Dear Department for Transport,
For the purpose of obtaining a Designation Order to empower Devon County Council to conduct civil parking and traffic enforcement under The Traffic Management Act , your Traffic Management Division received from Devon County Council on 28 March 2008, under cover of an email from their Gary Powell, a necessary declaration by their Deputy Chief Executive Edward Chorlton which assured that, with no exceptions whatsoever, every TRO, traffic sign and road marking throughout Devon at that date was in strict compliance with all relevant legislation.
Please provide the following information:
1. A copy of this email and its attached unequivocal assurance of Mr Chorlton.
2. All correspondence between Devon County Council and the DfT prior to that assurance of 28 March 2008 in the matter of Devon County Council’s prospective commencement of civil enforcement.
3. All correspondence up to the end of 2008 between Devon County Council and the DfT which, subsequent to that assurance of 28 March 2008, related to their commencement of civil enforcement, including a copy of the eventual Designation Order.
4. A copy of all DfT internal correspondence prior to the end of May 2008, including minutes of any meetings, which concerned or included any matters relating to Devon County Council’s acquisition of civil enforcement powers.
5. A copy of all post-March 2008 internal communications, including minutes of any meetings, and all external communications with the Devon and Cornwall Police which related to or was consequent on the post March 2008 visit of their officers to the DfT in connection with the grant to Devon County Council of civil enforcement powers.
Dear Duncan McKenzie,
I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which
has been allocated reference number P0012497.
A response will be issued to you in due course.
Department for Transport
FOI Advice Team
Information & Security Division
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
Dear Mr McKenzie
Please find attached a letter concerning your recent Freedom of Information request.
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Dear TRAFFIC SIGNS,
I note and understand your considerations of exemptions, and I am aware of the habit of usually withholding information at the slightest hint of privilege so as to bias a response in favour of non disclosure.
To avoid protraction of this request please note that
1. In respect of LPP this matter is now historical, stale, and seven years old.
2. Where LPP is engaged enough to withhold information it is only the actual advice/opinion text that is subject to non disclosure. Even that advice/opinion may not be withheld if the giver of that advice has agreed after being questioned that that advice or part of it need not be withheld. Therefore any document such as advice of a counsel may not be withheld, the actual advice content or parts of it that constitute professional opinion may be redacted but no more.
3. Where any privileged advice is given it will always be by a competent governmental legal adviser of seniority or some other professional whose senior status will not permit redaction of his/her identity.
4. Enquiries and questions concerning points of legality appearing in documents are not privileged to permit them being withheld or redacted as they are not opinion.
5. After any minimal redaction of genuinely privileged content documents themselves may not be withheld. There is no basis for emasculating any sequence of correspondence in responding to a request such as this
Dear Mr McKenzie
Thank you for your email, your comments have been noted.
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