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Surrey Emergency Active Travel Funding

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Dear Surrey County Council,

I would like to request the following information.

There were 3 pilots for the active travel funding: Reigate, Farnham & Godalming. Please can you provide any evidence which was used in deciding the locations of these schemes.
Following the DfT only agreeing to fund 50% of Surrey’s indicative funding it was announced that Surrey County Council would fund the remainder. Please can you provide any information detailing where this money is coming from and what budget it has been moved from?
For the 3 pilot projects please provide a cost breakdown: Money spent so far with a breakdown (eg. Materials, Labour, legal etc.) & budget for the remainder of the trials.
Please provide any analysis done on the schemes (eg impact on traffic, safety audits etc.) & any monitoring planned to determine success (eg traffic counts, air pollution, noise levels etc.).
Please provide details & information, including planned budget & expenditure for the remaining active travel schemes from the £1.697m.

Yours faithfully,

Mr John Holah

Maggie McCormack, Surrey County Council

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Dear Mr Holah

YOUR REQUEST REF FOI003728 UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000.

Thank you for your request for information received on the 7 July 2020. Your request reference is as above.
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Dear Maggie McCormack,

I appreciate that during the current situation that a response may take a while. However, this request is now overdue. Please can you respond with the information requested or otherwise indicate a timeframe in which I can expect the data requested in detail?

Yours sincerely,

John Holah

FOI/COR/SCC, Surrey County Council

Dear Mr Holah

Thank you for your email. I note that the request is a day overdue.

I am chasing up the response and hope to have the response to you by early next week.

Regards

Mary Elliott

Mrs Mary J Elliott
Freedom of Information Officer
Legal & Democratic Services
(Mondays to Thursdays)

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Dear FOI/COR/SCC,

The response to this remains outstanding. You hoped to get a response available early this week. Please can you advise on the progress?

Yours sincerely,

John Holah

FOI/COR/SCC, Surrey County Council

Dear Mr Holah

The response has had to be collated from a number of different sources which has led to an unfortunate delay for which I apologise.

I believe that it is close to finalisation and you should hear early next week.

In the meantime, there is some information about Active Travel funding on our website at

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-tr...

Regards

Mary Elliott

Mrs Mary J Elliott
Freedom of Information Officer
Legal & Democratic Services
(Mondays to Thursdays)

Corporate Information Governance Team (Room 138) | Democratic Services | Surrey County Council | County Hall | Penrhyn Road | Kingston upon Thames | Surrey | KT1 2DN
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Dear FOI/COR/SCC,

Dear sir/madam,

This FOI request remains outstanding and I was again told that I should have heard early this week. Please could you advise as to the status of the request? Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

John Holah

Mary Elliott, Surrey County Council

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Dear Mr Holah

 

YOUR REQUEST REF NO. FOI003728 UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

We apologise for the delay in providing the response which we understand
was due in part to unavailability of relevant officers.

 

We have considered your request which was for the information set out
below. 

 

There were 3 pilots for the active travel funding: Reigate, Farnham &
Godalming. Please can you provide any evidence which was used in deciding
the locations of these schemes.

 

The vast majority of the area included in the active travel scheme forms
part of the Farnham AQMA. We understand that the scheme was also chosen by
the Leader to be the pilot scheme for Surrey.

 

Godalming High Street does not form part of the Godalming AQMA however,
Godalming Town Council approached SCC to close the High Street for social
distancing. The Town council have covered the total cost of any measures
that have been implemented including staffing the gate to the high street.
The only cost to SCC was the TRO for the closure. 

 

Following the DfT only agreeing to fund 50% of Surrey’s indicative funding
it was announced that Surrey County Council would fund the remainder.
Please can you provide any information detailing where this money is
coming from and what budget it has been moved from?

 

The additional money will be made available, as needed, from our existing
capital programme.  Underspends will be used to balance expenditure. 
Further details can be found in our medium term financial strategy,
accessible via this link

 

[1]https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/council-and-...

 

 

For the 3 pilot projects please provide a cost breakdown: Money spent so
far with a breakdown (eg. Materials, Labour, legal etc.) & budget for the
remainder of the trials.

 

Godalming total cost for TRO £619.

 

Farnham costs to date £66k.

 

Please provide any analysis done on the schemes (eg impact on traffic,
safety audits etc.) & any monitoring planned to determine success (eg
traffic counts, air pollution, noise levels etc.).

 

The Council is not undertaking any analysis of the scheme

Please provide details & information, including planned budget &
expenditure for the remaining active travel schemes from the £1.697m.

 

We are sharing our current and future schemes on common place website
which enables visibility and feedback from residents.

 

[2]https://surreycovidnortheast.commonplace...

