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Richard Parnham

Dear Oxford City Council,

Please provide me with all of the very recent air quality data you hold for the Cowley area of Oxford. By "very recent”, I mean since 1 February 2021 to today's date (or the date you process this request - whichever is later). I want to evaluate the impact of the new LTNs on air quality in Oxford and compare it with previous results. I am happy to accept unverified / unapproved data.

By "the Cowley area of Oxford", I mean all pollution monitoring stations around Cowley Road, Hollow Wall, Temple Road, Oxford Road, Garsington Road, Barns Road, Iffley Road, Horspath Driftway, and any other local pollution monitoring stations that do not currently appear on the https://oxfordshire.air-quality.info website. If in doubt regarding borderline monitoring stations, please include its data.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Parnham

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Parnham,

Oxford City Council – Reference: 10139

Thank you for your email. Your request was received on 26th May 2021 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of receipt) in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000/ Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

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In particular they understand that resources, whether they are finances or people, may be diverted away from usual compliance or information rights work. Whilst the ICO can’t extend statutory timescales, they will not be penalising public authorities for prioritising other areas or adapting their usual approach during this extraordinary period.

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Yours sincerely

Kathryn Winfield
Information Governance Requests Officer

Kathryn Winfield | Information Governance Requests Officer | Oxford City Council | Law and Governance | St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

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freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

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Dear Mr Parnham,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference: 10139
 
Further to the acknowledgement below, it is more proper to consider your
request in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
(EIR), rather than the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Therefore, I can
respond to your  EIR request received on 26th May 2021 as follows:
 
Please provide me with all of the very recent air quality data you hold
for the Cowley area of Oxford. By "very recent”, I mean since 1 February
2021 to today's date (or the date you process this request - whichever is
later). I want to evaluate the impact of the new LTNs on air quality in
Oxford and compare it with previous results. I am happy to accept
unverified / unapproved data.
 
By "the Cowley area of Oxford", I mean all pollution monitoring stations
around Cowley Road, Hollow Wall, Temple Road, Oxford Road, Garsington
Road, Barns Road, Iffley Road, Horspath Driftway, and any other local
pollution monitoring stations that do not currently appear on the
[1]https://oxfordshire.air-quality.info website. If in doubt regarding
borderline monitoring stations, please include its data. 
 
 
The only records we hold at the moment are the  attached  3 excel files
provided by our laboratory for Feb, March and April, which give us the
monthly averaged NO2 concentrations in the locations where we monitor in
2021. We do not hold anything else. The diffusion tubes are named in these
spreadsheets by location
 
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If you disagree with any part of the response to your request, you are
entitled to ask the Council for an internal review of the decision(s)
made.  You may do this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either
email – [2][email address] – or by post to Monitoring Officer, Oxford
City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS.  After
the result of the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you may ask
the Information Commissioner to intervene on your behalf.  You may do this
by writing to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kathryn Winfield
Information Governance Requests Officer
 
Kathryn Winfield | Information Governance Requests Officer | Oxford City
Council | Law and Governance | St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS |
Email: [3][email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
Stop the virus from spreading. Keep Oxford safe.
Follow the guidance: Clean hands. Wear a face mask. Keep your distance.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
 
 
 

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