Political Protest March

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Martin James Keatings

Dear Aberdeen City Council,

I have been advised that Aberdeen City Council (unlike other councils) charges a fee of £5000 for Temporary Traffic Restriction Orders for the engagement of political protest marches.

Can Aberdeen Council please provide me:

1. The pertinent law or regulation under the law which makes this provision possible.
2. A full breakdown of what the £5000 charge includes and how the council justifies it.
3. An advisory on why they are the only council in Scotland who charges such a fee for political marches.

Yours faithfully,

Martin James Keatings

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Keatings,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-20-0119.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 27
January 2020. 

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 24 February 2020. 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Salomeh Kheyri Rad | Access to Information Officer
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Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1^st Floor  | Broad
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Martin James Keatings

Dear Foi Enquiries,

Further to my FOI request which is still pending, I would like to additionally request the following:

As the council has a positive duty to enable political protest pursuant to the European Convention on Human Right and pursuant to Section 6 of the Human Rights Act, can the council please advice:

1. What process the council has to establish and differentiate between whether a planned event is either:
(a) Political in nature; or
(b) Commercial / Entertainment in nature.

And Also

2. How the council would enable protestors engaging in events of a political nature where financial inequality and/or financial issues would be a substantive barrier to the engagement of such rights under the European Convention i.e. Where a financial charge / fee would prevent a person or persons from engaging such rights under the convention.

And Also
3. The differences in any application process between a commercial/entertainment event or parade comparative to an event or parade which involves the engagement of political protest as protected by the European Convention.

I thank you ahead of time for your response on these additional questions.

Yours sincerely,

Martin James Keatings

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Keatings,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-20-0119.

 

Many thanks for your recent clarification of your information request,
which we received on 13 February 2020.

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 12 March 2020.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Salomeh Kheyri Rad | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1^st Floor  | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AB

 

Dial: 01224 522166

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Dear Mr Keatings,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-20-0119.

 

Many thanks for your recent clarification of your information request,
which we received on 14 February 2020.

 

Please disregard our earlier e-mail which was sent to you couple of
minutes ago.

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 13 March 2020.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Salomeh Kheyri Rad | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1^st Floor  | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AB

 

Dial: 01224 522166

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Martin James Keatings

Dear Foi Enquiries,

Just to be clear on the process. My previous correspondence was an extension to the previous FOI request. I still expect you to comply with the original request within the statutory time frame of 20 working days which will be in 1 week from now as the original request was made 26 January 2020, the extension response having a timescale of 13th March.

Yours sincerely,

Martin James Keatings

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

Dear Mr Keatings,

Thank you for your e-mail.

Please note that when you add more questions to your original FOI request, this would be classified as a 'clarification' applicable to the whole request, therefore, the actual deadline would change. You cannot make an 'extension' to an existing request and expect partial responses within two different deadlines.

However, we will log your additional questions as a new request and will send you a separate acknowledgement with the new reference number including the new dealine.

Hope this make sense and please let us know in case of any further details needed.

Kind regards
Salomeh

Salomeh Kheyri Rad | Access to Information Officer
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team | Customer Feedback |Customer
Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1st Floor  | Broad Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AB

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Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Keatings,

 

Please accept our sincerest apologies that we have failed to respond to
your information request within the statutory 20 working days. 

 

We are endeavouring to ensure you receive a response within the next 5
working days, but would like to take this opportunity to advise you that,
as we have missed the statutory deadline for responding, you are entitled
to request a review.  More information about requesting a review is
included in the Further Information section, below.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

If ACC has failed to respond to your information request within the
statutory 20 working days you can submit a complaint or request a review
of our response. You should do this within 40 working days after receipt
of this information. To complain or request a review, please write to:

 

Access to Information Team
Customer Feedback
Corporate Experience
Aberdeen City Council
1^st Floor South

Business Hub 6

Marischal College
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AB

Email: [1][Aberdeen City Council request email]

Your request for review must include your name, an address, and your
reason(s) for requesting a review. You should also include the reference
number for your original request for information.

               

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your request for review, you
can apply directly to the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner
(OSIC) for a decision. Generally, OSIC cannot make a decision unless you
have been through the Council’s review procedure. The Scottish Information
Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

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St Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

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Should you wish to appeal against the Scottish Information Commissioner's
decision, there is an appeal to the Court of Session on a point of law
only. Any such appeal must be made within 42 days after the date of the
decision has been issued.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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Martin James Keatings

Dear Aberdeen City Council,

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

I am writing further to Aberdeen City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Political Protest March'.

