PNR Evacuation plans

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Lancashire County Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Kenneth Heskin

Dear Lancashire County Council,

Would you please provide me with a copy of LCC's evecuation plans should a disaster happen at Cuadrilas fracking site at Preston New Road.

Yours faithfully,

Kenneth Heskin

Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

 

Dear Mr Heskin,

 

Request for information

 

We are writing to acknowledge receipt of your email dated 18/10/2018, in
which you request the disclosure of information.

 

We can confirm that your enquiry will now be assigned to an officer who
will commence a search for the information you require and they will
respond in due course. The deadline date for issuing you with full
response is 15/11/2018. We will endeavour to provide a response well in
advance of this date, however, should we envisage any delays, or require
more details from you, we will contact you immediately.

 

If you have any queries about the above, please do not hesitate to contact
us, quoting ref. 945.1661

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Team

Legal and Democratic Service

Lancashire County Council

PO Box 78

County Hall

PR1 8XJ

[1][email address]

[2]www.lancashire.gov.uk

 

 

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Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Dear Mr Heskin,

Thank you for your enquiry of 18 October which has been considered in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 ('the Regulations').

In terms of risk assessment and emergency plans, Lancashire County Council does not work in isolation and conducts risk assessment, planning and response in partnership with other Category 1 Responders (as defined in the Civil Contingencies Act) as part of the Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF). As such Lancashire County Council does not have evacuation plans specifically relating to Preston New Road.

A risk assessment has been undertaken for the Cuadrilla Preston New Road site by the LRF. The outcome of this LRF risk assessment was an overall risk rating of Medium – which means the level of risk does not warrant specific multi-agency planning and can be covered by existing generic arrangements. More information relating to this can be found at:

https://www.stayintheknow.co.uk/Emergenc...

That said, under other guidance and practice there are members of the LRF who have site specific plans in place as appropriate and these are shared between responders as appropriate.

In terms of generic planning for evacuation the Lancashire Resilience Forum maintain a 'Human Aspects' plan which details the arrangements for dealing with displaced persons (irrelevant of cause). Part 1 details the generic arrangements (triggers, activation, roles & responsibilities) supplemented by a separate annex which is maintained at a district council level. These annexes contain information of designated rest centres where displaced persons would be temporarily accommodated. There are 3 levels of rest centres, ranging from small village halls (accommodating tens / dozens) to larger venues accommodating 1,000's). These arrangements are regularly reviewed and exercised with the relevant organisations, such as Lancashire Constabulary, local authorities (county and district) and voluntary organisations.

The LRF plans are excepted from the obligation to disclose by virtue of Regulation 12(5)(a) of the Regulations, which applies to information which, if disclosed into the public domain would adversely affect international relations, defence, national security or public safety. Whilst we acknowledge that there is a general public interest in the County Council being as open and transparent as possible, this must be considered against the strong public interest in ensuring that public safety and security is not unduly prejudiced. This is particularly the case in the current climate, where certain sites may be at heightened risk of unlawful acts. This approach has been advised by Counter Terrorism Advisors for the Constabulary. Whilst there is no suggestion of improper motives on your part, it must be remembered that any disclosure is a disclosure into the public domain, and that must be considered when deciding how to respond.

In light of the above we have concluded that the wider public interest favours maintaining the exception and disclosure of the LRF plans is refused.

In the event that you wish to complain about the manner in which your enquiry has been handled, you should write in the first instance to The Freedom of Information Officer, Lancashire County Council, PO Box 78, County Hall, Preston PR1 8XJ, or email [Lancashire County Council request email] and the matter will be referred to an Information Governance Manager for review and reconsideration.

If, after this stage, you remain dissatisfied, you have the right to refer the matter to the Information Commissioner's Office, contact details for which are as follows:

The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 0303 123 1113
Email: [email address]
Website: http://www.ico.org.uk

If you have any queries regarding any of the above, or you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Team
Lancashire County Council

www.lancashire.gov.uk

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I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Kenneth Heskin

Dear Lancashire County Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Lancashire County Council's handling of my FOI request 'PNR Evacuation plans'.

"In light of the above we have concluded that the wider public interest favours maintaining the exception and disclosure of the LRF plans is refused."

I believe the public hold the right to access the LRF plans. If you refuse once more I shall pass this file to the ICO and publish their findings.

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,

I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Kenneth Heskin

I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Kenneth Heskin

Dear Freedom of Information,

As you have ignored my request for an internal review I am now informing you that if you fail to respond by close of business today I shall pass this file to the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Heskin

Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Dear Mr Heskin,

We write further to your email of 5 November, in which you express dissatisfaction at the response to your request (our reference 945.1661).

We have reviewed and reconsidered your original request, our response, and your comments in your email of 5 November.

It would appear that your dissatisfaction lies with our public interest test for refusal to disclose information held.

It is important to note that what is in the public interest does not equate to what may be of interest to the public.

Whilst there is a general public interest in the County Council being as open and transparent as possible, there is a much stronger public interest in ensuring that the health and safety of the public or workers at certain sites is not prejudiced, nor that the security of any location is prejudiced.

Having reviewed your request and considered your points we maintain that the refusal of 5 November was appropriate and that Regulation 12(5)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 was correctly applied.

If you remain dissatisfied with this response you can refer the matter to the Information Commissioner's Office, contact details for which you already have.

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Team
Lancashire County Council

www.lancashire.gov.uk

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I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Kenneth Heskin

Dear Freedom of Information,

I have today passed this file to the ICO

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Heskin