Non-metric units in fees and charges

David Johnson made this Freedom of Information request to Mole Valley District Council

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Dear Mole Valley District Council,

Please provide a list of fees and charges where the primary price is a non-metric unit (e.g. per inch, per foot, per yard, per gallon). The list need not include units of time such as per hour, per day, per session.

Please provide details of correspondence, discussions, or enquiries about using metric units for primary prices. I understand the law permits non-metric units to be used but only when secondary to a primary metric price.

Yours faithfully,

David Johnson

FOI - Freedom of Information, Mole Valley District Council

Dear Mr Johnson

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

The only non-metric unit we use is that we charge PER MILE for DIAL A
RIDE. Please see the below link with information relating to the dial a
ride service.

http://www.molevalley.gov.uk/index.cfm?a...

Regards
Sue Read
FOI Officer
Mole Valley District Council
01306 885001
www.molevalley.gov.uk

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Dear Sue Read,

Thanks for your response. There is a document titled 'Allotment payment information' at:
http://www.molevalley.gov.uk/media/pdf/h...

It says:
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Cost per rod
Ashtead, Ashtead £1.40

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As I understand it the law requires primary prices to be metric. Non-metric equivalents can be given but only as secondary to a primary metric price. Where non-metric units are seen in supermarkets, that's how they're shown. A primary price in obscure units like rod would therefore be illegal.

Will the council adopt metric units for all contractual, official, or primary prices within the next couple of years?

Yours sincerely,

David Johnson

Dear Sue Read,

Is the council able to respond?

Yours sincerely,

David Johnson

Dear Mole Valley District Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Mole Valley District Council's handling of my FOI request 'Non-metric units in fees and charges'.

Please investigate why I was given incorrect information and why it has taken so long to respond.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/no...

Yours faithfully,

David Johnson

Hughes, Shaun, Mole Valley District Council

Dear Mr Johnson
 
Thank you for your email.
 
I will be investigating the issues raised in your correspondence and I
will write to you within 10 working days of receipt of the email, which
will be Friday 22 March 2013.
 
yours
 
Shaun Hughes
Customer Services Team Leader
Mole Valley District Council
Tel: 01306 879 277
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Dear Mr Johnson

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Please accept my apologies for the delay in replying to your request for
an Internal Review of the handling of Freedom of Information request
regarding Non metric units in fees and charges and for the non response to
your email of 7 February 2013.

 

I have now investigated the matter and I have spoken to the FOI officer
regarding the request referred to above. When your email of the 7 February
2013 arrived, unfortunately the last paragraph was missed. I have raised
this as a development area and will ensure that the matter is covered in
FOI officer training.

 

I have also investigated the issue raised on 7 February 2013 regarding the
adoption of metric units for all contractual, official or primary prices
within the next couple of years. I see you have noted an area where MVDC
charge per ‘rod’ for allotments. I have followed your link and spoken to
the Parks Department regarding the matter.

 

I have been informed by the Senior Parks Officer that allotment prices are
charged per plot or half plot. In reflection of your comments, all future
correspondence relating to allotment charges will only refer to full and
half plots and not per ‘rod’. The references to cost per ‘rod’ will also
be removed from the Mole Valley website.

 

I hope the above will be useful to you, and again, my apologies for the
delay in the response. If you have any other questions or queries, please
contact me on 01306 879 277, as I am only too happy to assist you if you
need any further assistance or information, or contact the Customer
Services Unit on 01306 885 001 or email [1][email address]

 

If you are unhappy with the response and wish to take the matter further
please see the attached formal complaints policy.

 

Yours

 

Shaun Hughes

Customer Services Team Leader

Mole Valley District Council

01306 885 001

[2]www.molevalley.gov.uk

 

 

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Dear Shaun Hughes,

Thank you for your response stating that references to rod will be removed. A web search reveals price per square metre and per 25 square metres are common:

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cf...

http://www.crawley.gov.uk/pw/Leisure_and...

http://www.tandridge.gov.uk/leisure/park...

http://www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/leisu...

https://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?art...

Thanet charges per 25 square metres and has a £26 minimum:
http://www.thanet.gov.uk/environment__pl...

If the council decides to use area units in future, I'm sure it would investigate metric price formats used by other councils.

Thank you for your helpful response. This FOI request can now be closed as succesful.

Yours sincerely,

David Johnson