Proposals to ban dogs from public spaces in Nottingham - evidence given to Nottinghamshire City Coucil by police, please.

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Dear Nottinghamshire Police,

An article in the Nottingham Post of 17th May 2016 claimed that, the City Council was meeting that evening, to consider banning dogs from open spaces in the City.

The story in the Nottingham Post featured a statement from a Council spokesperson who claimed - among other things - that the council had " reports of dogs causing considerable alarm and distress to park/public open space users and pedestrians generally."

I wrote to them under the FOIA, requesting that they provide the information they claim to have.

They have refused my request for evidence of "dogs causing considerable alarm and distress to park/public open space users and pedestrians generally, because they claim that the POLICE have it and they have asked to me to make a separate enquiry to you for that information.

In their response, the Council said, "In addition, a number of reports of dogs causing considerable alarm and distress to park users were identified through our partnership working with the police and obtained through police computer systems. This information is for the police to share and therefore cannot be disclosed in accordance with Section 1 of the Act as it is not held by the Council.

As we are directing you to our offices where you can find the information you require, please accept this letter as a partial refusal notice issued under Section 17, as we have relied on Section 21 of the Act. "

Therefore, under the Freedom of Information Act, I am therefore writing to request the following:

Please provide (anonymised) copies of all reports you have of " dogs causing considerable alarm and distress to park users" submitted to the Council (on 17th May or before), which provided the evidence they claim to have considered during their debate on 17th May. Can you please send me the report or the anonymised accounts you received from people who made reports to you of 'dogs causing considerable alarm and distress to park/public open space users and pedestrians generally.'

My original Request to the Council, their responses and the evidence they have sent me so far, can be seen at: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Penny Bunn

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Dear Ms Bunn,

 

Please find attached the response to your Freedom of Information request
and details of your right of appeal.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Layla Coe

 

Layla Coe
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Information Management
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Arnold
Nottingham
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Dear Freedom of Information,

I thank you for your response to my enquiry, but it is clear that you have not properly read the Request. Since your response to this Request was late, I can only surmise that your response was hastily thrown together and that you couldn't be bothered to deal with the Request properly.

Nottingham City Council held a meeting on 17th May, to discuss Public Space Protection Orders in the City area, to deal with problems they claim were caused by dogs and their owners. They claim that the decisions taken that evening were based - in part - on evidence submitted to the meeting by Nottinghamshire Police.

Therefore, whatever work was required to put this information together must already have been done, prior to the meeting of Nottingham City Council on 17th May. Otherwise, Nottinghamshire Police could not have submitted it to the Council, as stipulated in their Minutes and in several communications (and a meeting) that I have had with their Chief Enforcement Officer.

I am requesting a copy of that information, please, as submitted to the City Council for their consideration, but annotated to protect identities where appropriate.

Please look again at this request. Unless you are going to claim that Nottingham City Council has lied, then the information must be readily available to you.

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bunn

Freedom of Information, Nottinghamshire Police

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Information Act, your request will be dealt with within the legislative
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for any reason you will be notified as soon as possible.

 

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where this has been passed to.

 

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Thank you

 

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Dear Ms Bunn

 

Please find attached our response in relation to your request for internal
review.

 

Kind regards,

 

Lehan Fielding

Senior Disclosure and FOI Officer

Nottinghamshire Police

Information Management

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Nottingham

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Many thanks for your response to my request for an Internal Review and for such a full explanation of the facts, which is very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bunn

Freedom of Information, Nottinghamshire Police

I acknowledge receipt of your e-mail, which has been received by the
Freedom of Information Section.

 

If your email is a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act, your request will be dealt with within the legislative
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for any reason you will be notified as soon as possible.

 

If your request does not relate to Freedom of Information, your e-mail
will be forwarded to the relevant department and you will be notified
where this has been passed to.

 

If you require further information please contact 101 ext 800 2507.

 

You might find what you are looking for on our website:
[1]www.nottinghamshire.police.uk

 

If you have information about any crime, you can contact us on the
non-emergency number: 101.

 

In an emergency, for example where life is in danger or a crime in
progress, call 999.

 

Thank you

 

Freedom of Information

Nottinghamshire Police

 

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