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Nigel Wetters Gourlay

Dear Derbyshire County Council,

Under the Reservoirs Act 1975 (as amended by the Water Act 2003), Derbyshire County Council has a duty to coordinate off-site reservoir emergency planning within the county, and maintain an off-site reservoir inundation plan for Category A reservoirs.

Please provide minutes of meetings over the last four years where such emergency planning was conducted, and the off-site inundation plans for Toddbrook, Fernilee, Errwood and Combs reservoirs.

Yours faithfully,

Nigel Wetters Gourlay
Chapel-en-le-Frith West Ward Parish Councillor

Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Mr Wetters,

I refer to your request for Information received on 5 August 2019.

We will be dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In accordance with the legislation, the deadline for responding is 20 working days from the receipt of the request, this being the 4 September 2019. However, we shall endeavour to deal with your request promptly, and if possible before this date.

Yours Sincerely

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Access to Information Team
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
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ES 8451 856 19 Reservoir Emergency Plans

Dear Mr Wetters Gourlay,

Unfortunately, I am writing to advise you that there will be a short delay
in responding to your request for information, for which Derbyshire County
Council apologise.

Please be assured that we will endeavour to get this information to you as
soon as we can, which is likely to be in the next few days.

Yours sincerely

 

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Economy, Transport and Environment

Derbyshire County Council

 

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Dear Mr Wetters Gourlay

 

Thank you for your enquiry, which we received on the 05/08/2019.

 

Your request was as follows:

 

Under the Reservoirs Act 1975 (as amended by the Water Act 2003),
Derbyshire County Council has a duty to coordinate off-site reservoir
emergency planning within the county, and maintain an off-site reservoir
inundation plan for Category A reservoirs.

 

Please provide minutes of meetings over the last four years where such
emergency planning was conducted, and the off-site inundation plans for
Toddbrook, Fernilee, Errwood and Combs reservoirs.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
and the Council’s response to the question raised is set out below:

 

Further to our email on 04/09/2019, we apologise for the short delay in
our response. The documentation requested is now available, however,the
total size of these documents is over 22Mb and exceeds the size limits
placed on our email system. I have therefore contacted our central ICT
team, with a view to using the Council’s Cryptshare secure transfer
system. I will contact you again when I have confirmation that the link to
the secure transfer has been sent to you.

 

NB: Some of the information has been redacted. It is the reasonable
opinion of the Council’s qualified person, Janie Berry (the Monitoring
Officer), that the redacted information is exempt from disclosure under s.
36(2)(c) of the Freedom of Information Act as disclosure would prejudice
the effective conduct of public affairs. This is because disclosure of the
requested information may hinder implementation of the plans, which would
adversely affect the Council’s ability to provide an efficient and
effective emergency planning function and safeguard the people of
Derbyshire.

 

Section 36(2)(c) is a qualified exemption and is subject to the public
interest test. The purpose of the test is to decide whether the public
interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in
disclosure. If it does not the information must be released. It is
considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption does
outweigh the public interest in disclosure. This is because disclosure of
the information would be likely to prejudice the conduct of public affairs
by adversely affecting the Council’s ability to offer an effective public
service or meet its wider objectives, and would have a disruptive effect
on the work that the Council is doing.

 

I trust this now satisfies your request.

 

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If you wish to challenge the response, please send your comments to, and
wherever possible, a copy of your request and the covering letter
enclosing the information or refusing your request to:

 

Access to Information Solicitor

Legal Services

Derbyshire County Council

County Hall

Matlock

DE4 3AG

 

Email: [2][Derbyshire County Council request email]

 

Stage 2:

 

After completing the above procedure, if you wish to challenge the
decision further, then you have a right to contact the Information
Commissioner’s Office as follows:

 

Information Commissioner's Office

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Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: Tel: 0303 123 1113/Fax: 01625 524510

ICO Weblink: [3]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Business Services Officer

Access to Information

Economy, Transport and Environment

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