Traffic Management Plans and Changes during Hoylake Open 2014

P Unitt made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please can you provide the full traffic management plans for Hoylake during the Open 2014. Please include the following information.

- Plans shown during public participation including drafts and final published plans. This should include drawing and visual diagrams of planed layouts, in particular that of Station Road in Hoylake.
- Any changes that were made up to and during the event and who was responsible for any changes and reasons for changes including what public participation was done (if any)
- Impact assessment plans for traffic management of the area and in particular Station Road
- Any information and communications made or sent by any council staff/ councillors regarding Station Road/Hoylake Parish Church or businesses and traffic management in the area during the event (this should include emails/notes/letters or any other communication)
- Role of the "Wirral Ambassadors" in traffic management, including instructions given to them in regards to traffic management and use of footpaths/bridges

Yours faithfully,

P Unitt

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon

 

Wirral Council thanks you for your request and we can confirm we hold
this information and that it is reasonably accessible by other means.
Therefore we are refusing this request and we have relied on s21 FOI ACT
2000, information accessible to applicant by other means.

Further information relating to this exemption is given here:
[1]http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...
[2]http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...

 

To advise you further, you are welcome to make an appointment for the
opportunity to view the documents and information you have requested. 
If any documentation is restricted material i.e. security, evacuation
routes etc. then this will not be made available for inspection.

 

The information will be made available at our Cheshire Lines Building
[3]https://www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/fi...

To make an appointment please contact Mark Camborne, Senior Manager -
Health, Safety & Resilience (Lead Officer Open Golf 2014), Wirral MBC,
Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1ND, Tel: 0151
6062071. [4][email address]

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

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Dear Tracy O'Hare,

Please can you clarify which of the points raised above are reasonably by other means? If that is so please supply me with the location of this information online, if I have to make an appointment to view the information I fail to see how you can classify this as reasonably accessible by other means.

Regards,

P Unitt

Dear Tracy,

May I also point you to ICO guidance entitled Freedom of Information Act Awareness Guidance No. 6 which states-

"information which is only available on inspection, for instance by visiting the premises of the authority, is not to be considered reasonably accessible even though it is disclosed or published under statute"

Regards,

P Unitt

Corrin, Jane, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Good Afternoon,

Please see attached document which details Council’s response to your
request for an Internal Review.

Yours sincerely

 

Jane Corrin

Information and Central Services Manager

 

Transformation and Resources

Information and Central Services

Wallasey Town Hall

Brighton Street

Wallasey

Wirral

Merseyside

CH44 8ED

[1][email address]

 

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InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr. Unitt,

The Council has responded to the ICO in this matter, please see details
below which is the Council’s response to you.

 

I consider that the information requested by you, in your email dated 5
September 2014 is environmental information under Regulation 2 (1) (c) of
The Environmental Information Regulations 2004, as the full traffic
management plans for Hoylake during the Open Golf Championship  2014
amount to “measures (including administrative measures)… plans,
programmes.. and activities likely to effect the elements”, in this case
the land on which the highways and roads in Hoylake and the surrounding
areas are situated.

 

Your request was as follows:

 

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please can you provide the full traffic management plans for Hoylake
during the Open 2014. Please include the following information.

- Plans shown during public participation including drafts and final
published plans. This should include drawing and visual diagrams of
planed layouts, in particular that of Station Road in Hoylake.
- Any changes that were made up to and during the event and who was
responsible for any changes and reasons for changes including what
public participation was done (if any) - Impact assessment plans for
traffic management of the area and in particular Station Road
- Any information and communications made or sent by any council staff/
councillors regarding Station Road/Hoylake Parish Church or businesses
and traffic management in the area during the event (this should include
emails/notes/letters or any other communication)
- Role of the "Wirral Ambassadors" in traffic management, including
instructions given to them in regards to traffic management and use of
footpaths/bridges

 

I consider that an exception to disclosure applies under paragraph 4 (b)
of Regulation 12 of the EIR in that the request for information is
manifestly unreasonable, on the grounds of costs and the diversion of
resources, and that the cost of compliance would be too great. I have had
regard to the guidance issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office
(ICO), “Manifestly unreasonable requests-regulation 12 (4) (b)” Version 1

 

The Council , being aware of its duty under EIR, to provide advice and
assistance, has previously offered you the opportunity to inspect the
information requested, at Council premises. The Council cannot provide the
information requested by you in hard copy without a significant amount of
expense or in electronic form due to the size of the documents .The main
Traffic Management Document is made up of 667 files (across 57 folders)
totalling 2.65GB (+ additional supporting information consisting of 2,744
files across 48 folders, totalling another 0.56GB).  

 

I refer to the Upper Tribunal case of Craven v. The Information
Commissioner and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (2012) UKUT
442 (AAC).

“Taking the position under the EIR first, it must be right that a public
authority is entitled to refuse a single extremely burdensome request
under Regulation 12 (4) (b) as manifestly unreasonable”. I consider that
your request is a single extremely burdensome request having regard to the
overall size of the documents referred to above. I also consider that the
cost of providing a copy of the information would exceed the appropriate
limit of 18 hours  in the FOIA regime.

 

The public interest test

 

The public interest in disclosure relates to the promotion of
transparency  and accountability of public authorities in managing big
events such as the Open Championship and greater public awareness and
understanding of environmental matters.

 

The public interest in maintaining the exception is to protect the Council
from exposure to disproportionate burden. Providing you with the
information requested in hard or electronic form will place a strain on
the Council’s resources

 

I consider that the public interest in maintaining the exception outweighs
the public interest in disclosing the information to you.

 

Yours sincerely and sent on behalf of Rosemary Lyon,

Solicitor,

Legal and Member Services,

Transformation and Resources,

Wirral Council

 

This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to  be
protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free  to
use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research  you
are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for 
example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, 
may involve licensing and the application of a charge.

 

 

 

 

 

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