Mayor of London Transport Strategy - Consultation Process - How many aware within LB Newham?

Ruthlyn Black made this Freedom of Information request to Newham Borough Council

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Dear Newham Borough Council,

It has become apparent that many organisations and members of the public in LB Newham were not aware of the recent consultation into the Draft Mayor of London Transport Strategy.

Please explain the steps that Newham Council took with TfL to make the public aware of consultation into the Draft Mayor of London Transport Strategy.

(1) What publicity was undertaken across LB Newham by TfL and by LB Newham?

(2) What was published that explained the Draft Strategy and the consultation process and how were these made available?

(3) What steps were taken to try to ensure a balanced cross-section of the public was made aware of the process?

(4) Where were leaflets distributed, and how was this decided?
What analysis suggested this would lead to a fair and balanced distribution across the community?

(5) What steps were taken to ensure that hard-to-reach sections of the community, such as those who travel exclusively by private car, were made aware of the consultation process and encouraged to participate in it?

(6) What consultation discussions took place between LB Newham and TfL over how this process would operate?
To what extent was the council consulted over the detail of the consultation, and what views did it express?

(7) Is the council happy with the consultation process?
Was the council happy that the online questionnaire was so flagrantly biased?
Was the council happy that were responders allowed to pick as many as they chose from an uncosted wish-list?

(7) What steps were taken to inform and involve organisations likely to have an interest?

(8) What programme of meetings was organised?
Did Newham Council ask TfL to attend meetings of the council's Neighbourhood Partnerships, and how many did receive reports on the consultation from TfL?

(9) How many meetings took place within LB Newham between TfL and the council as part of the consultation process?
What about with local groups in LB Newham?

(10) What pre-consultation took place with interested parties to ensure that the process was fair and balanced?

(11) Does the council support a MTS consultation on the Draft Mayor of London Transport Strategy that offers so little for the driver - private motorist or professional driver of taxi, minicab, van, lorry or bus?
How important are private drivers in the overall use of transport in Newham?
Has the council expressed concerns over this unfair and unbalanced aspect of the consultation process?

(12) Does the council support a MTS in which the promotion of cycling within the draft MTS does not also include warnings on the dangers of this mode?
Does the council support the proposition that a mass switch to cycling would be beneficial justified, and on what evidence?

(13) Does the council support a MTS consultation in which costings of various suggestions were not put forward, so that the public could see how much tax each would entail?

(14) Does the council support a MTS consultation in which there was no question on the level of subsidy that each mode should receive?

(15) Does the council support a MTS consultation in which no question is asked as to whether the users of a mode should bear all, most, some or whatever proportion of the costs of providing that mode?

(16) What representations has or will the council make regarding the consultation process into the Draft MTS as a result of this enquiry or otherwise?

Yours faithfully,

Ruthlyn Black

Newham Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Freedom of Information Act 2000. Mayors Transport.

Thank you for your request for information received on 16/01/2010. We
are dealing with your request and plan to respond before 15/02/2010.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the Information
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Yours Faithfully

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Newham Council

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Dear Newham Borough Council,

I note that the 20 working day deadline has passed without any response being provided to my FOI Request.

This is very disappointing.

The Request was a straight forward one, and I see no reason why the council could not provider its response within the statutory limit of 20wd.

Please give an indication of a date by when the council expects to provide its reply - as otherwise a reference to the ICO will become necessary.

Yours faithfully,

Ruthlyn Black

Newham Borough Council

We have today reminded our Client Section to provide a response, and we
will be in touch with you as soon as we can.

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Dear Madam,

Mayor of London Transport Strategy - Consultation Process.

We write to apologise for the delay in responding to your request and will
respond within the next seven working days.

Regards

Information Governance

Newham Council

Resources Directorate

London Borough of Newham

PO Box 65911 I London E6 9GZ

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Dear Requester,

Please find the response to your request attached.

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Team and the Corporate Complaints Manager, respectively.

Regards

Information Governance Team
Information Governance
London Borough of Newham
Information Governance- ICT

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Dear Newham Borough Council,

Thank you for your reply.

Could you kindly provide a copy of the response that the council sent in response to the MTS consultation?

Either a weblink to a copy of the actual response that was sent, or a WORD DOC copy by email.

I would also be interested to see the relevant committee reports.
Perhaps you could provide a weblink to those items as well.

Yours faithfully,

Ruthlyn Black

Newham Borough Council

REQUESTER REFERENCE: C3327
ENQUIRY REFERENCE: E5967
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Dear Sir/Madam,

Freedom of Information Act 2000. Mayor of London Transport Strategy

Thank you for your request for information received on 18/03/2010. We
are dealing with your request and plan to respond before 19/04/2010.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the Information
Governance Team on 020 8430 3737 or email us at:
[Newham Borough Council request email]

Yours Faithfully

Information Governance Team
Newham Council

Newham Council Publication Scheme is on: www.newham.gov.uk

NOTE: This communication is sent for and on behalf of the London Borough of Newham.
However the views expressed within it are not necessarily the views or policies of the Council. The unauthorised use, disclosure, copying or alteration of this communication and any attachments is forbidden. This communication and any attachments are intended for the addressee only and may be confidential. If this has come to you in error you should immediately permanently destroy it.
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Dear Newham Borough Council,

Thank you for your acknowledgement.

However you should note that my email was asking for clarification of your reply.

As such, it should receive an immediate reply, and not be made to wait for 20wd.

Yours faithfully,

Ruthlyn Black

Newham Borough Council

Dear Madam,

We are still of the opinion that this is a new request, as you have been
requesting additional information.

Regards,

Information Governance.

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Dear Newham Borough Council,

I note that it took almost 2 months to provide the initial response, well over the 20wd maximum.

Under the FOI Law, information should be provided promptly.

What I now ask for is not complicated or time-consuming to provide, and must be readily available to the council.

The weblinks requested would normally come under a "normal business" enquiry.

I will allow 2 weeks before referring this matter to the ICO for a ruling.

Yours faithfully,

Ruthlyn Black

Newham Borough Council

Dear Ms Black,

Thank you for your message below.

I note that we sent you a response to your FOI requested on 12th March
2010, which we responded to under our reference E5542.

We subsequently received a follow-up request dated 17th March 2010
requesting copies of the documents. We acknowledged this request under
our reference E5967and informed you that the response will be sent
before 19th April 2010 (20 working days from the date the request was
received).

We are in the process of consulting our partners regarding the request
in accordance with guidance from the ICO and will respond before the due
date.

Regards

Information Governance
Newham Council

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Dear Ms Black,

Our records show that we may not have responded to your FOI request.
Please find attach our response and we apologise for the delay.

Regards

Information Governance

Resources Directorate

London Borough of Newham

PO Box 65911 I London E6 9GZ

DDI: 020 3373 2645 I Int: 32645

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alteration of this communication and any attachments is forbidden. This
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immediately permanently destroy it.

You should take no action based on it or copy or show it to anyone and
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Ruthlyn Black

Dear Newham Borough Council,

Thank you for your reply.

Could you kindly resend the DOCX file as a DOC file, as DOCX files are not readable by many verions of Word, including my own.

Yours faithfully,

Ruthlyn Black

Alex Skene left an annotation ()

Google Viewer (http://docs.google.com/viewer) can open & view DOCX files. Here's the link to LB Newham's document:

http://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3...

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Dear Ms Black,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 04 July 2010, please find attached pdf versions of the documents for your review. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance
London Borough of Newham
Newham Dockside, 1000 Dockside Road,  London E16 2QU
DDI 020 3373 7912 EXT 37912

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