 

As previously mentioned, there is some information about Active Travel
funding on our website at

 

[3]https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-tr...

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

Mrs Mary J Elliott

Freedom of Information Officer

Legal & Democratic Services

(Mondays to Thursdays)

 

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Dear Surrey County Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Surrey County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Surrey Emergency Active Travel Funding'.

The FOI request was very late. I was hopeful that this was because it was being considered carefully and all the data requested would be collated in detail. I was disappointed to see that the sum total of your efforts was a couple of explanatory sentences and links to public information. The quality of the response and the detail therein is significantly lacking and fails to address some points entirely.

The request to detail the total cost and expenditure on the schemes, the main point of the request, was answered in two short, vague sentences. I would like to further request that this question be considered and answered fully, truthfully, and in reasonable detail.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

John Holah

Information request
Our reference: 457321
 
Dear Mr Holah
 
Thank you for your request for a review received on 24 August 2020. I am
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Act.
 
I can confirm that we are considering your concerns and we will aim to
provide you with a response by the end of the month.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Mary Elliott
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Dear Surrey County Council,

I am still awaiting detail on this request. The last response promised a response that is now itself a month overdue. Please can you provide any of the following:

1 - Detailed data as per the original FOI request
2 - An update on the status of data collection
3 - A reason why you are choosing not to respond

Yours sincerely,

John Holah

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Information request
Our reference: 457321
 
Dear Mr Holah
 

Having reviewed the papers and documents for this request I am able to
supply some additional information in respect of the information requested
as follows: 

There were 3 pilots for the active travel funding: Reigate, Farnham &
Godalming. Please can you provide any evidence which was used in deciding
the locations of these schemes.  

Reigate High Street (A25) location was chosen for a pilot temporary active
travel scheme because:

 

* Reigate town centre, including the High Street (A25) is in an AQMA,
* The package of measures were to collaborate with Reigate and Banstead
Borough Council on social distancing measures at town centre shops and
businesses including Reigate and active travel,
* The A25 provides an east-west corridor connecting Redhill, Reigate,
Dorking and Guildford with an advisory cycle lane that stops at the
High Street and then continues on the A25 on the exit from the town
centre,
* Information from this pilot temporary scheme could help inform other
emergency active travel schemes. 

 

For the 3 pilot projects please provide a cost breakdown: Money spent so
far with a breakdown (eg. Materials, Labour, legal etc.) & budget for the
remainder of the trials.

 

In broad terms the Reigate pilot temporary active travel scheme includes
cycle route signing, cycle parking, and a temporary 20mph speed limit as
well as a pilot temporary cycle lane and pavement space optimisation (that
has been removed). The cost of the temporary cycle lane water filled
barriers, for installation and removal was approximately £15k. The total
cost of all of the measures for Reigate is approximately £65k (and
includes for eventual removal as required).

 

Please see breakdown of costs expended as at the date of the request for
Reigate and Farnham.  You will recall that Surrey County Council were not
covering the costs for Godalming.

 

Please provide any analysis done on the schemes (eg impact on traffic,
safety audits etc.) & any monitoring planned to determine success (eg
traffic counts, air pollution, noise levels etc.).

 

Please find attached the safety audit of the Reigate pilot temporary
scheme. Officers names and signatures have been redacted as the personal
information of those individuals and exempt under Section 40(2) of the
Act. Monitoring of the use of cycling and pedestrian facilities in Reigate
is being planned. Reigate and Banstead Borough Council monitor air
quality.  

 
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Yours sincerely
 
Mary Elliott
Freedom of Information Officer
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Dear Surrey County Council,

Thank you for the additional data that you have provided. Whilst it fills some gaps in the request, it still has significant gaps. Please can you provide details of planned budget and expenditure for the remaining schemes? It is not clear from the data that you have provided how or where the granted EATF has been spent.

Yours sincerely,

John Holah

Dear Mr Holah
 
Thank you for your email.
 
I am not clear to which 'remaining schemes' you are referring.  Could you
clarify please?
 
Are you asking for the EATF grant spend to be attributed to the specific
schemes?  I will need to check and see if this information is held.
 
Regards
 
Mary Elliott
 

Freedom of Information Officer

 

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Dear Surrey County Council,

Thank you very much for your swift response - it is appreciated.

I am trying to understand how the Emergency Active Travel Fund allocation has been spent/will be spent, in its entirety. I don't believe we have seen anything that accounts for the total sum (including the 50% committed by the council) in detail. If this is available somewhere, then please can you point me in the right direction?

Yours sincerely,

John Holah

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Information request
Our reference: 457321
 
Dear Mr Holah
 
Following the recent ICO decision notice, please find attached the
spreadsheet referred to.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Mary Elliott
Freedom of Information Officer
Law & Governance - Resources
 
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