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Pedestrian Crossings

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Dear Leeds City Council,

I am looking into finding out about the location of pedestrian crossings in Leeds Council. Please could you provide me with the following:

1) A list of all the different pedestrian crossings within Leeds Council boundaries. Including the location of all formal crossings: Zebra, Toucan, Pegasus, Staggered Pelican/Puffin and Toucan crossings.

2) Information on the type of tactile paving used at each site.

3) A list of all lowered kerbs in the Leeds Council district. Showing the location of each and paying particular attention to the ones intended for use as pedestrian crossing points.

4) The above would ideally include the use of the Geocoordinate system information of each site, but also the street name and location.

The information will be used to provide a complete map of the District to aid in the navigation of Leeds Council for people with limited mobility or requiring the use of a wheelchair.

Yours faithfully,

Evan Howle

DPFOI, Leeds City Council

Dear Evan

 
Freedom of information request Ref 84097 : Pedestrian crossings and
locations

 

Thank you for your request for the above information which we
received on 17 November 2018. We will respond to your request in
accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, or the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Your request has been assigned to one of our officers who will
arrange a response within the appropriate statutory time limit.

 

Please remember to quote reference number FOI 84097 in any future
communications.

 

Kind Regards

 

Malika Doust

Information Governance Support Officer

Information Governance and Managements Team (City and Communities)

Digital Information Service

 

 

 

 

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IMG.CC.requests, Leeds City Council

Dear Mr. Howle,

 

FOI Request - Pedestrian Crossings

 

I write in response to your above Freedom of Information request, received
in this office on 17th November 2018.

 

In dealing with your request, please note that we have considered it under
the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, as opposed to under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. This is because the information you have
requested is information involving ‘activities’ and ‘administrative
measures’ which are likely to affect elements of the environment under Reg
2(1)(c).  I am advised that both the domestic and European courts give
wide meaning to the Regulations and have indicated that they will adopt a
broad construction of the definition of environmental information.

 

Your request asked:

 

1) A list of all the different pedestrian crossings within Leeds Council
boundaries. Including the location of all formal crossings: Zebra, Toucan,
Pegasus, Staggered Pelican/Puffin and Toucan crossings.

 

Please see the below links:

 

[1]https://datamillnorth.org/dataset/pedest...

[2]https://datamillnorth.org/dataset/traffi...

 

2) Information on the type of tactile paving used at each site.

 

We do not hold this information in a centrally recorded format that we can
easily output. As such, we would be required to consider each pedestrian
crossing manually. This would be an exceptionally lengthy task which, if
considered under the Freedom of Information Act, would take above the
appropriate limit of 18 hours of officer time as defined by S12(1) to
locate. I am, consequently, of the view that this request should be
excepted from release under Reg 12(4)(b) of the Environmental Information
Regulations on the basis that it constitutes a ‘manifestly unreasonable’
request. When considering any request under the Regulations, the public
interest test must, of course, be considered. In addition, under Reg
12(2), we must provide a presumption in favour of disclosure.  In
considering this matter, however, whilst I can appreciate that members of
the public may have an interest in a particular crossing’s paving, I do
not consider that this interest would extend to all crossings. Rather, I
am of the view that the overwhelming public interest lies in officers of
the authority being able to carry out their core functions without
disruption.

 

3) A list of all lowered kerbs in the Leeds Council district. Showing the
location of each and paying particular attention to the ones intended for
use as pedestrian crossing points.

 

As with question 2), we do not hold this information in a centrally
recorded format that we can output. As such, I am of the view that this
request is ‘manifestly unreasonable’ for the same reasons as provided
above.

 

4) The above would ideally include the use of the Geocoordinate system
information of each site, but also the street name and location. 

 

Please see the above links for this information.

 

I trust that this response is satisfactory. Under Regulation 11, however,
you are entitled to make representations to us if it appears that we have
failed to comply with a requirement of the Regulations in relation to your
request. Representations must be made to us no later than 40 working days
after the date you believe we failed to comply with such a requirement.

 

We will then consider your representations and supporting evidence and
decide if we have complied, notifying you of our decision as soon as
possible, and no later than 40 working days after the date of receipt of
your representations.

 

Under Regulation 18, you are then entitled to apply to the Information
Commissioner for a decision as to whether, in any specified respect, your
request has not been dealt with in accordance with parts 2 and 3 of the
Regulations.

 

Should you wish to contact the Commissioner’s Office then you can write to
the following address: Office of the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

You may also contact the Commissioner via his website at www.ico.gov.uk

I trust that this is self-explanatory.  If you have any queries please
contact me on 0113 3787100, or by return email.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Richard Brook,

Senior Information Governance Officer,

Information Management and Governance,

Digital and Information Service,

Leeds City Council.

 

Tel: 0113 37 87118

Email: [email address]

 

 

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