Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

With respect to Cllr Grey's comments in the Wirral Globe please provide the following information requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

Is the use of glyphosate banned by Wirral Borough Council in areas the council owns/ is responsible for?

If banned, when was this ban implemented and does it also apply to contractors working for the council in any capacity?

If there is no Wirral wide ban, please provide a copy of any relevant governing documents concerning the use of glyphosate.

Cllr Grey references concern that Hoylake beach may have been oversprayed, and/or over-raked. Prior to the suspension of treatment to the grasses on Hoylake beach, was there a policy governing when and at what interval this would occur? If so please provide a copy of this document.

Given the concern that there may have been overspraying/ over-raking, and the possibility of "hefty fines", it must be assumed the council took all measures to ensure they would not fall foul of Natural England policy. Specifically, what constitutes over spraying/ over raking? At what interval should the beach be treated according to Natural England policy? At what interval was it treated? Who is responsible for ensuring that treatment intervals do not exceed prescribed limits?

Please provide a copy of any internal communication or governing document relating to the treatment of Hoylake beach.

What is the fine levied by Natural England for a breach of the above? Has Natural England fined Wirral Borough Council or indicated in any formal way that a breach has taken place? If yes, how much?

Please provide a copy of the unredacted report commissioned by WBC from Natural England with regard to Hoylake Beach or a link to the full unredacted report. What triggered the comissioning of the report? Was there a cost for the report? If so, how much?

Have any council discussions taken place between WBC/ individual councillors and Hoylake Vision or any other partners regarding development of Hoylake promenade? If yes, please provide a copy of all minutes.

Do any reports either commssioned by the council or conducted by the council examine the future outcome of continuing to allow the grass to grow unimpeded? Please provide a copy of any reports that discuss the likely sand accretion, time it will take for the grass to establish across the beach, potential future spread of the grass, impact on wading species and existing biodiversity etc.

Many thanks in advance,

Simon Earbrass

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 'Hoylake beach'.

No response has been received and it is now long overdue.

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

Yours faithfully,

Simon Earbrass

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Earbrass

 

Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding your request made under
the Freedom of Information Act, which has been received by Wirral Borough
Council.

 

The Council can confirm this request was received by the foi team and a
response was sent to this email address provided Tue 22/09/2020 ref: FOI
1482286

Wirral Council will now aim to resend your response, if you may confirm
receipt when this has been received and we thank your patience in this
matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

Treasury Building

Cleveland Street

Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

Email:[1][Wirral Borough Council request email]

Visit our website: [2]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

 

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

Many thanks for the clarification that a response was sent with regard to this request. I can confirm that the response was not recieved and have asked site admin to investigate this. in the meantime, please resend your response and I will confirm receipt of it.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Earbrass

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Earbrass

 

Thank you for your recent request.  Please now find your response, we are
sending two further emails with the response due to size of attachments.

We thank your patience in this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

Treasury Building

Cleveland Street

Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

Email:[1][Wirral Borough Council request email]

Visit our website: [2]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

 

 

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InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Earbrass

 

Thank you for your recent request.  Please now find your response, we are
sending two further emails with the response due to size of attachments .

We thank your patience in this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

Treasury Building

Cleveland Street

Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

Email:[1][Wirral Borough Council request email]

Visit our website: [2]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Earbrass

 

Thank you for your recent request.  Please now find your response attached
and below, we have resent in two further emails due to size of attachments
included with your request, we trust this now concludes your enquiry.

We thank your patience in this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

Treasury Building

Cleveland Street

Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

Email:[1][Wirral Borough Council request email]

Visit our website: [2]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

 

 

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: Paterson, Lynette M. <[email address]> On Behalf Of
InfoMgr, FinDMT
Sent: 22 September 2020 17:42
To: [FOI #685980 email]
Cc: InfoMgr, FinDMT <[Wirral Borough Council request email]>
Subject: FOI 1482286
Importance: High

 

Dear Mr Earbrass

 

Further to your recent FOI enquiry, please be advised as follows:

 

Is the use of glyphosate banned by Wirral Borough Council in areas the
council owns/ is responsible for?

