Progress on construction of Moulton Bypass - A43 realignment

Waiting for an internal review by Northamptonshire County Council of their handling of this request.

Dear Northamptonshire County Council,

In respect of the construction of the Moulton Bypass, per Phase 1b of the A43 realignment plans, contained within Planning Application DA/2013/0850 dated 07 November 2013, as approved on 27 August 2015...........

1) Has the remaining land required for the construction of the road (being the subject of the approval for a Compulsory Purchase Order, as authorised by the NCC Cabinet on 10 June 2014), now passed into NCC ownership, and if so, on what date did NCC become beneficial owner of said land?

2) Has the contract for the construction of this section of dual carriageway, been awarded, and if so, to whom, and when is construction due to commence?

3) If the construction contract has not yet been signed, please advise what is causing the current delay, how the issues causing the delay will be resolved, and when is it expected to be signed?

4) Will the proposals relating to the creation of two new Unitary Authorities for the County, have any impact on progress of this construction program?

5) If in fact, construction has already been postponed for an extended period of time, please indicate when is it now proposed that construction should commence?

6) Alternatively, if Phase 1b has already been cancelled, please advise what the NCC proposals are to alleviate the problems caused by the significant general increase of traffic along Park View and Thorpeville, together with the additional traffic movements generated from the David Wilson Homes development, since the A43 realignment proposal was approved in 2015?

Yours faithfully,

Roger E. Cooper

Freedom of Information, Northamptonshire County Council

Freedom of Information Request: FR8553

 

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Good afternoon,

 

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Kind regards

 

Tracey Gilkes

FOI / DP Admin

Northamptonshire County Council

Business Intelligence and Project Management

ONE Angel Square

Angel Street

Northampton

NN1 1ED

 

t : 01604 368360

e: [1][email address]

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Dear Freedom of Information,

On 3rd October, I wrote a request for an Internal Review of the response from NCC to my FOIA request dated 31 August 2018, but have to date received no reply, nor can I find any record of my review request on file!

These are the salient points of my 3rd October communication...................

"I am writing to request an internal review of Northamptonshire County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Progress on construction of Moulton Bypass - A43 realignment'.

1) As of today, I am led to believe that ALL necessary land is still NOT in NCC ownership.

This has now been ‘in progress’ for more than four years since NCC Cabinet authorised the acquisition of all necessary land on 10 June 2014 – WHY is it STILL subject to “legal matters” after so long, and by what date will such issues be fully resolved?

2) Please schedule the chronology of specific events, and reasons with dates, as to why it has taken so long to perform this relatively simple task, and please now provide an accurate date by when ALL land WILL be owned by NCC, such that the construction contract can be awarded?

3) After multiple delays, the most recent date on which construction was expected to commence was 03 October 2018, but I am reliably informed that, as of 31 August, construction work has yet again been deferred, and is now not expected to commence until after Christmas 2018!

Please provide specific reasons as to what has caused this latest delay in work starting?

4) Is there a date by which funding WILL BE LOST, if construction works have not commenced by then – if so what is that deadline date?

I would be most grateful to receive specific responses to each of these very important questions, as soon as possible please, because they were not adequately covered by the responses to my original Freedom of Information Request."

It has now been 7 weeks since I wrote this communication - can you please advise when I may expect to receive a response?

Finally, if all of the various issues delaying the start of construction have been fully resolved since 3rd October, when is construction of Phase 1b of the A43 realignment program due to commence?

If not, then what impediments remain to be resolved before such works can commence?

I look forward to receiving an early response to this further request for an Internal Review.

Yours sincerely,

Roger Cooper

Freedom of Information, Northamptonshire County Council

Dear Mr Cooper,

I am writing to acknowledge your request for a review of Freedom of
Information request FR8553 dated 20/11/2018.

 

I have checked our records and can find no trace of your email of
03/10/2018. I have also checked the What Do They Know website and the
email is not showing in the history of your request.  

 

Your request has been logged under the reference number R8553 and passed
to our Reviewing Officer, Simon Deacon.

 

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reference in any future communications.

 

You should expect a further response within 20 working days.

 

Kind regards

 

Sarah Jobling

Senior Administrator

Freedom of Information/Data Protection Team

Business Intelligence and Project Management

Northamptonshire County Council

 

Tel: 01604 368360

[Northamptonshire County Council request email]

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Dear Sarah,

Many thanks for checking the situation re my 3rd October submission.
I realised that something must have gone wrong with this previous request for review, as I also could find no trace of it in the FOIA records, and I now await your response to this new request in due course.
Many thanks, and kind regards,

Roger Cooper

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