Harcourt Street School transference of contamination

Sheila Oliver made this Freedom of Information request to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was refused by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Stockport Borough Council,

"We will also be stripping topsoil off the area of the school building and moving this to overlay the southern field area. The work has been planned to avoid removal of material from the site, so as to minimize the number of wagon movements."

How many wagon movements would there have been to remove the contamination off site to a specialist waste site as is normal practice and how many wagon movements are there likely to be bringing in more topsoil to cover the contamination?

Kind regards

Sheila

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mrs Oliver,

I am writing in response to your request for information below (ref 3055).

As you have previously been informed, all your requests for information
about Harcourt Street are considered to be vexatious under section 14(1)
Freedom of Information Act 2000 and manifestly unreasonable under
Regulation 12(4)(b) Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and will
not receive a response. This decision has previously been through the
Council's internal review process and was upheld.

You are entitled to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office. To
do so, contact:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

www.ico.gov.uk

01625 545 745

Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven

Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Naven

As I have previously pointed out two very senior Information Commission officers have said you should respond and the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities are all in favour of openness in public life. Please carry out an internal review of your refusal.

Yours sincerely,

Sheila Oliver

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mrs Oliver,

I am writing in response to your email below (ref 3055).

As we have previously informed you on a number of occasions, the Council
has received no correspondence of the type you refer to below from the
Information Commissioner's Office.

The Council has previously carried out an internal review in relation to
its decision to refuse your requests about Harcourt Street on the basis
that they are vexatious and manifestly unreasonable. If you are unhappy
with the Council's decision you are entitled to complain to the
Information Commissioner's Office using the contact details previously
provided to you.

Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven

Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Naven

I shall send you in the post a copy of the letter from the Information Commission which I have sent you on many occasions in which it states:

"The Decision Notices relates specifically to the request you made on the 1st December 2008 and does not make any finding regarding future requests."

There was also an email from a senior Information Commission Officer stating the same, which I have also sent you on numerous occasions.

As I was completely correct about the site being contaminated when the Council maintained it wasn't and tried to build a school with all the contamination in situ, right about the fact that the Council hadn't complied with BS 10175 as it claimed and right about the missing £5 million for the funding, which will now have to be borrowed, it is amazing that the Council considers this questioning to be vexatious.

Yours sincerely,

Sheila Oliver

Sheila Oliver (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

On 23 June 2010 the Leader of Stockport Council wrote to me stating: "The Council.....is committed to continuing to increase the transparency of its activities."

In the light of this, would the Council please reconsider releasing all the information currently being kept secret on the school on the still gassing toxic waste dump?