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10098

 

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with full answers to each of the following questions:

1.Does your council charge to collect garden waste? If the answer is no, you may disregard the remaining questions

2.  What is the charge – is it one-off or annual?

3. How much money has been received for garden waste charges in each of the past three years – 2014, 2015 and 2016?

4. How many households are currently paying for garden waste collection?

5. Do you also charge for supply of garden waste bins? If so, how much?

6.What is the total amount of money you have received for the supply of garden waste bins in each of the past three years – 2014, 2015 and 2016?

7.  What is the overall annual cost to the council of garden waste collection, taking into account the income from households and the price of disposing of it and any money made from selling it ie overall £10billion surplus, 50p loss etc

Thank you for your request for information about garden waste which we received on 14 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1.  Does your council charge to collect garden waste? If the answer is no, you may disregard the remaining questions - No

2.   What is the charge – is it one-off or annual? - N/A

3.    How much money has been received for garden waste charges in each of the past three years – 2014, 2015 and 2016? - N/A

4.    How many households are currently paying for garden waste collection? - N/A

5.    Do you also charge for supply of garden waste bins? If so, how much? - N/A

6.    What is the total amount of money you have received for the supply of garden waste bins in each of the past three years – 2014, 2015 and 2016? - N/A

7.    What is the overall annual cost to the council of garden waste collection, taking into account the income from households and the price of disposing of it and any money made from selling it ie overall £10billion surplus, 50p loss etc - N/A

 16/1/17

 

10099

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I’d be grateful if you would provide the following information in relation to children looked-after by the local authority:-

1  How many children are looked-after by the Local Authority?

2  How many children that are looked-after by the Local Authority have a diagnosis of autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger Syndrome)?

3   Has the Designated Health Professional/CCG ever reported to the Corporate Parenting Board on the numbers and needs of looked-after children with an autism diagnosis

4  Has the Virtual School Head ever reported to the Corporate Parenting Board on the numbers and needs of looked-after children with an autism diagnosis? If so please forward a link to this report.

5  Does the Local Authority have in place protocols to ensure that social workers and others (eg Independent Reviewing Officers, Virtual School Heads, personal assistants, carers) who support a looked-after child with autism are always aware of a child’s autism diagnosis? If so please provide details.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

 

 

Please click here for the information on LAC

 

 13/2/17

 

10100

 

Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold relating to public or welfare funerals having taken place or due to take place, and/or persons who have died with no  known next of kin since 1/10/16 to the day of your reply. Please include:
 1. full names of deceased persons,
 2. dates of death,
 3. marital status,
 4. maiden surnames of married or widowed females,
 5. dates of birth or ages at death,
 6. last known addresses,
 7. estimated value of estates,
 8. date(s) when the information was passed (or information that
 is about to be or likely to be passed) to the Government Legal Department (formerly Treasury Solicitor) or the Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or any other 3rd party, or,confirmation that this will not be happening and the reason why

Further to your request for information dated 16/1/17, I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1. States that the above is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(Information accessible to applicant by other means) Please see link for Public Health Funerals

 

8/2/17

 

10101

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am requesting the following information:

  1. Do you have an occupational therapy lead within the Local Authority? If so, please provide their name, job title and contact information (including email address, postal address and contact phone number)
  2. How many occupational therapists were/are employed by your local authority in each of the following years: 1) 2013-14; 2) 2014-15; 3) 2015-16; 4) Budgeted for 2016-17; with figures for each year provided in (i) Working Time Equivalent and (ii) Headcount format?
  3. What was/is the total amount spent on occupational therapy services by your local authority in each of the following years 1) 2013-14; 2) 2014-15; 3) 2015-16; 4) Budgeted for 2016-17?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
1)Jodi Simpson, Head of Older People & Physical Disability
Jodi.Simpson@bedford.gov.uk
Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford  MK42 9AP
01234 267422
2)2013-14; (i) 7.08 (ii) 9
2014-15; (i) 5.89  (ii) 8
2015-16; (i) 4.61  (ii) 6
Budgeted for 2016-17; (i) 6.29 (ii) 5, plus 2.18 FTE vacancies
3) The net cost of Occupational Therapy Service to the authority has reduced due to increased external funding.
                   £ 
2013/14 230,542 Actual expenditure
2014/15 264,917 Actual expenditure
2015/16 188,530 Actual expenditure
2016/17 142,140 Budget 

7/2/17

 

10102

 

The latest report should have been finalised by the end of 2016 and ratified by DEFRA.

From these reports please could you give the following information:

·  A list of locations where the average annual levels of NO2 exceeds 40 µg/m3

·  As part of that list please provide the average annual level of NO2 recorded at each location

·  If there has been a change in average annual levels of NO2 please specify why that could be the case eg. traffic reduction measures, cleaner fuel used on council buses.

Please provide the information for calendar years 2013, 2014, 2015.   I understand data for 2016 is unlikely to be published before the summer, but if you are able to provide it please do so.    

I refer to your recent enquiry for information regarding information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 concerning Air Quality Reports within the

Borough of Bedford

 

Please click here for the link on air quality

13/2/17

 

10103

 

Pleaser state the total amount paid to any consultants, such as PwC or another external advisory firm, in the production of your Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

Please provide a breakdown of individual payments to private consultants.

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Response:Bedford Borough Council is Nil.

Please note this information is held by the Chief Executive of Luton & Dunstable Hospital – Pauline Philip - pauline.philip@ldh.nhs.uk Please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

 27/1/17

 

10104

 

 

Please can you send a full list of companies and charities in excel form, that have recently become responsible for business rates in your area between to 1st to 15th Jan 2017?  Please include the full business name and liable party, along with the address, RV and date they became responsible please and also the property type.

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
You requested information on Business rates as stated in your e-mail below.
 Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that the Business Rates data sets information requested is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA). 
An explanation follows below:
The Business Rates data sets are now published on the website.

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

Written on and off – At least quarterly (possibly six monthly)

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

17/1/17

 

10105

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information from your authority: 

1. The number of parking tickets issued in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial year (up to the end of March 2016)

2. The amount paid in parking tickets (£) in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial year.

3. The number of parking tickets in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial year where drivers appealed.

4. Of that number of appeals, how many were rejected by the council and how many were successful or have yet to conclude.

5.The exact same four questions for the period 1/04/2016 up to and including 30/11/2016.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1.  The number of parking tickets issued in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial year (up to the end of March 2016)

2014/15 – 27,089

2015/16 – 21,541

1/04/2016 up to and including 30/11/2016 – 18,056

2.  The amount paid in parking tickets (£) in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial year.

2014/15 - £734,600

 2015/16 - £628,000

 01/04/2016 up to and including 30/11/2016 - £507,000

3. The number of parking tickets in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial year where drivers appealed.

2014/15 – 6414

2015/16 – 4843

01/04/2016 up to and including 30/11/2016 – 3857

4.  Of that number of appeals, how many were rejected by the council and how many were successful or have yet to conclude.

2014/15

Rejected - 1995

Successful - 4419

2015/16

Rejected - 1862

Successful - 2981

01/04/2016 up to and including 30/11/2016

Rejected - 1497

Successful - 2360

5. The exact same four questions for the period 1/04/2016 up to and including 30/11/2016.

Answers above.

31/1/17

 

10106

 

I hereby request an updated list of Council Tax accounts that meet the following criteria:

·Current overpayment/credit shown for any financial year if credit balance hasn't been carried forward.

· Accounts where a 'write on' has been used since 1st April 2000 to cancel an overpayment which has not since been reversed.

I would request that the list contains the following information: 

· Payer name (Information is only requested where the payer is a company and not an individual as I appreciate this is limited by the Data Protection Acts).

·   Address of property concerned.

·   Amount of overpayment/write on.

·  If possible, the period/financial year relating to overpayment/credit/write on.

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.  Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested attached

 

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

24/1/17

 

10107

 

I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act. Please could you provide the following:

  1. Are Civil Enforcement Officers, or your equivalent, empowered to fine motorists for ‘stationary idling’ within your authority? The relevant pieces of legislation that grant councils this power: in England, section 7 of the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002; in Scotland, section 7 of the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2003; and in Wales, section 7 of the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (Wales) Regulations 2003.
  2. If you have answered ‘yes’ to question 1, please state how many Fixed Penalty Notices, or their equivalents, have been given to motorists for stationary idling in each of the following years: 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and in 2016/17 so far.
  3. If you have answered ‘yes’ to question 1, please state how much money has been collected in fines by your authority for stationary idling in each of the following years: 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and in 2016/17 so far.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1 No Penalty Charge Notices are not issued for this.

2 Not applicable.

3 Not applicable.

 

 

1/2/14

 

10108

 

 I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

-  Has Bedford Borough Council’s IT system been subjected to any cyberspace attacks in the past 12 months? If so how many and in which months?

-  What was the nature of the cyber criminal activity? (i.e was ransom-ware installed to lock the system until a payment is made, malware installed etc)

-  How was each cyber threat case resolved? Did in-house IT staff deal with the problem? If possible, how long each cyber threat took to resolve.

-  In each instance, were the police called?

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Has Bedford Borough Council’s IT system been subjected to any cyberspace attacks in the past 12 months?   If so, how many and in which months? Yes, twice, October 2016 and November 2016

What was the nature of the cyber criminal activity? (i.e was ransom-ware installed to lock the system until a payment is made, malware installed etc.) Ransom-ware

How was each cyber threat case resolved? Did in-house IT staff deal with the problem?  If possible, how long each cyber threat took to resolve.  In-house IT staff dealt with the problem and in both instances the issues were resolved promptly. It should be noted that during this period the Council’s systems remained operational and as such there was no disruption to services. Once detected those machines affected were isolated thus allowing the ransom-ware to be dealt with. In addition IT staff researched the attack vector and payload, put in place counter measures to stop a repeat infection and restored the files of the affected machines.

In each instance, were the police called? No, as no ransom-ware notes were displayed, as IT staff were able to stop the threat before the malware was able to complete its task and display a note.

