Road verges - ecological protection scheme

Susan Davis made this Freedom of Information request to Bedfordshire County 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

Freedom of Information, Bedfordshire County Council

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Dear Ms Davis

I am writing to confirm that the Council has now completed its search for
the information which you requested on 6th March 2009.

The answers to your questions are set out below.

a) what protection measures a verge receives when it is included in
the scheme
Response:- For details of the protection afforded please contact John
Comont, Wildlife Trust at Priory Park, Bedford.

b) the list of verges covered by the scheme (and their locations -
road name/number and six figure OS grid references would be fine)
Response:- Please find attached a list of verges covered by the scheme.

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
Response:- Please contact John Comont, Wildlife Trust at Priory Park,
Bedford, for details.

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Carol Fuller
County Freedom of Information Officer

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Dear Carol,

Thank you for your reply. Could you confirm that Bedfordshire County Council does not hold any information itself which would help to answer parts (a) and (c) of my request? The reason I ask is that I'm unsure how you can carry out the management of these verges if you don't hold any information about how they are to be managed, and what features they are being managed for, but perhaps I am missing part of the picture.

Yours sincerely,

Susan Davis

Dear Carol,

Re: my email of 24 March

Are you able to confirm that Bedfordshire
County Council (and/or its successor authority/ies) does not hold any information itself which would help to answer parts (a) and (c) of my request?

Yours sincerely,

Susan Davis

Bedfordshire County Council

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