Railway Stations in the Borough

Wendy Hill made this Freedom of Information request to St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council,
Could you please advise:

What proposed upgrades of Railway Stations have/are to be carried out within the Borough, including minutes of meetings etc? In particular, but not exclusive to Garswood Station.

If Garswood Station has in the recent past been scheduled for upgrade with prep work carried out but being shelved due to budget constraints and overspend at St Helens Central? If correct, please supply any information.

Finally, it is noted that with regard to Earlestown Station the following was reported on 3 August "A productive meeting was held today with council officers, Councillors and architects to discuss ideas on how to bring the station into the 21st century keeping its heritage but making it accessible to all . . . . " Could you please advise when this meeting took place, where, who was present and what minutes are available for that meeting and any others?
Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Wendy Hill

Contact Centre, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Wendy Hill

Thank you for your recent request for information, which will be treated
as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).

Your enquiry has been given a reference number 20210813-00247-1. Please
quote this reference in any future correspondence with us concerning this
matter.

If the information you are requesting falls under EIR (see [1]here for
more details) then a charge may be applicable in line with [2]guidance
from the Information Commissioner's Office. Once your request has been
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In accordance with the Act, a response will be sent to you within 20
working days from the date following the receipt of the request or receipt
of an applicable payment.

Kind regards,
St. Helens Council
01744 676789

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13/08/2021 12:25:17 GDT
Subject:Freedom of Information request - Railway Stations in the Borough

CAUTION: This email may be from an unknown source. Do not reply, click
links or open attachments unless you recognise the sender and know the
content is safe. Dear St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, Could you
please advise: What proposed upgrades of Railway Stations have/are to be
carried out within the Borough, including minutes of meetings etc? In
particular, but not exclusive to Garswood Station. If Garswood Station has
in the recent past been scheduled for upgrade with prep work carried out
but being shelved due to budget constraints and overspend at St Helens
Central? If correct, please supply any information. Finally, it is noted
that with regard to Earlestown Station the following was reported on 3
August "A productive meeting was held today with council officers,
Councillors and architects to discuss ideas on how to bring the station
into the 21st century keeping its heritage but making it accessible to all
. . . . " Could you please advise when this meeting took place, where, who
was present and what minutes are available for that meeting and any
others? Thank you Yours faithfully, Wendy Hill
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St.Helens Council, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Further to your request, I can comment as follows:

 

St Helens Council is not responsible for upgrades to railway stations, it
is for either Network Rail or Merseytravel (part of the Liverpool City
Region Combined Authority). You should direct questions about potential
upgrades to stations and budget to the relevant bodies.

 

In terms of the minutes of meetings, can you please specify who made the
statement to which you refer. My intiial advice would be to direct your
request to that body. If we hold minutes, however, they will be easier to
locate if we are aware who the meeting was held with and with whom at the
Council.

 

If you disagree with our decision or are otherwise unhappy with how we
have dealt with your request, in the first instance please write to St
Helens Council, Internal Audit, Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens,
Merseyside WA10 1HP.
Should you remain dissatisfied with the outcome, you have the right under
Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act to appeal against the
decision by contacting the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

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Dear St.Helens Council,
Thank you for your response I did think that it was NR or MT that was responsible for station upgrades. With regard to minutes/notes/ etc of meeting I was referring to this information was posted by St Helens Borough Labour on 3/8/21 by Earlestown Labour Councillors I have copied it here.
"EARLESTOWN STATION NEWS!
A productive meeting was held today with council officers, Councillors and architects to discuss ideas on how to bring the station into the 21st century keeping its heritage but making it accessible to all. This has been our vision, but underfunding of the railways since privatisation has always been an issue. A number of exciting ideas have been brought forward eg lifts across platforms, renovation of the historic waiting room, removal of overgrown green areas and replacement with allotments. The ticket office building could be extended or re positioned and the area leading up to the station improved. In the 200 years of rail travel anniversary coming up soon we hope to see these improvements made reality. Labour delivered Newton Station and we are ploughing ahead to do the same in Earlestown! “This is such an exciting prospect for our town.”

Thanks

Yours sincerely,

Wendy Hill

Contact Centre, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Wendy Hill

Thank you for your recent request for information, which will be treated
as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).

Your enquiry has been given a reference number 20210816-00300-1. Please
quote this reference in any future correspondence with us concerning this
matter.

If the information you are requesting falls under EIR (see [1]here for
more details) then a charge may be applicable in line with [2]guidance
from the Information Commissioner's Office. Once your request has been
reviewed you will be informed of an appropriate charge that may be
applied.

In accordance with the Act, a response will be sent to you within 20
working days from the date following the receipt of the request or receipt
of an applicable payment.

