Litter enforcement costs

The request was partially successful.

Dear Braintree District Council,

Would you please disclose the amount spent on litter enforcement/prevention?

Please can you breakdown the costs into money spent on public employees vs private contractors?

Yours faithfully,

Mr Carr

To whom it may concern,

The response to my request has been delayed beyond the lawfully mandated guideline. Would you please check this request and treat it urgently?

Yours sincerely,

Mr Carr

Gosling, Mike, Braintree District Council

Dear Mr Carr

I refer to your Freedom of Information request received by Braintree
District Council. I

would be grateful if you would provide clarification in respect to:-

 

Litter enforcement/prevention is carried out by solely Braintree District
Council's

without any private contractors.

 

However waste collection is joint function provided public and private
operators.

Which service does your request relate to - enforcement/prevention or
waste

collection?

 

Please note that the 20 working days for the Council to respond to your
request will not

commence until your clarification is received by the Council.

Kind Regards

Mike Gosling

Performance & Information Officer

Braintree District Council | Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, CM7
9HB

 01376 552525| www.braintree.gov.uk

 

Mike Gosling

Performance and Information Officer

Braintree District Council | Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, CM7
9HB

( 01376 552525 Ext. 2443 | [1]www.braintree.gov.uk | *
[2][email address]

 

 

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Dear Gosling, Mike,

Would you please explain why it took over 20 days for Braintree Council to ask for clarification? This is not intended to be a loophole to allow for extra time to respond, or to ignore requests and hope that they go away. Had Braintree council asked for clarification within a reasonable timescale, you can see that I would have provided it within less than a few hours.

With that in mind, I request that this FOI be treated as overdue.

To clarify my request, as I wrote in my original email, I am asking about litter prevention / enforcement costs. I also asked for the costs to be broken into public/private employee costs and you have already confirmed that there are no private enforcement costs.

I do not believe I mentioned waste collection in my original request.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Carr

Headford, Tracey, Braintree District Council

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Dear Mr Carr

I am writing regarding your email received on the 3rd October chasing a response to your Freedom of Information request received by the department on the 4th September 2017.

Firstly in response to your email regarding the clarification required, this was sent to you on the 4th September which is the same day as your original enquiry and I have attached a copy of the email originally sent to you to confirm this. We are not using this as a loophole to allow for extra time to respond. We needed to clarify the information you require to ensure we are able to provide a response. We did in fact ask for clarification in a reasonable timescale as this was the same day as we received your original request.

In accordance with guidance issued by the ICO, the authority has a further 20 working days to respond to a request once clarification has been received which was the 3rd October 2017.

Please find detailed below our response to your Freedom of Information request.
The Freedom of Information Act enables access to information held by the Council, subject to the exemptions contained within the Act. The Act does not require the Council to create information to respond to a request if the requested information is not held, nor to give an opinion or comment.

Would you please disclose the amount spent on litter enforcement/prevention? I am asking about litter prevention / enforcement costs. I also asked for the costs to be broken into public/private employee costs and you have already confirmed that there are no private enforcement costs.

We do not hold this information. Our street scene protection team are the service within the council that deal with litter enforcement and is one of many functions they carry out. We do not separate out the costs of each individual function of the team and the amount spent on litter enforcement is not held separately. We are only able to provide the costs of the street scene protection team as a whole and if you require this, please let us know. You are also able to view the budgets for the street scene protection team on page 99 of our budget book 2017/18 available on our website at https://www.braintree.gov.uk/info/200136...

In respect of litter prevention, the Council have run a number of successful litter prevention campaigns since 2010 and the total spend from 2010 to date is £147,794.23.

Please can you breakdown the costs into money spent on public employees vs private contractors? The information you are requesting is not held in the format you are requesting as litter enforcement is one of the many functions carried out by out street scene protection officers. We confirm that there are no private enforcement costs.

If you disagree with the Council’s decision in respect of your freedom of information request or are otherwise unhappy with how the Council has dealt with your request in the first instance you may approach Emma Wisbey Governance and Member Manager in writing at the following address: Braintree District Council, Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, Essex, CM7 9HB.

Should you remain dissatisfied with the outcome you have a right of appeal under S50 of the Freedom of Information Act to appeal against the decision by contacting the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5AF, [email address]


Kind regards

Tracey Headford
Performance and Improvement Manager
Braintree District Council | Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, CM7 9HB
n 01376 552525 Ext. 2442 | www.braintree.gov.uk | [email address]

Dear Headford, Tracey,

Thank you for your response. Have a great day

Yours sincerely,

Mr Carr

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