25/1/17

 

10109

 

 

I am looking to ascertain how many enforcement notices(all) were served in 2016 and details of references and addresses for planning.

Thank you for your request for information about planning enforcement notices which we received on 17 January 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you have requested is available on the authority’s website and can be located at the following link 

Please click here for the enforcement notice

Click on the ‘To view and comment on Planning Applications’ tab

Click on the ‘Enforcements’ tab

Enter the date range in the ‘Notice Dates’ section

Click on ‘Search’

18/1/17

 

10110

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

Coronation Way

Stewartby

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

23/1/17

 

10111

 

Can I ask who the current Community Safety Officer/Crime Prevention Officer is and his/her current postal address?

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.  Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. 

The contact for the Community Safety Officer/Crime Prevention Officer is the Head of Service – John Molyneux (address is Bedford Borough Council

Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford  MK42 9AP)

24/1/17

 

10112

 

Could you please respond to the following:

1. Have any structures or features been ‘designated’ under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 since 19th October 2016?

2  Have any statutory notices been issued advising of the intent to ‘designate’ any structures or features since 19th October 2016?

3.Have any enforcement statutory notices been issued in relation to ‘designated’ structures or features since 19th October 2016?

 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.  Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1.  No structures have been designated under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, although proactive surveying is taking place since 19th October 2016.

2.No statutory notices have been issued advising of the intent to ‘designate’ any structures or features since 19th October 2016.

3.  No enforcement statutory notices been issued in relation to ‘designated’ structures or features since 19th October 2016.

24/1/17

 

10113

 

For each of the local authority-maintained schools in your area please tell me:

+ What is the budget per pupil for a school meal?

+ How much of this cost is met by the parent?

+ How much of the cost is met by the school?

+ Are school meals voluntary or compulsory?

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information. 

Answer:  We do not hold this information.  You will need to contact the individual schools direct for this information.   Please find attached a copy of the Bedford Borough Schools Establishment Guide, for your information.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

31/1/17

 

10114

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I am seeking the following information please:

-   How much money was spent by Bedford Council on school crossing patrols in 2013/14, in 2014/15, and in 2015/16?

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested below:

               School Crossing Patrol
                                     £
2013/2014              118,850
2014/2015              126,060
2015/2016              138,230

20/1/17

 

10115

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information about the organisations information technology team and infrastructure equipment:

1. What is your annual IT Infrastructure Budget for 2016, 2017 & 2018?

2. What storage vendor(s) and model do you currently use?

3. When was the installation date of above storage vendor(s)? (Month/year) 4. When is your planned (or estimated) storage refresh date? (Month/year) 5. What is your estimated budget for the refresh?

6. What is the capacity of the storage data in TB?

7. The total number of IT staff employed by the organization:

8. Please list and provide contact details for the IT senior management team including CIO, IT Director and Infrastructure Architects if applicable:

9. Please confirm if you are utilising desktop virtualisation technologies and if so how many users do you provide services for?

10. What backup software do you use?

11. How much data do you backup in TB?

12. Number of servers?

13. What operating system(s) do you use?

14. Number of virtualised servers?

15. What percentage of your environment is virtualised?

16. If you outsource your IT works, please provide who it is with and when the contract started and ends.

17. Please also name all of the IT re-sellers that you work with and buy from, as well as the frameworks that you use for the release of any tenders etc.

18. Please also approximate the time spent managing your IT systems, specifically storage, per week in the unit of man hours. Also approximate the amount of time taken carving out LUNs and/or Volumes.

19. Please list any and all pain points that the IT teams, and organisation as a whole, experience with regard to the storage and usage of the virtualised workloads.

20. How is your storage connected, i.e. via Fibre Channel, Ethernet (NFS or ISCSi). If your storage is currently connected via Fibre Channel, do you have access to 10 GB Ethernet, or 1 GB ethernet, and if so, please declare which.

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1. What is your annual IT Infrastructure Budget for 2016, 2017 & 2018? The current budget for
2016-17 is £406,210.  The approved budget for 2017-2018 is £510,440

2. What storage vendor(s) and model do you currently use? Dell Compellant

3. When was the installation date of above storage vendor(s)? (Month/year) July 2015

4. When is your planned (or estimated) storage refresh date? (Month/year) June 2020

5. What is your estimated budget for the refresh? £150K

6. What is the capacity of the storage data in TB? 200TB

7. The total number of IT staff employed by the organization: 32 (31.5 FTE)

8. Please list and provide contact details for the IT senior management team including CIO, IT Director and Infrastructure Architects if applicable: Head of ICT Operations – Rughbir Singh – contact details as above (this is the contact for the Service Area).

9. Please confirm if you are utilising desktop virtualisation technologies and if so how many users do you provide services for? N/A – not in place

10. What backup software do you use? IBM Spectrum Protect

11. How much data do you backup in TB? 130TB

12. Number of servers? 24 Blades

13. What operating system(s) do you use? Windows 2012, Windows 2008R2, Windows 2008

14. Number of virtualised servers? 400

15. What percentage of your environment is virtualised? 95%

16. If you outsource your IT works, please provide who it is with and when the contract started and ends. IT is not outsourced

17. Please also name all of the IT re-sellers that you work with and buy from, as well as the frameworks that you use for the release of any tenders etc.  Attached is a list of resellers that ICT Operations have used since 1st January 2015 to the present date.  Frameworks we use are Commercial Crown Services, ESPO, NHS Framework and Health Trust Europe.

18. Please also approximate the time spent managing your IT systems, specifically storage, per week in the unit of man hours. Also approximate the amount of time taken carving out LUNs and/or Volumes.  Part of daily system support/management.

19. Please list any and all pain points that the IT teams, and organisation as a whole, experience with regard to the storage and usage of the virtualised workloads. None

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

3/2/17

 

10116

 

I am looking for the statistics on adolescent girls that have been excluded from school and also known to have issues surrounding CSE. I am researching into the link between these two topics and how agencies support these vulnerable students. 

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1. States that this is exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 40 (Personal Information) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

The number of adolescent girls that have been excluded from school and are also known to have issues surrounding Child Sexual Exploitation are very low (5 or fewer) and would therefore be suppressed.

2/12/17

 

10117

 

Please can I request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Please tell me how many allegations of abuse against children at sports clubs have been reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer in each of the previous five calendar years: a) 2012 b) 2013 c) 2014 d) 2015 e) 2016

For each allegation, please tell me nature of the abuse, e.g. sexual, physical etc, the age of the child and the type of sport. Please also tell me the outcome of the investigation, e.g. was the case referred to the police?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

 

Answer: 
Year                    Number of Referrals
Jan – Dec 2012    0
Jan – Dec 2013    3
Jan – Dec 2014    0
Jan – Dec 2015    1
Jan – Dec 2016    3

Given the very low numbers it would not be appropriate to provide the details requested – in line with the updated request I can report the following –

Over the 5 year period 2012 – 2016 there have been 7  cases –

Sports affected:

2 of these cases related to football;
1 tennis;
1 swimming
1 karate
1 athletics;
1 gymnastics

Type of Abuse:

5 cases involved concerns in relation sexual abuse;
1 case involved concerns in relation to physical abuse
1 case involved concerns in relation to neglect.

Outcomes:

In 3 there was a criminal investigation. 

31/1/17

 

10118

 

 I would be grateful if you could tell me:

* the number of people who were eligible for council funded home care and who were on a waiting list for such care on Tuesday January 1 2017. 

* the longest time any individual on the list has been waiting for a home care package, and the average wait.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold the information you requested. 
The number of people who were eligible for council funded home care and who were on a waiting list for such care on Tuesday January 1 2017?

Age Band    Number Of Service Users
18-64                 440
65+                    795
Grand Total       1235

The longest time any individual on the list has been waiting for a home care package, and the average wait?
Longest time = 243 days
Average wait = 46.7 days

9/2/17

 

10119

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

Nettleton Mews

Shortstown

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

23/1/17

 

 10120

 

 I am looking at the overall cost of a lift contract, that includes all extra to contract repairs and call outs. I'm looking at the trend for the last 10 years or so, and although this may not be possible, as long back as is practicable would be appreciated.

Therefore I simply require:-

1.      How many lifts are there within your portfolio..

2.      The annual cost spent on lift maintenance only for the (preferably) the last 10 years. 

3.      The annual extra to (i.e. extra to what is covered in the lift maintenance contract) contracts works for the (preferably) the last 10 years.

4.      The annual cost in major repairs for the (preferably) the last 10 years.

5.      The annual cost in full refurbishments for the (preferably) the last 10 years.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested, which is attached.  There are a few notes to use when looking at the figures produced.

·   Bedford Borough Council became a Unitary Authority from April 2009 and do not have access to any figures prior to this date.

·  For Questions 2 and 3, the accounting system has only broken down the costs for the last 2 years, prior to that there is a combined figure.  To manually search the invoices for each year would take this part of the FOI over the 18 hour rule.  So from 2014/2015 there is a combined figure.

· Q.4 – as you do not specify what is classified as a major repair and in order to be helpful, we suggest you use the attached data to provide an average split over the annual costs against each years apportionment against maintenance and investment.

·  Q.5 – there are, in the next financial year, a number of lift replacement projects.  For information please contact Mr Ken Huck, Principal Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, via 01234 267422 (Main Switchboard) or email ken.huck@bedford.gov.uk, who will be happy to discuss this with you.

Please click here for the attachment on lift maintenance 

 

14/2/17

 

10121

 

We would like to make a  FOIA request for the pension fund(s).

1)    Names of all limited partnerships (e.g. private equity, real estate, hedge fund, infrastructure and timber funds) your institution owns.

(2)    Sizes of all the limited partnerships

(3)    Vintage years of all the limited partnerships

(4)    Most updated information available on amount committed to the partnerships and amount drawn by the partnerships.

(5)    Distributions made by each individual partnership.

(6)    Net Asset Value of each partnership.

(7)    Internal rates of return (IRRs), TVPIs/Multiples, and DPI for each individual partnership, for the most recent date available. (Please specify whether the data is net or gross of expenses and fees.)

