Valley Gardens phase 3 - FOI request (BHCC ref: 4210365)

This request has been withdrawn by the person who made it. There may be an explanation in the correspondence below.

Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,

Further to the moderated ADR mediation meeting conducted between the Valley Gardens Forum CIC and Brighton & Hove City Council on Tuesday July 2nd 2019, I confirm today's receipt of your confirmation to our FOI request with your reference: 4210365

The requested data listed as follows.

Yours faithfully

Daniel Nathan
on behalf of Valley Gardens Forum CIC
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Valley Gardens Forum – outstanding data requests from BHCC December 2018 - January 2019

1. Can the VGF have sight of the working list of 44 plans developed between June –
October 2018? Can we then assume there is also a Phase 3 options study or report and
if so, when will this be made available? Can BHCC provide AutoCAD or equivalent digital
files for each of the schemes?

2. What were the key dates, times and considerations between June 26th and October 9th
this year that led to Option 1 being drawn up? How, when, by whom and by what date
and process did it become ‘preferred’? Specifically, what criteria were employed to
‘mark’ that version above all others?

3. Outstanding documentation in regards to process of identifying preferred option
- Please provide data underpinning the Completion of Options identification and
sifting - April 2018 to June 2018
- Please provide data underpinning Completion of Options Appraisal and
identification of the preferred option and Outline Business Case - June 2018 to
October 2018
- Please provide the Completion of Preferred Option Feasibility Study -
September/October 2018 to January 2019

4. With respect to the document 'Valley Gardens Phase 3, Business Case' addressed to C2C
LEP dated 19/12/2018;
- On what grounds was the Lead Contact Name redacted; how can this be a
'commercially sensitive' matter since officers act on the authority of elected
members whose decisions and instructions are in the public domain?
- What economic modelling supports the figures in Table 1, p.5?
- Figures in Table 1 are quoted in £mn to 3 decimal places. That implies accuracy
to the nearest thousand pounds. How is such precision justified over a 20-year
appraisal period? What predictive variance applies to these figures, that is to
say, the percentage probability of the figures varying plus or minus by what
margin?
- How was the figure '£-17.042mn' of 'Journey Time Disbenefits' derived?
Presumably this implies greatly increased traffic congestion. What are the
before- and after- traffic flow measurements and estimates for all travel modes
which support this figure?
- On p.6 it is stated that “the Valley Gardens corridor has been recognised as an
under-performing area of the city”. When and by whom? What investigation,
evidence and analysis is there to support this statement?
- At 1.2 the LGF funding theme chosen is “increased capacity in sustainable
transport and key arterial routes”. Where is there evidence of any increased
capacity in key arterial routes?

5. Can BHCC make available Invitation to Tender documents and Contract Terms issued to
consultants Mott Macdonald, Unknown Practice, Urban Movement, the Project Centre
and engineering and construction firm Dyer and Butler? Have irrevocable commitments
been made to contractors for any aspect of the works within or connected to Phase 3 of
the Valley Gardens scheme?

6. What, if any, qualitative research, detailed third party advice or consultation was carried
out in preparation of the approved Business Case? Can BHCC provide the names of
companies or organisations, dates of meetings, correspondence or any other inputs?

7. Can BHCC provide copies of both the raw data and also the existing modelling files and
parameters in order to run the traffic simulations on Paramics (and also Cobolt / Coba
accident modelling) software?

8. Authoritative studies that set out concentrations of NO2 and the worst road traffic
pollutants are at their most dangerous within the first 100m, with a drop off to near
background levels within 200m downwind and 300m upwind. Current NO2 Annual
Mean Concentration (μg/m3) measured close to the eastern side of the Old Steine over
the past six years is as follows: 44.8, 52.3, 51, 46.1, 44.2 in breach of WHO targets and
European law. By merging public transport with private traffic, Valley Gardens 3
Favoured Option 1 effectively doubles traffic across a funnel through the east side of the
Old Steine with anticipated increases in stop / start congestion and a corresponding
increase in noise and pollution.
- Have BHCC or commissioned consultants carried out any air pollution modelling
across this stretch of the A23 and A259 and is that data available? Further, with
the proposed addition of a fifth traffic lane (the southbound bus lane) and the
loss of almost three metres of pavement on the east of the Old Steine, since
devising the ‘preferred option’, to what extent has additional traffic or pollution
modelling been carried out?
- Table 1.5 of the 'Valley Gardens Phase 3 Business Case', Tangible Core Outcomes
cites 'Carbon Reduction' (in tonnes of CO2) as 'Unknown'. If congestion has been
calculated with the accuracy stated in Table 1, why has no measure of current or
estimate of future CO2 production been calculated?

9. The Calculation of Road Traffic Noise method (CoRTN) spatial modelling that factors in
buildings and adjacent high sided vehicles using proprietary or open source software
solutions is straightforward. The WHO and work by Kings College, London has
highlighted a growing concern on the effects of noise pollution on health. Environmental
noise exposure is associated with sleep disturbance, impaired cognitive ability in
schoolchildren and an impact on cardiovascular conditions. Has BHCC commissioned
any noise modelling for Valley Gardens Phase 3 Option 1 and if so, is it possible to obtain
both the results and raw data collected?

10. On what basis did consultants ‘prefer’ a signalised junction over an improved
remodelled roundabout and is it possible to see the documentary evidence that
underpinned that decision?

11. At the meeting between BHCC Officers and Directors of the Valley Gardens Forum CIC
on the 4th of December and during one to one meetings that followed - at our request,
we were repeatedly told that “making driving more difficult” in the centre of the city
was a strategic objective of the scheme. When and by whom was this proposed? Was
this agreed with the Local Enterprise Partnership prior to presenting the Business Case?

12. Does BHCC have data to identify where and how fatal road traffic and pavement
accidents have occurred across the Valley Gardens area in the last five years?

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Are you wishing to cancel existing FOI request FOI reference 4210365 and replace this with the new request, submitted through the whatdotheyknow.com submission?

Or can we proceed with the original request and ignore the whatdotheyknow.com submission?

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Dear Information Governance Team

The Forum's lawyer has advised us that it is actually the Executive Officer who is required to answer the request for data - as agreed at our meeting last week rather than under FOI request. I therefore withdraw this from whatdotheyknow and we await a response from Nick Hibberd in due course.

Apologies for any confusion caused.

Best

Daniel

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council

Further to my earlier email, just confirming that this request has been withdrawn.

Yours faithfully

Daniel Nathan

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