As the council has exceeded the time limit for responses, I now require it to conduct an internal review and to respond in writing. This is separate from the council's requirement to respond to the original FOI requests which I require to be provided as a matter of urgency.

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,

Martin James Keatings

Martin James Keatings

Dear Foi Enquiries,

You have failed to respond within your 5 working days revised timescale. I am continuing to seek the information and also am also demanding a formal internal review.

Yours sincerely,

Martin James Keatings

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Keatings,

 

Thank you for your request for a review, received on 26 February 2020, to
reconsider the information request ref: FOI-20-0119 - Political Protest
March on the basis that Aberdeen City Council (ACC) failed to respond
within the statutory deadline. Under the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002 (FOISA), if an applicant writes to ACC expressing dissatisfaction
with the way in which ACC has dealt with their request (this includes
enquiring about the status of a late response), ACC must treat this as a
formal request for review. The applicant does not need to specifically ask
for a review.
In accordance with the timescales set out in FOISA, you should receive a
review outcome on or before 25 March 2020. If a response to your
information request is provided on or before that date, this will be
deemed to be the review outcome. If ACC fails to provide you with a
response by that date, you can apply to the Office of the Scottish
Information Commissioner (OSIC) to make a decision. Please refer to the
Further Information section below.

I would also take this opportunity to advise you that you will have no
further opportunities to seek a review at local authority level after your
response has been provided, as FOISA allows applicants to have one review
only. If you receive your response and disagree with any aspect of it, you
should contact OSIC directly.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your request for an internal
review, you can apply directly to the Office of the Scottish Information
Commissioner (OSIC) for a decision. Generally, OSIC cannot make a decision
unless you have been through the ACC’s review procedure. To make an
application to OSIC, please write or email OSIC at:

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
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St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9DS
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An application to OSIC must be made in writing within six months of
receipt of ACC’s Review Decision Notice. When applying to OSIC for a
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● which request for information your requirement for review relates to
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● the reason why you are not satisfied with ACC's review outcome decision

The Commissioner will contact ACC and invite its comments on your
application. Thereafter (if no settlement has meantime been reached), the
Commissioner must reach a decision within 4 months of receiving your
application, or within such other period as is reasonable. You will
receive written notice of the outcome of the Commissioner’s decision.

Should you wish to appeal against the Scottish Information Commissioner's
decision, there is an appeal to the Court of Session on a point of law
only. Any such appeal must be made within 42 days after the date of the
decision has been issued.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[2]ACC_Crest_for Salomeh Kheyri Rad | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1^st Floor  | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AB

 

Dial: 01224 522166

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Dear Mr Keatings,

 

Thank you for your email of 26 February 2020 requesting that Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) review its handling of your request as we failed to provide
a response to you within the statutory timescale. Please accept our
sincere apologies for delay in getting back to you. I can now advise you
that we have undertaken an internal review of our decision and the
findings, which includes the response to you FOI request, are set out
below.

 

Review details

I am writing further to Aberdeen City Council's handling of my FOI request
'Political Protest March'.

As the council has exceeded the time limit for responses, I now require it
to conduct an internal review and to respond in writing. This is separate
from the council's requirement to respond to the original FOI requests
which I require to be provided as a matter of urgency.

 

I have been advised that Aberdeen City Council (unlike other councils)
charges a fee of £5000 for Temporary Traffic Restriction Orders for the
engagement of political protest marches.

Can Aberdeen Council please provide me:

1. The pertinent law or regulation under the law which makes this
provision possible.

2. A full breakdown of what the £5000 charge includes and how the council
justifies it.

3. An advisory on why they are the only council in Scotland who charges
such a fee for political marches.

 

Review outcome

As the council has exceeded the time limit for responses, I now require it
to conduct an internal review and to respond in writing. This is separate
from the council's requirement to respond to the original FOI requests
which I require to be provided as a matter of urgency.

Please note that our review outcome to ‘failure to respond within the
statutory timescales’ includes the response to the original FOI request.
We apologise for the delay in providing a response to you.

 

I have been advised that Aberdeen City Council (unlike other councils)
charges a fee of £5000 for Temporary Traffic Restriction Orders for the
engagement of political protest marches.

