Meetings held with Sussex Police about Balcombe anti-fracking protests

Ruth Hayhurst made this Freedom of Information request to West Sussex County Council

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Dear West Sussex County Council,

Please supply any notes or minutes of two meetings held on Friday 6th September and Monday 9th September between West Sussex County Council and Sussex Police. These meetings were held to discuss issues arising from the anti-fracking protests outside Cuadrilla's oil exploration site at London Road, Balcombe.

Please also supply the contents of any correspondence between West Sussex County Council and Sussex Police relating to these meetings that were exchanged during the period Friday 30th August to Friday 13th September.

Yours faithfully,

Ruth Hayhurst

Freedom of Information Act,

Dear Ms Hayhurst,

 

Thank you for your enquiry, which has been forwarded to the appropriate
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Yours sincerely,

 

Dave Loveman

Customer Relations Team Manager

 

 

Freedom Of Information |  [1]West Sussex County Council | Location:
County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RQ
E-mail: [2][email address]

 

 

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Dear Freedom of Information Act,

This is a reminder that your response to my FOI request should have been sent by 20th February 2014 and is now overdue.

Yours sincerely,

Ruth Hayhurst

CI Group FOI,

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Our Ref: 998

 

 

Dear Ms Hayhurst

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

I refer to your request for information in relation to meetings held with
Sussex Police about Balcombe anti-fracking protests.  Your request was
received by me on 24 January 2014 and is being processed under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

 

I am now in a position to respond to you and confirm that we do not have
any notes from the meetings on 6^th / 9^th September but attach the
command structure and timetable that was discussed at the meetings. I also
attach correspondence between us and the Police during the period Friday
30th August to Friday 13th September.  Please note in accordance with
Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, all personal details
have been redacted.  Please be advised that I am undertaking a further
check of correspondence which I anticipate to complete and send to you by
Friday 28 February 2014.

 

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for example commercial
publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder. Most
documents supplied by us will be copyright of West Sussex County Council.

 

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Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Please remember to quote our reference number above in any further
correspondence.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Alison Attwood

Business Practitioner

 

 

 

Alison Attwood | Business Practitioner, Business Management Team, Business
Improvement, [1]West Sussex County Council
Location: Room 215, East Wing, County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RF
Internal: 28338 | External: +44 (0) 3302 228338 | E-mail:
[2][email address]

 

 

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Dear CI Group FOI,

Thank you for your response. I look forward to hearing from you with any further material.

Yours sincerely,

Ruth Hayhurst

Dear CI Group FOI,

Thank you for the attachments.
You mention in your letter that you have attached correspondence between WSCC and Sussex Police for the period August 30th to September 13th.
Unfortunately, that seems to have gone astray. There are five documents: two copies each of coordination arrangements and verge eviction timetable (Word and Pdf) and the press release. Could you resend the correspondence again in case it has gone astray.
Thanks and best wishes, Ruth

Yours sincerely,

Ruth Hayhurst

CI Group FOI,

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Our Ref: 998

 

Dear Ms Hayhurst

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Further to your email dated 27 February 2014, please accept my apologies
for doubling up on the attachments sent to you and I now attach the PDF
versions only.  With regard to the correspondence between WSCC and the
Police, unfortunately I omitted to advise you that it was these
correspondence that I was undertaking a further check and these are with
our Legal department for checking.

 

As soon as I am able to release these, I will send these out to you and
apologise for the delay.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you may
wish to ask for a review of our decision under our complaints procedure
via our website.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  Generally the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted our complaints
procedure.  The ICO can be contacted at the Information Commissioner's
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Please remember to quote our reference number above in any further
correspondence.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Alison Attwood

Business Practitioner

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Attwood | Business Practitioner, Business Management Team, Business
Improvement, [1]West Sussex County Council
Location: Room 215, East Wing, County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RF
Internal: 28338 | External: +44 (0) 3302 228338 | E-mail:
[2][email address]

 

From: Alison Attwood On Behalf Of CI Group FOI
Sent: 25 February 2014 12:55
To: [FOI #194452 email]
Subject: FW: FOI Ref. 998 - Meetings held with Sussex Police re Balcombe
anti-fracking protests.
Importance: High

 

Our Ref: 998

 

 

Dear Ms Hayhurst

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

I refer to your request for information in relation to meetings held with
Sussex Police about Balcombe anti-fracking protests.  Your request was
received by me on 24 January 2014 and is being processed under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

 

I am now in a position to respond to you and confirm that we do not have
any notes from the meetings on 6^th / 9^th September but attach the
command structure and timetable that was discussed at the meetings. I also
attach correspondence between us and the Police during the period Friday
30th August to Friday 13th September.  Please note in accordance with
Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, all personal details
have been redacted.  Please be advised that I am undertaking a further
check of correspondence which I anticipate to complete and send to you by
Friday 28 February 2014.

 

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for example commercial
publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder. Most
documents supplied by us will be copyright of West Sussex County Council.

 

Information you receive which is not subject to WSCC copyright continues
to be protected by the copyright of the person, or organisation, from
which the information originated. You must ensure that you gain their
permission before reproducing any third party (non WSCC) information.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you may
wish to ask for a review of our decision under our complaints procedure
via our website.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  Generally the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted our complaints
procedure.  The ICO can be contacted at the Information Commissioner's
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Please remember to quote our reference number above in any further
correspondence.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Alison Attwood

Business Practitioner

 

 

 

Alison Attwood | Business Practitioner, Business Management Team, Business
Improvement, [3]West Sussex County Council
Location: Room 215, East Wing, County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RF
Internal: 28338 | External: +44 (0) 3302 228338 | E-mail:
[4][email address]

 

 

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Dear CI Group FOI,

Thank you for your reply. I look forward to hearing from you you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Ruth Hayhurst

CI Group FOI,

Our Ref: 998

 

Dear Ms Hayhurst

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

I refer to your request for information in relation to meetings held with
Sussex Police about Balcombe anti-fracking protests.

