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Steps taken towards bringing bus services into public control

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I am writing to make a freedom of information request under freedom of information law.

The Transport (Scotland) Act provides local authorities with powers to run their own bus services. This was previously prohibited.

Since the powers were commenced in 2022, please can the council provide details of any steps taken by the council towards taking bus services into public control. This should include any correspondence between officials, officials plans within the council, or scoping exercises that have taken place.

If there have been no steps towards taking bus services into public ownership please can you confirm this.

I would like this information sent as electronic copies.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Stanislaw Ludwinek

Jacqueline Keachie, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Sir/Madam

I acknowledge receipt of your email which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours faithfully.

Jacqueline Keachie
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Contact by email

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Angelene Kirkpatrick, North Lanarkshire Council

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

Request for Information

 

I refer again to your e-mail of 18 October 2023 seeking information in
relation to bus services.

 

Having investigated, I can advise that the information sought is not held
and in terms of Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, I must advise you of this.  By way of explanation, North Lanarkshire
Council are awaiting the outcomes and deliverables from Strathclyde
Partnership for Transport (SPT) various ongoing commitments such as the
regional transport strategy and regional bus strategy before determining
the next steps for the authority.  SPT are hoping to present their
regional bus strategy to all key partners and stakeholders by the end of
March 2024. 

 

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested
information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that
request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision
by writing to the Chief Officer (Legal and Democratic), Civic Centre,
Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB.  Accordingly, if you are
dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write to the
Chief Officer (Legal and Democratic).

 

I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who
is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section
21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Act.  Such an application must be made within
six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form
which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for
subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the applicant
and provide an address for correspondence. The application must also
specify the request for information to which the requirement for review
relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction
with the original decision of the local authority and the matter which
gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the decision on review
by the local authority or the failure of the local authority to issue such
a decision.  The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted as
follows:-

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

KY16 9DS

email: [1][email address]

 

Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online
via the following link: -

 

[2]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

 

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose.  If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Angelene Kirkpatrick

For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Civic Centre

Windmillhill Street

Motherwell

ML1 1AB

 

Working from home

Please contact via email

 

 

 

 

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