Milton Road Remodelling - Plans and Assessments - Autumn 2018

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Dear Greater Cambridge Partnership,

I am writing to request the release of full details of the plans for the remodelling of Milton Road in Cambridge which are currently subject to a consultation scheduled to close on Monday 29 October 2018 and information relating to the analysis and assessment of the plans.

I expect the response to include:

* Any detailed plans of what is proposed; for example 1:500 scale plans similar to those which were made available during earlier stages of the consultation process showing details of the proposed remodelled road, including bus stops and other features.

* Any safety assessments applying to the whole proposed scheme or elements of it; including information comparing the expected risks associated with the proposed scheme with the existing arrangements.

* Any assessments of the expected impact of the proposed scheme on the flow of people along the road; including any information on expected transit times for buses, cars, bikes and pedestrians; and information on expected queue lengths, under various conditions / times of day.

* Details of any proposed planting scheme, covering trees, shrubs, and grass; any related proposed management plans; and any designs/specifications for planters, tree pits and other related infrastructure.

* Details of how the current construction cost estimate was arrived at, and how it is broken down.

* Information on materials to be used in all aspects of the remodelling including surfacing and curbs.

* Details of proposed street furniture.

* Lighting design plans, both for street-lighting and any other proposed lighting.

* Drainage plans.

* Details of proposed traffic signal arrangement and operation.

* Plans for utilities, including any upgrading to be carried out as part of the remodelling and provisions of conduits or other infrastructure to minimise the digging up of the remodelled road.

I am not requesting the consultation brochure and related visualisations.

If any of the material I am expecting is not released I would appreciate an explanation as to why it is not being provided.

Particularly given the information requested is subject to a live consultation I would appreciate a prompt response.

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

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On 2 October 2018 the Greater Cambridge Partnership tweeted me to say:

"Hi Richard, we've received your email about Milton Road and we'll respond to you in the coming days. Regards, SP"

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I have asked the Information Commissioner to act given Greater Cambridge Partnership's failure to respond to this request. A copy of my message to the commissioner is below:

"
Information Commissioner,

I would like to make an application for a decision by the Information Commissioner, as provided for by Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, in respect of the request for information made via:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

All relevant correspondence related to the request is available via that link and I can confirm that I made the request in question.

I believe the public body has breached section 10(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (Time for compliance with request) in that it failed to provide a valid response to the request either promptly or within 20 working days of receipt.

The public body does not appear to publicise a complaints process either in relation to unanswered Freedom of Information requests, or more generally, no policies are mentioned at the following web addresses:

https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/abou...
https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/sear...

My understanding is that the Information Commissioner's policy is to encourage complaints about non-responses prior to seeking, and awaiting a conclusion of, an internal review. I would like to encourage the Commissioner to update the Commissioner's website in-line with this policy.

Regards,

--

Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk
"

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Dear Mr Taylor,

I write with reference to your request of 1^st October regarding plans for
the remodelling of Milton Road in Cambridge.  Apologies for the delay in
responding to you.

Detailed plans of what is proposed are available on the Milton Road Local
Liaison Forum page [see links below]:

 

[1]https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/down...

 

[2]https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/down...

 

[3]https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/down...

 

The Strategic Outline Business Case contains a broad breakdown of costs,
as estimated at this preliminary stage by a quantity surveyor.  The
current estimate include a significant amount of optimism bias due to the
uncertainty over what will be the final design.  A copy is attached as
‘Document 1’.

 

The scheme as drawn does not have a safety audit yet.  This will be
carried out post consultation.  An audit was carried out on the previous
design iteration – final concept – and has been used to inform the design
of the current scheme.  A copy is attached as ‘Document 2’. 

 

Modelling was undertaken and referred to in the previous Executive Board
paper and it set out in the brief summary paper attached as ‘Document 3’. 
The purpose of the modelling is to assess the design’s impact on traffic
flows and in particular assess the improvements to bus priority.

 

Details of the following are not currently available:

 

·         Any proposed planting scheme, covering trees, shrubs, and grass;
any related proposed management plans; and any designs/specifications for
planters, tree pits and other related infrastructure.

·         Information on materials to be used in all aspects of the
remodelling including surfacing and curbs.

·         Proposed street furniture.

·         Lighting design plans, both for street-lighting and any other
proposed lighting.

·         Drainage plans.

·         Proposed traffic signal arrangement and operation.

·         Plans for utilities, including any upgrading to be carried out
as part of the remodelling and provisions of conduits or other
infrastructure to minimise the digging up of the remodelled road.

 

This will be done as part of the detailed work on the final design.

 

I hope this information is helpful but if you are unhappy with the service
you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint
or request a review, you should write to Information Management Team, at
either [4][email address] or by post at Box OCT1224, Shire Hall,
Cambridge CB3 0AP within 40 days of the date of this e-mail.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, or via their website: [5]https://ico.org.uk/.

 

Generally, the ICO will not undertake a review or make a decision on a
request until the internal review process has been completed.

 

Kind Regards,

 

The Greater Cambridge Partnership

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Dear Mr Taylor,

 

Please find attached the documents referenced in the previous email.

 

Kind regards,

 

The Greater Cambridge Partnership

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