Road verges - ecological protection scheme

Susan Davis made this Freedom of Information request to Scottish Borders Council

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Dear Sir or Madam,

If you run an ecological protection scheme for road verges in your area, please could you provide me with the following details:

a) what protection measures a verge receives when it is included in the scheme

b) the list of verges covered by the scheme (and their locations - road name/number and six figure OS grid references would be fine)

c) for each verge, the specific reasons why the verge has been included in the scheme - i.e. the notable species found there, or the NVC community present

If you do not run such a scheme in your area, but you are aware that another body does, please could you refer me to them instead.

Many thanks,

Susan Davis

Broom, Doreen,

Dear Ms Davis

I acknowledge receipt of your request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 relating to an ecological protection scheme for road verges and shall respond within the relevant 20 working day period.

Yours sincerely

Doreen Broom
Access to Information Officer
Scottish Borders Council
Corporate Resources - Corporate Administration
Tel: 01835 826516
e-mail: [email address]

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Dear Doreen,

Please could you let me have an update on progress in replying to my request, submitted on 8 March.

Thanks,

Susan Davis

Broom, Doreen,

I am away from the office now until Thursday 9 April 2009. Any FOI Requests will be dealt with on my return.

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Broom, Doreen,

Hi Susan

Please accept my apologies for the delay. This was an error on my part - I forgot to send to the relevant Department but they are looking into it so hope to get back to you in the very near future.

Again, please accept my apologies,

Doreen

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Broom, Doreen,

Dear Ms Davis

Further to my earlier e-mail I can now respond to your request under
FOISA.

I can confirm that the Council does not run an ecological protection
scheme. I am informed that Dumfries & Galloway Council have run such a
scheme although I cannot confirm whether it is still operating. You
should contact the Biodiversity Officer on 01387 260172. I also believe
Amey adopt a trunk road biodiversity action plan and may have such
measures in place for trunk roads.

Our Roads Team advised that there are some small areas where they don't
cut the wild flowers unless they create a visibility problem and this is
usually following a request from the local Community Council.

I hope you are happy with the Council's response but have to advise that
you have a right to request a review within 40 working days of receipt of
this e-mail. You should either e-mail [1][email address] or
write to the Access to Information Officer, Scottish Borders Council,
Council HQ, Newtown St.Boswells TD6 0SA.

Yours sincerely

Doreen Broom

Access to Information Officer

Scottish Borders Council

Corporate Resources - Corporate Administration

Tel: 01835 826516

e-mail: [2][email address]

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