Dear Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please can you provide information on the number of council homes within the borough that have access to wood fueled heating. This includes biomass and standard wood burning stove devices. Also the number of installations approved as authorised tenant improvements.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Allen

FreedomofInformation, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr. Allen

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information - 536

 

Thank you for your request for information received on the 6^th September
2015. Please find our response below:

 

Request

 

Please can you provide information on the number of council homes within
the borough that have access to wood fuelled heating. This includes
biomass and standard wood burning stove devices. Also the number of
installations approved as authorised tenant improvements.

 

Response

 

Rotherham MBC has installed 2 Biomass heating systems which were fitted as
a trial on a Retrofit Government project. We currently have no plans to
install any further biomass heating systems.

 

RMBC have allowed 2 standard wood burning stoves as a tenant improvement
based on medical grounds.

 

The council do not install wood burning stoves.

 

 

If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to an
internal review by the Council.  Please contact us via the above email
address or by post to Gary Walsh, Information Governance Manager, Legal
Services, Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham, S60 1AE.

 

If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the
Information Commissioner.  Contact details are: Information Commissioner’s
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF. Telephone
01625 545700. Alternatively go to [1]http://www.ico.gov.uk/

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Joseph Swift

Records Management Assistant

Information Governance Unit

Legal Services

Resources Directorate

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

 

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Dear Joseph,

Thank-you for your update.

In relation to the tenant improvements please can you clarify if these installations are serviced by the council or if the tenant has to arrange all servicing and maintenance including costs.

Also, we're these properties previously with the standard council electric fire heater prior to any installation.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Allen

Please provide a response to my extra question after your initial reply.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Allen

Dear Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council,

You have still failed to provide the extra information in response to my question, this is now long overdue.

Please provide the dates that these installations were authorised as well as the medical reasons for there installations.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Allen

FreedomofInformation, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr. Allen

Please may I take this opportunity to apologise for the delay in responding to your additional request for information, I have contacted the relevant service today to follow up your request and asked for this information to be returned to us as soon as possible.

Please may I offer our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Yours sincerely,

Kyle Hopkins

Access to Information Assistant

Information Governance Unit

Legal Services

Resources Directorate
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Tel: (01709) 254416
Internal from old: 7454416
Internal from new: 54416

Email: [email address]
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Dear Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council,

This is now seriously overdue. If I do not receive a full response by tomorrow I will take the matter further with the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Allen

Dear Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Wood Burners'.

The information subsequently requested is now seriously overdue.

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

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Allen

FreedomofInformation, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr. Allen,

I am emailing you today as we have not received the information you have requested in order for us to respond to your FOI request, for this I apologise.

We have contacted the service which holds the information earlier today, as soon as we receive a response we will contact you. To give you an estimate, we are hoping to provide a full response to you by Friday 20/11/15.

Once again may I offer our apologies for the delay.

Yours sincerely,

John Blain

Access to Information Officer

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Dear RMBC

Today is the 23/11/2015 and I'm still awaiting my information. I believe I have given yourselves an adequate amount of time to deal with this and you are now well over the time limits.

If I do not receive the information requested by 12pm tomorrow then I will have no other option than to refer this case to the information commiosners office.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Allen

FreedomofInformation, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Allen,

I can confirm that your response is in the process of being finalised and we will endeavour to send you the final response as soon as possible.

Yours Sincerely,

Wayne Singleton

Records & Information Management Officer

Information Governance Unit

Legal Services

Resources Directorate

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Tel : (01709) 255834

Internal From New: 55834

Internal From Old: 7455834

Email: [email address]

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FreedomofInformation, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Allen

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information 536

 

Thank you for your further request for information received on the 21
September 2015 regarding wood fuelled heating.

