Dear Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon 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, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council

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Dear Ms Corr

Ref: Freedom of Information Request No. IR-2019-69

Thank you for your request for information which was received by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council on 28th January 2019. This request will be processed under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, within the statutory timescale of 20 working days.

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Planning, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council

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Dear Ms Corr,

 

Please find attached response to your Freedom of Information request
relating to Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Planning
legal bills.

 

Yours

 

Wylie Dickson

 

 

 

Wylie Dickson | Senior Admin Officer, Planning

 

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Bridgewater House | Castlewellan Road | Banbridge | Co. Down | BT32 4AX

 

direct: 028 383 13686  | ext: 4702

 

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Dear Planning,

I am calling for an internal review on your refusal to provide the information I asked for - provided two months late.

Commercial interest does not apply here at the council is a public body - and I have not asked for names of the solicitors that you pay for legal advice. Nor is this a single project, where just one outside company would be paid - so your reasoning for an exemption is invalid.

Every other council that has responded so far has provided the details - so as a reporter I will be forced to say you alone refused.

Please reconsider my request or I will be forced to take it to the information commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Shauna Corr

Planning, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council

Dear Madam
I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence which is receiving attention.
Yours faithfully
Angela Clarke
On behalf of the Planning Office

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Dear Ms Corr

Thank you for your email dated 5th April 2019. I acknowledge your request for an internal review of the Council’s decision in respect of FOI reference IR-2019-69 and I will initiate the FOI internal review procedure.

If you have any queries about this communication, please do not hesitate to contact me. It would be helpful if you could quote the reference number above in any future communications relating to this request for information.

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Carolyn Green | Administrative Assistant | Information Governance

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
Old Armagh City Hospital | 39 Abbey Street | Armagh | Co. Armagh | BT61 7DY

Tel: 028 37529600 | Ext: 3015

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Dear FOI,

This is now long overdue and I have yet to receive a response, can you let me know when to expect the detail please?

Yours sincerely,

Shauna

FOI, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council

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Dear Ms Corr,

 

Thank you for your email below dated 10 June 2019.  Please accept our
sincere apologies for the delay in replying and in issuing to you a
response to your request for an internal review. 

 

We apologise this process is taking longer than usual. At present Council
is dealing with a high volume of complex requests which unfortunately is
having a significant impact on our processing and responses times. 
Council would like to thank you for your patience, this has now been
escalated and we hope to provide you with a full response as soon as
possible.

 

Kind regards

 

Joanne Cranston | Record Support Officer

 

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Old Armagh Hospital | 39 Abbey Street | Armagh | Co. Armagh | BT61 7DY

 

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Dear Ms Corr

 

Ref: Internal Review Request No: IR-2019-69

 

Please find attached response to your Internal Review Request. 

 

If you have any queries about this communication, please do not hesitate
to contact me.  It would be helpful if you could quote the reference
number above in any future communications relating to this request for
information.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Joanne Cranston | Record Support Officer

 

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Old Armagh Hospital | 39 Abbey Street | Armagh | Co. Armagh | BT61 7DY

 

telephone: 028 3752 9600 | ext: 3024

 

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