Kind regards,
St. Helens Council
01744 676789

------------------------ Original Email -------------- Received On:
16/08/2021 13:45:50 GDT
Subject:Re: St.Helens Council Freedom Of Information Request ref:
20210813-00247-1

CAUTION: This email may be from an unknown source. Do not reply, click
links or open attachments unless you recognise the sender and know the
content is safe. Dear St.Helens Council, Thank you for your response I did
think that it was NR or MT that was responsible for station upgrades. With
regard to minutes/notes/ etc of meeting I was referring to this
information was posted by St Helens Borough Labour on 3/8/21 by Earlestown
Labour Councillors I have copied it here. "EARLESTOWN STATION NEWS! A
productive meeting was held today with council officers, Councillors and
architects to discuss ideas on how to bring the station into the 21st
century keeping its heritage but making it accessible to all. This has
been our vision, but underfunding of the railways since privatisation has
always been an issue. A number of exciting ideas have been brought forward
eg lifts across platforms, renovation of the historic waiting room,
removal of overgrown green areas and replacement with allotments. The
ticket office building could be extended or re positioned and the area
leading up to the station improved. In the 200 years of rail travel
anniversary coming up soon we hope to see these improvements made reality.
Labour delivered Newton Station and we are ploughing ahead to do the same
in Earlestown! b .This is such an exciting prospect for our town.b .
Thanks Yours sincerely, Wendy Hill -----Original Message----- Further to
your request, I can comment as follows: St Helens Council is not
responsible for upgrades to railway stations, it is for either Network
Rail or Merseytravel (part of the Liverpool City Region Combined
Authority). You should direct questions about potential upgrades to
stations and budget to the relevant bodies. In terms of the minutes of
meetings, can you please specify who made the statement to which you
refer. My intiial advice would be to direct your request to that body. If
we hold minutes, however, they will be easier to locate if we are aware
who the meeting was held with and with whom at the Council. If you
disagree with our decision or are otherwise unhappy with how we have dealt
with your request, in the first instance please write to St Helens
Council, Internal Audit, Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens, Merseyside
WA10 1HP. Should you remain dissatisfied with the outcome, you have the
right under Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act to appeal against
the decision by contacting the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF. "This e-mail and any file transmitted with
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St.Helens Council, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Further to your recent request for information, ref 20210816-00300-1,
please find below details to update you with the progress of this request.

 

Dear Wendy Hill,

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 16 August 2021
(assigned reference number 20210816-00300-1).

 

Whilst, in accordance with our previous advice, the Liverpool City Region
and Network Rail have primary responsibility for upgrades to rail
stations, the Council are able to explore and promote potential schemes
for future consideration.  This is the case for Earlestown Station, as
part of the Council’s regeneration plans for Earlestown town centre, and
an initial virtual stakeholder consultation meeting was held on 3 August
2021 involving Councillor officers, the three elected members for
Earlestown Ward and architectural consultants appointed to undertake a
preliminary feasibility/options study.  No minutes or notes were produced
for this meeting.

 

If you disagree with our decision or are otherwise unhappy with how we
have dealt with your request, in the first instance please write to St
Helens Council, Internal Audit, Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens,
Merseyside WA10 1HP.

Should you remain dissatisfied with the outcome, you have the right under
Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act to appeal against the
decision by contacting the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

If you disagree with our decision or are otherwise unhappy with how we
have dealt with your request, in the first instance please write to St
Helens Council, Internal Audit, Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens,
Merseyside WA10 1HP.
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Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act to appeal against the
decision by contacting the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

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Dear St.Helens Council,

Thank you for your additional reply which clarifies but also leaves unanswered questions. I am unclear as to why there is no agenda/brief/outline/notes/minutes of this meeting - surely the names of those present is available, along with the name of the architectural consultant whose services have been secured. It begs the question as the services of the architectural consultant have been secured, what process has been gone through to secure those services. Please therefore to ensure transparency supply relevant details.

Thank you

Yours sincerely,

Wendy Hill

Dear St Helens 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 St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Railway Stations in the Borough'.
As a partial response has been given, but the information regarding clarification etc has not yet been forthcoming. I am sure this information is available as it is unlikely that meetings would have been held without full details being taken.

Thank you.
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Yours faithfully,

Wendy Hill

Contact Centre, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Wendy Hill

Thank you for contacting St.Helens Council. Your e-mail has been forwarded
to the appropriate department. If it needs a response, you should receive
a reply within ten working days.

If you need to contact us further regarding this matter, please email us
([St Helens Council request email]) or telephone us on 01744 676789. In either
case please quote the following reference number: 20211124-00149-1

Kind regards,
St. Helens Council
01744 676789

------------------------ Original Email -------------- Received On:
24/11/2021 11:57:35 GMT
Subject:Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Railway
Stations in the Borough

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writing to request an internal review of St Helens Metropolitan Borough
Council's handling of my FOI request 'Railway Stations in the Borough'. As
a partial response has been given, but the information regarding
clarification etc has not yet been forthcoming. I am sure this information
is available as it is unlikely that meetings would have been held without
full details being taken. Thank you. [ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT
HERE ] A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
available on the Internet at this address:
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Yours faithfully, Wendy Hill
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Contact Centre, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Wendy Hill

Thank you for contacting St.Helens Council. Your e-mail has been forwarded
to the appropriate department. If it needs a response, you should receive
a reply within ten working days.

If you need to contact us further regarding this matter, please email us
([St Helens Council request email]) or telephone us on 01744 676789. In either
case please quote the following reference number: 20211124-00149-2

Kind regards,
St. Helens Council
01744 676789

------------------------ Original Email -------------- Received On:
24/11/2021 11:57:35 GMT
Subject:Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Railway
Stations in the Borough

CAUTION: This email may be from an unknown source. Do not reply, click
links or open attachments unless you recognise the sender and know the
content is safe. Dear St Helens 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 St Helens Metropolitan Borough
Council's handling of my FOI request 'Railway Stations in the Borough'. As
a partial response has been given, but the information regarding
clarification etc has not yet been forthcoming. I am sure this information
is available as it is unlikely that meetings would have been held without
full details being taken. Thank you. [ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT
HERE ] A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ra...
Yours faithfully, Wendy Hill
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