KCC - Smart Water Meter Consultation

Paul Qwirk made this Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council

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Dear Kent County Council,

Can you please provide the dates and minutes of any consultations or meetings Kent County Council has had with South East Water and the fitting of Smart Meters.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Qwirk

Kent County Council

Dear Mr Qwirk

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.  

 

However, before we can proceed with your request, can you please clarify
the timeframe of the meetings or consultations in question (for example:
the last calendar year)? Also, could you please clarify whether there is a
particular location which you are most interested in knowing about those
meters being fitted?

 

As soon as we receive this information, we will let you know the latest
date that you can expect a reply by.

 

Please quote our reference – FOI/15/1473 - in any communication regarding
this particular request.

 

Best regards

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Dear Kent County Council,

The time frame would be from the commencement date of when KCC was first contacted by South East Water to discuss fitting Smart Water Meters and for all area's in Kent.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Qwirk

Kent County Council

Dear Mr Qwirk

 

Thank you for your clarifying your request. I can now confirm that the
latest complete by date for your request is 7th October 2015.

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/15/1473 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Kent County Council

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Dear Mr Qwirk  

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to smart water meters. I am pleased
to provide the response below:

 

Kent County Council has no specific knowledge of the type of water meters
being installed by South East Water (SEW) but we are aware that over
recent years most water companies have begun to use water meters that
include some element of ‘smart’ functionality. Since 2013 the extent of
our meetings and consultation responses in connection with SEW and the
fitting of water meters is as follows:

 

 1. KCC made a brief reference to the SEW metering programme in our
response to the consultation on SEW’s draft Water Resources Management
Plan on 18th July 2013 (see attached).

 

 2. An officer attended a meeting held by SEW on 2nd May 2014 for the
purpose of briefing stakeholders on the roll-out of their metering
programme to the Maidstone area. There were no minutes.

 

 3. In a liaison meeting with KCC on 9th Jan 2015 SEW briefly mentioned
that their metering programme was progressing according to plan. No
minutes were taken.

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/15/1473.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[3]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Dear Kent County Council,

Please can you explain why no minutes were taken at either of the meetings and what your purpose was in attending these meetings.

Did your officer object to any aspect of the fitting of these Smart Meters especially as individuals within the communities are not consulted and are having these Smart Meters forced onto them. Even a little research shows that they can be harmful to health and there is no mention within the letter you have provided about them effecting peoples health or the forced aspect of unwanted Smart Meters being raised.

Please define what you mean by stakeholders.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Qwirk

Kent County Council

Dear Mr Qwirk

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 5th November 2015 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/15/1638 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Kent County Council

Dear Mr Qwirk  

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to Smart Meters.

 

Please can you explain why no minutes were taken at either of the meetings
and what your purpose was in attending these meetings.

No minutes were taken at the meeting between South East Water and Kent
County Council (KCC) on 9th January 2015 because it was an informal
meeting. KCC’s purpose in attending was liaison with South East Water.

 

Please define what you mean by stakeholders.

In the context of the meeting held by South East Water on 2nd May 2014,
KCC’s use of the ‘stakeholders’ meant ‘organisations invited by South East
Water because of their interest in the company’s metering programme in the
Maidstone area’.

 

As explained in the previous response, KCC does not know what kind of
water meters South East Water is fitting and is therefore unable to answer
any question that refers to them as ‘Smart Meters’.

 

KCC is also unable to explain why there were no minutes from SEW’s meeting
of 2nd May 2014. You will need to direct this question to South East Water
directly.

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/15/1638.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[3]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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