General Gordon Square fencing

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Darryl Chamberlain

Dear Greenwich Borough Council,

Could you please send me:

a) The written advice/assessment from the Metropolitan Police that led to General Gordon Square being fenced off between October 24 and November 7 this year.

b) The written authorisation from the cabinet member for community safety and enforcement to fence off General Gordon Square. If this is not available, please send me the written authorisation from whoever acted in her place.

c) The legal and equalities assessments carried out before the square was closed. If these do not exist, please say so.

d) Please send me invoices for the fencing off of General Gordon Square and details of the total cost.

Yours faithfully,

Darryl Chamberlain

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Chamberlain

Freedom of Information request: FOI-70391

Thank you for your request dated 17 November 2022

Your request will be answered by 15 December 2022.

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

David White
Head of Information, Safety and Community Services
Directorate of Communities, Environment and Central
Royal Borough of Greenwich

 3rd Floor, The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London, SE18 6HQ
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Chamberlain

 

Environmental Information Regulations request: EIR-70391

 

Further to my email below, I am writing to confirm that, in line with
Regulation 7(1) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, we are
seeking to extend the amount of time available to process your request. 
Where a request is made under regulation 5, the public authority may
extend the period of 20 working days referred to in the provisions in
paragraph (2) to 40 working days if it reasonably believes that the
complexity and volume of the information requested means that it is
impracticable either to comply with the request within the earlier period
or to make  a decision to refuse to do so.

 

We apologise for the delay to your response and aim to respond as soon as
possible to your request, but by 17^th January 2023 at the latest.

 

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David White

Head of Information, Safety and Community Services

Directorate of Communities, Environment & Central

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

*   3^rd Floor, The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London, SE18
6HQ

8[1]www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

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foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Chamberlain

 

Environmental Information Regulations request: EIR-70391

 

We apologise for the continued delay in providing the response to your
Environmental Information Regulations request.  We do remain committed to
responding to your request and will respond as soon as we are able to do
so.

 

Yours sincerely,

The Freedom of Information Team

Information, Safety & Communities

Directorate of Communities, Environment & Central

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

*   3^rd Floor, The Woolwich Centre, Wellington Street, London, SE18 6HQ

8 [1]www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

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From: foi <[Greenwich Borough Council request email]>
Sent: 14 December 2022 13:54
To: 'Darryl Chamberlain' <[FOI #921956 email]>
Cc: foi <[Greenwich Borough Council request email]>
Subject: FOI-70391: Freedom of Information request - General Gordon Square
fencing

 

Dear Mr Chamberlain

 

Environmental Information Regulations request: EIR-70391

 

Further to my email below, I am writing to confirm that, in line with
Regulation 7(1) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, we are
seeking to extend the amount of time available to process your request. 
Where a request is made under regulation 5, the public authority may
extend the period of 20 working days referred to in the provisions in
paragraph (2) to 40 working days if it reasonably believes that the
complexity and volume of the information requested means that it is
impracticable either to comply with the request within the earlier period
or to make  a decision to refuse to do so.

 

We apologise for the delay to your response and aim to respond as soon as
possible to your request, but by 17^th January 2023 at the latest.

 

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David White

Head of Information, Safety and Community Services

Directorate of Communities, Environment & Central

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

*   3^rd Floor, The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London, SE18
6HQ

8[2]www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

ü Please consider the environment before printing this email

 

 

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Darryl Chamberlain

Dear Greenwich Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Greenwich Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'General Gordon Square fencing'.

It is nearly 12 weeks since I submitted this simple request. By law, under all circumstances, Greenwich Council should have responded by now. I would like an internal review of how this has been handled.

Yours faithfully,

Darryl Chamberlain

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Chamberlain,

Environmental Information Regulations request:

Thank you for your request for an Internal Review. Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your request.

I note your request for an Internal Review. However, under the Freedom of Information Act, we are unable to undertake an Internal Review where a response has not yet been provided. The Directorate whose responsibility it is in providing this response has been reminded to expediate the final response as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

David White
Head of Information, Safety and Community Services
Directorate of Communities, Environment & Central
Royal Borough of Greenwich

 3rd Floor, The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London, SE18 6HQ
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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foi, Greenwich Borough Council

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Dear Mr Chamberlain

 

Freedom of Information request:  EIR-70391

 

Thank you for your request dated 17 November 2022.  Please accept our
apologies for the delay in responding.

 

Our response is as follows:

 

a) The written advice/assessment from the Metropolitan Police that led to
General Gordon Square being fenced off between October 24 and November 7
this year.

