Request information on Marlow Arch - Bridge 636 - and historic flood map data on which the RBWM relies for its groundwater flooding mitigation stategies.

Mike Post made this Freedom of Information request to Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

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Dear Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead,

This request is in two parts:

1. In conjunction with Bisham’s flood champion I am researching the details of Marlow Arch which is Bridge 636 in the portfolio of bridges for which the RBWM has responsibility. It is the bridge leading up to Marlow suspension bridge on the RBWM side of the river. The white-painted east-north-eastern parapet of the bridge is between the two existing main entrances to The Compleat Angler hotel.

I should be grateful if you would provide me with copies of any plans, sections and maps of the bridge that the RBWM holds and the records of the statutory inspections that it has undergone whilst in the care of the RBWM.

2. I understand that the RBWM is responsible for the management and mitigation of groundwater flooding in Bisham. The Environment Agency has recently published an incorrect historic flood map of Bisham which wrongly shows properties that did not flood in 2003 as having flooded and properties that did flood in 2003 as being outside the flood envelope. Can you please provide me with the maps on which the RBWM relies to inform its strategy to manage and mitigate groundwater flooding ibn Bisham?

Further to an email from the RBWM's David Chandler, dated 25 November 2014, I emailed Vikki Roberts of the RBWM on 25 November to request the answer to the first question, but I have as yet received no response which is the reason for this FOI request.

Thank you in anticipation.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Post

foi, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Dear Mr Post

 

I am writing to acknowledge your request for information. It has been
allocated reference: ER67073.

 

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 provides public authorities
with 20 working days to respond to requests - this period expires on 31
December 2014.

 

Regards

 

Ben Savage

Information Management Officer

 

 

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foi, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

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Dear Sirs

 

Further to your Information request ER67073 please find your questions and
our responses below:

 

1. In conjunction with Bisham’s flood champion I am researching the
details of Marlow Arch which is Bridge 636 in the  portfolio of bridges
for which the RBWM has responsibility. It is the bridge leading up to
Marlow suspension bridge on the RBWM side of the river. The white-painted
east-north-eastern parapet of the bridge is between the two existing main
entrances to The Compleat Angler hotel.

 

I should be grateful if you would provide me with copies of any plans,
sections  and maps of the bridge that the RBWM holds and the records of
the  statutory inspections that it has undergone whilst in the care of the
RBWM.

 

2. I understand that the RBWM is  responsible for the management and
mitigation of groundwater flooding in Bisham. The Environment Agency has
recently published an incorrect historic flood map of Bisham which wrongly
shows  properties that did not flood in 2003 as having flooded and
properties that did flood in 2003 as being outside the flood envelope. Can
you please provide me with the maps on which the RBWM relies to inform its
strategy to manage and mitigate groundwater flooding ibn Bisham?

 

Response

 

Please see attached also I have been instructed to give you this web
address witch should help you with your query. 
[1]http://www.geostore.com/environment-agen...

 

 

 

If you require translation of the information you have been sent please do
not hesitate the contact us.

 

If you are unhappy with the information we have provided in response to
your request please write to:

 

Information Management Team Manager

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

Town Hall, St Ives Road

Maidenhead

SL6 1RF

 

or send an e-mail to [email address].uk 

 

We are proud to be one of the leading authorities in England for
consistently responding to information requests within the 20 working days
set down by statute. Information about our performance and summaries of
requests received can be found on our website:

 

[2]http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/foi_informati...

 

 

We are keen to hear about your experience with the Information Management
Team here at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and look forward to
receiving any comments you have about the way your information request was
processed.

 

Please send any feedback to the Information Management Team Manager either
by e-mail [email address] or in writing to the address above.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

David Davies

Information Management Officer

Legal Department

Corporate Directorate

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

Town Hall, St.Ives Road

Maidenhead SL6 1RF

 

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Dear Mr Davies

Thank you for your partial reply to my FOI request.

With respect to part 1 of my request, you have provided me with the 1963 drawing of the proposed culverting of the fast stream under Bridge 636 but not with copies of the statutory inspection reports of the bridge that I requested.I would be grateful if you would make these available.

With respect to part 2 of my request, I asked for details of the historic flood map data on which the RBWM relies for its groundwater flooding mitigation strategies. You replied that you had been instructed to provide me with an internet link: http://www.geostore.com/environment-agen... which would assist me with my enquiries. It does not. Areas of Bisham are vulnerable to groundwater flooding and I am advised that the RBWM is responsible for groundwater flood mitigation policy. The Environment Agency admits that it has made mistakes in the recording of individual property flooding. Will you please provide me therefore with the actual specific information that the RBWM uses to inform its groundwater flood mitigation policies in Bisham?

Thank you in anticipation.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Post

Dear Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's handling of my FOI request 'Request information on Marlow Arch - Bridge 636 - and historic flood map data on which the RBWM relies for its groundwater flooding mitigation stategies.'.

I submitted by request on 2 December 2014. The RBWM responded with an unsatisfactory, partial response on 30 December 2014.

On 14 January I wrote to Mr Davies at the RBWM to ask him for the missing pieces of information that had not been given in response to tthe above request.

The RBWM failed to provide me with copies of the recent statotory bridge inspection reports requested nor did it provide me with details of the historic flood map data on which the RBWM relies for its
groundwater flooding mitigation strategies. Merely pointing me (as "instructed", a curious phrase) to a vast archive of material is not satisfactory. I wish to see copies (via internet prefreably) of the actual specific maps that the RBWM uses for its groundwater flood mitigation strategies..

If you cannot provide links to copies of the statutory bridge inspection reports, it must be assumed that Bridge 636 has not been inspected. The reason for requesting sight of the flood maps used by the RBWM for groundwater flood mitigation strategies is that the Environment Agency has publicly admitted making serious errors in its flood mapping of Bisham and the public needs to see the maps on which the RBWM is relying.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r...

Yours faithfully,

Mike Post