Money spent on flood defences across Lewes District

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Dear Lewes District Council,

I would like to know how much has been spent on flood defences over the last 5 years. In addition, I would also like to find out how much the council has spent repairing flood damages.

Yours faithfully,

Lauren Simmons

Thank you for your information request received today.


I am currently reviewing your request and investigating whether there is
any information available for disclosure.  The Council, in accordance with
Section 10 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’), will reply
to your request promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth
working day following the date of receipt. Subject Access Requests will be
responded to within one calendar month in line with the GDPR (General Data
Protection Regulation).


In accordance with section 8(1)(b) of the Act and related guidance from
the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Council reserves the right to
treat any request for information as invalid unless the requester supplies
their real name.  In such cases, the Council may request proof of



Please contact me again if you require any assistance with your request
and I will do my best to provide the relevant help and advice.


Kind Regards



Information Governance Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

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Dear Ms. Simmons,


Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 1^st October 2018
which has been registered under reference FOI 7797.


I would like to know how much has been spent on flood defences over the
last 5 years. In addition, I would also like to find out how much the
council has spent repairing flood damages.


As the Council has concerns over the receipt of anonymous and, possibly,
pseudonymous requests, it has decided to tighten procedures and reserves
the right to ask for proof of identity. Therefore I would appreciate it if
you could provide, electronically or otherwise, some proof of your


The usual forms of proof such as passport, drivers licence or a utility
bill are acceptable but other formats will be considered as long as they
demonstrate the genuine identity of the requestor.


A request for information must contain the ‘real name’ and address of the


Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 8(1)(b):


In this Act any reference to a “request for information” is a reference to
such a request which—


        “…states the name of the applicant and an address for


I have attached the ICO guidance (Identity or motives of the applicant)
and would draw your attention to the section on page 4.


Alternatively, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Governance
Appeals Officer -


Information Governance Appeals Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

1 Grove Road


BN21 4TW


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In the meantime your request has been put on hold until I receive your
reply.  If I do not hear from you within 30 working days of the date of
this email I will assume that you no longer wish to proceed with your
information request, and will take no further action.






Kevin Rance

Information Governance Officer

Tel: +44(0)1273 471600

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