Illegally blocked public highway - ENQ900180160

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Dear Norfolk County Council,

On March 11th I reported that Link Lane, Little Witchingham had a concrete barrier placed at the Reepham Road end.

This is a publicly maintained road on the List of Street, and therefore it is the statutory duty of Norfolk County Council to take action to remove such a blockage.

I would like to know exactly what action has been taken by Norfolk Highways to contact the land owner and/or what other action has been taken to have this removed.

Yours faithfully,

Martin Sullivan

Freedom of Information, Norfolk County Council

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Good Afternoon,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-476914-F6W9Y9

 

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Dear Mr Sullivan,

 

Environmental Information Regulations Request ENQ-476914-F6W9Y9

 

I refer to your request for information dated 29^th April 2021.

 

You asked for:

 

Information regarding a concrete barrier placed on Link Lane, Little
Witchingham.

 

I would like to know exactly what action has been taken by Norfolk
Highways to contact the land owner and/or what other action has been taken
to have this removed.

 

 

Our response:

 

Norfolk County Council has contacted the land owner regarding this
obstruction. This letter was sent on 7 December 2020. The Council will
continue dialogue with the land owner to request that the obstruction is
removed.

 

 

If you are dissatisfied with our handling of your request you have the
right of appeal through the Council’s internal review procedure by setting
out the grounds of your appeal in writing to:

 

[1][Norfolk County Council request email]

or Information Compliance Team

County Hall

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Norwich

NR1 2DH

 

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Lawrence Stringer, Information Compliance Officer

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County Hall

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From: Freedom of Information
Sent: 29 April 2021 15:38
To: Martin Sullivan <[FOI #751857 email]>
Subject: ENQ-476914-F6W9Y9 Freedom of Information request - Illegally
blocked public highway - ENQ900180160

 

Good Afternoon,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-476914-F6W9Y9

 

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 received on 29 April 2021.
 
We have up to 20 working days in which to deal with your request; however,
the current circumstances relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) may impact on
our ability to meet deadlines and so we may take longer to provide you
with a response.

 

If we require clarification regarding your request, we will contact you to
explain this. The 20 working day period will then start from the day that
we receive your clarification.
 
You will also be informed in advance if there is a charge for supplying
copies of the information.

 

Please also be aware that, if the requested information contains
references to any third parties, we may need to consult these individuals
about the release of their personal data before making a decision whether
or not to release the information to you.

 

We will also provide an explanation if any information is not released to
you.

 

For future reference please note that you can now submit FOI/EIR requests
through our new online webform which can be found at
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Should you have any queries regarding your request, please contact the
team by email [12][email address] or by telephone
01603 222661.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sarah Cooper, Business Support Assistant

Information Compliance Team

Dept: 01603 222661

Bay 7-9, Ground Floor, County Hall, Norwich

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Martin Sullivan

Dear Norfolk County Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Norfolk County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Illegally blocked public highway - ENQ900180160'.
I find the reply a failure of NCC to carry out it’s statutory duty, to remove an illegal blockage of a public highway.

As the land owner was written to in December last year and has not made any attempt to remove the obstruction. In which case NCC should have taken action and charged the land owner for the work.

Unfortunately this illustrates NCC apparent failure to carry out it’s statutory responsibilities in a timely manner, as far as both PRoW and unsurfaced county roads are concerned.

This unfortunately promotes the feeling amongst those who are breaking the highway and PRoW laws, that they just ignore any letters etcetera, knowing full well that no action will be taken.

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

Yours faithfully,

Martin Sullivan

Freedom of Information, Norfolk County Council

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Dear Mr Sullivan,

 

Your below email appears to be a complaint about the position taken by the
Council in relation to what you refer to as illegally blocked public
highway.

 

I see this as a complaint about the position/decision which the
information provided conveys, and therefore this is not a matter for
further consideration under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) or the
Environmental Information Regulations (EIR). This legislation relates
solely and specifically to the provision of recorded information held at
the time of an enquiry; it is not, in itself, the mechanism for
challenging any operational or strategic position or decision which may be
conveyed within that information.  

 

As things stand I cannot accept an appeal specifically under FOI or EIR;
however, I would advise that you pursue this matter through the Council's
complaints procedure, details of which can be found here:

[1]https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-an...

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Compliance Manager (FOI Lead)

Information Governance

Insight & Analytics, Strategy & Transformation

Tel: 01603 222661

County Hall

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