£131,000 Public Health money used to concrete the Wirral Way.

Alan Rundle made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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The request was refused by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please provide details of the precise budgetary source of the £131,000 Wirral Public Health money used to concrete five sections of the Wirral Way long distance public footpath (February 2014 onwards).

Please provide details of an EFFECTIVE public participation process that should have preceded a PLAN to start this footpath widening and resurfacing scheme.

Exactly, how many members of the "public concerned" were able to EFFECTIVELY participate in environmental decision-making, when all options were open and when their participation could be effective?

Please provide details of discussions that took place between the local authority and members of the "public concerned", in relation to other possible schemes, before the concreting of more countryside was agreed as the right way to spend £131,000 of Wirral Public Health funds.

Yours faithfully,

Alan Rundle

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon

 

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
Act.

 

The Council has no further information to provide to you in response to
your enquiry which has not already been communicated to you in the email
dated 29^th May 2014 from Anthony Bestwick, Principal Officer for Parks
Management and the further letter from Mr Bestwick dated 2nd July 2014.

 

If you wish to receive duplicate copies of this correspondence please let
me know.

 

Kind regards,

 

Sent on behalf of

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

I received a standardised email, dated 29 May 2014, from Anthony Bestwick (Principal Officer for Parks Management), in response to an email sent by myself to Mary Worrall, (Senior Manager, Parks and Countryside) on 1 May 2014.

Mr Bestwick's standardised email (29 May 2014) was sent to numerous members of the public concerned.

Mr Bestwick's email failed to answer questions put to him in my email of 1 May 2014.
Your response to my FOI request, likewise fails to answer ANY of the questions presented.

Please answer the questions.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Rundle

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Morning

Thank you for your email.

The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act is not to answer specific questions about the Council's actions, but to provide any relevant recorded information in relation to an enquiry. The Council's response is that you are already in possession of all the relevant recorded information you have asked for, and has therefore complied with the Act.

Both Mr Bestwick's email of 29th May 2014 and letter dated 2nd July 2014 addressed your concerns. As stated, if you would like these sent to you again, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Sent on behalf of

Tracy O'Hare
Information Management
Transformation and Resources
Wirral Council
 
This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research you are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may involve licensing and the application of a charge.

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request '£131,000 Public Health money used to concrete the Wirral Way.'.

Your response talks about Anthony Bestwick's email of 29th May 2014 and letter dated 2nd July 2014 addressed to me about concerns that I had raised, concerning considerable damage to the biodiversity along stretches of the Wirral Way, between Ashton Park (West Kirby) and Gayton, costing £131,000 from "public health funds".

Anthony Bestwick's 29 May 2014 email was a standardised one, sent to numerous complainants, which did NOT answer any of the points that I had raised.

I appear NOT to have received a letter from Anthony Bestwick (dated 2 July 2014).

Please provide details of the precise budgetary source of the
£131,000 Wirral Public Health money used to concrete five sections
of the Wirral Way long distance public footpath (February 2014
onwards).

Please provide details of an EFFECTIVE public participation process
that should have preceded a PLAN to start this footpath widening
and resurfacing scheme.

Exactly, how many members of the "public concerned" were able to
EFFECTIVELY participate in environmental decision-making, when all
options were open and when their participation could be effective?

Please provide details of discussions that took place between the
local authority and members of the "public concerned", in relation
to other possible schemes, before the concreting of more
countryside was agreed as the right way to spend £131,000 of Wirral
Public Health funds.

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,

Alan Rundle

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Good Afternoon

 

Thank you for your request of an internal review of the Council’s response
to your Freedom of Information enquiry.

 

Please find attached the referred to letter dated 2 July 2014 from Anthony
Bestwick. I note that it is address to a Mr. R. Rundle, but I am assured
that this was a typographic error. As you have made your request via the
WhatDoTheyKnow.com website, and the response is therefore in the public
domain, I have redacted your address from the letter in line with the Data
Protection Act 1998.

 

In response to your question regarding the specific budgetary source of
the works expenditure, the Council receives funding from a wide range of
sources, including central government, grants from government departments,
Council tax, etc. In the vast majority of cases this income is received
into the Council’s central budget, and it is therefore not possible to
determine the exact origin of all money spent.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the result of your internal review, you also
have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner, whose address
is

The Information Commissioner’s Office,

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire SK9 5AF

[1]www.ico.gov.uk

 

Kind regards,

 

Sent on behalf of

 

Jane Corrin

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to be
protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to
use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research you
are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for
example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may
involve licensing and the application of a charge.

 

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