SNCI map

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Dear South Gloucestershire Council,

Bristol City Council has an online map here:

http://maps.bristol.gov.uk/pinpoint/?ser...

which shows the boundaries and names of its SNCIs. Please could you tell me whether your council has a similar online map, or if it doesn't, please provide me with a high resolution map (JPG, TIFF or PDF) showing the boundaries and names of your SNCIs.

Yours faithfully,

Susan Davis

CorporateContactCentre, South Gloucestershire Council

Thank you for your e-mail received at South Gloucestershire Council
yesterday, which has been forwarded to our Freedom of Information Team.
They will respond to you directly as soon as possible.

Regards,

Helen
Corporate Contact Centre
Customer & Revenues Department
South Gloucestershire Council
Castle Street
Thornbury
South Gloucestershire
BS35 1HF
01454 868009
[South Gloucestershire Council request email]

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ECSFeedback, South Gloucestershire Council

Dear Ms Davis

 

Thank you for your recent request for information under the Environmental
Information Regulations (EIR), which was received by the Environment &
Community Services Department on 4^th July 2013.  Please note that this is
also the date that the 20 day period for considering your request
commenced.

 

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the EIR by our
Strategic Planning service under reference number is FIDP/00003255-13.

 

In the event that the information you have requested is to be disclosed,
it will be sent to you no later than the 1^st August 2013.  If we are
unable to respond by this date then we will contact you to agree a
suitable alternative date to respond to your request.

 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Regards

 

Paula

 

Paula Gillett

Departmental Complaints Representative

Environment and Community Services Dept.

 

South Gloucestershire
Council                                                                                     

PO Box 2081                                                              

South Gloucestershire

BS35 9BP

 

Tel: (01454) 863404

Email: [email address]

 

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David Villis, South Gloucestershire Council

Dear Ms Davis

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST ref: FIDP/00003255-13 – FoI Request:
SNCI Map

 

Thank you for your Freedom of information request regarding a map of Sites
of Nature Conservation Interest for South Gloucestershire.

 

Please find below the response to your request.

 

Sites of Nature Conservation Interest – and indeed all Nature Conservation
Areas – can be viewed via ‘The Local Connection’ facility within the
Planning portal on the South Gloucestershire Council website.

 

The Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC) covers the West
of England and administers all geological and ecological data within and
on behalf of South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council and Bath
& North East Somerset under a funding agreement between the three local
authorities. BRERC should be approached for information relating to
individual SNCIs ([1]www.brerc.org.uk).

 

I trust that you are satisfied with this response to your request. 
However, if you need to clarify this response please contact me by writing
to the address at the bottom of the letter or via e-mail
[2][email address].

 

If you remain dissatisfied after contacting me, you can then write
directly to Head of Service, Brian Glasson, using the same address or
e-mail [3][email address] requesting a Review of your
request. After you have received a response from Mr Glasson, you may
apply to the Information Commissioner, whose contact details are available
at [4]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Villis

Council Ecologist

South Gloucestershire Council

PO Box 2081

South Gloucestershire BA35 9BP

 

01454 863467

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their communities, ensuring South Gloucestershire continues to be a great
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Dear David,

Thank you for your reply.

Please could you provide me with clearer instructions on how to access the Local Connection facility on the council's website. I found the start page for this facility, but it appears to only allow me to obtain information for a specific property. I tried to use the search facility by entering place names (and also tried the postcode in your email signature) but no results were returned.

To clarify, my request was for information about a map showing all SNCIs within South Gloucestershire (containing both names & boundaries).

Yours sincerely,

Susan Davis

David Villis, South Gloucestershire Council

Dear Susan,

 

Thank you for our email.

 

If the Local Connection hub on the Council’s website isn’t suitable for
your purposes, I would refer you to the second part of our response to the
FoI request.

 

The Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC) collates and
administers all geological and ecological data for and on behalf of South
Gloucestershire Council under a joint agreement between ourselves, Bristol
City Council and Bath & North East Somerset and will be able to provide
you with a jpeg or pdf of all SNCIs within the unitary authority area
including site names and details. A request can be made via their website
[1]www.brerc.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Villis

 

 

 

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Dear Dave,

Thanks for coming back so promptly. Presumably by suggesting Local Connection in the first place you felt that it would be suitable, so all I am after is some guidance on how I would be able to use it to get the information. It may well turn out not to be suitable, but until I can get into the system and browse the information, I can't tell whether it is suitable or not. Do you get similar error messages to me when you try to use it?

Yours sincerely,

Susan Davis

David Villis, South Gloucestershire Council

Dear Susan,

 

I’ve just tried it too and it doesn’t seem to be working – it just says
‘loading’ and then doesn’t. I’ll point it out to our IT team tomorrow when
I’m back in the office. You should be able to zoom in or out.

 

I suggested it first as I wasn’t sure what you wanted to use it for – i.e.
if it was to look at SNCIs within a specific area; or whether you wanted
to see something more comprehensive. As it seems to be the latter, I’d
recommend approaching BRERC and make a request for a jpeg/pdf of all SNCIs
and their names.

 

Yours,

 

Dave

 

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Dear Dave,

Thanks for this. I gave it another try with some different addresses, and finally found one that worked: Thornbury Town Hall.

As you say, I can then zoom out, and move around South Gloucestershire and zoom back in again, so although this isn't as user friendly as the Bristol map, it does enable me to obtain most of the information I need. The only problem is that the sites are all labelled "Site of Nature Conservation Interest" rather than with their specific names. Do you hold this information within South Gloucestershire council? Part of the purpose of my request is to understand whether each local authority has access to the information itself or has to rely on another organisation to obtain it, so even if I went to the environmental records centre myself for the names, I wouldn't know the answer to that question. If you do have it, I would be grateful if you could send it through as I can also then wrap this request up in one hit, without having to raise a completely new one with a separate organisation (there would need to be some means of linking this to the map: OS Grid Reference would be ideal).

Yours,

Susan

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