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9738

 

Please supply the information about me I am entitled to under the Data Protection Act 1998 relating to: X

·  your personnel file;

·    Number of searches Council has carried out (from 2007 to date);

·  Number of complaints received by the council regarding search untaken by the council (At various addresses) 2007 to date.

·  Number of complaints upheld and what actions taken

· Number of complaints not upheld and reasons why

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 some of the information requested for the reasons set out below.

In this letter you have asked the Council to supply information about the following;

1.     Personnel file

Information held in a personnel file is personal data. Where the information requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) concerns a third party and disclosure would breach Principle One of the Data Protection Principles (personal information must be fairly and lawfully processed) the information is exempt from the requirements of the FOIA.  Therefore, pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act the Council;

a.States that personal data is exempt information.

b.     Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section S40 (2)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Therefore, I am unable to accept your request for a personnel file

2.     Number of searches Council has carried out (from 2007 to date);

I have presumed that your question relates to searches of properties carried out in connection with suspected Council Tax Benefit/Support offences.  The Council does not have any powers to carry out searches in connection with suspected Council Tax Benefit/Support offences and has not conducted any searches during the period referred to in your letter.

The Council may, on occasion, assist the Police with searching a property where the Police have determined that a search is appropriate.  In order to determine the number of occasions on which the Council has assisted the Police it would be necessary to manually review each investigation file.  It would take it in excess of 18 hours to review the investigation files. 

This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour.  The Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it.” If the period of time was reduced where information was requested then it is likely some research could be carried out.

Therefore, I am unable to comply with this item of your request.

3.     Number of complaints received by the council regarding search untaken by the council (At various addresses) 2007 to date.

The Council’s records of formal complaints it has received record one instance of a complaint made regarding a search of a property involving participation by Council officers.

4.     Number of complaints upheld and what actions takenNone.

5.     Number of complaints not upheld and reasons why

One.  This is the complaint you yourself submitted and I would refer you to previous correspondence from the Council in respect of this complaint.

29/11/16

 

9739

 

 
  1. The amount of money spent on official council Christmas decorations and/or lights for Christmas 2015;
  2. The amount of money that will be spent on official council Christmas decorations and/or lights for Christmas 2016;
  3. The amount of money spent on official council Christmas light “switch on” events for Christmas 2015, including the booking of any individuals to switch on the lights; and
  4. The amount of money that will be spent on official council Christmas light “switch on” events for Christmas 2016, including the booking of any individuals to switch on the lights.

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 below in bold

  1. The amount of money spent on official council Christmas decorations and/or lights for Christmas 2015; - £45,000
  2. The amount of money that will be spent on official council Christmas decorations and/or lights for Christmas 2016; - £45,000
  3. The amount of money spent on official council Christmas light “switch on” events for Christmas 2015, including the booking of any individuals to switch on the lights; and - £14,000
  4. The amount of money that will be spent on official council Christmas light “switch on” events for Christmas 2016, including the booking of any individuals to switch on the lights. - Budget of £15,000

15/11/16

 

9740 -9741

 

 

RE:  Rope Leys, Shortstown, Bedford,

RE:  Foster Hill Road, Bedford,

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

Con29 3.3 Drainage 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 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29 3.12 Do 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

10/11/169

 

9742

Taxi Licensing: FOI request for information about use by private hire operators of IVR (Interactive Voice Recognition) telephone systems

As the licensing authority for hackney carriages and private hire licensing, can you please answer the three following questions:

(1) Does your Council permit private hire operators to use IVR telephone systems to accept bookings for a private hire vehicle?

(2) If the answer to (1) is ‘yes’, does the Council permit the IVR telephone system to offer a caller the opportunity to select a journey from either: (a) only a series of pick-up points or (b) by specifying a series of full journeys with the pick-up and destination locations?

(3) If the answer to (1) is ‘yes’, since when (an approximate date will be acceptable, if a precise date is neither known or readily identifiable from records) has the Council allowed the use of IVR telephone systems?

 

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. 

 

22/11/16

 

9743

 

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

Kempston

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

 

9/11/16

 

9744

 

The following information is requested in relation to HMO licensing consultations.

· How many mandatory HMO, additional HMO and selective licences have been issued in each of the last 5 calendar years (2011-15)

· What is the average length of time to process each type of licence application for the 5-year period?

· How many applications that are up to 3 months old; 3-6 months old; 7-12 months; older than a year, where a licensed has not been issued?

