published on the national waste data flow website.
Convictions are cases that were resolved in Court. Fixed Penalty Notices
are issued by our Enforcement officers without Court action. Both
convictions and fixed penalty notices are considered fines. Fines are
issued either via Fixed Penalty Notice or conviction at Court hence
question 3 is left blank.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

Ian Kershaw

Commissioning & Client Manager (Community Safety, Enforcement and Waste)

 

Haringey Council

1^st Floor, River Park House, 225 High Road N22 8HQ

 

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