(8)    Date as of which all the above data was calculated.

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold any limited partnerships (private equity, real estate, hedge fund, infrastructure and timber funds) in Bedfordshire Pension Fund’s portfolio. 

  

 

24/1/17

 

10122

 

 RE: Potholes on rd opposite Park Ave

Copies of the current road maintenance, road repair history,and how inspections were taken

Thank you for your request for information about road maintenance for Park Avenue, Bedford, specifically opposite 18 Park Avenue which we received on 20 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.   The information you requested is as follows:

Please provide a copy of the Maintenance Policy

The information you requested is available on the authority’s website

or by clicking on this link

Dates of safety inspections undertaken at this location.

Please see attached Inspections sheet, that covers the period 14 September 2016 to 13 November 2016

Details of all carriageway defects identified at this location during safety inspections

Please see attached inspections sheet, that covers the period 14 September 2016 to 13 November 2016

Details of repair history at this location

Please see General Maintenance sheet and Helpdesk sheet attached, that covers the period 14 September 2016 to 13 November 2016

The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections at this location

Up to July 2016 the inspection frequency for this location was 6 monthly walked.  The current inspection frequency is now monthly driven (at 20 mph) and yearly walked.

The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to identification of all categories of carriageway potholes

Category 1 potholes must be a minimum of 50mm depth, 150mm wide and have a vertical face. All other potholes are Category 2.

The time period adopted between identification and repair (temporary and permanent) of all categories of carriageway defects

The maintenance priorities for Category 1 and Category 2 repairs are as follows: Cat 1 defects are made safe or repaired within 24hrs, Cat 2 defects are repaired during planned programmed works.

1/2/17

 

10123

 

1.For the years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16, please can you disclose the total number of incidents involving residents recorded by the council related to the refuse collections service, recycling collection service and bulk waste collection service? For example, these may include but not be limited to reports of negative behaviour, aggressive or abusive behaviour, issues with bins including overfilling, lids not being shut, bins not placed on the property boundary, bins containing incorrect items and residents throwing bin bags directly into the lorries.

2.Please can you list each of these recorded incidents individually, and for each include:

-Which service it relates to (refuse, recycling or bulk waste)

-The nature of the issue (was it negative behaviour, aggressive behaviour, bin overfilling etc)

-A description of the incident and why the incident was recorded.

-Whether surveillance footage taken on the lorry relating to the incident was saved as evidence.

-Whether a still picture or still pictures taken on the lorry relating to the incident were saved as evidence.

-If footage or pictures were recorded, how this was captured (by an inbuilt CCTV system on the lorry, individual cameras held by staff etc)

-What action was taken as a result of the incident (for instance, a warning letter sent to the resident)

-Whether the resident was fined as a result and the value of the fine.

-Whether the incident was referred to the police.

-If known, what action was taken by the police.

-Whether staff received any follow up support after the incident.

-What kind of support staff received after the incident (for instance, some councils offer counselling after serious incidents with residents)

3.Do the council’s refuse, recycling and/or bulk waste vehicles have surveillance systems? If so, please include an explanation of the system, which vehicles have this and where the cameras are on the vehicles.

4.Does the council offer counselling to workers on the vehicles following incidents? If so, what is the nature of the support offered?

5.Do staff on the vehicles carry log books so they can record incidents with residents?

6.How frequently do residents in your council area have their recycling and general waste collected?

Thank you for your request for information about refuse and recycling incidents which we received on 19 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1.   For the years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16, please can you disclose the total number of incidents involving residents recorded by the council related to the refuse collections service, recycling collection service and bulk waste collection service? For example, these may include but not be limited to reports of negative behaviour, aggressive or abusive behaviour, issues with bins including overfilling, lids not being shut, bins not placed on the property boundary, bins containing incorrect items and residents throwing bin bags directly into the lorries. – Please see attached.

2.   Please can you list each of these recorded incidents individually, and for each include:

- Which service it relates to (refuse, recycling or bulk waste)

- The nature of the issue (was it negative behaviour, aggressive behaviour, bin overfilling etc)

- A description of the incident and why the incident was recorded.

- Whether surveillance footage taken on the lorry relating to the incident was saved as evidence.

- Whether a still picture or still pictures taken on the lorry relating to the incident were saved as evidence.

- If footage or pictures were recorded, how this was captured (by an inbuilt CCTV system on the lorry, individual cameras held by staff etc)

- What action was taken as a result of the incident (for instance, a warning letter sent to the resident)

- Whether the resident was fined as a result and the value of the fine.

- Whether the incident was referred to the police.

- If known, what action was taken by the police.

- Whether staff received any follow up support after the incident.

- What kind of support staff received after the incident (for instance, some councils offer counselling after serious incidents with residents) –

Please see attached.

3.   Do the council’s refuse, recycling and/or bulk waste vehicles have surveillance systems? If so, please include an explanation of the system, which vehicles have this and where the cameras are on the vehicles. - 22 of our Refuse collection vehicles have 360 degree cameras and any new vehicles purchased will have a camera system in the specification. The cameras record all the time the vehicle is running. There are four cameras and they are located at the front, back and one on each of the side doors. Footage can be downloaded via Wi-Fi when the vehicle returns to the depot or the units can be removed and connected to a computer to view images.

4.   Does the council offer counselling to workers on the vehicles following incidents? If so, what is the nature of the support offered? - Yes the Council has an Occupational Health department to assist employees and also a confidential employee support which is free to all employees.

5.   Do staff on the vehicles carry log books so they can record incidents with residents? - No they do not carry log books but are required to report any incident to their supervisor as soon as it occurs and they complete an incident form with the supervisor when they return to the depot.

6.   How frequently do residents in your council area have their recycling and general waste collected? - All collections both general waste and Recycling are alternate weekly. Green waste is alternate weekly for nine months of the year stopping form 1st December to 28th February.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

6/2/17

 

10124

 

1)   he number of cameras (CCTV/ANPR) used to enforce moving traffic offences on roads for which you are the responsible highway authority

2)  The total length of coverage from all your cameras (CCTV/ANPR) used to enforce moving traffic offences on roads for which you are the responsible highway authority

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1) Bedford Borough Council Parking Services have 9 bus lane cameras.

2)   We do not hold any records with this information.

31/1/17

 

10125

 

1) The number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued for moving traffic offences on roads for which you are the responsible highway authority (2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016-17 YTD)

2) The number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) upheld for moving traffic offences on roads for which you are the responsible highway authority (2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016-17 YTD)
3) The income received from Penalty Charge Notices specifically from moving traffic offences on roads for which you are the responsible highway authority (2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016-17 YTD)

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1)   The number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued for moving traffic offences on roads for which you are the responsible highway authority (2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016-17 YTD)

2014/15 – 11,699

2015/16 – 13,387

2016/17 – 11,275

2)     The number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) upheld for moving traffic offences on roads for which you are the responsible highway authority (2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016-17 YTD)

2014/15 – 9,326

2015/16 – 10,685

2016/17 – 8,779

These figures are based on upheld because they are paid in full. The state of outstanding payments changes due to the statutory process and so these figures could change.

 3) The income received from Penalty Charge Notices specifically from moving traffic offences on roads for which you are the responsible highway authority (2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016-17 YTD)

2014/15 – £325,807

2015/16 – £375,537

2016/17 – £305,030

1/2/17

 

10126

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

Lodge Close

Kempston

Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

23/1/17

 

10127

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request the local authority to provide me with the following information.

The average weekly cost in the local authority for:a)  a part-time (25 hours) nursery place for a child under 2b)  a part-time (25 hours) nursery place for a child aged 2 or overc)  part-time (25 hours) childcare with a childminder for a child under 2 d)  part-time (25 hours) childcare with a childminder aged 2 or over

I would like this data for the current financial year and for 2009/10.   

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request the local authority to provide me with the following information.

The average weekly cost in the local authority for:

a)  a part-time (25 hours) nursery place for a child under 2

Answer :£113

b)  a part-time (25 hours) nursery place for a child aged 2 or over

Answer: £106

(we collect information on full time fees – 50 hours* – so this is based on 50% of that. In reality, there may be a slight premium for a part time place.)        *8am-6pm x 5 days a week

c)  part-time (25 hours) childcare with a childminder for a child under 2

Answer: £106

d)   part-time (25 hours) childcare with a childminder aged 2 or over

Answer: £106

(as a rule childminders do not vary the rate according to the age of the child)

I would like this data for the current financial year and for 2009/10.   

Answer: We do not hold historic data on our database, so we cannot provide this for 2009/10.

1/2/17

 

10128

 

  The number of designated statutory children's centres.

I'd like this data for the current financial year and for 2009/10

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. 

Response: We have not closed any children’s centres since designation. We still have 16 Children’s Centres operating in Bedford Borough.

7/2/17

 

10129

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

Ashmead Road

Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

23/1/17

 

10130

 

Can you tell me please how many schools in your council area have banned e-cigarettes from school buildings and grounds (also providing the total number of schools).

Can you tell me how many pupils have had e-cigarettes confiscated at each school in each of these years – 2015-16, 2014-15 and 2013-14.

How many general e-cigarette incidents relating to children have been reported in each of those years please, including a breakdown of suspensions, expulsions and reports to social services.

Have the schools spoken to children about e-cigarettes? Is this part of classes, and if so, what information has been given to them?

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information. You will need to contact the individual schools direct for this information.   Please find attached a copy of the Schools Establishment Guide for your information

 

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

25/1/17

 

10131

 

I would like to know the following:

  1. The list of contaminated lands in Your council up to date, with type of contamination.
  2. The list of development projects in those areas.
  3. The list of lands in Your council that were decontaminated over the last 10 years.
  4. The cost of decontamination for Your council over the last 10 years.

Thank you for your request for information regarding information held by the Council

concerning contaminated within the Borough of Bedford. Your request has been considered

under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and I have provided answers to the

questions you raised in turn below.

1. The list of contaminated land in your council up to date, with type of

contamination.

