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Woolwich Common post-Olympic restoration

John Large made this Freedom of Information request to Greenwich Borough Council

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Please provide a copy of all correspondence between LB Greenwich and/or its nominated agents and

1) the Olympic Development Authority;

2) the Legacy Corporation; and

3) the Ministry of Defence

on the subject of the post-Olympic restoration of Woolwich Common (SE18).

Please note that an electronic version of your response will suffice.

John Large & Jenny Sherrell

Emma Hall, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Large

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request which has been logged as RFI/05592, you may expect a response within the prescribed 20 working days, i.e. by 5th June 2013.

Emma Hall
Executive Support Officer
Royal Borough of Greenwich

020 8921 5006 
    The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ
  www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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Dear Emma Hall,

Please comply with S10 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requiring the Public Authority to respond 'promptly' and in any event within 20 working days. If you are unable to do so please undertake an Internal Review reporting back to me within the time scales specified by the Office of the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

John Large

Paul Miller, Greenwich Borough Council

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Dear Mr Large

Request for information RFI/05592

Thank you for your email dated 7th May 2013 in which you asked, our apologies for the delay in responding;

Please provide a copy of all correspondence between LB Greenwich and/or its nominated agents and

1) the Olympic Development Authority;

2) the Legacy Corporation; and

3) the Ministry of Defence

on the subject of the post-Olympic restoration of Woolwich Common (SE18).

Please find attached copies of the correspondence held by the Directorate of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to the Chief Executive, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Miller
Corporate Information Security Compliance Officer Corporate ICT Royal Borough of Greenwich

' 020 8921 5712
0 The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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Paul Miller,

Referring to your response of 10 June 2013 in which you state the response comprises correspondence 'held by the Directorate of Regeneration . . ', please confirm or otherwise, that by this you mean all correspondence on the subject matter held by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and or its nominated agents,etc

John Large

I refer to your e-mail response of Louise Thayre of 21 May 2013 to our concerns about the post-Olympic condition of Woolwich Common. In that e-mail Loise Thayre succinctly stated:

“The Council is aware of concerns by local residents in regards to the condition of Woolwich Common post Olympics. The Council is in discussions with the MoD in regards to this matter.”

Now I refer to the response of the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) to my request for copies of correspondence, etc., on the post-Olympic condition and reinstatement of Woolwich Common between the Borough and various parties, including the Ministry of Defence – this copy correspondence bundle is available at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1....

Assuming that the correspondence bundle is a complete record, then

1) on 25 October 2012 Richard Cornell (RBG) states that the planning condition dates for reinstatement of the Common to its former state is up to March/April 2013 – clearly the present condition of the Common and sections of the Ha Ha demonstrates that the planning grant conditions have not been, to date, satisfied – see item 5) a) following;

2) in the e-mail of 25 October 2012, Richard Cornell also refers to the Mitigation Strategy – please provide a copy of this Mitigation Strategy;

3) in the e-mail of 5 November 2012 Richard Arnold of London 2012 states that reinstatement works south of Ha Ha Road, which I assume is the land area of the Common, would be completed by the end of March 2013 and in another e-mail, of 12 February 2013, Richard Arnold states that grass seeding is planned for March (2013) – has there been any reason to extend this time scale because, clearly, the reinstatement works and reseeding have not been completed; and

4) I note that the last correspondence/communication between RBG and any party involved seem to have been at or about 12 February 2013, yet the e-mail response of 21 May (see above) states that discussions are with the MOD are ongoing – is it correct for me to assume that the correspondence bundle is not a complete record of the RBG discussions with the MoD and, if so, please provide me with a complete copy of the records of these discussions, etc., that RBG has had with the MoD and any other party?

In consideration of items 1) to 4) foregoing, would you now provide us with

5) a clear and comprehensive statement on a) whether or not the Planning Grant Conditions requiring the reinstatement of Woolwich Common and the Ha Ha have or have not been satisfied to date; b) if and when these planning conditions are expected to be satisfied; and c) if any enforcement action is to be undertaken by RBG ?

It would be helpful if your response referred to my itemisation above.

Please respond promptly to this request in compliance with S10 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, noting that the date of this request is 11 June 2013.

John Large & Jenny Sherrell

Paul Miller, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Large,

Thank you for your email, for clarity this is what was completed in the processing of your original request.

On receiving your request, I allocated the request to the Directorate of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills (DRES) to provide the response.