 

I refer my email of yesterday with regard to outstanding correspondence
and advise that I decline to disclose the correspondence referred to in
your request for information.

 

I apply the exemption in s36 Freedom of Information Act 2000 on the basis
that disclosure would prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs.

 

It is important to ensure key players in correspondence with partnership
organisations, dealing with emergencies, are able to liaise frankly and
freely around urgent issues involving the management of public
demonstrations, with a view to protecting the public, without the
constraint of knowing that their communications will be disclosed to the
public.

 

I consider there is little public interest in disclosure of the details in
terms of furthering public understanding of the management of the protest,
that interest already having been served by a number of press releases.
There is considerable public interest in ensuring the emergency services
are able to work jointly and affectively in emergency situations.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you may
wish to ask for a review of our decision under our complaints procedure. 
Please contact the complaints section via our website.

 

If you are not content with the outcome your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted our complaints
procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 

The Information Commissioner's Office,  Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

Alison Attwood

Business Practitioner

 

 

Alison Attwood | Business Practitioner, Business Management Team, Business
Improvement, [1]West Sussex County Council
Location: Room 215, East Wing, County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RF
Internal: 28338 | External: +44 (0) 3302 228338 | E-mail:
[2][email address]

 

 

 

 

 

From: Alison Attwood On Behalf Of CI Group FOI
Sent: 05 March 2014 15:45
To: [FOI #194452 email]
Subject: FW: FOI Ref. 998 - Meetings held with Sussex Police re Balcombe
anti-fracking protests.
Importance: High

 

Our Ref: 998

 

Dear Ms Hayhurst

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Further to your email dated 27 February 2014, please accept my apologies
for doubling up on the attachments sent to you and I now attach the PDF
versions only.  With regard to the correspondence between WSCC and the
Police, unfortunately I omitted to advise you that it was these
correspondence that I was undertaking a further check and these are with
our Legal department for checking.

 

As soon as I am able to release these, I will send these out to you and
apologise for the delay.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you may
wish to ask for a review of our decision under our complaints procedure
via our website.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  Generally the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted our complaints
procedure.  The ICO can be contacted at the Information Commissioner's
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Please remember to quote our reference number above in any further
correspondence.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Alison Attwood

Business Practitioner

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Attwood | Business Practitioner, Business Management Team, Business
Improvement, [3]West Sussex County Council
Location: Room 215, East Wing, County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RF
Internal: 28338 | External: +44 (0) 3302 228338 | E-mail:
[4][email address]

 

From: Alison Attwood On Behalf Of CI Group FOI
Sent: 25 February 2014 12:55
To: [5][FOI #194452 email]
Subject: FW: FOI Ref. 998 - Meetings held with Sussex Police re Balcombe
anti-fracking protests.
Importance: High

 

Our Ref: 998

 

 

Dear Ms Hayhurst

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

I refer to your request for information in relation to meetings held with
Sussex Police about Balcombe anti-fracking protests.  Your request was
received by me on 24 January 2014 and is being processed under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

 

I am now in a position to respond to you and confirm that we do not have
any notes from the meetings on 6^th / 9^th September but attach the
command structure and timetable that was discussed at the meetings. I also
attach correspondence between us and the Police during the period Friday
30th August to Friday 13th September.  Please note in accordance with
Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, all personal details
have been redacted.  Please be advised that I am undertaking a further
check of correspondence which I anticipate to complete and send to you by
Friday 28 February 2014.

 

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for example commercial
publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder. Most
documents supplied by us will be copyright of West Sussex County Council.

 

Information you receive which is not subject to WSCC copyright continues
to be protected by the copyright of the person, or organisation, from
which the information originated. You must ensure that you gain their
permission before reproducing any third party (non WSCC) information.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you may
wish to ask for a review of our decision under our complaints procedure
via our website.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  Generally the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted our complaints
procedure.  The ICO can be contacted at the Information Commissioner's
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Please remember to quote our reference number above in any further
correspondence.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Alison Attwood

Business Practitioner

 

 

 

Alison Attwood | Business Practitioner, Business Management Team, Business
Improvement, [6]West Sussex County Council
Location: Room 215, East Wing, County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RF
Internal: 28338 | External: +44 (0) 3302 228338 | E-mail:
[7][email address]

 

 

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Dear West Sussex County Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of West Sussex County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Meetings held with Sussex Police about Balcombe anti-fracking protests'.

I wish to challenge the assertion that it is not in the public interest to disclose the minutes or notes of meetings held between Sussex Police and West Sussex County Council about the protests at Balcombe.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Yours faithfully,

Ruth Hayhurst

Freedom of Information Act,

Dear Ms Hayhurst,

 

Thank you for your request for a review of the Council’s decision. The
review will be carried out by an appropriate senior officer and you will
be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Dave Loveman

Customer Relations Team Manager

 

 

Freedom Of Information |  [1]West Sussex County Council | Location:
County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RQ
E-mail: [2][email address]

 

 

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Dear Freedom of Information Act,

Thank you for taking up my request for an internal review.
Could you let me know what progress has been made since your reply 13 weeks ago.

Yours sincerely,

Ruth Hayhurst

Freedom of Information Act,

Dear Ms Hayhurst,

 

The outcome of the review was sent on 19 March 2014 along with the outcome
of the review into a linked request.

 

You can find the outcome at
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Dave Loveman

Customer Relations Team Manager

 

Freedom Of Information |  [2]West Sussex County Council | Location:
County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RQ
E-mail: [3][email address]

 

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