Grenfell Tower

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,

in light of the very recent fire at Grenfell Tower block, please can you supply the held information pertaining to :-

- the Planning and Erection of the updated external finish of the building
- The details of the companies that supplied the materials used
- The details of the companies that conducted the works
- The Planning meetings minutes - including any risk and health and safety assessments.
- Any declarations of conflict of interest.

- The inspection and maintenance records for the last 3 years of the fire alarm system
Here, please included the details of companies involved

- The inspection and maintenance records for the last 3 years of any sprinkler system
Here again, please included the details of all companies involved

The external finish of the building appeared on video coverage to have been melting like plastic would; if not included in the information released for the above points, please provided any information you have that details the chemical composition of the added external finish to this building - including mounting and fixtures.

Finally, please provide the names and locations of any other buildings under your control that have had the same finish added as Grenfell Tower had.

Yours faithfully,

Tom Rogers

Freedom of Information: CP-ICT: RBKC, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear Mr. Rogers

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST REF: 2017-0717

                                                                                                

I am writing to confirm that we received your information request on 14
June 2017. For your information and future communications your request has
been allocated the reference number FOI2017-0717. Please quote this
reference in any future correspondence.

 

We will consider your request and respond in accordance with the
requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our duty is to
respond promptly or at least within 20 working days.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Governance and Management Officer

Shared ICT Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Email: [1][email address] | Website: [2]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

 

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Yu, Robin: CP-ICT: RBKC, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear Mr. Rogers,

 

Section 39 of the Freedom of Information Act provides that environmental
information shall be handled in accordance with the Environmental
Information Regulations (EIR).

 

Regulation 2(1) of the EIR states that environmental information is:

 

“…any information in written, visual, aural, electronic or any other
material form on –

(a) the state of the elements of the environment, such as air and
atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites…biological
diversity and its components…and the interaction among those elements;

(b) factors, such as substances, energy, noise, radiation or
waste…emissions…and other releases into the environment, affecting or
likely to affect the elements referred to in (a);

(c) measures (including administrative measures), such as policies,
legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements, and activities
affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred to in (a)
and (b) as well as measures or activities designed to protect those
elements;…”.

 

Your request has been handled in accordance with EIR as it is our opinion
that information held in relation to the planning and refurbishment of
Grenfell Tower will constitute environmental information. These matters
are considered to be measures likely to affect the elements and factors
listed in paragraphs (a) and (b) of the definition of environmental
information as set out in regulation 2(1).

 

The complexity and volume of the information requested means that it is
impracticable for the council to comply with the request or make a
decision to refuse to do so within 20 working days. Therefore, in
accordance with regulation 7(1) of EIR, the council is extending the
deadline to respond to the request to 40 working days. You will receive a
response on or before 9 August.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Governance and Management Officer

Shared ICT Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Email: [email address] | Website: [1]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

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Dear Yu, Robin: CP-ICT: RBKC,

I am sorry to disagree with your decision to handle this freedom of information under the Environmental
Information Regulations. This request ask for nothing pertaining to or affecting the environment.

I will consider this as a delay tactic and asked that it be considered so in any subsequent internal review.

Responding a day before the full response was required by law is also unacceptable and to me confirms this belief.

Please provide the full response under the Freedom of Information act immediately.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Rogers

Dear Yu, Robin: CP-ICT: RBKC,

You are now well overdue providing the response to this Freedom of Information request.

This delay means you are not responding promptly and are breaking the law by not doing so.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Rogers

Dear Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,

Please conduct an immediate internal review of the complete failure to handle this freedom of information request.

Please consider.

- The complete failure to respond in a timely manner
- the attempt to consider this incorrectly under the "Environmental Information Regulation"
As previously indicated, none of the information requested pertains to the environment.
- your representative avoidance to answer and absence of any acknowledgement or response.

I hope "Yu, Robin: CP-ICT: RBKC" is still gainfully employed at your organisation as I hope you can take whatever disciplinary action needed for the breaking of the law on your organisation's behalf.

Please note that if "Yu, Robin: CP-ICT: RBKC" is no longer employed, then please consider why his email account was not deactivated and emails to it are being apparently ignored.

I will be opening a case with the ICO after you have had time to respond - or actually manage to.

Yours faithfully,

Tom Rogers

Freedom of Information: CP-ICT: RBKC, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear Mr. Rogers

 

Sorry for the delay in acknowledging your request for internal review.

 

I acknowledge receipt of your request for internal review received on 5
September 2017, which will be forwarded to the Chief Solicitor and
Monitoring Office, or nominee to conduct.

 

Section 39 of the Freedom of Information Act provides that environmental
information shall be handled in accordance with the Environmental
Information Regulations (EIR). We consider the information requested to be
environmental in nature and therefore covered by the Environmental
Information Regulations.

 

EIR requires the council to respond to internal reviews as soon as
possible, and no later than 40 working days. You will therefore receive a
response at the latest by 31 October 2017.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Governance and Management Officer

Shared ICT Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Email: [1][email address] | Website: [2]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

 

Dear Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,

I think you are wholly missing the point here and continuing to choose to break the law.

Even if you are replying incorrectly under the EIR, this request is now 93 weekdays old.

A terrible reflection on your continued mishandling of this very basic request.

The request for an internal review does not stop the need for you to reply; where is the response you were required to provide by law?

Yours faithfully,

Tom Rogers

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