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Birgitta Kuhlmann-Muller

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

On 23rd September I wrote to the area manager of parks and open spaces re contrasting information and missing answers re the harvesting of fruit from the community orchard in Grange Park.
As I never received a response despite a reminder I would like to obtain answers to the following questions :

1.In the original email re fruit collection, WBC said that they had been approached by a church asking whether they could harvest fruit in Grange cemetery. In a subsequent email WBC wrote that it was an individual person nothing to do with a church?
Can you please clarify?

2. Whoever asked :did they state the amount they want to harvest and what for ( own use, selling on, free distribution?)

3. What did you reply to them? Did you give permission? Did you give them the contact details of the community organisation / volunteers who run the incredible edible scheme?
Did you emphasize that it is a community scheme and people are asked to take a little produce and leave enough for others?

4. Did you mention that help is appreciated and that only very few people have bought all those trees and care for them?

Yours faithfully,

Birgitta Kuhlmann-Müller

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Kuhlmann-Muller

Further to your FOI request below, we can confirm that the Council's Area Manager West; Parks, Allotments and Countryside, has written to you directly to answer your enquiries in relation to the fruit collection.

We trust that this direct correspondence answers all of your enquiry and as such we propose to close this FOI request to avoid duplication of handling.

If this is not acceptable, or the information you seek is not within that direct correspondence, please do not hesitate to contact the Council again.

Yours sincerely

Lynette Paterson
Principal Information Management Officer
Wirral Council
Business Management - ICT
Treasury Building
Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 691 8201
[Wirral Borough Council request email]

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Birgitta Kuhlmann-Muller

Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

I would like to uphold the FOI REQUEST for the following reasons :

1. The response by WBC 's parksand open spaces area manager to my personal account doesn't answer all questions.
Answers can be given without disclosing names of the people who approached WBC re the collection of fruit.

2. The answers to my questions are of interest to a wider range of people by now- hence the FOI request is a transparent means to inform everybody.

3. The response to my email account took longer than the allocated deadline for this website. Hence I am now choosing the most efficient route.

Thank you.
Yours sincerely,

Birgitta Kuhlmann-Muller

Dalton, Chelsea, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Kuhlmann-Muller,

 

Thank you for your return pertaining to some of the request you felt was
unanswered.

 

Please see further information supporting the additional questions you
provided below.

 

1.In the original email re fruit collection, WBC said that they had been
approached by a church asking whether they could harvest fruit in Grange
cemetery. In a subsequent email WBC wrote that  it was an individual
person nothing to do with a church?

Can you please clarify?

It was an individual person.  The individual person was not asking to
collect the fruit; they were simply making a comment that the fruit could
be collected or given to people.  They were not asking to do it, and they
certainly were not implying they were offering any assistance in doing it.

 

2. Whoever asked :did they state the amount they want to harvest and what
for ( own use, selling on, free distribution?)

As stated in every correspondence, the answer is no.  Also see above.

 

3. What did you reply to them? Did you give permission? Did you give them
the contact details of the community organisation / volunteers who run the
incredible edible scheme?

Did you emphasize that it is a community scheme and people are asked to
take a little produce and leave enough for others?

No, because that was not what was being requested or mentioned.

 

4. Did you mention that help is appreciated and that only very few people
have bought all those trees and care for them?

No, as this was not being requested.

 

I trust this clarifies matters further.

 

Wirral council have provided all accessible information on this matter, if
you remain dissatisfied with the comments provided to you today, I remind
you the next step would be to complain to the ICO.

 

The address is as follows: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or you can visit the
website on: [1]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Chelsea Dalton

Information Management Officer

Business Management - ICT

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 666 5201

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