Variations of the Cowley LTNs

Richard Parnham made this Freedom of Information request to Oxfordshire County Council

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Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

Please provide me with any discussions / reports / emails between OCC officials and city / county councillors regarding possible variations to the Cowley LTNs in response to the consultation and other feedback recieved during the trial period to date.

If no discussions etc have occurred, please confirm this also.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Parnham

FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

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Our reference: 19303 EIR

                                                            

Dear Mr Parnham,

Thank you for your correspondence received on 14 January 2022 in which you
asked for the following information:

 

Please provide me with any discussions / reports / emails between OCC
officials and city / county councillors regarding possible variations to
the Cowley LTNs in response to the consultation and other feedback
received during the trial period to date.

 

If no discussions etc have occurred, please confirm this also.

 

 

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2004/Freedom of Information Act 2000, unless an exception applies. This
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Renata Malinowski

 

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Oxfordshire County Council

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Dear Mr Parnham,

 

Please find attached our response to your Environmental Information
Request. 

 

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Renata Malinowski

 

Freedom of Information Support Officer

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Oxfordshire County Council

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Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Oxfordshire County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Variations of the Cowley LTNs'.

My request for review is on two grounds.

Firstly, having spoken to at least one local councillor, the information provided to me appears to be incomplete, even as a brief summary of which councillors corresponded with the county council in relation to the Cowley LTNs. Please check again. I would argue that it is in the public interest to know which local councillors have, or have not, corresponded with the council in the run-up to a decision on whether or not to modify the LTN. That is the entire point of the review of an experimental scheme: to obtain feedback from stakeholders (including councillors) and see what (if anything) needs to be changed. If councillors say they have emailed comments about the LTNs, but actually haven't, the public interest is that this discrepency should be disclosed.

Secondly, I wish to appeal the council's refusal to release Charlie Hicks' correspondence on public interest grounds. I have reviewed the ICOs guidance on this issue, and you appear to have misdirected yourself about the ICO provisions - especially as there is a presumption in favour of disclosure. In relation to the "safe space" argument, ICO guidelines (para 58) state that "Safe space arguments can still apply where external contributors have been involved, as long as those discussions have not been opened up for general external comment. However this argument will generally carry less weight than if the process only involved internal contributors."

Charlie Hicks is an internal OCC elected councillor, engaged in a process that has specifically "opened up for general external comment." As such, i cannot see how you can rely on that provision to refuse disclosure.

In relation to the "chilling effect" argument, I challenge OCC's decision on this point. Charlie Hicks is a local councillor for the area directly affected, and posts his comments about LTNs on twitter and other social media. His opinions on the Cowley LTNs are, therefore, hardly unknown, and unlikely to be affected by the publication of his emails. Moreover, his views are known to be directly contrary to consultation preferences within his own ward, as revealed by various council consultations and petitions. There is, therefore, a strong public interest in disclosing his email correspondence with OCC personnel on the subject of Cowley LTNs .

Moreover, Charlie is neither a cabinet member nor LTN decision-maker. His views should, therefore, have no chilling effect on the actual LTN decision taken, because he will play no role in that decision.

Additionally, Charlie is deputy chair of the Place Overview & Scrutiny Committee, who's job it is I believe) to scrunitise council policies such as LTNs. There is therefore an overwhelming public interest in disclosing what he says in emails about LTNs to council officials - when his actual council job involves scrutinising LTN policy.

Finally, the Council has previously released emails involving councillors in relation to live policy matters. For example, correspondence was released between councillors Tom Hayes and Yvonne Constance and other officials, in relation to bus gates (17245 EIR). There is therefore a direct and recent precedent for the release of councillor emails, in relation to an equally contentious transport topic, by those directly involved in the decision at hand. Charlie Hicks is none of those things, so should not be treated more favourably that councillors Constance and Hayes were.

In light of all of the above, I therefore request that OCCs follows the presumption in favour of disclosure, and releases Charlie Hick's emails. I further request that other councillors' emails relating to the Cowley LTNs are also released on the same basis.

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

Yours faithfully,

Richard Parnham

FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

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Our reference: 19303 EIR IR

 

Dear Mr Parnham,

 

In accordance with the council's Freedom of Information policy, I will
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handling of your request. In line with guidance from the Information
Commissioner’s Office, we will aim to provide a full response within 20
working days beginning the day your complaint was received. This means you
will receive a response by 10 March 2022..

 

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Our reference: 19303 EIR IR

 

Dear Mr Parnham,

 

I am writing to update you on your request 19303 EIR IR.

 

The Council is unable to supply you with a response to this request today.
Please accept  Council’s apologies for the delay.

 

Please be assured that the Council is still actively working on this
request and will update you next week.

 

If you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact
us at this email.

 

Kind regards

Renata Malinowski

 

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Dear Mr Parnham,

 

Please find attached Internal Review of your request 19303 EIR.

 

Yours sincerely

 

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Law & Governance

Commercial Development, Assets & Investment

Oxfordshire County Council
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