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Information contained in the audit of the charity owned public building, Ramgarhia Sabha

Marc O'Brien made this Freedom of Information request to Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service,

I wish to request the content of the fire safety audit carried out in the Ramgarhia Sabha, Kiln Farm.

As a charity owned public building it is in the public interest to see the assessment of the fire safety measures undertaken by the committee, and if there were any failures in the provision of fire safety.

I'm requesting as much information as possible in regards to the fire safety audits by Bucks Fire & Rescue at Ramgarhia Sabha, to include any identified breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Saftey) Order 2005, any enforcement action made by Bucks Fire & Rescue Service, and any internal e-mail communications between those involved in making decisions related to this case.

Yours faithfully,
Marc O'Brien

Barry, Gerry, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Marc O’Brien,

 

Thank-you for your request for information about a fire safety audit. To
assist me in locating the information can you advise the full address and
the date of the inspection (or as near to the date as possible).

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gerry Barry
Information Governance and Compliance Manager
01296 744442 / 07920 710637

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Brigade Headquarters, Stocklake,
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1BD.
BFRS main enquiry line: 01296 744400
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Dear Barry, Gerry,

Thank you, please find full address here:
Ramgarhia Sabha, Kiln Farm House, Tilers Rd, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes MK11 3LH

Yours sincerely,

Marc O'Brien

Dear Barry, Gerry,

Hi, apologies I omitted the date. I believe it was around Tuesday 15th October.

Yours sincerely,

Marc O'Brien

Barry, Gerry, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Marc O’Brien,

 

Further to your request for information about a fire safety audit which, I
have considered under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act).

 

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Services (BFRS) visit, inspect and audit a
wide range of premises to which the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order
2005 applies.

 

A fire safety audit is part of the investigation proceedings and may lead
to further actions being taken by BFRS if fire safety deficiencies are
discovered that put people at risk.

 

If BFRS serve an alteration, enforcement or prohibition notice to a
“responsible person” for a premises the responsible person has 21 days to
appeal the notice. 

 

The information you have requested is exempt under sections 30(1)(a) of
the Act. Section 30 deals with investigations and proceedings conducted by
public authorities which have a duty to investigate whether someone should
be charged with an offence, or the power to conduct such investigations
and/or institute criminal proceedings.

 

Section 30 is a qualified exemption which require the Authority to balance
the public interest between disclosure and non-disclosure. The public
interest, provides that such an exemption can only be maintained where the
public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest
in disclosure of the information. In applying the public interest test,
the Authority’s view is that engaging the exemption outweighs the public
interest in disclosing the information. In reaching this view, it
considered the importance of recognising that the purpose of the exemption
is to protect the effective investigation and prosecution of offences.
Therefore, whilst confirming that information is held in regard to the
fire safety audit, please accept this as a refusal notice to release that
information.

 

The Authority has a duty to provide advice and assistance. Whilst we are
unable to assist you at this time in regard to the premises specified, it
may be of interest to you to understand when information may be available
to the public.

 

As an Enforcing Authority of fire safety legislation, the Authority is
required by the Environment and Safety Information Act 1988 to maintain a
public register of the Statutory Notices we have served. These notices
are:

 

o Alterations Notices: An alterations notice may be served on the
responsible person if the Authority is of the opinion that any
structural alterations being made to the premises will constitute a
serious risk to relevant persons (whether due to features of the
premises, their use, and any hazard present or any other
circumstances).
o Enforcement Notices: Where the Authority is of the opinion that the
person responsible for fire safety in the premises has failed to
comply with any provision of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order
2005. The notice must state why the Authority is of that opinion,
specify the provisions which have not been complied with, and give a
timescale (not less than 28 days) in which to take steps to remedy the
failures. The Notice will normally include directions as to the
measures which the Authority consider necessary to remedy the
failure(s).

o Prohibition Notices: Where the advisor considers that the use of the
premises involves, or will involve, a risk to persons on the premises
in the event of fire so serious that use of the premises ought to be
prohibited or restricted, the Authority may serve a Prohibition
Notice. The notice may prohibit use immediately or after a specified
time and not allow it to be used until remedial action has been taken.
The notice will explain why the action is necessary.

 

The register is available for public inspection via the National
Enforcement Register on the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) website,
which can be found [1]here.

 

If you have any queries about this email please contact me within two
calendar months quoting reference 80. If you are unhappy with the service
you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint
or request an review of our decision, you should write to the Complaints
Officer at the address below within 40 working days. Our complaints
process is posted on our website at [2]www.bucksfire.gov.uk

 

If you are not content with the outcome your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Authority. The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Please be advised that your request and any other correspondence
associated with it will be retained until the time has lapsed for the
request to be closed. Once the request is closed only anonymised data will
be retained as this is of public interest and is posted on our website. It
may also may be of use in answering similar requests.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gerry Barry
Information Governance and Compliance Manager
01296 744442 / 07920 710637

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Brigade Headquarters, Stocklake,
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1BD.
BFRS main enquiry line: 01296 744400
Please visit our website at [3]www.bucksfire.gov.uk

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