GREEN BELT destruction proposed by Council at Hoylake and West Kirby.

Alan Rundle made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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The request was refused by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council ('the Council'),

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council has already wasted at least £237,012 of PUBLIC funds on consultancy fees in relation to a proposed Hoylake-West Kirby LUXURY (which means ridiculously expensive, private AND therefore) exclusive CRAZY Golf Course.....with expensive hotels, expensive houses, vast car parking areas and roads..........ALL across PUBLICLY OWNED Green Belt land, which should be proteted for future generations to enjoy.

The GREEN BELT destruction proposed by Council at Hoylake and West Kirby must be stopped.

It has just been revealed that the Council is proposing to spend a further £595,969 of PUBLIC money on consultancy and legal fees (Wirral Globe - 5 October 2016).

The Council has failed to engage in ANY meaningful public participation concerning the future of hundreds of acres of Green Belt land, which has legal protection from DESTRUCTION, when ALL options were open and when public participation could be effective.

The Council is yet to commission a geo-technical survey to see if the site is suitable for its proposed Golf Course, 250 bedroom hotel, housing, car parks, toe nail painting 'spa' and roads.

The Council continues (whether Conservative-controlled or Labour-controlled) to act in a secretive manner with disregard for democratic engagement with the public. The Council has a LEGAL OBLIGATION to act in an OPEN, TRANSPARENT and FAIR manner, when dealing with environmental matters.

I request that the Council provides, in response to this communication, a FULL, unabridged copy of the Report mentioned in the Wirral Globe article (5 October 2016), including the Foreword by Cllr P Davies.

1. I request that the Council provides, in response to this communication, copies of ALL correspondence and emails between ANY Regeneration and Environment officers of the Council and ANY employees or representatives of the 'Celtic Manor' company, in relation to the proposed 'Hoylake Golf Resort'.

2. I request that the Council provides, in response to this communication, copies of ALL correspondence and emails between ANY Regeneration and Environment officers of the Council and ANY employees or representatives of Bolton University concerning proposals regarding proposals for TEN ACRES of Green Belt land at Hoylake.

3. I request that the Council provides, in response to this communication, copies of ALL correspondence and emails between ANY Regeneration and Environment officers of the Council and ANY employees or representatives of the Nicklaus Group, in relation to the proposed 'Hoylake Golf Resort'.

Yours faithfully,

Alan Rundle

Derick Barnes left an annotation ()

Wirral West Constituency meeting last night, Hoylake,attended by about 14 councillors and council Officers. Part of agenda -Hoylake/West Kirby luxury Golf course , Hotel complex update. Council confirming up to £660,000 extra spend on consultation fees. Outrageous.
At same meeting , about serious failures by Wirral Met Borough Council , re Children's services .Cuts blamed.
Environmental Agency discussed flooding vulnerability , Wirral West and importance of drainage on Birket Valley flood plains (Greenbelt).
When asked if Environment Agency have done any forecasts of increased flooding risks , (if the Hoylake/West Kirby Luxury Golf course dev goes ahead) ,the implied reply was NO.

Derick Barnes left an annotation ()

Very important meeting last night. Wirral West Constituency at Hoylake. Margaret Greenwood MP for Wirral west not attended. Leader of Council Mr Phillip Davie not present. Alas no apologies for abscence.Disgraceful. Hardly any public publicity about this meeting locally.

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Rundle,

Thank you for your recent request below which has been facilitated under
The Environmental Information Regulations 2004, (EIR).  For more
information on these regulations please follow this link
[1]https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui...

Please find responses to your queries as follows:

1.  I request that the Council provides, in response to this
communication, copies of ALL correspondence and emails between ANY
Regeneration and Environment officers of the Council and ANY employees or
representatives of the 'Celtic Manor' company, in relation to the proposed
'Hoylake Golf Resort'. 

 

Wirral Council can confirm no recorded information exists 

 

 

2.  I request that the Council provides, in response to this
communication, copies of ALL correspondence and emails between ANY
Regeneration and Environment officers of the Council and ANY employees or
representatives of Bolton University concerning proposals regarding
proposals for TEN ACRES of Green Belt land at Hoylake. 

 

Wirral Council can confirm no recorded information exists 

 

 

3.  I request that the Council provides, in response to this
communication, copies of ALL correspondence and emails between ANY
Regeneration and Environment officers of the Council and ANY employees or
representatives of the Nicklaus Group, in relation to the proposed
'Hoylake Golf Resort'..  

 

Wirral Council considers that this information is exempt from disclosure
in accordance with the exception contained in [2]Regulation 12(5)e of the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  This is due to the commercial
nature of this matter and the fact that confidentiality would be adversely
affected by disclosure.

