Hastings Borough Council - Draft LNR byelaws 2014/15

Chris Hurrell made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

The draft byelaws for our Local Nature Reserves in Hastings were subject to public
consultation from December 2014 until the end of February 2015. HBC received 8
responses which were points of clarification. There were no objections.

Following consultation Hastings Borough Council (HBC) sent the draft byelaws to Natural
England in 2015 for comment and then to the Secretary of State for Environment Food and
Rural Affairs.

HBC state that it has taken until this year to obtain provisional approval from DEFRA. The delayhas been due to significant numbers of staff changes in both Natural England and
DEFRA, with each change in staff compounding the delay with further comments
and queries.

HBC , through the Chief Legal Officer, lodged an official complaint in 2019 to
DEFRA over the unacceptable delay

I request under EIR the following:

1. A copy of the draft byelaws and all supporting documentation sent to DEFRA by HBC.

2. Copies of all correspondence between DEFRA and HBC concerning the byelaws.

3. Copies of all documents produced by DEFRA including provisional approval documents and comments concerning the byelaws.

4. Copies of all correspondence concerning the delays and provisional approval.

5. Copies of the complaint lodged by HBC and all associated correspondence.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Hurrell

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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no-reply@defra.ecase.co.uk on behalf of Defra Information Rights Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Chris Hurrell,

Thank you for your email of 5 February, requesting information on Bylaws -
Local Nature Reserve in Hastings.

We aim to answer your request no later than 4th March, which is 20 working
days from the date we received it. If we are unable to meet this deadline
we will contact you to explain the reason.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Marie Davies

Information Rights Team

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no-reply@defra.ecase.co.uk on behalf of informationrequests@defra.gov.uk, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Chris Hurrell,

Please find attached the response to your request of 5th February for
information on Byelaws - Local Nature Reserve in Hastings.

Yours sincerely

Jo Collinge

Information Rights Team

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