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Dear Caerphilly County Borough Council,

I am interested in the impact of the Lewis Street/High Street Experimental one-way system Traffic Regulation Order 2020.

Please can you reveal:

- the total number of road traffic collisions that have occurred on Lewis Street/Penallta Road Junction and been reported from 01 Sep 2020 to 28 Feb 2021.

- the number of near misses that have occurred within 50m of the Lewis Street/Penallta Road Junction and been reported from 01 Sep 2020 to 28 Feb 2021.

- the number of trips and falls on Lewis street or the high street that has been reported from 01 Sep 2020 to 28 Feb 2021.

- the number of cyclists that have used the bike lane (if this has been monitored) from 01 Sep 2020 to 28 Feb 2021.

Please report the same figures for the periods:
01 Sep 2019 - 28 Feb 2020
01 Sep 2018 - 28 Feb 2019
01 Sep 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
01 Sep 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
01 Sep 2015 - 28 Feb 2016.

Yours faithfully,
Scott Bevan

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Dear Scott Bevan

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 19th February 2021.
We have considered your request and enclose the following information:

 

I am interested in the impact of the Lewis Street/High Street Experimental
one-way system Traffic Regulation Order 2020.

 

(1) The total number of road traffic collisions that have occurred on
Lewis Street/Penallta Road Junction and been reported from 01 Sep 2020 to
28 Feb 2021.

 

No collisions from 1st September 2015 to 28th February 2021.

 

Our Insurance Department also confirm that no road traffic collisions
resulting in a claim being made against the Council for the Lewis Street /
Penallta Road junction have been received from 1st September 2015 to 28th
February 2021.

 

(2) The number of near misses that have occurred within 50m of the Lewis
Street/Penallta Road Junction and been reported from 01 Sep 2020 to 28 Feb
2021.

 

Information not held - this information is not passed to the Local
Authority.

 

(3) The number of trips and falls on Lewis street or the high street that
has been reported from 01 Sep 2020 to 28 Feb 2021.

 

Our Insurance Department confirm that no trips or falls resulting in a
claim being made against the Council for Lewis Street / High Street have
been received from 1st September 2015 to 28th February 2021.

 

(4) The number of cyclists that have used the bike lane (if this has been
monitored) from 01 Sep 2020 to 28 Feb 2021.

 

Information not held. This is not currently monitored. The Local Authority
is in the process of obtaining monitoring equipment.

 

(5) Please report the same figures for the periods: 01 Sep 2019 - 28 Feb
2020, 01 Sep 2018 - 28 Feb 2019, 01 Sep 2017 - 28 Feb 2018, 01 Sep 2016 -
28 Feb 2017, 01 Sep 2015 - 28 Feb 2016.

 

See above

 

We supply this information based on your original request. If this is not
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Yours sincerely

 

GARETH GRIFFITHS

Information Governance Officer

 

 

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Dear Gareth,

Thank you for the partial response to my request. I do have one follow up question.

Regarding request 3: Trips or Falls

The request was for "The number of trips and falls on Lewis street or the high street that
has been reported from 01 Sep 2020 to 28 Feb 2021."

However, the information you have returned is the answer to a question that wasn't asked ("How many trips or falls resulting in insurance claims..?")

Please can you provide the answer to the original request, which specifically asked for information about "The number of trips and falls on Lewis street or the high street that has been reported from 01 Sep 2020 to 28 Feb 2021"

Regarding request 1: Road Traffic Collisions

This response does not align with information made public by residents and the fact that I personally witnessed a road traffic collision on the 16th Feb 2021 at the location stated. So either the data has been misreported by CCBC or the quality of data available is not sufficient to make an accurate response to this request. What was the source of data for claiming "no collisions" for this response?

Yours sincerely,

Scott Bevan

Dear Gareth,

I have had confirmation from a person involved in a collision at the junction in question, stating that they had reported a collision that occurred on the morning of the 16th February 2021 to the council as part of a complaint.

Please can you do an internal review of the data requested as it is clear that the number of road traffic collisions that the council has been made aware of has been misreported.

Yours sincerely,

Scott Bevan

Harrhy, Christina, Caerphilly County Borough Council

Dear Mr Bevan,

 

We apologise for the delay in responding to your e-mails dated 9th March
2021 requesting an internal appeal against the Council’s response to your
request for information. The process in this Council is for internal
appeals to be dealt with by an appropriate senior officer and if any
advice is required, it is obtained from people who were not involved in
the original decision-making process.

