I would like to request the results of speed monitoring surveys carried out on roads in the City of Cambridge over the last three years. I would like the raw results (including accurate locations) as well as any statistics, graphs or other interpretation held.

I would like to suggest this information ought to be routinely published online.

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Richard Taylor

Cambridge

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

This data was produced by the "Road Safety Partnership" but as that organisation is not subject to FOI due to a loophole which exempts bodies owned by more than one public authority I am making the request to the police.

The police have promised to provide elements of this data to councillors, but have failed to do so. See:

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/cambridge-counc...

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Dear Richard

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 0479/2009

We acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information (FOI) request which
was received by Cambridgeshire Constabulary on 09/09/2009.

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. You will receive a response within the statutory
timescale of twenty working days as defined by the Act. In some
circumstances, we may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is the
case, you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest
opportunity.

If we require any further clarification regarding this request, you will be
notified.

We would advise you that the nature of certain requests may involve payment
of a fee. If this is the case, you will be notified.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
telephone on 0345 456 456 4 asking for the Information Access Office or
email [Cambridgeshire Constabulary request email]

Regards

Alec Taylor
Information Access Office
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Dear Richard

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 0479/2009

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by Cambridgeshire Constabulary on 08/09/09.

I regret to inform you that Cambridgeshire Constabulary will not be able to
issue a response to your request within 20 working days. This is due to an
increase in the number of requests we have received.

I now advise you that the amended date for a response is 04/11/2009. I can
assure you that every effort will be made to ensure an appropriate response
will be made within this new timescale.

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

(See attached file: Complaint Rights.pdf)

May I apologise for any inconvenience caused. Should you wish to discuss
this matter please write or contact the Information Access Office on
telephone number 03454564564 Ext 8163 quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Alec Taylor
Information Access Office
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Dear Richard

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 0479/2009

In reply to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000, received 09/09/09

Request

I would like to request the results of speed monitoring surveys carried out
on roads in the City of Cambridge over the last three years. I would like
the raw results (including accurate locations) as well as any statistics,
graphs or other interpretation held.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) requires us to handle all
requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any
information released in response to a request is regarded as being
published, and therefore in the public domain without caveat.

We have completed all searches within Cambridgeshire Constabulary and
hereby enclose your response.

Response

Your request for information has now been considered and I am not obliged
to supply the information you have requested due to exemptions provided by
the Act.

In respect of Section 1(1)(a) of the FOI Act I can confirm that
Cambridgeshire Constabulary do hold information about traffic surveys in
Cambridge.

Section 17(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires
Cambridgeshire Constabulary, when refusing to provide such information
(because the information is exempt) to provide you the applicant with a
notice which: (a) states that fact, (b) specifies the exemption in
question and (c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the
exemption applies.

The exemptions applicable to the information are:

Section 22 - Information Intended for Future Publication

Section 22 relates to information where the authority has made a decision
to publish the information but the date for publication has not been
reached.

This is a qualified class based exemption and as such I am required to
apply a public interest test.

Public Interest Test

Factors Favouring Early Disclosure
The requested information is held by the Constabulary and a decision has
already been made that it will be released. There should be no problem in
providing this data.)

Factors Favouring Non-Early Disclosure
The requested information does exist and it will be published on our
website. However any changes to the website need to be completed in a
controlled manner. In the case of traffic survey data we have a lot of
information and although publication will occur we need to find the best
way to do this.

BALANCE TEST
There are arguments both for and against the early publication of this
data. However we have to consider how and where this information will
appear on the website. We have started on this work but it is not complete.
We have finite resources and to reassign those resources from one activity
to another will result in a corresponding delay to other activities. It is
for these reasons that I have decided that we must allow the work to
progress to its current schedule.

In accordance with the Act, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for
this particular part of your request.

If you are unhappy with this response, please see the attachment below,
which sets out your rights to appeal.

(See attached file: Complaint Rights.pdf)

Alec Taylor
Information Access Office
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

The police have begun publishing some information on their website at:

http://www.cambs-police.co.uk/roadsafety...

At the time of writing only three surveys within Cambridge are featured. There are many more which have been carried out, the results of which have not yet been placed online.

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

At the North Area Committee on the 12th of November Cllr Upstone proposed prioritising the publication of the full data on speeding, as requested here. His fellow councillors all agreed.

Councillors agreed speeding ought be a local policing priority for North Cambridge; and the police were specifically asked to release this information.

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

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