 

The public interest test, Regulation 12(2) of EIR provides that public
authorities should apply a presumption in favour of disclosure; however
the Council considers that disclosure of this information would affect the
Council’s ability to do similar business with other 3^rd parties and the
public interest in maintaining the exception outweighs the public interest
in disclosing the information. 

 

You have the right under Regulation 11 (1) of the EIR to make
representations to the Council, if you consider that the Council has
failed to comply with a requirement of the Regulations in relation to your
request. Any representations should be addressed in the first instance to
[3][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner
[4]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/ but you would be expected to have
made representations first.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management Officer

Records and Information Management

Legal and Member Services

Transformation and Resources

Wallasey Town Hall

Brighton Street
Wallasey
Wirral
CH44 8ED 

[5]Tel:0151 691 8397

Transformation and Resources

[6][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

 

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'GREEN BELT destruction proposed by Council at Hoylake and West Kirby.'.

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ]
All of the requests for information have been refused.
The FOI legislation is supposed to make information accessible to the public.
If the Council has spent £237,012 and is spending a further £595, 969 of public funds on consultancy fees and legal fees, to promote the Hoylake Golf Resort, surely there has been a little correspondence, or has all of the communication taken place over mobies and on the back of fag packets?
I have seen plans for a TEN ACRE Sports Complex for Bolton University, at Carr Farm Lane, Hoylake.
Surely there has been a little correspondence, or has all of the communication taken place over mobies and on the back of fag packets?
Please respond to the FOI request that I have submitted.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/g...

Yours faithfully,

Alan Rundle

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr. Rundle,

With regard to your request for an Internal review, detailed in your email
below; please take this email as Council’s response to your request. 
   As the reviewing officer I can confirm that the council holds no
recorded information in relation to parts 1 and 2 of your request. 

 

In relation to part 3 of your enquiry, I uphold the original decision that
the information is exempt from disclosure due to the commercial nature of
the information in question. 

The Council seeks to rely on the exception contained within Regulation
12(5)e of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).   The
information requested in part 3 is commercial in nature and the Council
believes that  confidentiality would be adversely affected by disclosure.

 

We are obliged to look at the public interest test under Regulation 12(2)
of EIR, this test provides that public bodies should apply a presumption
in favour of disclosure.  The Council has considered this; however I
believe disclosure of this information would affect the Council’s ability
to do business with other 3rd parties.  The public interest in maintaining
the exception therefore outweighs the public interest in disclosing the
information. 

 

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner (ICO), if
you are dissatisfied with the result of your internal review under Section
17 of FOIA. Contact details available here
[1]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

I must again take this opportunity to remind you that The Freedom of
Information Act 2000, Section 14 allows for a Public Body to refuse a
request for information if that request can be viewed as vexatious.  The
Act gives examples of what can be viewed as vexatious and this includes:-

 

 “The tone or language of the requester’s correspondence goes beyond the
level of criticism that a public authority or its employees should
reasonably expect to receive.”

“The request makes completely unsubstantiated accusations against the
public authority or specific employees.”

 

I believe that your request for an Internal Review falls into the
vexatious category and I must advise that any future requests, from this
date onwards, which fall within the meaning of vexatious, as defined by
the legislation will be refused.  Further information on vexatious
requests can be found on the ICO website https://ico.org.uk/

Yours sincerely

Jane Corrin

Records and Information Manager

 

Business Services - Digital

Treasury Building

Cleveland Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 6BL

[2]Tel: 0151 691 8201

[3][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

 

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This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to be
protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.   You are free
to use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research you
are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for
example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may
involve licensing and the application of a charge

 

 

From: Alan Rundle [[5]mailto:[FOI #363453 email]]
Sent: 12 April 2017 16:11
To: InfoMgr, FinDMT
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - GREEN BELT
destruction proposed by Council at Hoylake and West Kirby.

 

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

 

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

 

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough
Council's handling of my FOI request 'GREEN BELT destruction proposed by
Council at Hoylake and West Kirby.'.

 

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ] All of the requests for
information have been refused.

The FOI legislation is supposed to make information accessible to the
public.

If the Council has spent £237,012 and is spending a further £595, 969 of
public funds on consultancy fees and legal fees, to promote the Hoylake
Golf Resort, surely there has been a little correspondence, or has all of
the communication taken place over mobies and on the back of fag packets?

I have seen plans for a TEN ACRE Sports Complex for Bolton University, at
Carr Farm Lane, Hoylake.

Surely there has been a little correspondence, or has all of the
communication taken place over mobies and on the back of fag packets?

Please respond to the FOI request that I have submitted.

 

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
[6]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/g...

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Alan Rundle

 

 

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