To date no sites within the area administered by Bedford Borough Council have been

determined as contaminated land, as defined in Part IIA of the Environmental Protection

Act 1990.

2. The list of development projects in those areas.

Please refer to the response to Question 1.

3. The list of lands in your council that were decontaminated over the last 10 years.

Given that no sites have been determined as contaminated land, as defined in Part IIA of

the Environmental Protection Act 1990, as a result no sites have been remediated under

that legislation. One of the principal mechanisms for achieving regulation regarding

contaminated land is via the Planning process which considers the environmental

impacts of development within the Borough. A variety of sites have been remediated

under the Planning process, therefore I would recommend that the Planning web pages are consulted for specific site queries. Please go here

4. The cost of decontamination for your council over the last 10 years.

Please refer to the response to Question 1, we are not aware of any costs to the Council

arising from decontamination

17/2/17

 

10132

 

1) How many street/highway trees have been felled by the council or by council contractors since 1 April 2010? If you do not have a full total, please provide a figure for those you have recorded in the period.

2) How many of those trees were protected by a Tree Preservation Order? If you do not have a full total, please provide a figure for those you have recorded in the period.

3) How many of those trees were ancient/veteran trees? If you do not have a full total, please provide a figure for those you have recorded in the period.

4) How much has it cost the council to fell street/highway trees in the period?

5) Please state how many trees were felled because they were diseased, decayed, dying or dead.

6) Please state how many were felled because they were causing structural damage or an obstruction.

7) How many were felled for other reasons? Please state in broad terms what these reasons might have been.

8) How many of the felled street/highway trees have been replaced on streets in this period?

9) How many the felled trees have been replaced off-street in this period - i.e in woodlands/nature reserved.

Thank you for your request for information about trees which we received on 22 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1) How many street/highway trees have been felled by the council or by council contractors since 1 April 2010? If you do not have a full total, please provide a figure for those you have recorded in the period. - 676

2) How many of those trees were protected by a Tree Preservation Order? If you do not have a full total, please provide a figure for those you have recorded in the period. - 0

3) How many of those trees were ancient/veteran trees? If you do not have a full total, please provide a figure for those you have recorded in the period. - 0

4) How much has it cost the council to fell street/highway trees in the period? - £44498.05

5) Please state how many trees were felled because they were diseased, decayed, dying or dead. - 609

6) Please state how many were felled because they were causing structural damage or an obstruction. - 47

7) How many were felled for other reasons? Please state in broad terms what these reasons might have been. – 20.  To enable major Town Centre planning applications, damage from utility companies, vehicle impacts.  Bedford’s tree policies generally follow the principles that trees are only felled where they are dead, dangerous or causing structural damage which would make the retention of the tree unsustainable such as a requirement for property underpinning.

8) How many of the felled street/highway trees have been replaced on streets in this period? - It is Bedford Borough Council’s policy to replace each removed highway tree where it would be sustainable to do so. 817 street trees planted.

9) How many the felled trees have been replaced off-street in this period - i.e in woodlands/nature reserved. - Felled highway trees are replaced in highways. Green spaces, woodlands/nature reserves have their own individual planting programmes based on site requirements.

13/2/17

 

10133

 

I am writing to request a project directory which includes a list of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants & telephone numbers involved in the Four classroom modular block with toilets and store rooms.

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information. 

Bedford Borough Council have yet to enter into a contract to deliver the four classroom block at Camestone Lower School.  As such we are unable to provide the requested information.

26/1/17

 

10134

 

Under the freedom of information act can I ask for the following information:

1. How many street lights is/was your council responsible for? A) 2010 B) 2017

2. Does your council switch-off street lights for a period of time during the night? If so, how many lights are switched off?

3. Does your council dim street lights for a period of time during the night? If so, how many lights are dimmed?

4. Is your council planning to switch off or dim street lights in the future? If so, a) how many? and b) when?

5. If your council dims or switches-off street lights for a period of time during the night, how much money does this save annually?

 

Thank you for your request for information about street lights which we received on 23 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1. How many street lights is/was your council responsible for? A) 2010 B) 2017

In 2009 there were 13,266 street lights in operation.  To date, there are 13,756 street lights in operation. We do not have sufficient information to be able to provide numbers in the intervening period.

2. Does your council switch-off street lights for a period of time during the night? If so, how many lights are switched off?

Yes - the Council has 230 street lights that are switched off for a period of time during the night.

3. Does your council dim street lights for a period of time during the night? If so, how many lights are dimmed?

Yes - 797 street lights are currently dimmed at points during the night.

4. Is your council planning to switch off or dim street lights in the future? If so, a) how many? and b) when?

Yes - all Council owned street lights (13,756) will be dimmed by March 2018.  Part night lighting is unknown.

5. If your council dims or switches-off street lights for a period of time during the night, how much money does this save annually?

Each road will be dimmed to varying levels. The project of replacing all street lights to LED is anticipated to save the authority £189,652 in energy costs per annum. Note: This saving is based on replacing traditional street lights with LED and not the anticipated savings occurring from dimming.

1/2/17

 

10135

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at

 Norcott Mead  Shortstown Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

23/1/17

 

10136

 

RE:Tamworth Road, Bedford,Please could you supply the following Con29 information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:

Con29 3.3Drainage is the property served by sustainable urban drainage system/ Are there any SuDs featured within the boundary of the property? If yes, is the owner responsible for maintenance?
Con29 3.7Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters exist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry herein:

b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; (f) public healthor (g)flood and costal erosion risk management?

Con29 3.11Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29 3.12Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property) –

(a) a contaminated land notice;

(b) in relation to a register maintained under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(5) –

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

(c) consultation with the owner or occupier of the property conducted under section 78G(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(6) before the service of a remediation notice?

 

Thank you for your request for information. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. 

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

1/2/17

 

10137

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

Chantry Avenue Kempston

Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

23/1/17

 

10138

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information from your Local Education Authority:

1. How many school children who are transgender/transsexual are registered at schools across your remit?

2. How many transgender/transsexual school children are at single sex schools across your remit?

3. How many transgender/transsexual students transitioning from male to female are enrolled at single sex girl’s schools across your remit?

4. How many transgender/transsexual students transitioning from female to male are enrolled at single sex boy’s schools across your remit?

5. How many children are not registered as male or female at schools across your remit? (e.g. non gender, other, unknown etc.)

6. What guidelines are in place to assist parents and teachers of schoolchildren who are transgender at your local education authority?  I would be grateful if you could include a copy of any formal guidance within your response. 

7. Are children identifying as male allowed to enrol at single sex boys schools if they were born female, and vice versa? 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information. 

 

24/1/17

 

10139

 

This is a Freedom of Information request regarding the policy that your local authority has in relation to the completion of ‘body maps’ by schools or other educational establishments (i.e. NOT by Social Care).  This matter is often overseen by the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for Safeguarding in your Education Department.

I Information requested:

1.  Does your local authority have a policy or provide guidance to schools and/or other educational establishments in relation to the completion by school staff of ‘body maps’ for recording physical marks or injuries seen on a child or young person in the context of child protection/safeguarding?  YES / NO

2. If you have such a policy/guidance please provide a copy of it.

3.  Please provide a copy/ies of any body map templates that your local authority issues to educational establishments, together with a copy of any policy/guidance issued to school staff about the completion of body maps

4.  Does your local authority have a policy or provide guidance to schools and/or educational establishments in relation to the taking of photographs by school staff to record physical marks or injuries seen on a child or young person in the context of child protection/safeguarding?  YES / NO

5. If you have such a policy/guidance please provide a copy of it.

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information. 

Response: No.

We would refer any questions from Schools with regards to this, to the Government Document, Keeping Children Safe in Education.  This statutory guidance referred to should be read and followed by:

• governing bodies of maintained schools (including maintained nursery schools) and colleges;

• proprietors of independent schools (including academies and free schools), alternative provision academies and non-maintained special schools;

• management committees of pupil referral units (PRUs)

It is not guidance that applies to the Local Authority.

We could also refer them to the LSCB website, as there is guidance please click here

6/2/17

 

 10140

 

May I kindly request information on the following:-

1. Job description and salary bracket for the role of Information Officer.and/or

2. Job description and salary bracket for the role of Information Governance Officer.

and/or

3. Job description and salary bracket for the role of Information Compliance Officer.

(For the avoidance of doubt, points 1 to 3 above encompass role duties such as Loss investigations, Privacy Impact Assesments, Data Sharing Agreements, Information Asset Register compilation, Data Protection Act training)

4. Job description and salary bracket for the role of Information Manager. This role relates to the role of Manager of the above roles.

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information. The three jobs identified are not replicated in the Bedford Borough Council current staffing structure.

However, Data Sharing Agreements and Privacy Impact assessments tend to be undertaken by the Information Asset Owners, data protection training tends to be undertaken through e-learning or outsourced, and the Information Asset Register is maintained by Records Access

7/2/17

 

10141

 

I am specifically looking for detail regarding spend and contract renewal in regards to the now devolved Community Care Grants awarded to welfare recipients for their furniture and white goods needs. This service is now regularly referred to as the Local Welfare Fund or the Discretionary Social Fund.

I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following detail to assist me with my endeavours:

  1. What was the Local Authorities’ annual spend on domestic furniture for the last financial year?
  2. What was the Local Authorities’ annual spend on White goods for the last financial year?
  3. What is the predicted Local Authority spending for this financial year?
  4. What is the predicted Local Authority spending for the next financial year?
  5. Which organisation currently holds the contract to deliver: 
    1. Residential/domestic furniture?
    2. White goods?
  6. When is the contract for this provision due for renewal?
  7. What is the standard cost to the Local Authority for the specific furniture and white goods items?
  8. Who is the main contact for procurements of this nature?
    1. Please provide email and telephone number.

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested, which is below:

What was the Local Authorities’ annual spend on domestic furniture for the last financial year? £14,120

  1. What was the Local Authorities’ annual spend on White goods for the last financial year? £30,315
  2. What is the predicted Local Authority spending for this financial year?

