Legal bills

Shauna made this Freedom of Information request to Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council

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Dear Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council,

I have a few questions on planning legal bills. Can you please tell me:

1. what was the council’s budget for seeking external legal advice / opinions / representation per year since the implementation of Local Government Reform on 1 April 2015?
2. What was the actual amount spent on legal advice / opinions / representation in each of those years?
3. How much of that expenditure per year was related to planning and environmental issues?

Yours faithfully,

Shauna Corr

FOI Requests, Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council

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Dear Ms Corr

Ref: 2019/01/029

Thank you for your email requesting information. Your request will be
treated in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act. Please see
attached Privacy Notice with regard to our processing of your personal
data.

We will aim to provide you with a response on or before 25 February 2019.

In the meantime, if you have any further queries, please do not hesitate
to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Helen Leung
Information Governance Assistant

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Antrim.  BT41 2UB Council
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Dear Ms Corr

Council ref: 2019/01/029

Council are working on your Freedom of Information request however, our
Planning department has requested for further clarification on what
information you are enquiring about.

Can you please clarify what you mean by "planning and environmental
issues" as mentioned in question 3.
(How much of that expenditure per year was related to planning and
environmental issues??)

Until we receive clarification from you, we will be unable to proceed with
your request.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards
Janet Moreland
Information Governance Assistant

FOI Requests​
[1]Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles way, [4]Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough
Antrim.  BT41 2UB Council
T:  [2]028 9446 3113
E:  [3][Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council request email]
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Dear FOI Requests,

Can you explain what you mean, I can see how that could any more clear?

Yours sincerely,

Shauna Corr

FOI Requests, Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council

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Dear Ms Corr

Can you provide examples of what you mean by Planning Issues and also
Environmental Issues in relation to your request?
Until we receive clarification from you, we will be unable to proceed with
your request.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Regards
Janet Moreland
Information Governance Assistant

FOI Requests​
[1]Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles way, [4]Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough
Antrim.  BT41 2UB Council
T:  [2]028 9446 3113
E:  [3][Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council request email]
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Dear FOI Requests,

I would have thought that was quite explanatory.

Any case in relation to the planning department of the council or committee - or where the council has sought legal action on environmental concerns or environmental complaints. I think the planners would know.

Yours sincerely,

Shauna Corr

FOI Requests, Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council

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Acknowledgement of Clarification

Dear Ms Corr

Ref: 2019/01/029

Thank you for providing clarification. Your request will be treated in
accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and you will receive a
response on or before 22 March 2019.

In the meantime, if you have any further queries, please do not hesitate
to contact me.

Regards
Janet Moreland
Information Governance Assistant

FOI Requests​
[1]Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles way, [4]Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough
Antrim.  BT41 2UB Council
T:  [2]028 9446 3113
E:  [3][Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council request email]
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Dear Ms Corr

 

Council Response – 2019/01/029

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please find responses
to your questions in the attached table. We trust that this resolves your
request.  However, if you are dissatisfied with the way in which we have
handled your request for information you may request an internal review by
contacting:

 

Liz Johnston

Head of Governance

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Antrim Civic Centre

50 Stiles Way

BT41 2UB 

 

Email: [1][email address]

 

If after the internal review is completed you remain dissatisfied you may
appeal to the Information Commissioner by contacting:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

3rd Floor

14 Cromac Place

Belfast

BT7 2JB

 

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Regards

 

Helen Leung

Information Governance Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

FOI Requests​
[2]Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles way, [5]Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough
Antrim.  BT41 2UB Council
T:  [3]028 9446 3113
E:  [4][Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council request email]
[6]FacebookTwitter
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accordance with current data protection legislation – for more information
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and any attachments has been scanned for the presence of computer viruses.
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