 

Firstly, on behalf of the Council, may I offer our sincere apologies for
the delay in responding to your request, however, we are now in a position
to provide you with the Council’s response to your request as per below:

 

Request

 

Please can you provide information on the number of council homes within
the borough that have access to wood fuelled heating. This includes
biomass and standard wood burning stove devices. Also the number of
installations approved as authorised tenant improvements.

 

Only one wood burning appliance has been installed following approval by
the Council, not two as previously stated.

 

In relation to the tenant improvements please can you clarify if these
installations are serviced by the council or if the tenant has to arrange
all servicing and maintenance including costs.

 

The Council has agreed to maintain the appliance.

 

Also, we're these properties previously with the standard council electric
fire heater prior to any installation.

 

The property had a standard electric fire at the time of the request.

 

Please provide the dates that these installations were authorised as well
as the medical reasons for their installations.

 

Approval was given in June 2013.

 

The information requested in relation to medical reasons is third party
sensitive data (i.e. personal data about someone other than you) and is
therefore exempt under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act. 
Section 40(2) provides that information which constitutes third party
personal data and which falls within the definition of ‘data’ in the Data
Protection Act 1998 is absolutely exempt from disclosure if one of two
conditions is satisfied. 

 

The first condition is that the disclosure of the information would
contravene one of the principles of the 1998 Act. Disclosure of the
personal information requested would contravene the requirement in
Principle 1 that personal data must be processed ‘fairly and lawfully’.
Disclosing such information without the consent of the individual
concerned would not constitute ‘fair processing’ of data and would
therefore be unlawful.

 

For the above reasons, therefore, we are unable to provide you with the
medical reasons for the installation.

 

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to an
internal review by the Council.  Please contact us via the above email
address or by post to Gary Walsh, Information Governance Manager, Legal
Services, Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham, S60 1AE.

 

If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the
Information Commissioner.  Contact details are: Information Commissioner’s
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF. Telephone
01625 545700. Alternatively go to [1]http://www.ico.gov.uk/

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Wayne Singleton

Records & Information Management Officer

Information Governance Unit

Legal Services

Resources Directorate

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

 

Tel : (01709) 255834

Internal From New: 55834

Internal From Old: 7455834

 

Email: [2][email address]

Visit our website: [3]www.rotherham.gov.uk

 

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Dear RMBC,

Thankyou for the information.

I understand that in July 2014 the council adopted a formal policy to decline the installation of all wood burning stoves. Within that report it is stated that numerous complaints have been received regarding the use of wood burning stoves within council properties.

Please provide the names of streets where such complaints have been received as well as the number of complaints per street.

Please could you also confirm how many cases of Carbon monoxide poisoning have been reported and confirmed as a result of the use of wood burning stoves within council properties. (Both from authorised and unauthorised tenant improvements with wood burners)

Could you also provide the total number of wood burners installed in council properties within the borough that were done so as unauthorised alterations.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Allen

FreedomofInformation, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Allen,

As you have now received a full response (dated 24 November 2015) I have now closed down your request for an internal review of FOI 536. The Council apologises unreservedly for the delay in this case and the fact that on this occasion the Council was unable to comply within the appropriate timescales.

Yours Sincerely,

Wayne Singleton

Records & Information Management Officer

Information Governance Unit

Legal Services

Resources Directorate

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Tel : (01709) 255834

Internal From New: 55834

Internal From Old: 7455834

Email: [email address]

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FreedomofInformation, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Allen

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information 833

 

Thank you for your request for information received on the 25^th November
2015, please find detailed below the response from Rotherham MBC. 

 

Request

 

Q  I understand that in July 2014 the council adopted a formal policy

     to decline the installation of all wood burning stoves. Within that

     report it is stated that numerous complaints have been received

     regarding the use of wood burning stoves within council properties.

    

     Please provide the names of streets where such complaints have been

     received as well as the number of complaints per street.

 

RESPONSE:

The reports referred to " a small number of recent incidents" .