2016/17 - £15,000 furniture

2016/17 - £32,000 white goods

  1. What is the predicted Local Authority spending for the next financial year?

2017/18 - £15,375 furniture

2017/18 - £32,800 white goods

However, these services are demand led and so it is difficult to predict trends.

  1. Which organisation currently holds the contract to deliver: 
    1. Residential/domestic furniture? The ReUse Centre, Bedford
    2. White goods? Family Fund Trading
  2. When is the contract for this provision due for renewal? March 2017 with the option to extend

 

  1. What is the standard cost to the Local Authority for the specific furniture and white goods items?

 Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1. States that the information requested is exempt information.

2.  Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section s43 (Commercial Interests) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

In applying this exemption (s) we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in disclosure. The factors we considered in deciding where the public interest lay are Commercial Confidentiality.

8.  Who is the main contact for procurements of this nature?

1.  Please provide email and telephone number. Community Welfare Manager - Community.Welfare@bedford.gov.uk 

(01234) 718003

17/2/17

 

10142

 

 

I am hoping that you are able to assist with an urgent freedom of information request.  Please provide me with the following information relating to staffing within the pharmacy department (all areas including: dispensary, clinical, aseptics, clinical trials, MI).

1. How many permanent staff are employed by the pharmacy department?

2. How many permanent vacancies are currently open/unfilled within the pharmacy department?

3. How many agency staff/locums are currently being used across the pharmacy department?

4. How many bank temps are being used across the pharmacy department?

5. During the 2015-2016 financial year, how much did the pharmacy department spend on temporary agency staff

6. During the 2015-2016 financial year, how much did the pharmacy department spend on temporary bank staff

7. During the 2015-2016 financial year, how much did the pharmacy department spend on permanent finders/introduction fees through recruitment agencies

8. Does the pharmacy department utilise frameworks for temporary staffing?  If so, which framework is of choice?

9.  Does the pharmacy department book agency staff direct with agencies or do all bookings run through a centralised temporary staffing team?

10. Does the pharmacy department work within a master vendor agreement or managed service agreement?

11.  Which agencies does the pharmacy department use for temporary/locum staff?

12.  Please provide me with the following contact names within the authority:

a)  The name of the senior manager (Chief Pharmacist/Director of Pharmacy) with overall responsibility for the pharmacy department.

b)  The name of the head of temporary staffing.

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information as we do not have a Pharmacy Department.

 

 

24/1/17

 

10143

 

I am sending this request about the commissioning of school nurses and health visitors under the Freedom of Information Act.

Part One – This relates to school nurses commissioned by your authority since local councils took responsibility for delivering and commissioning public health services for children and young people aged 5-19 in April 2013. Please include internal and external employees. Please provide:

1.  The number of school nurses (full time equivalent) commissioned by your authority on a) 1 April 2013 when your council took responsibility for this service, b) 1 April 2014, c) 1 April 2015, d) 1 April 2016, e) currently commissioned by your authority, as of 23 January 2017 (if numbers are not available for these exact dates please provide the closest date recorded).

2. The number of school nurses (full time equivalent) you plan to commission for the year 2017/18, if a budget has been set.

3.  The total budget for commissioning school nurses in your authority for each of the following years: a) 2013/14, b) 2014/15, c) 2015/16 and d) 2016/17.

4.   The budget for commissioning school nurses in your authority for the 2017/18 year, if a budget has been set.

Part Two – This relates to health visitors commissioned by your authority since local councils took over commissioning of the service from NHS England on 1 October 2015. Please include internal and external employees. Please provide:

1. The number of health visitors (full time equivalent) commissioned by your authority a) on 1 October 2015 when it took over commissioning of the service from NHS England, b) on 1 October 2016 and c) currently commissioned by your authority, as of 23 January 2017 (if numbers are not available for these exact dates please provide the closest date recorded).

2. The total budget for commissioning health visitors in your authority in each of the following years: a) 2015/2016 and b) 2016/17

3.  The budget for commission health visitors in your authority for the 2017/18 year, if a budget has been set.

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. 

1. The number of school nurses (full time equivalent) commissioned by Central Bedfordshire Council on behalf of Bedford Borough Council on:

a) 1 April 2013:  6.4 WTE members of staff plus 2 trainees

b) 1 April 2014:  8 WTE members of staff plus 2 trainees

c) 1 April 2015:  8 WTE members of staff

d) 1 April 2016:  8 WTE members of staff

e) Currently commissioned by Central Bedfordshire Council on behalf of Bedford Borough Council, as of 23 January 2017: 8 WTE members of staff

2.  The number of school nurses (full time equivalent) Central Bedfordshire Council plans to commission on behalf of Bedford Borough Council for the year 2017/18: 8 WTE members of staff.

3. The total budget for commissioning school nurses in Bedford Borough Council for each of the following years:

a) 2013/14 -  £503,460

b) 2014/15 - £503,460  

c) 2015/16 - £503,460

d) 2016/17 - £503,460

4.The budget for commissioning school nurses in Bedford Borough Council for the 2017/18 year: £503,460

Part Two – This relates to health visitors commissioned by your authority since local councils took over commissioning of the service from NHS England on 1 October 2015. Please include internal and external employees. Please provide:

1. The number of health visitors (full time equivalent) commissioned by Central Bedfordshire Council on behalf of Bedford Borough Council:

a) on 1 October 2015: 34.0 WTE members of staff

b) on 1 October 2016: 34.0 WTE members of staff

c) currently commissioned by Central Bedfordshire on behalf of Bedford Borough Council, as of 23 January 2017: 34.0 WTE members of staff

2. The total budget for commissioning health visitors in Bedford Borough Council in each of the following years:

a) 2015/2016 - £2,315,000

b) 2016/2017 - £2,315,000

3. The budget for commissioning health visitors in Bedford Borough Council for the 2017/18 year: £2,315,000  

Please note that Central Bedfordshire Council has responded separately in respect to the services delivered in the Central Bedfordshire area.

31/1/17

 

 10144

 

would like to know how much the applicant,  pay the Council for the order - that is the total  paid the Council (including the advertising costs shown separately please).

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.  The information you requested is as follows:

How much did the applicant pay the Council for the order - that is the total paid to the Council (including the advertising costs shown separately please)

Costs charged for the making of the Extinguishment Order are as follows :

Advertising of the Notice                      £146.25

Advertising of the Secretary of State Notice       £155.09

Staff costs for making of the order         £400.00

TOTAL costs charged to customer      £701.34

30/1/17

 

10145

 

In order to gauge the detailed picture across the UK at the moment, we are submitting this Freedom of Information request to ask:

(a)   The number of people awaiting the start of an initial package of domiciliary care on Monday 16th January 2017;

(b)The total number of hours of domiciliary care that have been approved but were unmet on Monday 16th  January 2017;

(c) The single longest number of days an individual had been awaiting the start of an initial package of domiciliary care on Monday  16th January 2017;

(d) Have you had any domiciliary care contracts handed back over the last 12 months, to Monday Jan 16th 2017?               

  

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

The number of people awaiting the start of an initial package of domiciliary care on Monday, 16th January, 2017. (To be clear, “domiciliary care” should include all homecare, including internal homecare services. And awaiting the start of an initial package means from the time an assessed package of care is placed with the brokerage team).

31 – this figure may be marginally higher whilst actual start dates of care packages were being arranged with our providers.

The total number of hours of domiciliary care that have been approved but were unmet on Monday, January 16th, 2017. (To be clear, we mean hours of care that have been assessed but not actually delivered). 396.75 hours.

The single longest number of days an individual had been awaiting the start of an initial package of domiciliary care on Monday, January 16th, 2017. (To be clear, this is from the time an assessed care package is placed with the brokerage team to the day before a 1st domiciliary care visit – if indeed that has taken place by the 16th).

261 days.

Have you had any domiciliary care contracts handed back over the last 12 months, to Monday, January 16th, 2017? (To be clear, we mean contracts handed back by the care provider because they can no longer fulfil them, NOT contracts no longer needed by the person requiring care)

3 domiciliary care agencies have handed packages back.

21/2/17

 

10146

 

When dealing with evicting travellers from council land, squatters in council commercial and residential properties:-

  1. How many “Orders for Possession” did you enforce in 2016?
  1. How many "Orders for Possession" were transferred to the High Court for enforcement in 2016?
  1. Can you please supply the name, job title, email address and telephone number for the person in your authority who deals with the enforcement of a court order for possession?
  1. Please can you supply the name, job title, email address and telephone number for the person in your authority who is Head of the Legal Department?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the Authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please find below the responses to your questions: 

When dealing with evicting travellers from council land, squatters in council commercial and residential properties:-

  1. How many “Orders for Possession” did you enforce in 2016?  2
  1. How many "Orders for Possession" were transferred to the High Court for enforcement in 2016?  1
  1. Can you please supply the name, job title, email address and telephone number for the person in your authority who deals with the enforcement of a court order for possession? 

Colin Tucker, Solicitor, colin.tucker@bedford.gov.uk 01234 276520

  1. Please can you supply the name, job title, email address and telephone number for the person in your authority who is Head of the Legal Department?

Mark Neale, Head of Legal Services, mark.neale@bedford.gov.uk 01234 276527

21/2/17

 

10147

 

Please provide the sum total of pension fund investments, and full details of what the Council Pension Fund currently invests in, including the full name and amounts of each fund, bond, institution or investment held, by asset class/ category, for the 2015/16 financial year.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.Please find attached spreadsheet with the requested information.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

25/1/17

 

10148

 

Please can you tell me how many schools you visited in order to moderate KS2 writing in 2016?

Please can you tell me how many schools appealed against the moderator’s decision in 2016?

If a school appealed, please can you tell me how many pupils’ results were appealed against?

What judgement was disputed in each of these appeals?

(ie. school said working at greater depth but lea said working at expected standard. Or school said working at expected standard but lea said working towards expected standard).

Please can you tell me the outcome of these appeals (the school decision stands, the local authority decision stands, the appeal was escalated to a third moderator).

Do you have a third moderator in place?

If so, how many teacher assessments of pupils writing did the third moderator make a judgement on?