Wirral Council is currently trialling the impact of not using Glyphosate
in much of its Parks and Open Spaces. However, Glyphosate is being used as
part of its weed control program across the borough. There is no overall
ratified policy banning the use of Glysophate except for Hoylake Beach
where the Cabinet Member for Environment has recently implemented an
Executive Decision to not use herbicides in this localised area.

 

 

If banned, when was this ban implemented and does it also apply to
contractors working for the council in any capacity?

The only area of Wirral where the specific use of herbicides (including
Glysophate) is prohibited is Hoylake Beach and this ban would apply to
contractors as well as staff. This localised ban was resolved through an
Executive Decision by the Cabinet Member for Environment following a Call
In resolution which took place on Friday 21^st August 2020.

 

If there is no Wirral wide ban, please provide a copy of any relevant
governing documents concerning the use of glyphosate.

Please clarify your request.

 

Cllr Grey references concern that Hoylake beach may have been oversprayed,
and/or over-raked. Prior to the suspension of treatment to the grasses on
Hoylake beach, was there a policy governing when and at what interval this
would occur? If so please provide a copy of this document.

We do not believe there has been any over-raking or over-spraying on
Hoylake beach. We only do these operations in the context of Natural
England’s assent. See attached.

 

Given the concern that there may have been overspraying/ over-raking,  and
the possibility of "hefty fines",  it must be assumed the council took all
measures to ensure they would not fall foul of Natural England policy.
Specifically, what constitutes over spraying/ over raking? At what
interval should the beach be treated according to Natural England policy?
At what interval was it treated? Who is responsible for ensuring that
treatment intervals do not exceed prescribed limits?

We do not believe there has been any over-raking or over-spraying on
Hoylake beach. We only do these operations in the context of Natural
England’s assent. See attached document.

 

Please provide a copy of any internal communication or governing document
relating to the treatment of Hoylake beach.

See assent document attached

 

What is the fine levied by Natural England for a breach of the above? Has
Natural England fined Wirral Borough Council or indicated in any formal
way that a breach has taken place? If yes, how much?

There has been no fine or formal action taken by NE against Wirral
Council.

 

Please provide a copy of the unredacted  report commissioned by WBC from
Natural England with regard to Hoylake Beach or a link to the full
unredacted report. What triggered the comissioning of the report? Was
there a cost for the report? If so, how much?

See attached document.

 

Have any council discussions taken place between WBC/ individual
councillors and Hoylake Vision or any other partners regarding development
of Hoylake promenade? If yes, please provide a copy of all minutes.

No recorded information held.

 

Do any reports either commssioned by the council or conducted by the
council examine the future outcome of continuing to allow the grass to
grow unimpeded? Please provide a copy of any reports that discuss the
likely sand accretion, time it will take for the grass to establish across
the beach, potential future spread of the grass, impact on wading species
and existing biodiversity etc.

None commissioned yet.

 

 

Please note that some personal information has been redacted as the
Council considers that the exemption contained in Section 40 (2) of FOIA
2000 applies to that information. This exemption can be relied upon for
information which is personal data, where you are not the data subject.  
You have the right under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
to ask for an internal review if you disagree with this decision. Please
direct any request for an internal review to
[3][Wirral Borough Council request email]. If you were dissatisfied with the
result of your internal review, you also have the right to complain to the
Information Commissioner at [4]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

Treasury Building

Cleveland Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

 

Email: [5][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

Visit our website: [6]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

 

 

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended
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If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager.

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5. mailto:[Wirral Borough Council request email]
6. http://www.wirral.gov.uk/

Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

Hi,

Many thanks for your response to my Hoylake Beach FOI request. I can confirm the documentation has now been received correctly.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Earbrass