Dear Doncaster Borough Council,

This request for information is an attempt to seek reassurance about the safety of public buildings in the light of the findings revealed in the Inquiry commissioned following the collapse of a school building wall in Edinburgh and subsequent closure of 17 schools.

Please answer the following for each PFI/PPP schemes in the local authority area treating each scheme as a separate request.

Please provide all documents showing how your organisation has responded to the findings contained in the report on Edinburgh Schools Construction by John Cole: including, but not
limited to memos, emails, minutes, reports.

I would like to understand the expertise and resource committed by your organisation to the management and oversight of PFI schemes from procurement through to ongoing contract operation. Please provide documents relating to the PFI Team(s) allocated to each project its makeup and structure of the team during each project phase. This may comprise terms of reference, organisation chart, post titles and role profiles.

Provide the deed of appointment for the Independent Certifier and any other documents setting out the scope of that role. Please confirm the level of indemnity insurance and liability period.

Please confirm whether your organisation employed a member of the Institute of Clerk of Works or an inspector of similar standing and assigned them to each construction site. If someone in this role was employed please confirm their level of qualification, the salary associated with this role and how much time was allocated to per project/site.

Please provide a list of all enforcement or improvement notices served; investigations carried out and reports commissioned into fire safety (include dates and specify who commissioned or issued these) Please provide copies of all items listed.

Provide details of all attempts to make deductions relating to structural defects for each project. Confirm the amount, what it was for, and when the deduction was made.`

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Gamblin

Freedom of Information Requests, Doncaster Borough Council

Dear Mr Gamblin,

Re: Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request for information.

Your request has been passed to the Regeneration and Environment directorate. They will endeavour to search for any information held to provide you with a response as soon as is possible within 20 working days and in any case by the 21st June 2017.

Yours sincerely

Sarah Marshall
Freedom of Information Officer
Tel 01302 736000
Doncaster Council

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Marshall, Sarah (Customer Services), Doncaster Borough Council

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Dear Mr Gamblin,

Please see attached Doncaster Councils response to your Freedom of
Information request.

Yours sincerely

 

Sarah Marshall

Freedom of Information Officer

Tel 01302 736000

Doncaster Council

 

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Dear Doncaster Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Doncaster Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'PFI PPP Safety Audit'.

Your response did disclose some of the information I requested but the rest of my request was not answered without any explanation.

First, I asked about all of your PFI/PPP projects but your answer appears to only concern the schools project. Please could you review all schemes in relation to my request.

Second, you state that Doncaster does not have any information about:

- how your organisation has responded to the findings contained in the report on Edinburgh Schools Construction by John Cole: including, but not limited to memos, emails, minutes, reports.

- the expertise and resource committed by your organisation to the management and oversight of PFI schemes from procurement through to ongoing contract operation.

- documents relating to the PFI Team(s) allocated to each project its makeup and structure of the team during each project phase. This may comprise terms of reference, organisation chart, post titles and role profiles.

- the historic information which details the number of hours assigned to each project, nor the salaries of the two employees.

- a list of all enforcement or improvement notices served; investigations carried out and reports commissioned into fire safety (include dates and specify who commissioned or issued these) Please provide copies of all items listed.

- details of all attempts to make deductions relating to structural defects for each project. Confirm the amount, what it was for, and when the deduction was made.`

PLEASE CONFIRM THAT DONCASTER DOES NOT HOLD ANY INFORMATION ABOUT HOW IT MONITORS ITS PFI PROJECTS TO ENSURE THEY ARE SAFE. IT IS VERY UNUSUAL AND VERY CONCERNING THAT A LOCAL AUTHORITY DOES NOT HOLD OR KNOW THIS INFORMATION.

3. You have not confirmed the level of indemnity insurance and liability period.

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

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Gamblin

Freedom of Information Requests, Doncaster Borough Council

Dear Mr Gamblin,
Thank you for your email below requesting an internal review of your Freedom of Information request.

I would advise you that the review is being undertaken by Mr D Oxley, Head of Facilities Management - Trading Services, who will investigate and respond with 20 working days of receiving your request, by the 12th July.

I trust this is of assistance to you and please accept my apologies for the delay in communicating this information to you.
Yours sincerely

Sarah Marshall
Freedom of Information Officer
Tel 01302 736000
Doncaster Council

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Dear Mr Gamblin,
Please find attached Doncaster Councils response to your Freedom of Information Internal Review request.
Yours sincerely

Sarah Marshall
Freedom of Information Officer
Tel 01302 736000
Doncaster Council

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