Survey of roadside litter on HE trunk roads

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please refer to https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id...

1. Please provide me with an electronic copy or a link to the results of the survey described by Rebecca Pow as an

" independent survey of roadside litter on those parts of the Strategic Road Network (SRN) where Highways England is responsible for maintenance but the local authority is responsible for clearing litter".

2. Please provide me with copies of the communications to each relevant local authority sharing the results of the survey with them.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Silverman

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Defra Information Rights Team,

Dear Peter Silverman,

Thank you for your email of 12 August, requesting information on Roadside
Litter on Trunk Roads managed by Highways England.

We aim to answer your request no later than 10th September, which is 20
working days from the date we received it. If we are unable to meet this
deadline we will contact you to explain the reason.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Jack Davies

Information Rights Team

[email address]

Defra Information Rights Team,

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Dear Peter Silverman,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 12th
August.

Yours sincerely,
Guy Mawhinney

Dear Guy,

I am sorry you are having problems identifying which authority is responsible for cleaning which roads. You might find it helpful to look at https://www.cleanhighways.co.uk/highways....

Also, to understand how "a higher standard of cleaning can be consistently be achieved" look no further than DEFRA's Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

I wish to question your decision to withhold the letters.

You say that the results contained in " the letters sent to local authorities" may need to be revised and consider these to be material still in the course of completion which thus fall under the exception in regulation 12(4)(d) of the EIRs.

But surely if a letter has been "sent" it cannot still be in the course of completion, or be an unfinished document, or be incomplete and cannot be therefore exempted under 12(4)(d).

It does not matter if it might contain errors of fact which you have still to correct. By writing the letters DEFRA have created new information i.e. what they told a LA on such and such a date. about such and such a road.

If the letters are yet to be sent then please say so as my argument then falls away.

Otherwise, please carry out an internal review of this decision.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Silverman

Defra Information Rights Team,

Dear Peter Silverman,

Thank you for your email which we received on 11 September, challenging
our response to your request for information. We are handling this as a
request for an internal review.

If your request was handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA), the section 45 Code of Practice states that an internal review
should take no longer than 20 working days, or 40 in exceptional
circumstances.

If your request was handled under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (EIRs), the regulation 16 Code of Practice requires the
public authority to consider the complaint and respond to the complainant
within 40 working days from the time when the complaint was received. This
is in accordance with regulation 11 of the EIRs.

We can inform you that the 6th November is the 40 ^th working day from the
date we received your complaint.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Guy Mawhinney

Information Rights Team

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Defra Information Rights Team,

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Dear Peter Silverman,

Please find attached the response to your request for an internal review
of 11th September for information on Roadside Litter on Trunk Roads
managed by Highways England.

Yours sincerely

Guy Mawhinney

Information Rights Team

[email address]