What was the outcome of these judgements?

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

-    Please can you tell me how many schools you visited in order to moderate KS2 writing in 2016?

Answer: 11 schools were moderated at KS2

-    Please can you tell me how many schools appealed against the moderator’s decision in 2016?

Answer: 0 schools appealed the moderators’ decision

-  If a school appealed, please can you tell me how many pupils’ results were appealed against?

Answer: N/A

-  What judgement was disputed in each of these appeals? (ie. school said working at greater depth but lea said working at expected standard. Or school said working at expected standard but lea said working towards expected standard).

     Please can you tell me the outcome of these appeals (the school decision stands, the local authority decision stands, the appeal was escalated to a third moderator).

Answer: N/A

-   Do you have a third moderator in place?

Answer: We have a team of 11 moderators who quality assure each other’s work as a matter of course.

-   If so, how many teacher assessments of pupils writing did the third moderator make a judgement on?

Answer: N/A

- What was the outcome of these judgements?

Answer: N/A

1/2/17

 

10149

 

Please find some questions which I would like responses from under the Freedom of Information Act.

1) Is recycling compulsory in your council?

2)  Do you issue fines connected with recycling?

3)  Please list all circumstances when people can be fined in connection with recycling.

4) Do you fine people for putting the wrong item in the recycling, or the wrong product in the wrong bin?

5) If applicable how much money have you made from fines connected with recycling?

a) Please provide data for the last 2 full 12 months.

6) If applicable how much money  have you made specifically from people putting the wrong item in the recycling or the wrong product in the wrong bin?

a) Please provide data for the last 2 full 12 months.

7) If applicable, how much money have you made from fining people who do not recycle?

a) Please provide data for the last 2 full 12 months.

Thank you for your request for information about Recycling which we received on 25 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1)      Is recycling compulsory in your council? - No

2)      Do you issue fines connected with recycling? - No

3)      Please list all circumstances when people can be fined in connection with recycling – Not Applicable.

4)      Do you fine people for putting the wrong item in the recycling, or the wrong product in the wrong bin? – No

5)      If applicable how much money have you made from fines connected with recycling? – Not Applicable.

a)      Please provide data for the last 2 full 12 months. – Not Applicable

6)      If applicable how much money  have you made specifically from people putting the wrong item in the recycling or the wrong product

 in the wrong bin? – Not Applicable

a)      Please provide data for the last 2 full 12 months. – Not Applicable

7)      If applicable, how much money have you made from fining people who do not recycle? – Not Applicable

a)      Please provide data for the last 2 full 12 months. – Not Applicable

1/2/17

 

10150

 

- Please can you inform me of the number of people currently on your housing waiting list?
- What is the average length of time an individual spends on your council's housing waiting list before they are housed in permanent accommodation?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do not hold the information you requested.

Please note this information is held by Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) as the Council transferred the housing stock to them in 1989. They can be contacted at info@bpha@org.uk however please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

 

22/2/17

 

10151

 

 Will you please provide me with this information about arrangements that the Council has in place for highway maintenance services?
Who is the Head of Highways (within the Council)?
Does the Council Have a Term Maintenance Contract? Yes / No
Which company operates the Term Maintenance Contract?
Who is the Head of this contract from the TMC Company?
What date did it Start?
What date will it end?
What is the value for the whole contract?
Any other comments?

Thank you for your request for information about Highways Maintenance Services which we received on 24 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Who is the Head of Highways (within the Council)? is Brian Hayward.

Does the Council Have a Term Maintenance Contract? - No

Which company operates the Term Maintenance Contract? – Not applicable as services brought in-house.

Who is the Head of this contract from the TMC Company? – Not applicable

What date did it Start? – Not applicable

What date will it end? – Not applicable

What is the value for the whole contract? – Not applicable

30/1/17

 

10152

 

RE:Pipit Rise, Bedford,

Please could you supply the following Con29 information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:

Con29 3.3Drainage is the property served by sustainable urban drainage system/ Are there any SuDs featured within the boundary of the property? If yes, is the owner responsible for maintenance?
Con29 3.7Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters exist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry herein:

b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; (f) public healthor (g)flood and costal erosion risk management?

Con29 3.11Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29 3.12Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property) –

(a) a contaminated land notice;

(b) in relation to a register maintained under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(5) –

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

(c) consultation with the owner or occupier of the property conducted under section 78G(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(6) before the service of a remediation notice?

Thank you for your request for information. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. 

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

1/2/17

 

10153

 

Please can I have information relating to the following point(s):

- How many war veterans have been supplied with permanent accommodation via the council's housing waiting list since the start of 2015?

- How many refugees and asylum seekers have been given accommodation within your council's boundary since the start of 2015 under Section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999?

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do not hold the information you requested.

How many war veterans have been supplied with permanent accommodation via the council's housing waiting list since the start of 2015?

Please note this information is held by Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) as the Council transferred the housing stock to them in 1989. They can be contacted at info@bpha@org.uk however please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

How many refugees and asylum seekers have been given accommodation within your council's boundary since the start of 2015 under Section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999?

We do not hold this information.

21/2/17

 

10154

Please provide me with an up to date Organisational Structure chart for all I.T middle management including all manager NAMES, contact details and job titles.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please find attached the Organisational Chart for IT and note that the Head of ICT Operations, Rughbir Singh is the contact for all areas within IT. Email address: Rughbir.Singh@bedford.gov.uk

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

7/2/17

 

10155

 

A short survey of urban design skills / resources within local planning authorities nationally, and how they have changed over the last five years.

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

The information has been provided via Survey as requested.

15/2/17

 

10156

 

I would be grateful if you could supply me with information concerning any private groundwater abstractions which are present within a 1km radius of the sites listed below.

RE: Great North Road, Bedford,

If possible, for each abstraction please could you supply:

*  Details of the name, address and / or grid reference of each groundwater abstraction;

*  What it is used for (e.g. drinking water, agriculture, irrigation);

* Date of commencement of abstraction (and if it remains active);

* The main aquifer unit that groundwater is abstracted from

 

Thank you for your request for information about  Great North Road, Bedford which we received on 26th January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please be informed that we are not aware of any private water extractions in the vicinity of the site.

 

22/2/17

 

10157

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

Edith Avenue bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

1/2/17

 

10158

 

A copy of the councils  formal maternity, paternity, parental and/or adoption leave policy for all councillors.

If the council does not have a formal maternity, paternity, parental and/or adoption leave policy for all councillors, does the council have any other means by which it would make provision for a councillor who had recently given birth or become a carer for a child?

Does the council have a formal maternity, paternity, parental and/or adoption leave policy for councillors who are entitled to a Special Responsibility Allowance? If so, please provide a copy of that policy.

If the council does not have a formal maternity, paternity, parental and/or adoption leave policy for councillors who are entitled to a Special Responsibility Allowance, does the council have any other means by which it would make provision for a such a councillor who had recently given birth or become a carer for a child?

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. You requested:

A copy of the councils formal maternity, paternity, parental and/or adoption leave policy for all councillors.

We do not have any such policies for Councillors.

If the council does not have a formal maternity, paternity, parental and/or adoption leave policy for all councillors, does the council have any other means by which it would make provision for a councillor who had recently given birth or become a carer for a child?

Does the council have a formal maternity, paternity, parental and/or adoption leave policy for councillors who are entitled to a Special Responsibility Allowance? If so, please provide a copy of that policy.

There are no other provisions made as this has not arisen to date:

20/2/17

 

10159

 

 Under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, when anyone in the area passes away and there is no one else willing or able to pay, the local authority for that area must make the necessary arrangements for a public health funeral. Local authorities will do everything in their power to try and locate living relatives or friends of the deceased and, wherever possible, offer the responsibility of making arrangements to them.
1. Please can you tell me how many public health funerals have been carried out each year for the last three years? From 2014-2015. From 2015-2016.  From 2016-2017?    
2. Please can you tell me how much these funerals have cost for the last three years? From 2014-2015. From 2015-2016.  From 2016-2017?
3. Please can you tell me if you record the reason why a public health funeral was required? If there were family and friends who were unwilling or unable to pay or if the deceased person had no family or friends that you were able to contact?

Please find below the information you have requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

1. Please can you tell me how many public health funerals have been carried out each year for the last three years? From 2014-2015. From 2015-2016.  From 2016-2017?   

2014-15     13 
2015-16     18 
2016-17     12 (to date)

2. Please can you tell me how much these funerals have cost for the last three years? From 2014-2015. From 2015-2016.  From 2016-2017?
2014-15      £6,945 
2015-16      £6,823 
2016-17       £3,298 (to date)

3. Please can you tell me if you record the reason why a public health funeral was required? If there were family and friends who were unwilling or unable to pay or if the deceased person had no family or friends that you were able to contact? If you do not collect this information please let me know.
We only record if there is a next of kin.   The reason why a public health is requested is not recorded.

14/2/17

 

10160

 

I formally request, under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, that you provide me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1.     Your risk assessment, design and access statement and maintenance policy for the All Hallows car park.

2.     Would you please confirm that this car park conforms to the Institution of Structural Engineers’ publication “Design Recommendations for Multi-storey and Underground Car Parks”

3.     How many other incidents of this kind have been reported to you.

4.     Please confirm that this car park complies fully with the Health and Safety Executive Guidelines with respect to parking hazard warnings.

5. Please tell me when the last inspection of the car park took place and may I have a copy of the findings?

Thank you for clarifying your request for information about Allhallows Car Park which we received on 6 February 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Your risk assessment, design and access statement and maintenance policy for the All Hallows car park.

Allhallows car park has been operating since the early 1960s. In this time the actual function of how drivers utilise the car park has not altered and bays are still in the same arrangement. From this perspective there are no risk assessments specific to the manner in which you have requested. During subsequent refurbishment works, as the layout of the bays was not altering, it was not deemed necessary to create risk assessments to assess this due to their existing operation of approximately 50 years. You are correct in your statement that all signs used should reflect as far as possible those prescribed within the Traffic Sign Regulations and General Directions and accompanying Traffic Sign Manuals as this gives users a consistent message that they will easily recognise. These documents are specific to the highways and low headroom for bridges for which high sided vehicles require warning if their journey will be obstructed.

