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Potential closure of Newhaven Marine Railway Station

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Dear Lewes District Council,

REQUEST UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FoIA)

I understand that the Department for Transport has recently published a consultation regarding the 'formal' closure of the Newhaven Marine railway station ("NVM") [1],in line with Section 29 of the Railways Act 2005. This closure was requested by the network operator, Network Rail.

I understand that the NVM station building was demolished circa 3 years ago, however, the trackbed remains and has recently been resignalled by the network operator as part of a major investment programme in the Brighton area. I also understand that the track is in use daily by the train operating company ("TOC"), Govia Thameslink Railway (trading as Southern), for berthing and positioning movement of trains [2].

Your Council is listed as by the DfT as one of the stakeholders who have been consulted regarding the closure [3]; however, it is not clear whether or not the Council has been in prior discussion with the DfT, Network Rail, or, the TOC in respect of options regarding the NVM site.

Could you please therefore, in accordance with the act, disclose the following information:

RFI 1: A copy of any correspondence between Council officers and the bodies named above in respect of options regarding the NVM site (e.g. re-development, re-use as a freight terminal link, or, the somewhat unlikely option of resumption of passenger services)

RFI 2: A copy of any correspondence between Council officers and the operator of the adjacent port and freight terminal / freight operating companies regarding re-development of the NVM site into a freight handling facility.

RFI 3: A copy of any documentation held by the Council regarding its own strategy for redevelopment of the area.

My preference would be to receive any correspondence electronically (as afforded under §11(1)(a) of FoIA), ideally in a format that allows for contents to be interpreted using screen reading software. In particular, if the Council intends to supply redacted correspondence, I should be grateful if it would ensure that the text itself is "readable", e.g. by ensuring that content is not suppled merely in image format.

I have attempted to provide sufficient information so that you can locate the information that I am seeking in a efficient manner (and within the cost limits set forth in the Act), however, should you require any clarity I should be happy to provide it.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Martyn Dewar

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/consultati...

[2] e.g. https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/L... , which shows a train arriving from Newhaven Harbour, into Newhaven Marine and then "reversing" towards Harbour.

[3] https://www.gov.uk/government/consultati...

Thank you for your information request received today.

 

I am currently reviewing your request and investigating whether there is
any information available for disclosure.  The Council, in accordance with
Section 10 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’), will reply
to your request promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth
working day following the date of receipt. Subject Access Requests will be
responded to within one calendar month in line with the GDPR (General Data
Protection Regulation).

 

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the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Council reserves the right to
treat any request for information as invalid unless the requester supplies
their real name.  In such cases, the Council may request proof of
identity.

 

 

Please contact me again if you require any assistance with your request
and I will do my best to provide the relevant help and advice.

 

Kind Regards

 

 

Information Governance Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

Dear Mr. Dewar,

 

Information Request:  FOI 10588

 

Thank you for your information request dated 28 January 2020 received in
our office on the same day.

 

Could you please therefore, in accordance with the act, disclose the
following information:

 

RFI 1: A copy of any correspondence between Council officers and the
bodies named above in respect of options regarding the NVM site (e.g.
re-development, re-use as a freight terminal link, or, the somewhat
unlikely option of resumption of passenger services)

 

RFI 2: A copy of any correspondence between Council officers and the
operator of the adjacent port and freight terminal / freight operating
companies regarding re-development of the NVM site into a freight handling
facility.

 

RFI 3: A copy of any documentation held by the Council regarding its own
strategy for redevelopment of the area.

 

 

I have reviewed your request and investigated whether there is any
information which can be disclosed to you.  Please find below the
information the council holds, and which I am pleased to provide to you.

 

The land at East Quay (the location of Newhaven Marine station) is owned
by the Port, so the Council does not  have any redevelopment plans as it
is not within our ownership. It lies within the Newhaven Enterprise Zone,
but redevelopment will be up to the landowner.

 

There has no correspondence from planning policy on this, however the
adopted Local Plan Part 1 – the Joint Core Strategy available online has
Core Policy CP4 Encouraging Economic Development and Regeneration that
supports Newhaven Port:

 

7. Support the continued use of Newhaven port for freight and passengers
including plans for expansion and modernisation of the port as identified
in the port authority’s Port Masterplan.

 

The local plan can be accessed via this link –

[1]https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/plan...

 

I trust that this deals with your enquiry to your satisfaction, but if you
feel that Lewes District Council has misunderstood or not responded
appropriately to your request, you have two courses of action:

 

o You can clarify the terms of your original request to allow this to be
looked at again  (if you expand your request this will be dealt with
as a new request)
o All applicants have a 'right of appeal'.  An appeal should be focused
on the original request and should identify how the council’s response
failed to answer your Information Request.  Appeals must be made in
writing (or e-mail) within 40 working days of receipt of this response
and addressed to the Information Governance Appeals Officer, to the
address below. 

 

Information Governance Appeals Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

1 Grove Road

EASTBOURNE

BN21 4TW     

                                  

E-mail  : [2][email address]

 

After the council’s internal appeals procedure has been exhausted, a
further appeal about the same Information Request can be directed to the
Information Commissioner for adjudication.  Full details will be provided
should an appeal proceed to this stage.

 

Please note:

If you are considering re-using the information disclosed to you through
this request, for any purpose outside of what could be considered for
personal use, you are required under the Public Sector Re-use of
Information Regulations 2015 to make an Application for Re-use to the
organisation you have requested the information from.  Applications for
Re-Use should be directed to the address detailed in the footer below.

 

Please contact me again, quoting your reference number, if you require any
further assistance with your current request and I will do my best to
provide the relevant help and advice.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Regards,

 

Kevin Rance

Information Governance Officer

Tel: +44(0)1273 471600

[3][email address]

Lewes and Eastbourne Legal Services acting on behalf of Lewes District
Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

 

References

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