New fencing at Long Valley (B4) training area; reasons, justification and cost

Simon Brown made this Freedom of Information request to Defence Infrastructure Organisation

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Dear Defence Infrastructure Organisation,

I am writing to you with reference to the recent chain link fencing installed along the eastern boundary of Long Valley (training area B4) along Rushmoor Road between OS Grid Ref: SU 85185 52364 and OS Grid Ref: SU 84949 51798

1. Please can you provide all internal correspondence (email, minutes of meetings, records of decisions etc) relating to the erection of the fence as stated above. I am happy for personal details such as names to be removed however, I am interested in the organisational positions of the individuals concerned, so where these appear in email signatures please can they be retained (I believe this request is inline with ICO guidance).

2. All costs, charges incurred to install the fence as stated above. This cost would be considered a one-off change and therefore not subject to commercial-in-confidence restrictions or redaction.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Brown

DIO Sec-Parli (MULTIUSER), Defence Infrastructure Organisation

 

Good Afternoon

 

Your request has been logged under our reference 2020/08514  and the
target date for response is 20/08/2020.

 

Yours sincerely

 

DIO Secretariat

DIO Sec-Parli (MULTIUSER), Defence Infrastructure Organisation

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Dear Mr Brown,

 

Please see attached response to FOI08514.

 

Kind regards

 

DIO Secretariat

 

Dear Defence Infrastructure Organisation,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Defence Infrastructure Organisation's handling of my FOI request 'New fencing at Long Valley (B4) training area; reasons, justification and cost'.

A search for this level of information should not take 6 days. Similar requests have been successfully completed. For example:

20171218 FOI12110
2017/10672

Therefore this request should be completed within a reasonable timescale and cost.

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

Yours faithfully,

Simon Brown

Dear DIO Sec-Parli (MULTIUSER),

I am writing to raise my concerns at a lack of response to this FOIA request.

The internal review has been requested over a month ago (15th August) yet remains unacknowledged and no further communications have been received.

This issue is interest to the local community and regards nothing more than the installation of a fence that now restricts public access to military lands that must remain open for recreation when not in use.

Therefore such information is in the public interest and I look forward to your expedient and full disclosure.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Brown

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Dear Mr Brown,

Acknowledgement of Request for a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) / Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) Internal Review

We acknowledge receipt of your email of 14 August. MOD is in the process of conducting an internal review of your request for information under 2020/08514 which was processed under the FOIA. However, it was more appropriate for it to have been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR). The Department's target for completing internal reviews under the EIR is 40 working days and we therefore aim to complete the review and respond to you by 12 October 2020.

The review will involve a full, independent reconsideration of the handling of the request as well as the final decision.

Regards
MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

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Dear CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

The response to an internal review has passed and an update has not be forthcoming. I would be extremely grateful if the information requested can be supplied?

Thanks in advance.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Brown

Dear CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

The independent review is now overdue and there has been no further communication to indicate when the review will be complete.

I would therefore be grateful if such a reponse - or better still the information requested delivered - as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Brown

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Dear Mr Brown,

Thank you for your email and we apologise for the delay in responding.

Our investigation continues and we are working with DIO on providing the substantive internal review as soon as we can. We aim to provide the review by the end of this month.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Regards,
MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

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Dear CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

The response to this request, and the internal review, is now considerably overdue.

A complaint to Information Commissioners Office have written to DIO (their ref IC-65395-R0W6) has been raised and upheld. From their letter I quote:

"There will only occasionally be legitimate reasons why an extension longer than 40 working days is needed."

I therefore look forward to an expedient production of the information requested.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Brown

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Defence Infrastructure Organisation

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Dear Mr Brown,

 

Please find attached a response to your request for internal review.

 

I have copied to the Information Commissioner for their information, as
this relates to case reference IC-65395-R0W6.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team