In addition to this, they would be used on pedestrian routes to inform pedestrians of a low headroom under which they are passing. These signs would be utilised on private car parks and other areas.  However in the instance of Allhallows car park, where your damage occurred, these are not relevant as this is not a route through which pedestrians or vehicles pass.

We feel that the use of a white paint against the black wall clearly indicates that there is a change of surface here. A design and access statement was not required for the refurbishment works. There are no records relating to a design and access statement for the original building.   Our policy on repairs is to undertake repairs or renewals that pose a risk to health or safety. 

Would you please confirm that this car park conforms to the Institution of Structural Engineers’ publication “Design Recommendations for Multi-storey and Underground Car Parks”

Whilst the car park design and construction pre-dates the earliest version of this document by about 17 years, if you view pages 23 (Fig 3.3) and 48 (Fig 5.11) you will see photographs showing car parks similar in nature to Allhallows with the adjoining floor overhang without any additional signage.

How many other incidents of this kind have been reported to you.

Please see attached Incident Report

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

Please confirm that this car park complies fully with the Health and Safety Executive Guidelines with respect to parking hazard warnings.

 

The HSE issue guidance on parking, however these relate to Workplace Transport (providing parking on sites), vehicles at work and advice on horizontal swing car park barriers. Given this, we can confirm that there are no guidelines published by the HSE specific to the example you are requesting.

 

Would you please tell me when the last inspection of the car park took place and may I have a copy of the findings?

 

The car park was fully refurbished in 2014 and formal inspection is planned later for this year.

 

 

6/3/17

 

10161

 

Does your Local Authority commission a weight management service, such as Weight Watchers/Slimming World etc and subsidise/provide this free to the public on prescription from their GP for a period of time?

Part B – Please answer the questions in  which relate to people who were referred to the programme at least 12 months ago.

How long does the Local Authority/commissioner subsidise this programme for social prescribing (in weeks)?

Number of weeks the public are able to obtain this support via a GP referral without cost to themselves/as a subsidised package

About the participants                   

                                        

Number of participants

Number of men and women who enrol in the intervention broken down by gender                            

Mean age                           

Average age of participants at the start of the intervention broken down by gender                                              

Mean starting BMI                         

The average BMI of participants when starting on the intervention       

                                       

About your intervention                                              

                                               

Uptake period 

The time before full uptake of the intervention is achieved, the time period between the first and last participant being recruited              

Drop outs (percent) (men & women)

The percentage of individuals who enrol on the programme who do not complete it.                                              

Reduction in BMI

The average reduction in BMI for people who complete the intervention

                                                            

Time taken to achieve reduction

The average time between starting on the intervention and achieving the final weight reduction

             

Duration of maximum weight loss

The average time the maximum weight loss is maintained

The number of people sustaining weight loss at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after completion of the subsidised/free weight loss sessions as a percentage of the total number of people referred to the programme in the past 18 months                                     

Costs of Intervention                               

                                          

Cost to Local Authority (£s) 

       Costs to NHS (£ 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.  Please see our response attached.

 

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

 7/2/17

 

10162

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

 Bury Walk Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

1/2/17

 

10163

 

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Please would you tell me:

1. A list of the top 10 highest-paid interim staff as of January 27, 2017.

Please would you provide:

a) Their daily rate

b) position

c) time in post

Applicant did not respond to request for clarification

 

10164

 

Please would you tell me:

1. The number of looked after children who had a missing incident in 

a) 2015

b) 2016

2. The number of missing periods of looked after children that lasted more than 30 days in 

a) 2015

b) 2016

For this question, please detail how long each missing period was.

3. The ages and genders of the top five looked after children to have had the most missing incidents in 2016.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1. The number of looked after children who had a missing incident in 

a) 2015 Answer: 31 children

b) 2016 Answer: 55 children

2. The number of missing periods of looked after children that lasted more than 30 days in 

a) 2015 *suppressed due to low numbers

b) 2016 *suppressed due to low numbers

For this question, please detail how long each missing period was.

3. The ages and genders of the top five looked after children to have had the most missing incidents in 2016. *suppressed due to low numbers

*  Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1.   States that this is exempt information.

2.   Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 40 (Personal Information) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

We are unable to provide the exact figure (5 or fewer) or any further information due to low numbers in the cohort and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.

2/2/17

 

10165

 

  1. Can you please provide the Name, Email address and Direct Line for the following members of the Senior Management Team?

 

Chief Executive

Head of Finance/Director of Finance

IT Director/CIO (Chief Information Officer)

Director of Adult Social Care

Director of Children's Social Care

 

2 What was the council’s overall IT budget for 2015/16 (split by capital and revenue)?

3 What is the council’s overall IT budget for 2016/17 (split by capital and revenue)?

4 What is the name, supplier, value of contract and contract expiry of the Adult Social Care IT System your organisation is using?

5 What is the name, supplier, value of contract and contract expiry of the Children's Social Care IT System your organisation is using?

6 Does your organisation have a Cyber Security strategy?

7 Has your organisation suffered disruption of access to data and/or systems as result of a cyber attack in the past 12 months?

8 Does your organisation have a SIRO (Senior Information Risk Owner)? If yes, what is his/her name and contact details?

9 Does your organisation have a Caldicott Guardian? If yes, what is his/her name and contact details?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1Can you please provide the Name, Email address and Direct Line for the following members of the Senior Management Team?

Chief Executive

Head of Finance/Director of Finance

IT Director/CIO (Chief Information Officer)

Director of Adult Social Care

Director of Children's Social Care

I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested above

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1. States that above is exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (information available to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please click here for the link on contact details

2  What was the council’s overall IT budget for 2015/16 (split by capital and revenue)? Capital £1,139,000 and Revenue £2,945,000

3 What is the council’s overall IT budget for 2016/17 (split by capital and revenue)? Capital £1,139,000 and Revenue £3,139,000

4 What is the name, supplier, value of contract and contract expiry of the Adult Social Care IT System your organisation is using? Swift System (supplier Northgate), contract expiry 30th April 2017 (with extension provision).  Annual maintenance value £65,600.00

5.      What is the name, supplier, value of contract and contract expiry of the Children's Social Care IT System your organisation is using? AzeusCare Software (supplier Azeus UK Ltd), contract expiry 30th July 2017 (with extension provision).  Annual maintenance value is £72,000.00

6 Does your organisation have a Cyber Security strategy? No

7 Has your organisation suffered disruption of access to data and/or systems as result of a cyber attack in the past 12 months? No

8 Does your organisation have a SIRO (Senior Information Risk Owner)? If yes, what is his/her name and contact details? Barbara Morris contact details Barbara.morris@bedford.gov.uk

9 Does your organisation have a Caldicott Guardian? If yes, what is his/her name and contact details? Simon White is the Caldicott Guardian contact details simon.white@bedford.gov.uk 

23/2/17

 

10166

 

I am requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1. Please list any Local Authority Trading Companies (LATCs) that the council has owned (or partly owned) at any point since January 2010 (including those it has since closed or divested itself of) that are (or were) in any way concerned with adult social care services. Please include the company registration number for each company (as per Companies House).

If the response to question 1 is "none", please proceed straight to question  7.

2. For each company listed in response to question 1, please state when the company was created, and whether and when it was divested/dissolved

3. For each company listed in response to question 1, please list all the contracts the council has had with the company, including the full-term value of each contract, and what each contract was for

4. For each company listed in response to question 1, please supply the business case for the creation of the company

5. For each company listed in response to question 1, please list any contracts the company holds with other councils.

6. Please state whether the council is ultimately legally responsible for the debts of any LATCs listed in response to question 1.

7. Please list any LATCs the council currently owns that are not concerned with adult social care services. Please include the company registration number for each company.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

In response to your questions:-

Q1 - None

Q2-6 – N/A

However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested please list any LATCs the council currently owns that are not concerned with adult social care services. Please include the company registration number for each company.”

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1.  States that the above is exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (information is accessible by other means to the applicant) of the FOI Act (FOIA). The information you require can be viewed at the following link:-

Please click here for the information LATCs Council

14/2/17

10167

 

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 about the budget for public parks and open spaces, including the open spaces as defined by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 S336.

Can you please acknowledge receipt of my request and disclose:

1) Parks budget in each of the last three financial years, in real terms.

2) For each of the last three financial years, how many commercial bookings have been made for each park, and the total number of days this equates to. And how many of those have led to a park, in whole or in part, being closed to the public - unless they pay.

3) What minimum standards does the council have in terms of park and green space maintenance, security, access, etc., and how many parks and green spaces fall below those standards?

Thank you for your request for information about budget for parks which we received on 30 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information you requested below in bold:

1)   Parks budget in each of the last three financial years, in real terms.

2015-2016         £869,970

2014-2015         £872,920

2013-2014         £888,500

2)   For each of the last three financial years, how many commercial bookings have been made for each park, and the total number of days this equates to. And how many of those have led to a park, in whole or in part, being closed to the public - unless they pay. - Bedford Park over the last 3 years has had 5 separate commercial bookings resulting to 28 days where part of the park was closed off, of these 28 days 13 were performing days where people had to pay to get access.

Priory CP has had one event where small part of the park was closed off for 3 weeks for a beach event.  The council also has circus attending 5 times a year at Addison Howard Park and Everard Meadow the results in 35 days where part of the park is closed off. Of the 35 days 20 were performing days where people had to pay to get access.   

3)   What minimum standards does the council have in terms of park and green space maintenance, security, access, etc., and how many parks and green spaces fall below those standards? - None of our parks currently falls below the standard we as council set.  In fact a number of our parks achieve Green Flag status.  

