Dear Sir

Please provide the following information:

1 The date on which the most recent Needs Assessment of Bargee Travellers (live aboard boaters), pursuant to s.124 Housing and Planning Act 2016 (the “2016 Act”), was conducted by Vale of White Horse District Council (“VWHDC”) or its agent.

2 The date on which VWHDC or its agent consulted the National Bargee Travellers Association arising from the obligation of VWHDC pursuant to the 2016 Act when taken with the ancillary guidance of DCLG entitled “Draft guidance to local housing authorities on the periodical review of housing needs Caravans and Houseboats; 11th March 2016”.

3 The conclusions reached by VWHDC pursuant to Item 1

4 The identity of the agent (if one was contracted by VWHDC) referred to In Items (1) and 2.

5 The instrument or draft instrument that restricts (or seeks to restrict) mooring in or around the town of Abingdon promulgated (or published) on or after 1-1-2017.

6 All correspondence relating to Item 5 between VWHDC and (a) the SoS Communities (b) Abingdon Town Council; and (c) any other public body.

For the avoidance of doubt this is a requisition under the freedom of Information Act

Yours faithfully
Nick Brown

FOI Vale, Vale of White Horse District Council

Dear Nick,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which was received by
the Vale of White Horse District Council on: 16 August 2017.
Please accept this email as confirmation that your request has been
received and forwarded to the relevant department and a response will be
sent to you within 20 working days.
The deadline for this will be: 14 September 2017.
The reference number for this request is: 17/489.
I trust that this email is sufficient to assure you that your request is
being dealt with. However, should you have any queries in the meantime,
please do not hesitate to contact the FOI team at [Vale of White Horse District Council request email]
Regards
FOI Team
 
Policy & Partnerships
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
 
Direct line: 01235 422371
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[2]www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk 

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From: Nick Brown <[FOI #425754 email]>
Sent: 16 August 2017 22:05
To: FOI Vale
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Mooring legislation in Abingdon
 
Dear Sir

Please provide the following information:

1       The date on which the most recent Needs Assessment of Bargee
Travellers (live aboard boaters), pursuant to s.124 Housing and Planning
Act 2016 (the “2016 Act”), was conducted by Vale of White Horse District
Council (“VWHDC”) or its agent.

2       The date on which VWHDC or its agent consulted the National Bargee
Travellers Association arising from the obligation of VWHDC pursuant to
the 2016 Act when taken with the ancillary guidance of DCLG entitled
“Draft guidance to local housing authorities on the periodical review of
housing needs Caravans and Houseboats; 11th March 2016”.

3       The conclusions reached by VWHDC pursuant to Item 1

4       The identity of the agent (if one was contracted by VWHDC)
referred to In Items (1) and 2.

5       The instrument or draft instrument that restricts (or seeks to
restrict) mooring in or around the town of Abingdon promulgated (or
published) on or after 1-1-2017.

6       All correspondence relating to Item 5 between VWHDC and (a)  the
SoS Communities (b) Abingdon Town Council; and (c) any other public body.

For the avoidance of doubt this is a requisition under the freedom of
Information Act

Yours faithfully
Nick Brown

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Becky Moore,

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Dear Mr Brown

 

Thank you for your request for information under the Environmental
Information Regulations (2004), as follows:

 

“1       The date on which the most recent Needs Assessment of Bargee
Travellers (live aboard boaters), pursuant to s.124 Housing and Planning
Act 2016 (the “2016 Act”), was conducted by Vale of White Horse District
Council (“VWHDC”) or its agent.

 

2       The date on which VWHDC or its agent consulted the National Bargee
Travellers Association arising from the obligation of VWHDC pursuant to
the 2016 Act when taken with the ancillary guidance of DCLG entitled
“Draft guidance to local housing authorities on the periodical review of
housing needs Caravans and Houseboats; 11th March 2016”.

 

3       The conclusions reached by VWHDC pursuant to Item 1

 

4       The identity of the agent (if one was contracted by VWHDC)
referred to In Items (1) and 2.

 

5       The instrument or draft instrument that restricts (or seeks to
restrict) mooring in or around the town of Abingdon promulgated (or
published) on or after 1-1-2017.

 

6       All correspondence relating to Item 5 between VWHDC and (a)  the
SoS Communities (b) Abingdon Town Council; and (c) any other public body”

 

Please find our response and associated documentation attached.

 

I hope you find this information helpful. However, if you are dissatisfied
with the way your request for information has been handled, you can
request a review within the next 40 working days by emailing
[1][Vale of White Horse District Council request email]

 

Many thanks and kind regards

 

Becky Moore

 

Business Support Officer

 

Planning Service

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

email: [2][email address

visit us at:

[3]www.southoxon.gov.uk and [4]www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk

 

Customer Service: 01235 422600

 

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Dear Sir
On 16-8-2017 I requested information from Vale of White Horse District Council “VWHDC”) as documented in the FoI requisition here:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...
(the “Requisition”).
Items 5 and 6 of the Requisition stated, respectively:
“[Please provide the following information:]
5 The instrument or draft instrument that restricts (or seeks to restrict) mooring in or around the town of Abingdon promulgated (or published) on or after 1-1-2017.
6 All correspondence relating to Item 5 between VWHDC and (a) the SoS Communities (b) Abingdon Town Council; and (c) any other public body”

The response to the Requisition by VWHDC of 13-9-2017 in relation to Items 5 and 6 referred to responses to the development of the VWHDC Local plan 2031. The response makes no reference to any other documents including for example the instruments that authorise this document:
http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/sites/def...
(this document is in the public domain).