 

This was discussed and agreed verbally. We do not hold written
confirmation.

 

b) The written authorisation from the cabinet member for community safety
and enforcement to fence off General Gordon Square. If this is not
available, please send me the written authorisation from whoever acted in
her place.

 

This was an operational decision taken in the interests of public safety
and as such did not require authorisation from the Cabinet Member for
Community Safety.

Please see email indicating support for the decision. Regarding the
redacted parts in the email, please note:

Section 40(2) of the FOIA provides that information is exempt from
disclosure if it constitutes personal data and either the first or the
second condition in section 40(3) is satisfied.  The first condition in
section 40(3) states that the disclosure of personal data would (i)
contravene any of the data protection principles, or (ii) section 10 of
the DPA.  The Council considers disclosing the withheld information would
breach the Data Protection Act 2018.  Disclosure would be unfair and would
breach the first data protection principle. 

 

Personal data is defined in section 1(1) of the DPA 2018 as: -

 

“data which relate to a living individual who can be identified from those
data, and other information which is in the possession of, or is likely to
come into the possession of, the data controller, and includes any
expression of opinion about the individual and any indication of the
intentions of the data controller or any other person in respect of the
individual.”

 

The withheld information is the personal data of a data subject. The
Council believes that disclosure of the information would not be in the
reasonable expectations of the data subject. Consequently, the Council is
satisfied that it is appropriate to withhold the details of the assessor
on the basis of section 40(2) of the FOIA.

 

c) The legal and equalities assessments carried out before the square was
closed. If these do not exist, please say so.

 

This information is not held.

 

d) Please send me invoices for the fencing off of General Gordon Square
and details of the total cost.

 

I am able to disclose that this cost approx. £10k but permission from the
3rd party contractor would be required in order to disclose invoices.

 

If you have any queries about this correspondence, please contact me,
quoting the reference number above.

 

If you are not satisfied with our response to your request, you can ask
for an Internal Review.  Internal review requests must be submitted within
two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original
request.  If you wish to do this, please contact us in writing, setting
out why you are dissatisfied.

 

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Internal Review, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision. 
Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the
Internal Review procedure provided by the Council. You can contact the ICO
by emailing [1][email address], or by post at Customer Contact,
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David White

Head of Information, Safety and Community Services

Directorate of Communities, Environment and Central

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

*   3^rd Floor, The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London, SE18
6HQ

8 [2]www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

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From: foi <[Greenwich Borough Council request email]>
Sent: 17 January 2023 15:43
To: 'Darryl Chamberlain' <[FOI #921956 email]>
Cc: foi <[Greenwich Borough Council request email]>
Subject: FW: FOI-70391: Freedom of Information request - General Gordon
Square fencing

 

Dear Mr Chamberlain

 

Environmental Information Regulations request: EIR-70391

 

We apologise for the continued delay in providing the response to your
Environmental Information Regulations request.  We do remain committed to
responding to your request and will respond as soon as we are able to do
so.

 

Yours sincerely,

The Freedom of Information Team

Information, Safety & Communities

Directorate of Communities, Environment & Central

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

*   3^rd Floor, The Woolwich Centre, Wellington Street, London, SE18 6HQ

8 [3]www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

ü Please consider the environment before printing this email

 

 

From: foi <[4][Greenwich Borough Council request email]>
Sent: 14 December 2022 13:54
To: 'Darryl Chamberlain' <[5][FOI #921956 email]>
Cc: foi <[6][Greenwich Borough Council request email]>
Subject: FOI-70391: Freedom of Information request - General Gordon Square
fencing

 

Dear Mr Chamberlain

 

Environmental Information Regulations request: EIR-70391

 

Further to my email below, I am writing to confirm that, in line with
Regulation 7(1) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, we are
seeking to extend the amount of time available to process your request. 
Where a request is made under regulation 5, the public authority may
extend the period of 20 working days referred to in the provisions in
paragraph (2) to 40 working days if it reasonably believes that the
complexity and volume of the information requested means that it is
impracticable either to comply with the request within the earlier period
or to make  a decision to refuse to do so.

 

We apologise for the delay to your response and aim to respond as soon as
possible to your request, but by 17^th January 2023 at the latest.

 

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David White

Head of Information, Safety and Community Services

Directorate of Communities, Environment & Central

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

*   3^rd Floor, The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London, SE18
6HQ

8[7]www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

ü Please consider the environment before printing this email

 

 

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