Survey of Boats Moored on the Cam

Richard Taylor made this Freedom of Information request to Cambridge City Council

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Dear Cambridge City Council,

I understand the council has recently (in ~March/April 2013) surveyed boats moored on the River Cam. Could you please release any information held on the purpose/extent of this survey and how it was carried out (including dates/times) as well as the outcome ie. information held by the council on what the survey found.

I am not seeking information on identifiable individuals or boats.

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Emma Farrington, Cambridge City Council

In your Freedom of Information request dated 25/04/13, you asked the
following questions:

 
' I understand the council has recently (in ~March/April 2013)
     surveyed boats moored on the River Cam. Could you please release
     any information held on the purpose/extent of this survey and how
     it was carried out (including dates/times) as well as the outcome
     ie. information held by the council on what the survey found.
    
     I am not seeking information on identifiable individuals or boats.'
I have consulted our Streets and Open Spaces team and no recent surveys
have been carried out on boats moored on the River Cam. They did inform me
that the Cam Conservators have been doing some checks on boats recently
and may be able to provide you with more information. Their contact
details are here: [1]http://www.camconservators.co.uk/contact...
 

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Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

 
Kind Regards
Emma Farrington
Business Support Manager
 

 

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Emma Farrington, Cambridge City Council

I replied to your Freedom of Information request earlier and apologise as
I may have been a little confused about what you were asking. I am
wondering whether I could clarify some details with you.
 
Were you interested in the Council assessing the living conditions on the
Live a Board boats or were you interested in the Council conducting
structural surveys of boats?
 
Kind Regards
Emma Farrington
Business Support Manager 

 

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Dear Emma Farrington,

I am writing as you have asked me to clarify my FOI request. You asked:

"Were you interested in the Council assessing the living conditions on the Live a Board boats or were you interested in the Council conducting structural surveys of boats?"

My view is that my request clearly asked for the information I am being asked to supply; namely the purpose/extent of the survey which the council has recently carried out.

I am asking the council what it has recently surveyed in relation to boats moored in Cambridge. If the council has surveyed living conditions or carried out structural surveys as suggested as possibilities I would expect the response to, as requested, describe what was being surveyed, when the survey was carried out, and what the findings were.

Regards,

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I've commented on this request at:

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/council-spooks-...

Dear Cambridge City Council,

I am writing to request an internal review of Cambridge City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Survey of Boats Moored on the Cam'.

I made my request on the 25th of April 2013 and almost three months later I am still awaiting a response.

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

As can be seen from the above linked public record on WhatDoTheyKnow an initial response was made, but this was rapidly retracted. A clarification request was made (in my view unnecessarily) and I rapidly responded to that on the 28th of April 2013.

I would like the review to consider all aspects of the handling of my request. I hope the review will conclude a response ought be issued promptly.

Regards,

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

FOI, Cambridge City Council

Dear Mr Taylor,
 
Thank you for your message regarding your FOI request made on 25th April
relating to 'Survey of Boats Moored on the River Cam'. In response to your
request, I have asked Toni Ainley, the Head of Streets and Open Spaces, to
carry out an internal review of the Council's response to your original
FOI request. Toni will respond to you in writing outlining her conclusions
as soon as she has completed this review and no later than 23rd August,
which is 20 working days from the date you requested the review.
 
Regards
 
David Kidston
Strategy and Partnerships Manager
Cambridge City Council
>>> Richard Taylor <[FOI #159211 email]> 27/07/2013
17:10 >>>
Dear Cambridge City Council,

I am writing to request an internal review of Cambridge City Council's
handling of my FOI request 'Survey of Boats Moored on the Cam'.

I made my request on the 25th of April 2013 and almost three months later
I am still awaiting a response. 

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

As can be seen from the above linked public record on WhatDoTheyKnow an
initial response was made, but this was rapidly retracted. A clarification
request was made (in my view unnecessarily) and I rapidly responded to
that on the 28th of April 2013.

I would like the review to consider all aspects of the handling of my
request.  I hope the review will conclude a response ought be issued
promptly.

Regards,

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
[2]http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

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TONI AINLEY, Cambridge City Council

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Dear Mr Taylor
Please find attached my findings regarding your request for an internal
review of FOI 2525. 
If you have any other queries regarding this matter please do not hesitate
to contact me.
Yours sincerely,
 
Toni Ainley
Toni Ainley
Head of Streets and Open Spaces
Cambridge City Council
Tel: 01223 458201
Int Ext 8201

 

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Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I have managed to extract the content from the odd and obscure file format the council used to send their response:

19 August 2013

Dear Mr Taylor

Internal Review of Freedom of Information Request

I have carried out an internal review of the information supplied to you for your Freedom of Information request of the 25th April 2013, and your subsequent request for an internal review, because you felt you had not received an adequate reply within 20 working days.

Your original request was submitted on the 25th April 2013 and the response was submitted to you on 26th April 2013.

Following the submission of the response to you, a query was raised regarding the meaning of your Freedom of Information request, to ensure that officers had interpreted your request in the appropriate way and you were requested to provide clarification on what you were looking for.

The request was made by officers to ensure the Freedom of information request had been understood and fulfilled correctly and to try to establish whether the link to the Cam Conservators was relevant and appropriate.

You responded to the clarification request and from your response it was clear that the information you had been given was correct and reflected the position of the Council on this matter.

You were originally advised that the Council did not carry out surveys on boats in March and April 2013, which I can confirm is the case.
You were also correctly advised that the Cam Conservators carry out boat surveys and inspections, and you were given a link to the Cam Conservators, should you wish to approach them.

Following our clarification request to you and your subsequent response, we should have confirmed with you that the original information given to you was correct. Due to an internal miscommunication this did not happen, and we apologise for the failure to confirm that the original information provided by us was correct.

In addition during my review I have established that council officers do have a register of usage of the temporary moorings facilities located at Jesus Green, Jesus Green Lock and The Fort St George. I reviewed this information and consider it to be outside of your Freedom of Information request, because no surveys were undertaken on the boats in the gathering of this information. The information gained from the 48 hour mooring register helps officers ensure that the temporary moorings are used in the manner for which they are provided. However should you wish to see this information I can arrange for this to be released to you following any required redaction.

Once again I would like to apologise for not confirming with you after our enquiry that the information you had received was complete.

If you are unhappy with my response you have the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at www.ico.gov.uk or Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Toni Ainley
Head of Streets and Open Spaces

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I have commented on this response which in my view conflicts with a statement made by the executive councillor responsible at a full council meeting:

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/council-spooks-...