Inadvertent opening of Dutton Sluices March 16 2006

Ian Whitehead made this Freedom of Information request to British Waterways Board

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Waiting for an internal review by British Waterways Board of their handling of this request.

Dear British Waterways Board,

At 7.15 am on Thursday, March 16 2006 it was noted that the pound between Saltersford Lock and Dutton Lock had been drained as a result of the opening of the Dutton Sluices. Please provide all copies of internal reports into the causes and effects of this incident, including any recommendations or comments from the contractors who provided the sluice gate actuator control system. Also any correspondence from BW Engineers/Managers Mr Hall and Mr Davenport regarding piling or shoring of banks resulting from damage caused by this incident.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Whitehead

Dear British Waterways Board,

My request relates to the River Weaver Navigation

Yours faithfully,

Ian Whitehead

Chris Gray,

Dear  Mr Whitehead

Thank you for your request for information dated 04th February 2010.

I understand that you have requested the following information:

   

  At 7.15 am on Thursday, March 16 2006  the pound

     between Saltersford Lock and Dutton Lock ( Weaver Navigation )
had been drained as a

     result of the opening of the Dutton Sluices.

1.  Please provide all copies of internal reports into the causes and
effects of this

     incident, including any recommendations or comments from the

     contractors who provided the sluice gate actuator control system.

2.  Also any correspondence from BW Engineers/Managers Mr Hall and Mr

     Davenport regarding piling or shoring of banks resulting from

     damage caused by this incident.

I am pleased to inform you that once we have confirmed the extent to which
the regulations permit the release of the information which you have
requested a response will be sent within a 20 working day timescale from
the date we received your request.

Yours Sincerely

Chris Gray

Information officer

British Waterways

01942 405732

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Information Request,

Dear Mr Whitehead,

I refer to my e-mail of 4^th February  and I reply as follows to your
e-mail of 4 February in which you requested:-

"At 7.15 am on Thursday, March 16 2006 it was noted that the pound between
Saltersford Lock and Dutton Lock had been drained as a result of the
opening of the Dutton Sluices. Please provide all copies of internal
reports into the causes and effects of this incident, including any
recommendations or comments from the contractors who provided the sluice
gate actuator control system.  Also any correspondence from BW
Engineers/Managers Mr Hall and Mr Davenport regarding piling or shoring of
banks resulting from damage caused by this incident."

We have undertaken a search of our records in respect of this incident but
we do not hold the information requested in your e-mail of 4 February. 
We have also spoken to our employees who would be familiar with such
incidents and they cannot recollect the incident on 16 March 2006.

If we haven’t reasonably met your expectations in relation to a request
for information or you believe we may not have acted in accordance with
the above legislation you should write in the first instance to Kelly
Radley Head of Customer Relations, 64 Clarendon Road, Watford, Herts WD17
1DA outlining your concerns and asking for a review to be undertaken. 
Your correspondence will be acknowledged and a review of your case will be
undertaken by one of British Waterways’ directors.

Should you remain unsatisfied by the response you receive you are able to
contact the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire  SK9 5AF
[1]www.ico.gov.uk/Global/contact_us.aspx.

Yours Sincerely

Chris Gray

Information Officer

British Waterways

01942 405732

From: Chris Gray
Sent: 04 February 2011 14:18
To: Ian Whitehead
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Inadvertent opening of
Dutton Sluices March 16 2006

Dear Mr Whitehead

Thank you for your request for information dated 04th February 2010.

I understand that you have requested the following information:

At 7.15 am on Thursday, March 16 2006 the pound

between Saltersford Lock and Dutton Lock ( Weaver Navigation ) had
been drained as a

result of the opening of the Dutton Sluices.

1. Please provide all copies of internal reports into the causes and
effects of this

incident, including any recommendations or comments from the

contractors who provided the sluice gate actuator control system.

2. Also any correspondence from BW Engineers/Managers Mr Hall and Mr

Davenport regarding piling or shoring of banks resulting from

damage caused by this incident.

I am pleased to inform you that once we have confirmed the extent to which
the regulations permit the release of the information which you have
requested a response will be sent within a 20 working day timescale from
the date we received your request.

Yours Sincerely

Chris Gray

Information officer

British Waterways

01942 405732

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Dear British Waterways Board,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of British Waterways Board's handling of my FOI request 'Inadvertent opening of Dutton Sluices March 16 2006'.

There had been a high water level event and hence some of the Dutton gates had been automatically opened. As the water fell the gates started to automatically close at around 3 am. At 4 am the gates stopped closing automatically and the gates were manually closed at 7:30 am. The river dropped by approximately 0.7m by 7:30 am.

This incident I believe was attributed to silt build-up in the tube connecting the stilling well to the river.

BW accepted responsibility to settle a claim by Mr Hewitt for ingress of mud into his boat engine, also Jim Hall, Asset Engineer (North), Wales and Border Counties Waterway wrote to Mr & Mrs Done on 20 March 2008, copy of this letter is in my possession.

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

Yours faithfully,

Ian Whitehead

Sarina Young,

Dear Mr Whitehead,
Thank you for your e-mail and request for an internal review.
Before I arrange for your internal review to take place please would you let me know why you are dissatisfied with the response you have received. I need to understand this in order to undertake a meaningful review and your message below does not provide any detail.
Kind regards,

Sarina Young
Customer Service Co-Ordinator
British Waterways  |  The Kiln  |  Mather Road  |  Newark  |  NG24 1FB  |
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Dear Sarina Young,

I am dissatisfied with the response received because I know that a correspondence file existed with letters from British Waterways to Mr & Mrs Done dated 28 March 2008 relating to this incident. Also this incident is related to a more recent incident in 2010. The issue may be related to the reliability of level sensors or the management competence of BW regarding the Control System. It is inconceivable to me that BW have no records or memory regarding a major event on the River Weaver as recent as 5 years ago.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Whitehead

Dear British Waterways Board,

Pleased be advised that the following British Waterways employees were involved in the incident and the consequences, Alan Wrench, Duncan Davenport, Ron Kaiser, Simon Jackson together with a file between British Waterways and Arup Engineering plc which recorded the event. Mr Davenport particularly was involved in authorising work to be carried out on BW liability regarding a damaged boat.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Whitehead

Sarina Young,

Dear Mr Whitehead,
Thank you for this further information and detail regarding your request for an Internal Review.
I will now arrange for one of BW’s directors to review your FOI request and they will respond to you in due course.
Kind regards,

Sarina Young
Customer Service Co-Ordinator
British Waterways  |  The Kiln  |  Mather Road  |  Newark  |  NG24 1FB  | Tel:  01636 675740 | Mob:  07785 295 274 | Fax:  01636 705584 |
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Dear Sarina Young,

Please advise on the status of this request for an internal review

Yours sincerely,

Ian Whitehead