It follows that the response to my requisition is incomplete. I therefore seek an internal review by VWHDC of its response to the Requisition.

Yours faithfully
Nick Brown

FOI Vale, Vale of White Horse District Council

Dear Nick

Thank you for your email. We are sorry that you didn't receive all the
information you require. 

I have sent your request to a member of a different team to answer, who
should get back to you shortly. 

She has asked whether she could have until the end of the month to gather
the information. I hope this is acceptable.

Once again, I am extremely sorry that you didn't receive all the
information you require. 

Regards
FOI Team
 
Policy & Partnerships
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
 
Direct line: 01235 422371
[1]www.southoxon.gov.uk 
[2]www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk 

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From: Nick Brown <[FOI #425754 email]>
Sent: 17 September 2017 12:33
To: FOI Vale
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Mooring
legislation in Abingdon
 
Dear Sir
On 16-8-2017 I requested information from Vale of White Horse District
Council “VWHDC”) as documented in the FoI requisition here:
[3]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...
(the “Requisition”).
Items 5 and 6 of the Requisition stated, respectively:
“[Please provide the following information:]
5       The instrument or draft instrument that restricts (or seeks to
restrict) mooring in or around the town of Abingdon promulgated (or
published) on or after 1-1-2017.
6       All correspondence relating to Item 5 between VWHDC and (a) the
SoS Communities (b) Abingdon Town Council; and (c) any other public body”

The response to the Requisition by VWHDC of 13-9-2017 in relation to Items
5 and 6 referred to responses to the development of the VWHDC Local plan
2031. The response makes no reference to any other documents including for
example the instruments that authorise this document:
[4]http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/sites/def...
(this document is in the public domain).

It follows that the response to my requisition is incomplete. I therefore
seek an internal review by VWHDC of its response to the Requisition.

Yours faithfully
Nick Brown

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Suzanne Malcolm,

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Dear Mr Brown,

 

I have been asked to respond to the points 5 and 6 below in your FOI
request to the Vale Council in respect of moorings legislation:

 

5       The instrument or draft instrument that restricts (or seeks to
restrict) mooring in or around the town of Abingdon promulgated (or
published) on or after 1-1-2017.

 

The Abingdon moorings policy was formally approved on 21 April 2017. The
policy is available on the council’s website at
[1]http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/sites/def...,
for ease I have attached a copy to this email.  The implementation of the
policy is still in progress, with the hope that the new policy will be in
place later this year.

6       All correspondence relating to Item 5 between VWHDC and (a)  the
SoS Communities (b) Abingdon Town Council; and (c) any other public body.

 

It would be useful to understand what form of correspondence you are
referring to in point 6 above?  It may be helpful if I provide some of the
background as to how the policy has been developed?

 

The Vale Council has for several years made its moorings available to
visiting boaters and has taken informal action to make sure that boaters
do not overstay and restrict the space available for new visitors. 
However, the Vale Council has not, until now, had a formal policy that
sets outs the terms and conditions for the use of its moorings and
therefore officers’ ability to move overstaying boats has been limited. 
Since 2014, the Vale Council has employed a moorings inspector on a casual
basis to monitor the moorings and a dedicated email address
[2][email address] has been established for reporting issues
and concerns about the moorings.  Two workshops were held with interested
parties in 2014 to discuss issues surrounding the moorings in Abingdon. It
was agreed at the workshops that a formal policy would be an effective way
of dealing with the issues that have arisen on the river recently, for
example boaters expressing confusion over what is allowed at the mooring
sites, or taking advantage of the lack of a structured approach from the
Vale Council to overstay.  Following the last workshop in November 2014,
it was agreed to establish a small working party to take forward actions
from the meeting.  This group involved representation from Abingdon Town
Council, the Environment Agency, the Abingdon Chamber of Commerce and the
Vale Council.

 

The workshop identified that there is a need a formal policy document to
be produced and the working party were tasked in developing this policy
which would confirm the Vale Council’s current system of management and
the changes that had been supported by meeting attendees; specifically the
reduction in the free stay period to three days and the introduction of a
penalty charge for overstaying.  The workshop attendees agreed that there
is a need for better information for boaters, including signage that
clearly indicates where the Vale Council’s moorings were located. The
working group were also tasked with production of a leaflet to promote the
moorings policy.

 

The delay in finalisation of the policy has been due to the delay in
registration of the Vale Council owned land with the Land Registry which
has been ongoing since 2013.  However, the relevant areas associated with
the moorings were confirmed by the Land Registry in August 2016 as being
registered to the Vale Council, enabling the policy to be finalised. 
Abingdon Town Council has been consulted during the development of the
policy, most recently at the meeting of its Planning, Highways and
Consultations Committee on 8 August 2016 when the draft policy was
discussed. The draft policy was considered by the Vale Council’s Scrutiny
Committee on 29 September 2016.  The draft has been published on the Vale
Council’s website since September 2016 and in April 2017 the approved
version was added to the website.

 

I hope this helps address your questions.

 

Regards

Suzanne

 

Suzanne Malcolm

Economic Development Manager

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

Direct line 01235 422217

[mobile number]

 

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