Litter stategy

Peter Silverman made this Freedom of Information request to Highways Agency

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Peter Silverman

Dear Highways Agency,

Could you please send me electronic copies of the following documents

1. Strategy to Reduce Litter on the Network (2009)

Only the summary is shown on your web site at:

http://tna.europarchive.org/201207031245...

2.National Litter Strategy (2013)

I understand that this is a new document and that your Bob Castleman has the details.

I understand that it has been "signed off" and is no longer a draft / work in progress in which case it should be available under the Environmental Information Regulations

Yours faithfully,

Peter Silverman

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Dear HAIL,

Please carry out an internal review of your decision not to provide the information requested by me in the time laid down by statute.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Silverman

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If you are reporting a real time incident which requires immediate
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5000.
 
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improving the Strategic Road Network in England on behalf of the Secretary
of State for Transport.  This consists of the Motorway network and the
Major Trunk roads. A map of the roads for which we are responsible can be
found here
[1]http://www.highways.gov.uk/publications/...
 
If your email relates to an issue which is not on the strategic road
network, for example a suburban, local or residential road, you should
forward your email to the relevant Local Authority who should be able to
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Dear HAIL,

Please note that, apart from your two automated acknowledgements, I have received no response to this request of 6th July or to my request for an internal review of 7th Aug.

I did speak briefly with Robert Castleman a month or two ago and he was aware that I had made a request for litter strategy documents.

Could you please explain your position.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Silverman

Peter Silverman left an annotation ()

I am disappointed that I have still not received any response from the Highways Agency.

I have checked to see if the new strategy document had been posted on the Agency's web site but it has not.

When I spoke to Mr Castleman (see above) he had indicated the plan was to publish the Litter Strategy in September. I pointed out to him that the Agency were obliged to provide me with a copy beforehand as it was a completed signed off document.

He was unaware of the existence of the earlier litter strategy document.

Peter Silverman

Peter Silverman left an annotation ()

I have now submitted a formal complaint to the Information Commissioner.
This can be seen at

http://www.cleanhighways.co.uk/wp-conten...

Peter Silverman left an annotation ()

I have now been sent a copy of the 2009 Litter Strategy as a paper copy attached to a letter of 12th Dec from the Divisional Director of their Area 10. I have asked for an electronic copy.

No apology or explanation was given for the delay. No reference was made to the Agency's failure to carry out an internal review.

With regard to the 2013 National Litter Strategy, the letter says it has not yet been published and that it therefore refused under Regulation 12(4)(d.

No reference is made to my contention that the document had been signed off. This would mean that my request for it did not relate to material which was still in the course of completion.

The fact that the Agency has not yet published it to the wider world is irrelevant.

Peter Silverman

Dear HAIL,

Request for an internal review

I have received a reply by post to this information request. It was contained in a letter from Matt Sweeting the Divisional Director of your North West Division dated 12th December 2013.

He has supplied a copy of the 2009 Litter Strategy but not of the 2013 Litter Strategy saying that, as it had not yet been published, it was refused under EIR 12(4)(d).

However I believe the document was no longer a work in progress and should have been provided.

Could you please carry out an internal review of this refusal.

The 2009 document was prefaced by a Document History table showing the dates of the 1st draft, 2nd Draft and final issue. I assume the same or a similar approval procedure would have applied to the 2013 document. Could you incorporate a copy of the Document History table in your response.

Please correspond via this web site and not by post or direct e-mail.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Silverman

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Copy of e-mail

From: Peter Silverman
Sent: 29 January 2014 16:56
To: 'ha_info@highways.gsi.gov.uk'
Cc: 'Sweeting, Matthew'; Castleman, Robert; alan.shepherd@highways.gsi.gov.uk
Subject: Info request - Litter Strategy - Internal Review

Please refer to:

www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/litter_st...

Could you please acknowledge my communication of 23rd January 2014 requesting an internal review.

Please correspond via the WhatDoTheyKnow web site

Kind regards,

Peter Silverman

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