Dear Forestry Commission,
In relation to Hamsterley forest,
I would like to know what the financial investment from the Forestry Commission, (not volunteer groups) has been for year ending April 2018 for mountain bike trails.
In addition, what has the Forestry Commission investment in footpaths been for the same financial year.
Finally, how much income has been generated from car parking fees in the same financial year.
I understand that at the time of this request the financial year is not quite over. 16/03/18
Thank you,

Yours faithfully,

Alex Talks

King, Jenny, Forestry Commission

Dear Mr Talks

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding investment in
Hamsterley Forest. The Freedom of Information Act gives a right to
information held by a public body at the time a request is received,
unless one of the available exemptions to disclose is applied.  Where
information is not held by a public body there is no requirement to create
the information in order to answer a question or request, the only
requirement is for the person requesting the information to be advised
that the information is not held. I have separated my response to your
request below.

 

1.       The financial investment from the Forestry Commission, (not
volunteer groups) for year ending April 2018 for mountain bike trails -
Expenditure on mountain bike trails is recorded in overall expenditure on
trails infrastructure maintenance and our financial systems do not enable
us to identify expenditure on dedicated mountain bike trails. Therefore,
the Forestry Commission answer to this request is information not held.

2.       Forestry Commission investment in footpaths for the same
financial year – Expenditure on footpath trails is recorded in overall
expenditure on trails infrastructure maintenance and our financial systems
do not enable us to identify expenditure on dedicated footpaths.
Therefore, the Forestry Commission answer to this request is information
not held.

 

For the above requests, we would be able to provide you with information
on expenditure on trail infrastructure and maintenance of all trails if
you would find this useful. However, I must point out that this
information is drawn from our financial systems, which are  designed for
our own management needs, not to answer third party requests for site
specific information.

 

3.       Income generated from car parking fees in the same financial year
-  Car Park income to mid-March 2018 for Hamsterley was £185,000 net of
VAT.

 

I have tried to deal with your request as fully as possible. If you have
any questions then I would be happy to try and answer these for you.
However, should you wish to complain about the way your request has been
handled please contact:

 

                Forestry Commission

                Director England

                620 Bristol Business Park

                Coldharbour Lane

                Bristol

                BS16 1EJ

 

                Email: [1][email address]

 

Complaints regarding non-compliance with the requirements of the open
information legislation should initially be made to the Forestry
Commission itself.  We aim to resolve any complaints with you directly. 
However, should the matter fail to be resolved, you may make an appeal to
the Information Commissioner’s Office.

 

Further information of the role of the Information Commissioner and
guidance on FOI/EIR can be found on the Commissioner’s web site:
[2]www.ico.org.uk or by calling the helpline: 0303 123 1113

 

Best wishes

 

Jenny

Jenny King
Parliamentary and Information Rights Officer | Director England’s Office |
Forestry Commission England

+ 620 Bristol Business Park | Coldharbour Lane | Bristol | BS16 1EJ
( 0300 067 4264
: [3][email address]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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