Aberdeen City Council does not charge a fee for processions. Where the
Council has incurred a loss, it is legally entitled to recoup the same.
The costs associated with the procession were for the implementation of
the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO), which costs £850.00 and is
based on costs as set by the Finance Committee. A TTRO is also required to
be in place before Police Scotland will provide assistance during the
event.

The additional costs of £……  relate to the costs associated with the
installation and removal of the traffic management for the road closures
before and after the event.

 

Can Aberdeen Council please provide me:

 1. The pertinent law or regulation under the law which makes this
provision possible.

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, s63 (1)(ii) allows local
authorities to impose conditions upon processions.

 

 2. A full breakdown of what the £5000 charge includes and how the council
justifies it.

The costs associated with the implementation of the legal notice (TTRO) is
£850.00. This is the current standard charge for a TTRO notice and is
based on figures as approved by Aberdeen City’s Budget Council annually.

 

The costs associated with the setting up and removal of the associated
traffic management to ensure the safety of the procession was £4211.76. 
This cost is based on the number of hours for the operatives (19.5hrs
labour @ normal time, plus 80hrs @ overtime) and fleet and materials
required to undertake the restrictions (40hrs). 

 

 3. An advisory on why they are the only council in Scotland who charges
such a fee for political marches.

No fee is charged for processions (regardless of their nature).

 

 

What happens next?

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your request for an internal
review, you can apply directly to the Office of the Scottish Information
Commissioner (OSIC) for a decision. Generally, OSIC cannot make a decision
unless you have been through the ACC’s review procedure. To make an
application to OSIC, please write or email OSIC at:

 

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

[1]www.itspublicknowledge.info

 

An application to OSIC must be made in writing within six months of
receipt of ACC’s Review Decision Notice. When applying to OSIC for a
decision you should give your name and address for correspondence. Please
note that OSIC will not be able to investigate if you have not used your
real name to make your information request. You must also specify:

 

● which request for information your requirement for review relates to

● the reason that you asked ACC to carry out a review of your request

● the reason why you are not satisfied with ACC's review outcome decision

 

The Commissioner will contact ACC and invite its comments on your
application. Thereafter (if no settlement has meantime been reached), the
Commissioner must reach a decision within 4 months of receiving your
application, or within such other period as is reasonable. You will
receive written notice of the outcome of the Commissioner’s decision.

 

Should you wish to appeal against the Scottish Information Commissioner's
decision, there is an appeal to the Court of Session on a point of law
only. Any such appeal must be made within 42 days after the date of the
decision has been issued.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[2]ACC_Crest_for mac Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1^st Floor  |
Broad Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AB

 

Dial: 01224 522166

[3]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | Twitter: @AberdeenCC |
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Dear Mr Keatings,

 

Thank you for your information request of 14 February 2020.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested. Our response is now detailed below.

 

 1. What process the council has to establish and differentiate between
whether a planned event is either:

 a. Political in nature; or
 b. Commercial / Entertainment in nature.

None. ACC deals with all notifications of proposed processions received in
terms of the procedure set out in Part V of the Civic Government
(Scotland) Act 1982, regardless of their nature.

 

 2. How the council would enable protestors engaging in events of a
political nature where financial inequality and/or financial issues
would be a substantive barrier to the engagement of such rights under
the European Convention i.e. Where a financial charge / fee would
prevent a person or persons from engaging such rights under the
convention.

All proposed processions are treated equally in terms of the requirements
for a TTRO and traffic management plan to be in place prior to the event
being approved.

 

Various funding streams are available, either an application for a grant
through the City Event’s Team or applying for funding under the Common
Good Fund.

 

 3. The differences in any application process between a
commercial/entertainment event or parade comparative to an event or
parade which involves the engagement of political protest as protected
by the European Convention.

None. ACC deals with all notifications of proposed processions received in
terms of the procedure set out in Part V of the Civic Government
(Scotland) Act 1982, regardless of their nature.

 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDLING OF YOUR REQUEST

 

We handled your request for information in accordance with the provisions
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please refer to the
attached PDF for more information about your rights under FOISA.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for mac Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1^st Floor  |
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Martin James Keatings

Dear Foi Enquiries,

Thank you for your response. On point 2, I now seek clarification.

You stated: "The costs associated with the implementation of the legal notice (TTRO) is
£850.00. This is the current standard charge for a TTRO notice and is
based on figures as approved by Aberdeen City’s Budget Council annually."