 

The Council has been unable to find a record of the  specific "recent
incidents" the Contract and Service Development Manager referred to in his
report of the 14th July 2014. The Service is aware of two formal enquiries
known of at the time, but there may be others the Contract and Service
Development Manager was aware of.

 

The two formal  enquiries were submitted by tenants living in Brinsworth
and Rotherham.

 

   Q   Please could you also confirm how many cases of Carbon monoxide

     poisoning have been reported and confirmed as a result of the use

     of wood burning stoves within council properties. (Both from

     authorised and unauthorised tenant improvements with wood burners)

  

RESPONSE: 

There have been no recorded incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning  from
wood burning stoves within Rotherham Council tenancies. As you are aware
we do not allow such fittings. We do not hold information on other LA
areas.

 

    Q  Could you also provide the total number of wood burners installed

     in council properties within the borough that were done so as

     unauthorised alterations.

 

RESPONSE:

It is difficult to give a precise figure because there may be recent
installations that we are not yet aware of, but we are aware of four,
including your appliance, being installed without permission, all four
households  have been instructed to remove or decommission the devices.

 

 

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If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to an
internal review by the Council.  Please contact us via the above email
address or by post to Gary Walsh, Information Governance Manager, Legal
Services, Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham, S60 1AE.

 

If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the
Information Commissioner.  Contact details are: Information Commissioner’s
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF. Telephone
01625 545700. Alternatively go to [1]http://www.ico.gov.uk/

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Wayne Singleton

Records & Information Management Officer

Information Governance Unit

Legal Services

Resources Directorate

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

 

Tel : (01709) 255834

Internal From New: 55834

Internal From Old: 7455834

 

Email: [2][email address]

Visit our website: [3]www.rotherham.gov.uk

 

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Dear Rotherham Council

Thankyou for your update.

Firstly, I did not ask you to provide information on my own situation, you have now linked this case to my own needs when there was no need to do so. This is now public information and I believe a breach of the Data protection act.

Secondly you mention Rotherham as an area however this is not specific. Which area of Rotherham do you refer to.

Finally how many cases of fumes (not just CO) leaking into neighbouring properties have been reported from the use of both authorised and unauthorised wood burning devices.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Allen

FreedomofInformation, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Allen,

Please find detailed below a response to your further questions regarding FOI 833.

Firstly, I did not ask you to provide information on my own situation, you have now linked this case to my own needs when there was no need to do so. This is now public information and I believe a breach of the Data protection act.

Response:
We respond to FOI information to web addresses specified as is required under the FOI act. The FOI request was received via the whatdotheyknow.com website, this is a public website which has privacy settings including the opportunity to post anonymously using a psuedonym and the capability to remove posts. We do not believe there is a breach of Data Protection as no address or personal identifiable information was disclosed, only a response to a generic website.

Secondly you mention Rotherham as an area however this is not specific. Which area of Rotherham do you refer to?

Response:
The property is within the Kimberworth area of Rotherham.

Finally how many cases of fumes (not just CO) leaking into neighbouring properties have been reported from the use of both authorised and unauthorised wood burning devices?

Response:
There are no confirmed cases of fumes leaking into neighbouring properties from authorised or unauthorised wood burning devices. As you are aware it is not Council policy to approve wood burning stoves meaning there is limited opportunity for this to be an issue. There has been one report of fumes entering a neighbouring property but this was never confirmed and the unauthorised device was decommissioned.

If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to an internal review by the Council. Please contact us via the above email address or by post to Gary Walsh, Information Governance Manager, Legal Services, Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham, S60 1AE.

If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner. Contact details are: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF. Telephone 01625 545700. Alternatively go to http://www.ico.gov.uk/

Yours Sincerely

Wayne Singleton

Records & Information Management Officer

Information Governance Unit

Legal Services

Resources Directorate

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Tel : (01709) 255834

Internal From New: 55834

Internal From Old: 7455834

Email: [email address]

Visit our website: www.rotherham.gov.uk

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