 

My role in dealing with your appeal is to review the matter and decide
whether, in light of the representations you have made, the Council has
not disclosed relevant information or confirm the original decision.

 

Your request was processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) which provides a general right of access to information held by
public authorities and you have asked me to conduct an internal appeal as
you do not believe that you have been provided with the information
requested and that the number of road traffic collisions that the council
has been made aware of has been misreported and I have to determine
whether Caerphilly County Borough Council (CCBC) has met its obligations
under FOIA or have we failed to provide you with information to which you
are entitled.

 

Section 1 of the FOI Act states:

 

(1) Any person making a request for information to a public authority is
entitled—

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request, and

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him

 

As stated above, any person making a request for information to a public
authority is entitled to be informed if the information is held by that
authority and if so, to have that information communicated to him and I
will address the issues raised in your e-mails individually:

 

Request 1: Road Traffic Collisions

 

In our response, you were advised that there were no collisions from 1st
September 2015 to 28th February 2021 and that our Insurance Department had
not received any claims against the Council resulting from any road
traffic collisions at the junction. In your e-mail, you have queried the
accuracy of this response as you do not believe that it aligns with
information made public by residents and the fact you personally witnessed
a road traffic collision on 16th February 2021.

 

Caerphilly County Borough Council do not collect collision/accident data,
however, statistical data about road traffic accidents is compiled by the
police for the Welsh Government and the Department for Transport following
attendance at accidents that involve any personal injury or, a member of
the public reports a personal injury direct to the police.  The Welsh
Government then supply local authorities with accident data for the area
they cover and this information is used by Councils to help us understand
the causes of accidents in our respective areas and identify possible
measures which could be put in place to reduce the risk of further similar
incidents happening in the same location/s.

 

Caerphilly County Borough Council receive this information on an annual
basis and the last completed data we have was passed to us in October 2020
and relates to 2019. 

 

Conclusion

 

My investigation has found that Caerphilly County Borough Council do not
hold road traffic collision data for the time period covered by your
request and I apologise that on this occasion, we failed to meet our
obligation under Section 1(a) of the FOIA i.e. we did not inform you
whether information covered by your request was held.   You should also
have been advised that while the Council do not currently hold the
information you have requested, information of this nature may be held by
Gwent Police who will also be covered by the FOIA.  Their contact details
are:

 

[1]https://www.gwent.police.uk/rqo/request/...

 

Request 3: Trips or Falls

 

You asked the Council to provide the number of trips and falls that had
been reported on Lewis Street or High Street between 1st September 2020 to
28th February 2021.  The Council responded to say that our Insurance
Department had not received any claims for trips and falls at either of
those locations during that period. In your e-mail, you have advised that
the Council has not provided the information you requested as you did not
ask for the number of trips and falls which resulted in an insurance claim
against the Council, and you ask that we provide the answer to your
original request. 

 

The Council carry out routine inspections of adopted highways and
footpaths and any defects identified are recorded, but we would only have
a record of a trip or fall if it was reported to us by a member of the
public or if a personal injury claim is made against the Council and while
you did not request information about the number of trips and falls which
resulted in an insurance claim, information covered by your request could
be held by Insurance Section. However, I can now confirm that a trip/fall
incident on High Street was reported in 2020 and was recorded by the
Engineering Department. 

 

Conclusion

 

My investigation has found that while the Council confirmed that we had
not received any trip or fall claims, we should have explained that very
often, this is how the Council becomes aware that a trip/fall has
occurred.  We should also have included in our response the information
held by the Engineering Department i.e. 1 incident recorded on High Street
in 2020.  I apologies for any confusion or inconvenience caused

 

You have also advised that you have had confirmation from a person stating
that they had been involved in a collision at the junction on the morning
of 16th February 2021 and that they had reported it to the Council as part
of a complaint, but we have been unable to find any record of this
incident.

 

You have the right to appeal against my decision and the appeal must be
made without unreasonable delay to:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office – Wales,

2nd Floor, Churchill House,

Churchill Way,

Cardiff. CF10 2HH

 

E-mail: [2][email address]

Website: [3]www.ico.org.uk

Telephone: 0330 414 6421.

 

Regards

 

Christina Harrhy

Prif Weithredwr | Chief Executive
Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Caerffili | Caerphilly County Borough Council

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