13/2/14

 

10168

 

Please could you tell me how much compensation has been paid out over the past 5 years to child abuse victims (sexual and physical) who were abused in local authority schools and children's homes?
Please show the total number of victims for each calendar year and where possible the individual amounts paid to each victim.
Please break down the figures for each calendar year, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested, which is below:

-        2012      Nil

-        2013      Nil

-        2014      Nil

-        2015      Nil

-        2016      Nil

31/1/17

 

10169

 

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 about the strategy for public parks and open spaces, including the open spaces as defined by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 S336.

1) A copy of your parks and green spaces strategy?

2) Has the council met with or otherwise consulted any third parties about the funding, ownership, maintenance &/or staffing of parks and green spaces and, if so, who did you meet, when and why?

Thank you for your request for information about the strategy for public parks and open spaces which we received on 30 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1) A copy of your parks and green spaces strategy?

Please see link below where you will find information about the Councils Parks and Green Space facilities. There is also information about the Green Flag Scheme and the awards for our parks as well as the Green Space Strategy 2012 – 2021.

2) Has the council met with or otherwise consulted any third parties about the funding, ownership, maintenance &/or staffing of parks and green spaces and, if so, who did you meet, when and why?

We have regular friends groups and volunteering groups in our parks which help us undertake maintenance.  Please see the link here for further information:

 

1/2/17

 

10170

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

 Orchard Street Kempston

Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

1/2/17

 

10171

 

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

 Bishop Mead Shortstown

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

1/2/17

 

10172

 

Please can you send me the name and the email address for:
Children Social Services Lead and
Head of Child Protection

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Children Social Services Lead

Answer:  Darryl Freeman – Assistant Director (Children’s and Young People’s Safeguarding) – Chief Social Worker – Email: Darryl.Freeman@bedford.gov.uk

Head of Child Protection
Answer: Alex Kubeyinje – Head of Social Work – alex.kubeyinje@bedford.gov.uk

 2/2/17

 

10173

 

Could I please request the following information from you:

1. The list of HMO's in the county. Please could you detail the HMO address, the landlords name and their address in excel or word format please.

2. A list of the long term empty properties within the council area 3. A list of any property owners who have fallen behind on mortgage problems and may have had court hearings on this issue.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1. The list of HMO's in the county. Please could you detail the HMO address, the landlords name and their address in excel or word format please. – Attached

2. A list of the long term empty properties within the council area. –

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1. States that the information requested is exempt information.

2.  Specifies, that the exemptions in question are contained within Sections 40 (Personal Information) and 31 (Law enforcement) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

The Council has concluded that the information relating to properties where the Council Tax payer is an individual is confidential personal information that is exempt on the basis of Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act.

The Council also considers that the information in relation to all the properties is exempt under Section 31 which is concerned with increased crime. The Council is particularly concerned about the high level of thefts of valuable metals and that publishing a list of empty properties will encourage thefts of this type.

3. A list of any property owners who have fallen behind on mortgage problems and may have had court hearings on this issue. – Do not hold information.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

22/2/17

 

10174

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please can you provide me with the information in relation to business rates accounts in your area : (Please note : we are not requesting data of any companies that are a sole trader or an individual and only require information relating to Limited companies)

(a) Addresses of all commercial properties that currently have a credit on their account above £1,000.
(b) The names and addresses of the ratepayer of the property referred to in (a)  if they are NOT a sole trader or individual.
(c) The amount by which the account is in credit
(d) The rating year that the credit arose

(e) The date the information was generated from your system

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
You requested information on Business rates as stated in your e-mail below.
 Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that the Business Rates data sets information requested is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA). 
An explanation follows below:
The Business Rates data sets are now published on the website.

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

Written on and off – At least quarterly (possibly six monthly)

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

28/2/17

 

10175

 

 1. Do you have a sample medical conditions policy – Yes/No

 If no, please state a reason

2. If you have a sample medical conditions policy

i)  Has it been shared with maintained schools your local authority is responsible for?

ii) How many of those schools have adopted your template policy?

iii) When was the last time it was shared with schools?

iv) What training have you offered to support schools?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1. Do you have a sample medical conditions policy – Yes/No:

Answer: Yes

If no, please state a reason: n/a

2. If you have a sample medical conditions policy

Has it been shared with maintained schools your local authority is responsible for?Answer: Yes in April 2016 an email was sent out from the Assistant Director – Education and Early Help (Chief Education Officer) to all schools, the policy was also advertised in the schools Aspire e-newsletter in April 2016 and the Summer 2016 Governor newsletter.

How many of those schools have adopted your template policy?

Answer: We are unable to answer this question, H&S audits conducted for maintained schools ask if they have a managing medicines policy, but do not specify the format of the policy.

When was the last time it was shared with schools?

Answer: As above April 2016, but available at all times through the internet school secure webpage area.

What training have you offered to support schools?

Answer: Managing Medicines training is offered through the Training for Schools brochure, which is available on the Council’s internet site.

Please could you include a copy of this template in your response or a link to where it can be found online.

Answer: Copy attached.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

7/2/17

 

10176

 

I would like to know the following information:

-    Since August 2012 have you had to close any sporting facilities, if so, how many?

-   How much money did you annually spend on sport in 2012?

-   How much money do you annually spend on sport now?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

The variance between 2012/2013 to 2016/2017, is due to the contracting out of leisure services and savings relating to the contract.  The contract runs for 10 years from 1 February 2014.  No facilities were closed to achieve this saving.

How much money did you annually spend on sport in 2012? 
2012/2013 Actuals       £1,532,000        
How much money do you annually spend on sport now?  
2016/2017 Budget     £205,000      

22/2/17

 

10177

 

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for a copy of a map showing the boundaries of Bedford Borough Council area, in sufficient detail to enable determination as to whether a particular address comes under the jurisdiction of Bedford Borough Council. The Council presumably has the information on where the boundaries lie with sufficient detail to enable the council to provide services like road maintenance/rubbish collection etc. 

 

Thank you for your request for information about a map showing the boundaries of Bedford Borough Council area which we received on 31 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

There are Online Maps available on the authority’s website which can be located here

1/2/17

 

10178

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

The Crescent  Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

1/2/17

 

10179

 

I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/10/2016 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/10/2016, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details.

This should include deaths of any clients whose affairs are managed by the Councils Safeguarding or Deputy-ship Teams, where applicable.

Please also supply a list of any Public Health Act Funerals carried out from the above date (also known as Welfare or Environmental Health Act funerals) if this does not form part of your reply to the above. This should include funerals carried out by the council or on behalf of any third party..

Please include as much of the following information as you are able to:

1.       the deceased's full names

2.       the date they died

3.       the approximate value of their estate

4.       their date and place of birth or age at death

5.       whether or not they were married, divorced, single, or widowed

6.       the maiden surnames of married females or widows

7.       their  address at death

8.       the date when a referral was made of this estate to any other 3rd party or body to research or administer and the name of the 3rd party concerned.

9.       If a referral to a 3rd party or body  has not yet been made could you advise of the case details as above too.

10.  If a case referral to a 3rd party or body is still  undecided or awaiting referral, please also advise of details of the case as above.

Further to your request for information dated 16/1/17, I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1. States that the above is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(Information accessible to applicant by other means) Please see link for Public Health Funerals

 

23/2/17

 

10180

 

Under the general requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would be grateful if you would provide the following information in relation to Bushmead Road, and in particular the section between the Duloe turn and Eaton Socon

I would be obliged if you could please provide the following;

o    Dates of all safety inspections undertaken on the carriageway in the last two years

o    Details of all carriageway defects identified during safety inspections in the last two years

o    Details of how carriageway safety inspections are undertaken, including whether walked or driven, the speed of the inspection vehicle and the number of persons in the vehicle.

o    The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections.

o    Details of all complaints and/or enquiries relating to the carriageway, received in the last two years

o    The hierarchy classification.

o    The road/section number.

o    The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to the identification of all categories of carriageway potholes (in other words, this means how they define a pothole as requiring attention)

o    The time period(s) adopted between identification and repair (temporary and permanent) of all categories of carriageway defects.

o    Whether or not the authority has formally adopted all or part of the standards contained within the national code of practice for highways maintenance management.

Thank you for your request for information in relation to road safety inspections for Bushmead Road which we received on 1 February 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The Information you requested is as follows:

Prior to 1 April 2016 highways safety inspections and maintenace for rural areas were contracted out to Amey, and safety inspections were recorded electronically.  As from 1 April 2016, Bedford Borough Council brought all highways safety inspections and maintenance for rural areas in-house and these are now carried out by the Council’s Highways Inspectors.  Due to a change in computer software from 1 April 2016, all rural safety inspections are currently being recorded manually.

When safety inspections are carried out this involves inspecting other areas on that route.  The attached safety inspection records threrefore consist of areas other than just Bushmead Road.

Dates of all safety inspections undertaken on the carriageway in the last two years.

Please see attached reports titled Inspections

Details of all carriageway defects identified during safety inspections in the last two years.

All carriageway defects are shown on the relevant Inspections reports attached.

Details of how carriageway safety inspections are undertaken, including whether walked or driven, the speed of the inspection vehicle and the number of persons in the vehicle

Inspections are driven at 15-20mph in a liveried vehicle, by two Highways Inspectors, one driving with the second person recording and marking up defects.

The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections.

Prior to 1 April 2016 the route was inspected every 3 months.  From 1 April 2016 the route is now inspected monthly.

Details of all complaints and/or enquiries relating to the carriageway, received in the last two years.

Please see attached Customer Reports

The hierarchy classification.

The road hierarchy classification is - 4a Link Road

The road/section number.

C/300263/78.  Please also see attached Road Map

The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to the identification of all categories of carriageway potholes (in other words, this means how they define a pothole as requiring attention)

The defect intervention criteria adopted for Category 1 potholes is that it must be a minimum of 50mm depth, 150mm wide and have a vertical face.  All other potholes are categorised as Category 2. 

The time period(s) adopted between identification and repair (temporary and permanent) of all categories of carriageway defects.

Category 1 defects are made safe or repaired within 24hrs and Category 2 defects are repaired within 28 days.

Whether or not the authority has formally adopted all or part of the standards contained within the national code of practice for highways maintenance management.Yes the Authority has adopted The National Code of Practice.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

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