Robert Whittaker

Dear Essex County Council,

Some time ago, you kindly supplied a copy of your Public Rights of Way GIS data, along with permission to reuse it under the Open Government Licence [1]. I would now like to request an update to the this data-set. Specifically:

1/ Under the Environmental Information Regulations [2], please supply me with an updated copy of the GIS data for the working (unofficial) version of your Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way. My preferred format for this would be one of KML, GeoJSON, MapInfo or Shapefile. (If a different format is more convenient for you, I'm happy to discuss this.)

2/ Under the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations [3], please grant permission to re-use the information in that data-set under the Open Government Licence v3 [4]. The purposes for which I wish to re-use the data are (a) to help improve the representation of Rights of Way in OpenStreetMap and (b) to make the data-set available to others under an open licence in convenient open formats.

3/ In compliance with the final bullet point on page 1 of the ICO's Model Publication Scheme [5] (which you are required to have adopted) I would like to request that you arrange to pro-actively publish updates to your PRoW GIS data on your website going forward. I would suggest that quarterly updates would be reasonable. Alternatively, live data could be made available by enabling public access to a WFS server, if you have one. (Please don't let your consideration of this part slow down your response to the first two requests. I am more than happy for you to take longer to consider this part, as long as I get a prompt response to requests 1 and 2.)

Yours faithfully,

Robert Whittaker

[1] https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...
[2] https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2004...
[3] https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015...
[4] https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/...
[5] https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

Yours faithfully,

Robert Whittaker

Your Right To Know, Essex County Council

Thank you for your recent request for information.

Your request is covered by the Environmental Information Regulations, which requires us to respond within 20 working days.

Please Note – Due to Government guidance in relation to the Coronavirus we are currently working remotely which may affect our ability to access records which are held in hard copy, or within our archives. Additionally, if the situation worsens and staff become unwell, we may not be able to gather from them the information to satisfy your request in full. We will continue to disclose all electronic data we have access to, and any undisclosed data held will be made available to you once we are able to access the material, subject to any applicable exemptions.

We will determine and let you know whether we hold the information you have requested and consider whether we are able to release the information or if it is exempt from disclosure.

ECC does not usually charge for providing information to its requestors as the provision of electronic copies is negligible, however under certain circumstances we may have to do so if providing the information costs more than £25. We will let you know before we do any work that would incur a charge.

Please note that the response and data released to you as part of this request will be published on the Essex County Council website. The website address is http://www.essex.gov.uk/Your-Council/You.... All requests will be anonymised and no personal information including contact details will be disclosed as part of this process.

Please contact me if you would like further advice or assistance about your request, or your right to access information held by Essex County Council.

Yours sincerely,

Oliver Sharpe
Your Right To Know
Essex County Council
T: 033301 38989
E: [email address]
W: www.essex.gov.uk

For advice on Essex County Council’s response to the current Coronavirus situation please visit www.essex.gov.uk/coronavirus or our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/essexcor...

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Your Right To Know, Essex County Council

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your request for information. Please find our response to your request on the accompanying document(s).

I trust that this information satisfies your request. However, should you require anything further, please contact me and I will endeavour to assist you further.
if you are not satisfied with your response, please contact me so I can try to resolve the issue. Alternatively, if you wish to make a complaint, you can find the details at https://www.essex.gov.uk/Your-Council/Yo...

In regards to Question 3

3). In compliance with the final bullet point on page 1 of the ICO's Model Publication Scheme [5] (which you are required to have adopted) I would like to request that you arrange to pro-actively publish updates to your PRoW GIS data on your website going forward. I would suggest that quarterly updates would be reasonable. Alternatively, live data could be made available by enabling public access to a WFS server, if you have one. (Please don't let your consideration of this part slow down your response to the first two requests. I am more than happy for you to take longer to consider this part, as long as I get a prompt response to requests 1 and 2.)

In response to Question 3

We are currently working with our Open Data colleagues to establish protocols for sharing of this information online on a regular basis - https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlo...


If, after following our complaints procedure, you are still not satisfied, you are entitled to ask the Information Commissioner to review our decision. You can contact the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF; Telephone 0303 123 1113.

Please note that the response and data released to you as part of this request will be published on the Essex County Council website. The website address is https://www.essex.gov.uk/Your-Council/Yo.... All requests will be anonymised and no personal information including contact details will be disclosed as part of this process.

If you would like to take a short customer satisfaction survey please use the link below https://consultations.essex.gov.uk/infor...

Yours sincerely,

Trevor Anthony-Jones
Your Right To Know
Essex County Council
T: 033301 38989
E: [email address]
W: www.essex.gov.uk

For advice on Essex County Council’s response to the current Coronavirus situation please visit www.essex.gov.uk/coronavirus or our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/essexcor...

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