1. Please advise me of the breakdown of exactly what justifies the £850 expenditure precisely.

You further states: "The costs associated with the setting up and removal of the associated
traffic management to ensure the safety of the procession was £4211.76.
This cost is based on the number of hours for the operatives (19.5hrs
labour @ normal time, plus 80hrs @ overtime) and fleet and materials
required to undertake the restrictions (40hrs). "

This seems extremely overpriced. Police intervention, as you are aware, at such political events is defined as statutory policing. Any march can be marshalled using a phalanx. Marshals down the side of the procession at fixed intervals with vehicle front and rear. As for side roads et al, these can be isolated using rolling roadblocks.

2. Can you please provide to me a definition of "operative". Is this private contractors for the council, council personnel of from another public body?

3. Can you please breakdown the exact traffic management requirement that were / are required so as to give context as to why it took 100hrs to set things up plus 40 hours of fleet time?

Yours sincerely,

Martin James Keatings

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Keating,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-20-0369.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 12
March 2020. 

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 9 April 2020.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Jennifer McDonald | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College |Business Hub 6,  1^st Floor| Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AQ

 

Dial: 01224 522166

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Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Keating,

 

Thank you for your information request of 12 March 2020.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested. Our response is now detailed below.

 

In FOI-20-0119 You stated:  "The costs associated with the implementation
of the legal notice (TTRO) is £850.00. This is the current standard charge
for a TTRO notice and is based on figures as approved by Aberdeen City’s
Budget Council annually."

 

 1. Please advise me of the breakdown of exactly what justifies the £850
expenditure precisely.

Technical Officer’s time for processing the application and getting the
draft TTRO signed off and issued to legal for advertising (3 hrs); The
advertising cost for having the Order promoted in the Evening Express
(£797.00); The staff time for installing the notices on site, and the
removal of thereafter (4hrs minimum – 2hrs install, 2 hrs removal).

 

You further states: "The costs associated with the setting up and removal
of the associated traffic management to ensure the safety of the
procession was £4211.76.

This cost is based on the number of hours for the operatives (19.5hrs
labour @ normal time, plus 80hrs @ overtime) and fleet and materials
required to undertake the restrictions (40hrs). "

 

This seems extremely overpriced. Police intervention, as you are aware, at
such political events is defined as statutory policing. Any march can be
marshalled using a phalanx. Marshals down the side of the procession at
fixed intervals with vehicle front and rear. As for side roads et al,
these can be isolated using rolling roadblocks.

Aberdeen City Council have a set template for undertaking traffic
management for Parades on Union Street and this model was rolled out for
the above procession.  Police Scotland only assist with any parades and do
not have the required manpower to cover all side roads for the duration of
large-scale events. Police Scotland would also only undertake the required
traffic management using their emergency powers if the event was not
pre-planned and would still rely on the support of ACC to provide
additional resources (i.e., RTA, flooding events, etc)

 

 2. Can you please provide to me a definition of "operative". Is this
private contractors for the council, council personnel of from another
public body?

A traffic management operative requires to be Sector Scheme 12d approved
to set up traffic management on a live carriageway. This can either be
qualified Council staff, or representatives from other traffic management
companies with similar training.

 

 3. Can you please breakdown the exact traffic management requirement that
were / are required so as to give context as to why it took 100hrs to
set things up plus 40 hours of fleet time?

There are 18 road closure points on the standard Union Street parade route
(between Albyn Place and West North Street). Each location requires a
minimum of barriers, road closed signs and traffic cones. These are
delivered via the Response Squad the day before in order to ensure that
all infrastructure is in place beforehand. Due to the number of closures,
this requires several trips to load / unload at each location. This
accounts for the 19.5 hrs of standard time (2 operatives, per van; 2 vans
at about 5 hrs each). The cost of the traffic management on the day
accounts for the number of staff required to man each key road closure
point for a period before, during and after the parade has set off). These
key locations account for 15 members of staff (at between 1 and 1.5hrs per
site). 

Due to the extended closure request for the section of Union Street
between Market Street and West North Street, this required the operatives
to remain at the four key locations for the duration of the closure
(Market St, Broad Street, Marischal Street and King Street at West North
Street junction). Each of the four locations was supported by vehicles
(vehicle mitigation measures) and two operatives were stationed per
closure. On completion of the march all the traffic management measures
were required to be removed back to the depot.

 

 

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We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[3]ACC_Crest_for mac Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
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