Temporary Attractions for the Fun Park site Queen's Drive Exmouth

tim todd made this Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council

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Dear East Devon District Council,

I wish to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Regulations.

At the EDDC EGM on Wednesday 13th September 2017, council was asked, by a councillor, a number of questions about the temporary attractions for the Fun Park site, Exmouth.
Council, in my view, by not answering the questions, missed an opportunity to prove beyond doubt that this was a genuine live matter and not some wishful thinking or worse still, some spurious invention that might be intended to mislead. To assist the council avoiding any such allegations I submit the following questions so as to clear up any doubt about the matter. Please bear in mind the public interest in this matter and that it is of such magnitude it is likely to take precedence over any commercial interests that might otherwise invoke exemptions.

1. I would like to know what information the council held, as at 13th September 2017, about the proposal to site temporary attractions on the Fun Park site, and which demonstrates that the question of temporary attractions is one that is genuinely and actively being pursued prior to the EGM. If anything significant has happened since that date please also advise seperately.

2. Who came up with the idea of temporary attractions on the Fun Park site, when was it thought of and when was anything first documented about such a proposal? Please provide that initial documentation that should show council’s forward thinking.

3. What meetings, if any, have been held to pursue the temporary attraction proposal, when and where were any held and who was present? Please provide minutes of any such meetings.

4. Please provide fullest details of any and all other steps taken to pursue the temporary attraction proposals.

5. For the avoidance of doubt, precisely what form will these temporary attractions take? When will they be installed, exactly where on the site, and when will they operate (dates and hours of operation) Please demonstrate why any such attractions could not be placed other than on the Fun Park site.

6. I should also wish to know what attraction providers have been approached (names and type of attraction). Further, has EDDC offered the opportunity to be involved as a provider been put out to tender? (If not why not).

7. Has any pre-planning advice been sought by any prospective provider? Please provide full details of where on the available land any such facilities will be sited together with an explanation, if not obvious, as to why such facilities could not co-exist with all or part of the successful and popular fun park. Please explain how it will be safe to allow temporary attractions on the Fun Park site when, owing to works in connection with the road and watersports centre, council had advised that it would not be safe for the Fun Park to operate.

Please provide the name of the lead officer of the project.

Finally, may I respectfully point out that Section 10. 1 of the FOI is very clear about times for responding to requests namely “promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth working day following the date of receipt.” This information should be readily available and provided promptly.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Tim Todd

East Devon District Council

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East Devon District Council

Mr Todd,

Thank you for your request for information. Please find our response below.

1. I would like to know what information the council held, as at 13th September 2017, about the proposal to site temporary attractions on the Fun Park site, and which demonstrates that the question of temporary attractions is one that is genuinely and actively being pursued prior to the EGM. If anything significant has happened since that date please also advise separately.
As at the date of your request (15th September) the published minutes of the Exmouth regeneration board are the only information held which falls within the scope of this request http://eastdevon.gov.uk/media/2161311/13...
I confirm that no correspondence, further meeting notes or written reports were held at the time of your request.

2. Who came up with the idea of temporary attractions on the Fun Park site, when was it thought of and when was anything first documented about such a proposal? Please provide that initial documentation that should show council's forward thinking.
As above ? please refer to the published minutes of the Exmouth regeneration board meeting. This is the only recorded information held, at the date of your request, which falls within its scope.

3. What meetings, if any, have been held to pursue the temporary attraction proposal, when and where were any held and who was present? Please provide minutes of any such meetings.
As at the date of your request, the only formal meeting held to discuss this proposal is as outlined above. The minutes are accessible online. There has been informal officer research and discussions but no recorded information is held in respect of them.

4. Please provide fullest details of any and all other steps taken to pursue the temporary attraction proposals.
No information held at the time of your request.

5. For the avoidance of doubt, precisely what form will these temporary attractions take? When will they be installed, exactly where on the site, and when will they operate (dates and hours of operation) Please demonstrate why any such attractions could not be placed other than on the Fun Park site.
No information held

6. I should also wish to know what attraction providers have been approached (names and type of attraction). Further, has EDDC offered the opportunity to be involved as a provider been put out to tender? (If not why not).
No information held

7. Has any pre-planning advice been sought by any prospective provider? Please provide full details of where on the available land any such facilities will be sited together with an explanation, if not obvious, as to why such facilities could not co-exist with all or part of the successful and popular fun park. Please explain how it will be safe to allow temporary attractions on the Fun Park site when, owing to works in connection with the road and watersports centre, council had advised that it would not be safe for the Fun Park to operate.
No information held

8. Please provide the name of the lead officer of the project.
The project to re-develop the Queens Drive area of Exmouth is being led by our Regeneration and Economic Development Team.

Rather than using Freedom of Information requests, you may consider it more useful to have a conversation with the team given that you are asking for detail / explanation about future intentions and therefore about which we do not hold information at this time.

I hope this information is helpful but, if you feel dissatisfied with the way we have responded to your request, you may contact our Monitoring Officer, Henry Gordon Lennox, to request an internal review at [email address]

You may also approach the Information Commissioner for advice at www.ico.org.uk

Regards

Mrs Kate Symington
Information and Complaints Officer
East Devon District Council

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