On receiving the request DRES informed me that other departments (Leaders Office, Chief Executives Office and the Directorate of Community Safety & Environmental Health (CS&E)) within the Borough may have correspondence with the bodies in question regarding the subject matter.

I forwarded your request to these departments and received the following responses;

Leaders Office - written confirmation of no correspondence with the bodies in question regarding the subject matter.

CS&E - written confirmation of no correspondence with the bodies in question regarding the subject matter.

Chief Executives Office - verbal confirmation of no correspondence with the bodies in question regarding the subject matter.

Therefore the only section that would appear to hold the information relevant to your request was DRES, and this information has been forwarded to you.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Miller
Corporate Information Security Compliance Officer
Corporate ICT
Royal Borough of Greenwich

020 8921 5712
0 The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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Paul Miller, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Large,

Ref No:- 05715

Thank you for your email of 10th June 2013 requesting information about Woolwich Common post-Olympic restoration 2.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely

Paul Miller
Corporate Information Security Compliance Officer
Corporate ICT
Royal Borough of Greenwich

020 8921 5712
0 The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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Paul Miller, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Large

Request for information RFI/05715

Thank you for your email dated 10th June 2013 in which you asked:

1) on 25 October 2012 Richard Cornell (RBG) states that the planning condition dates for reinstatement of the Common to its former state is up to March/April 2013 – clearly the present condition of the Common and sections of the Ha Ha demonstrates that the planning grant conditions have not been, to date, satisfied – see item 5) a) following;

2) in the e-mail of 25 October 2012, Richard Cornell also refers to the Mitigation Strategy – please provide a copy of this Mitigation Strategy;

The Mitigation Strategy is available to view on the Council’s website using the following link:

http://publicaccess.royalgreenwich.gov.u...

3) in the e-mail of 5 November 2012 Richard Arnold of London 2012 states that reinstatement works south of Ha Ha Road, which I assume is the land area of the Common, would be completed by the end of March 2013 and in another e-mail, of 12 February 2013, Richard Arnold states that grass seeding is planned for March (2013) – has there been any reason to extend this time scale because, clearly, the reinstatement works and reseeding have not been completed; and

The original decommissioning programme linked to the planning approval required all restoration works to be completed by March, 2013 and this was the original programme and intention. As mentioned in the emails sent you, the final grass seeding was due to take place in March 2013 however, this did not take place - mainly due to the bad weather. The Council understands from the MoD that work has been taking place to remove the large pieces of rubble from the Common areas and from Wednesday 3rd July it is intended to spray the area to remove the weeds. Approximately 12 days later, the ground will be chain harrowed, levelled and seeded.

4) I note that the last correspondence/communication between RBG and any party involved seem to have been at or about 12 February 2013, yet the e-mail response of 21 May (see above) states that discussions are with the MOD are on-going – is it correct for me to assume that the correspondence bundle is not a complete record of the RBG discussions with the MoD and, if so, please provide me with a complete copy of the records of these discussions, etc., that RBG has had with the MoD and any other party?

All written correspondence, up to the date that the FOI request was made, has been provided.

In consideration of items 1) to 4) foregoing, would you now provide us with

5) a clear and comprehensive statement on a) whether or not the Planning Grant Conditions requiring the reinstatement of Woolwich Common and the Ha Ha have or have not been satisfied to date; b) if and when these planning conditions are expected to be satisfied; and c) if any enforcement action is to be undertaken by RBG ?

Please see the response under point (3) above in answer to questions (a) and (b). The planning grant conditions have not yet been satisfied for the reasons set out. However, the MoD are now undertaking the work and have set out a timescale for their completion and on this basis, no enforcement action is to be undertaken at present. The Council is in dialogue with the MoD in regards to the restoration works being carried out in Woolwich Common. The Council was made aware that, for the reasons highlighted above, there would be a delay in completing the restoration works. The MoD remain committed to restoring Woolwich Common back to its previous condition and the Council will be closely monitoring the situation over the coming weeks to ensure the restoration works are carried out within the new timeframe.

I also refer to your e-mail response of Louise Thayre of 21 May 2013 to your concerns about the post-Olympic condition of Woolwich Common. In that e-mail Louise Thayre succinctly stated:

“The Council is aware of concerns by local residents in regards to the condition of Woolwich Common post Olympics. The Council is in discussions with the MoD in regards to this matter.”

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to the Chief Executive, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Miller
Corporate Information Security Compliance Officer
Corporate ICT
Royal Borough of Greenwich

020 8921 5712
0 The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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