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Progress on the Chorlton to City Centre Cycleway

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Dear Manchester City Council,

It is now 6 months since the Chorlton Cycleway consultation closed, and there has been no further update on these plans since then. Nothing to say whether they will go ahead, and if so, what sort of timescale we are looking at.

This route is the second most popular cycle route in Manchester and is currently woefully underprovisioned. Thousands of cyclists a day are put at risk by the council's continual delays in implementing this scheme. It is therefore in the public interest to know the progress of this scheme so we know when we might be safe.

Under the Freedom of Information act, please provide me with:
1. The most up to date technical plans and drawings of the route, including any changes that have been made as a result of the consultation. Please do not just send the plans that were published last year.
2. An updated timeline on future steps and when we might actually see construction start. Will the whole scheme be built at once, or will it be built in sections? If so, which sections will be built first?

I look forward to your response in fewer than 20 days. Please do not disappoint me by being late.

Yours faithfully,

A. J. Bell

Information Compliance, Manchester City Council

Dear A.J. Bell,
Re: Request for Information - Reference No: HWY/BE6H43
Thank you for your request for information received by Manchester City
Council on 17 July 2019.
Please note that it may take up to 20 working days (14 August 2019) for
the Council to consider your request and to provide a formal response.   
If this timescale needs to be extended to consider an exemption you will
be notified and kept informed. 
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. 
Yours sincerely,
Peter Hassett
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA
Email:  [1][MCC request email]
Website:  [2]www.manchester.gov.uk

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Mark Stevenson, Manchester City Council

Dear A. J. Bell,
Date:12th August 2019

  

Re: Your request for information – HWY/BE6H43

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 17th July
2019,. under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

We can confirm that the Council does hold the requested information. A
summary of the consultation response to the Manchester to Chorlton Walking
and Cycling scheme will be provides as part of the on-going development of
the scheme and published on the City Council’s website. This is proposed
to happen over the next couple of months. As a result, under section 22 of
the Freedom of Information Act, we are not proposing to release the
information in advance of this publication, so everyone can view the
information at the same time, which is considered to be in the public
interest.

In terms of technical plans for the scheme these are currently still in
various stages of development and not finalised. As a result, also under
section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act, we are not proposing to
release the information in advance of formal publication,so everyone can
view the information at the same time, which is considered to be in the
public interest.

A revised time-line for works progression will be updated and published
soon on the City Councils website. I can confirm that we would be looking
for a staged approach to the construction of the scheme with the first
phase of construction proposed to take place at the Hulme end of the
scheme.

If you are not satisfied with the response to your request, you may ask
the Council for an internal review. This will be undertaken by an officer
not involved in handling your request. If you wish an internal review to
be undertaken you should contact the Democratic Services Legal Team who
can be contacted by post or email: 

 

Democratic Services Legal Team

PO Box 532

Town Hall

Manchester

M60 2LA

 

Email:  [1][MCC request email]

 

When requesting an internal review, please explain which parts of the
request handling and/or response you are unhappy with so that we can
address your concerns in the internal review process.

 

A copy of the Council’s access to information complaints procedure can be
accessed here:

 

[2]http://www.manchester.gov.uk/downloads/d...

 

If you do not have internet access and require a paper copy, please let me
know.

 

If you are not happy with the outcome of the internal review process once
it is     completed, you have the right to apply directly to the
Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can
be contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner's Office 

Wycliffe House 

Water Lane 

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Tel: [3]01625 545700

Fax: [4]01625 524510

Email: [5][email address]

[6]www.ico.org.uk

 

The Information Commissioner will generally expect that you have exhausted
the Council’s Information Complaints Procedure before he will consider a
complaint.

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Mark Stevenson

Team Leader 

Highways Services

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Dear Manchester City Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Manchester City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Progress on the Chorlton to City Centre Cycleway'.

I understand that the plans were not finalised and so are not to be released, but I feel the council's section 22 justification of not publishing the consultation report, which was promised months ago and has been finalised is not a good enough justification.

Section 22 states that "if ... it is reasonable in all the circumstances that the information should be withheld from disclosure until the [unspecified future date of publication]". I cannot see how withholding a finalised document is in the public interest or reasonable. It is in the public interest to see the document as soon as possible, to see what has been done since January and scrutinise. I ask the council to reconsider their refusal under s22 as I do not feel it applies. I would request that the council publishes the consultation report on the website, and attach a copy here, as per the original FoI request, that way everyone can see it at the same time, thus nullifying the excuse used in the previous correspondence.

If not, the council must provide an explanation as to why it would not be in the public interest or reasonable to withhold the document, as the justification in the last correspondence is not satisfactory.

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,

A. J. Bell

Information Compliance, Manchester City Council

Dear A J Bell
Re: Request for Information - Reference No: HWY / BE6H43 - IR
Thank you for your request for information received by Manchester City
Council on 12 September 2019.
Please note that it may take up to 20 working days (10 October 2019) for
the Council to consider your request and to provide a formal response.   
If this timescale needs to be extended to consider an exemption you will
be notified and kept informed. 
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. 
Yours sincerely
Jerry Frys
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA
Email:  [1][MCC request email]
Website:  [2]www.manchester.gov.uk

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