Safety Advisory Group Meeting Minutes - Norwich City Football Club

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Dear Norfolk County Council,

Please can you provide copies of the minutes from any Safety Advisory Group meeting held in 2016, 2017 and to date (23/01/2018) which reference or relate Norwich City Football Club.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Turner

Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Good Afternoon,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-156986-C4V0H1

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 received on 23 January 2018.

Lewis Freeman will be dealing with your request.
 
We have up to 20 days in which to deal with your request. If we require clarification regarding your request, we will contact you to explain this. The 20 working day period will then start from the day that we receive your clarification.
 
You will also be informed in advance if there is a charge for supplying copies of the information.

Please also be aware that, if the requested information contains references to any third parties, we may need to consult these individuals about the release of their personal data before making a decision whether or not to release the information to you.

We will also provide an explanation if any information is not released to you.

Should you have any queries regarding your request, please contact the team by email [email address] or by telephone 01603 222661.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Cooper
Business Support Assistant (Compliance Team)
Information Management and Technology
County Hall
Martineau Lane
Norwich
NR1 2DH

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Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Dear Paul

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 –Information Request ENQ-156986-C4V0H1

 

I refer to your request for information dated 23 January 2018.

 

I am afraid that the County Council does not hold the information that you
have requested.

 

Safety Advisory Groups are the responsibility of the following authorities
in Norfolk:

[1][email address]

[2][email address]

[3][email address]

[4][email address]

[5][email address]

[6][email address]

[7][email address]

 

If you are dissatisfied with our handling of your request you have the
right of appeal through the Council’s internal review procedure by setting
out the grounds of your appeal in writing to:

 

[8][email address]

or Information Compliance Team

Room B18

County Hall

Martineau Lane

Norwich

NR1 2DH

 

An appeal should be submitted within 40 working days of the date of this
notice and should be identified as "FOI Appeal".

 

If you are dissatisfied after pursuing the complaints procedure, you may
apply to the Information Commissioner under Section 50 of the Act for a
decision whether your request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of Part I of the Act.  Refer to the ICO
Website at: [9]https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ for advice on how to report a
concern.  Or you can write to them at:

 

First Contact Team

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane, Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Lewis Freeman

Information Compliance Officer

Information Management Service

Norfolk County Council

County Hall

Martineau Lane

Norwich

NR1 2DH

 

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Dear Norfolk County Council,

Thank you for your response. Unfortunately the email addresses provided to myself have not displayed properly in the response provided. Please can they be provided in plain text and not as url?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Turner

Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Dear Paul

Apologies for the confusion. I've been advised that the information that you are requesting is actually held by the County Council and not the Districts. I will therefore reopen your request. The timescale for response will remain as before.

Regards,

Lewis Freeman
Information Compliance Officer

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Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Dear Mr Turner

 

I write in respect of your request dated 23 January 2018. Norfolk County
Council has identified material it holds which is within the scope of your
request. We believe that Sections 24(1) and 40 may apply to parts of this
material and we are currently considering the public interest aspects. We
need further time to do this and in reliance on Section 10(3) we require
up to 20 additional working days for our response. We aim to be in a
position to respond to you by 27 February 2018.

 

Regards,

 

Lewis Freeman

Information Compliance Officer

01603 222661

 

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Information Management, Norfolk County Council

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Dear Mr Turner

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 –Information Request ENQ-156986-C4V0H1

 

I refer to your request for information dated 23 January 2018.

 

The search for the information has been completed and I am pleased to
supply you with the following information:

 

You asked: Please can you provide copies of the minutes from any Safety
Advisory Group meeting held in 2016, 2017 and to date (23/01/2018) which
reference or relate Norwich City Football Club.

 

Please find attached the minutes of this group for the period requested.

 

Please note that, in respect of the meeting held during December 2017,
these minutes will not be formalised until the group next meets in March
2018, therefore they may be subject to change. Please note that, due to a
typo, the date of the meeting is displayed at the top of the document as
September 2016. We are therefore attaching these minutes separately to
save confusion.

 

You will note that some of the information has been redacted.

 

Section 40 – Personal Information

 

The names and personal circumstances of some officers have been redacted.
We believe this to be identifiable information. It is the view of Norfolk
County Council that this information relates to another person, and that
it would be unfair to disclose this information as these individuals have
a reasonable expectation that such information held by Norfolk County
Council would remain confidential.

 

Section 24(1) - National Security

 

Section 24(1) provides an exemption from the duty to disclose recorded
information where this is required for the purpose of safeguarding
national security.

 

The exemption applies for the following reasons:

 

The information redacted under this exemption is in the form of open
discussion in respect of counter-terrorism measures at the Football
Grounds.

 

It is our view that the information being requested, were it to be
released could be used to coordinate an attack at the Football Grounds.

 

Public Interest Test Reasons

 

The Council has considered whether the public interest is maintaining this
exemption is outweighed by the public interest in disclosure.

 

This Council has considered the following reasons in favour of disclosure:

·         Promoting openness and transparency in the information that we
hold.

·         It could be argued that it is of interest to the public to be
aware that such measures are discussed and taken seriously.

 

Balanced against this are the following reasons against disclosure:

·         Safeguarding of national security is a matter of the most
fundamental public interest. We believe that the information being
requested holds a genuine risk to that national security in that the
release of this material could enable a local, and national terror threat
as it could result in a coordinated terror issue.

·         There is an expectation that governmental organisations will
work to uphold national security in order to protect the welfare of the
populace. Releasing this information would not be of benefit to the public
as, in a worst case scenario, this could result in direct threat to the
public, and in any event, would inhibit the trust afforded to the
governmental structure. At a time when national security is a key national
issue, and the terror threat level is severe, this trust is of
considerable importance.

 

On balance the Council considers that the public interest in maintaining
the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

 

If you are dissatisfied with our handling of your request you have the
right of appeal through the Council’s internal review procedure by setting
out the grounds of your appeal in writing to:

 

[1][email address]

or Information Compliance Team

Room B18

County Hall

Martineau Lane

Norwich

NR1 2DH

 

An appeal should be submitted within 40 working days of the date of this
notice and should be identified as "FOI Appeal".

 

If you are dissatisfied after pursuing the complaints procedure, you may
apply to the Information Commissioner under Section 50 of the Act for a
decision whether your request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of Part I of the Act.  Refer to the ICO
Website at: [2]https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ for advice on how to report a
concern.  Or you can write to them at:

 

First Contact Team

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane, Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Lewis Freeman

Information Compliance Officer

Information Management Service

Norfolk County Council

County Hall

Martineau Lane

Norwich

NR1 2DH

 

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