The so-called "Healthy Neighborhood Scheme" analysis and data

Mr Paul Howarth made this Freedom of Information request to Lewisham Borough Council

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Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

On Friday 17 January I asked Cllr James Rathbone, via Facebook, to provide a copy of Lewisham Council's Equality Impact Assessment and Economic Impact Assessment that were prepared and considered before the Council agreed to go ahead with the 'trial' Lewisham and Lee Green 'Healthy Neighborhood Scheme'. I also asked for the hourly traffic flow data of streets in and around the scheme area and the projected traffic hourly traffic flow in and around the scheme area once the scheme is in place. I made it clear to Cllr Rathbone that the request was being made under the FOI Act.

I do hope that you are able to provide the information I have asked for, within the correct time frame. (20 days from 17 January). The Information Commissioner has provided guidance to public authorities on how to handle FOI requests received via social media (i.e. it's permitted), so I trust that everything is in order.

I would like to add one additional request. Please can I also have any report or document that projects the likely cumulative impact on the main roads in Hither Green and Lee once all 15 schemes are operational.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Howarth

Foi, Customer, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Paul,

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 5385341

Thank you for your recent request.

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Kind regards
Corporate Complaints, Casework and Information Governance Team

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Foi, Customer, Lewisham Borough Council

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Dear Paul
 
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 5385341
 
Thank you for your request for information held by London Borough of
Lewisham. Please find below, your request, followed by our response:
 
On Friday 17 January I asked Cllr James Rathbone, via Facebook, to provide
a copy of Lewisham Council's Equality Impact Assessment and Economic
Impact Assessment that were prepared and considered before the Council
agreed to go ahead with the 'trial' Lewisham and Lee Green 'Healthy
Neighborhood Scheme'. I also asked for the hourly traffic flow data of
streets in and around the scheme area and the projected traffic hourly
traffic flow in and around the scheme area once the scheme is in place.  I
made it clear to Cllr Rathbone that the request was being made under the
FOI Act.
 
I do hope that you are able to provide the information I have asked for,
within the correct time frame. (20 days from 17 January).  The Information
Commissioner has provided guidance to public authorities on how to handle
FOI requests received via social media (i.e. it's permitted), so I trust
that everything is in order.
 
I would like to add one additional request. Please can I also have any
report or document that projects the likely cumulative impact on the main
roads in Hither Green and Lee once all 15 schemes are operational.
 
We cannot produce a Equalities and Economic Impact Assessment as we do not
have a final proposal yet. Once we do have a signed off trial scheme
(Transport for London need to assess the scheme impacts against bus
journey times before approving the trial) we can progress these reports.
This may not be for a few months yet.
 
We attach a map of the weekly traffic counts for the roads in and around
the area. We will be taking traffic counts during the trial too so we know
exactly what the impacts have been on the roads once we've launched the
trial. These will be made public via our project website
([1]https://streetbuilder.io/lewishamandleeg...) as and when we have them
processed.
 
We hope you will find this information helpful.
 
You are free to use the information provided for your own purposes,
including any non-commercial research you are doing and for the purposes
of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication,
requires the permission of the copyright holder. You may apply for
permission to re-use this information by submitting a request to
[email address]
 
You have a right of appeal against this response which you can exercise by
writing to: Information Governance – 1st floor Laurence House, Catford,
London. SE6 4RU. Or at: [email address]
 
This must be requested within 40 working days of the date of this
response.
 
If you remain dissatisfied after receiving this decision, you then also
have a further right of appeal, which you can make in writing, stating
your reasons to the regulating body, the Information Commissioner's
Office. Contact details are outlined below:
 
[2]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/
 
Telephone: 0303 123 1113.
 
Address: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Corporate Complaints, Casework & Information Governance Team
London Borough of Lewisham
Address 1st Floor Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU
 
 

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Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Lewisham Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'The so-called "Healthy Neighborhood Scheme" analysis and data'.

I asked for a copy of Lewisham Council's equality impact assessment, but you say you have not undertaken these considerations yet. However, page 5 of the Government’s Quick Start Guide to the public sector Equality Duty ( https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...) and page 11 of the Equality and Human Rights' Commission’s guidance (https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/p...) says the duty must be complied with *before* and at the time a particular policy is under consideration, as well as at the time a decision is taken - that is, in the development of policy options, and in making a final decision. Are you admitting that the Council has been acting unlawfully when developing this scheme? If the Council has been acting lawfully, please can I have a copy of these equality considerations?

In addition, I asked for the *hourly* traffic flow data of streets in *and around* the scheme area, but you have not provided this. Instead you have provided only aggregated *weekly* totals and only for streets *within*, but not surrounding, the trial site. That is not what I requested.

I asked for the projected traffic hourly traffic flow in and around the scheme area once the scheme is in place. however, you have not provided this, or explained why the information is not being made available.

Finally, I asked for a report or document that projects the likely cumulative impact on the main roads in Hither Green and Lee once all 15 schemes are operational. You have not provided this or explained why such an assessment it is not available. However, the Council has already decided that there will be 15 schemes, all of which will push traffic into the main roads and surrounding areas, so it must have assessed the impact of this before approving the 15 sites. I would like a copy of these considerations please.

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

Yours faithfully,

Mr Paul Howarth

Foi, Lewisham Borough Council

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Dear Mr Howarth

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No:- 5385341 Appeal

Thank you for your email.

We acknowledge receipt of your appeal of our response to your information request, reference number 5385341 . We will now undertake a review of our original response. We will endeavour to respond to you within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely

Wendy Stevens
Senior Customer Resolutions Officer
Corporate Complaints, Casework & Information Governance Team.

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Foi, Lewisham Borough Council

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Dear Mr Howarth

I wish to provide you with an update with regard to your 2 appeals, FOI 5385341 and FOI 5546341 below and attached.

As you will be aware, due to the current circumstances, there are limited resources to deal with some everyday Council operations as many staff are being re-deployed to front line services. As a result of this, we are experiencing some delays with regard to information requests and appeals.

We would therefore like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your concerns directly with one of the scheme's project managers, Josh Learner. He will be able to clarify with you, the exact information you are seeking and offer some further explanation with regards to your requests/appeals

You may do this by phone if you would prefer but in the first instance I am providing his email address for your assistance [email address].

Kind regards

Wendy Stevens
Senior Customer Resolutions Officer
Corporate Complaints, Casework & Information Governance Team.
 

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