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Right of Way - Manchester Pride 2019

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Dear Manchester City Council,

I would like information pertaining to any case law and legal framework used in the decision making pertaining to the management of the right of way through the Village during Manchester Pride 2019.

Section 16a of the Road Traffic Regulation (Special Events) Act 1994 states if the traffic authority for a road are satisfied that traffic on the road should be restricted or prohibited for the purpose of —

(a) facilitating the holding of a relevant event,
(b) enabling members of the public to watch a relevant event, or
(c) ....

that the authority may by order restrict or prohibit temporarily the use of that road, or any part of it, by vehicles or vehicles of any class or by pedestrians, to such extent and subject to such conditions or exceptions as they may consider necessary or expedient.

The legal framework here is clear that the Village area here could be subject to a 16a order to enable the closure of the area to pedestrians to allow the event organisers to manage the safety of attendees to the event during event. Currently the management of capacity has been removed by not allowing the closure of the area to pedestrians thus leaving the organisers no way of safety managing the area and attendees to the event.

Please provide the following:

1. information pertaining the legal framework and case law used in the process of deciding not to allow the closure of the area to pedestrians under section 16a of the Road Traffic Regulation (Special Events) Act 1994.

2. Reasoning behind the traffic authority's decision as to why it is not satisfied it is necessary to allow the safe management of the Pride event area and pedestrians using a section 16a to allow the closure of the area to pedestrians.

Yours faithfully,

Jon

Information Compliance, Manchester City Council

Dear Mr Sims
Re: Request for Information - Reference No: HWY/BFFAKJ
Thank you for your request for information received by Manchester City
Council on 25 August 2019.
Please note that it may take up to 20 working days (23 September 2019) for
the Council to consider your request and to provide a formal response.   
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be notified and kept informed. 
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. 
Yours sincerely
Cieran Cassidy
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA
Email:  [1][MCC request email]
Website:  [2]www.manchester.gov.uk

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Manchester City Council

Dear Mr Sims

We are unable to process your request for information, as we do not believe
it is a valid request under Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act.

Given similarities to other requests received in another name we believe
that you may be using a pseudonym.

In order for a request to be valid an applicant must use their real name
and therefore, I must ask that you provide proof of identification in order
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should only request this when they can give reasons as to why they suspect
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The form of identity which are acceptable for this purpose are current
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can either be scanned and sent to the following email address:
[MCC request email] or posted to the address shown
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Democratic Services
Manchester City Council
Legal Services
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Manchester
M60 2LA

Please note we will not be accepting your request until we have received
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Yours sincerely,

Kay Payne
Complaints and Information Compliance Officer

From: Jonthan Sims <[FOI #599511 email]>
Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2019 at 16:48
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Right of Way - Manchester Pride
2019
To: FOI requests at MCC <[MCC request email]>

Dear Manchester City Council,

I would like information pertaining to any case law and legal framework
used in the decision making pertaining to the management of the right of
way through the Village during Manchester Pride 2019.

Section 16a of the Road Traffic Regulation (Special Events) Act 1994 states
if the traffic authority for a road are satisfied that traffic on the road
should be restricted or prohibited for the purpose of —

(a) facilitating the holding of a relevant event,
(b) enabling members of the public to watch a relevant event, or
(c) ....

that the authority may by order restrict or prohibit temporarily the use of
that road, or any part of it, by vehicles or vehicles of any class or by
pedestrians, to such extent and subject to such conditions or exceptions as
they may consider necessary or expedient.

The legal framework here is clear that the Village area here could be
subject to a 16a order to enable the closure of the area to pedestrians to
allow the event organisers to manage the safety of attendees to the event
during event. Currently the management of capacity has been removed by not
allowing the closure of the area to pedestrians thus leaving the organisers
no way of safety managing the area and attendees to the event.

Please provide the following:

1. information pertaining the legal framework and case law used in the
process of deciding not to allow the closure of the area to pedestrians
under section 16a of the Road Traffic Regulation (Special Events) Act 1994.

2. Reasoning behind the traffic authority's decision as to why it is not
satisfied it is necessary to allow the safe management of the Pride event
area and pedestrians using a section 16a to allow the closure of the area
to pedestrians.

Yours faithfully,

Jon

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