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council on licensed Houses in Multiple Occupation within Bedford Borough. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists. I can confirm that Regulatory Services does hold the information you requested which is included with below. . 
1.How many mandatory HMO, additional HMO and selective licences have been issued in each of the last 5 calendar years (2011-15)?

 Mandatory HMO            Additional HMO
 Licenses issued.           Licenses issued.
2015              0                  155
2014            1                   180
2013            7                     29
2012             6         Additional licensing scheme
                                 did not begin until 2013.
2011               44      Additional licensing scheme
                                  did not begin until 2013.


2.What is the average length of time to process each type of licence application for the 5-year period?

The time taken varies depending upon a range of factors including applications being submitted without the necessary accompanying documents, delays in payment being made or specified works not being completed on properties.  Most of these factors are outside of our control and it is not possible, therefore, to provide a meaningful answer to this question.

3.How many applications that are up to 3 months old; 3-6 months old; 7-12 months; older than a year, where a licensed has not been issued?


 No. of Mandatory                       No. of Additional
 HMO applications                   HMO applications
     
Applications
up to 3
months old             0                    0
3-6 months            16                   0
7-12  months          0                    1
Applications
 older than a year     0                  17
License not issued  0                    0

 

29/11/16

 

9745

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would be very grateful if you could provide me with the following information:

·  The total cost the local authority spent on supply teachers in each academic year since 2010/2011

·  The average daily rate of a supply teacher each academic year since 2010/2011

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 and in the attached spreadsheet:

Please contact

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

This data has been obtained from the Department for Education (DfE) COLLECT Portal following the submission of Bedford Borough Council’s maintained schools Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) returns for each of the financial years 2010/2011 to 2015/2016 inclusive.

We do not hold this data for academies or free schools. Where schools convert to academy the data that is reported on the COLLECT Portal is for the period from 1 April to the point the school ceases to be maintained by the local authority.

The data supplied is the total spend for CFR codes E02 (Supply Teaching Staff) and E26 (Agency Supply Teaching Staff). This has been presented in an excel spreadsheet and contains data at individual school level for nursery, primary, secondary and special schools maintained by the local authority.  

 

The local authority does not hold details or data on the average daily rate of a supply teacher as this will vary depending on a teacher’s level of experience and expertise. This information can be obtained by contacting the individual schools directly

 

15/11/16

 

9746

 

 

My request relates to your trading standards department.

I would like to request the following;

1.      For each of the last five financial years,  2011/12 – 2015/16, how many complaints has your trading standards department received about secondary ticketing websites?
2. For each of the last five financial years how many investigations have your trading standards department carried out into secondary ticketing websites?
3. How many of these resulted in prosecutions?

 

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;

1) For each of the last five financial years, 2011/12 – 2015/16, how many

complaints has your trading standards department received about secondary

ticketing websites.

No complaints have been received in the period requested, therefore the answer to the remaining questions is also 0.

 23/11/16

 

9747

 

I would like the following

No of times BBC have taken photos of vehicles correctly parked with a valid pay and display with more than 50% of the valid time remaining since 1/1/15 to 31/10/16

No of times BBC have taken photos of vehicles correctly parked with a valid visitors or residents permit  with more than 50% of the valid time remaining since 1/1/15 to 31/10/16

how long are these stored for, the medium these photo are stored on.how many people within BBC have access to these photo

also would like the deletion policy on these photos

How many outside body have access to these photos

the policy of BBC on the criminal record vetting status of the people who have access to these photos and whether checks have been carried out

why BBC feels the need to photo correctly  parked vehicles, how and when this policy was implemented, and who authorised the parking enforcement department to carry out this policy

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.

 

Q1. 0

Q2. 0

Q3. N/A

Q4. N/A

Q5. N/A

Q6. N/A

Q7. N/A

 

8/11/16

 

9748

 

RE:Portland Close Putnoe,

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

Con29 3.3 Drainage 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 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29 3.12 Do 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

 

10/11/16

 

9749

 

 I would be very grateful if you could please send me a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’ under the Freedom of Information Act.

Further to your request for information dated 2/11/16. 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 a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’

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 Accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link here for the information on Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan

4/11/16

 

9750

 

 

I would like to make an inquiry under the Freedom of information Act regarding Direct Payments in Domiciliary Care.Please can you tell me the following; (all questions are related to Domiciliary Care for adults 18 and over) 1. The number of individuals receiving a Direct Payment for Domiciliary Care through an Agency 2. The number of Individuals receiving a Direct Payment to employ a Personal Assistant 3. The councils spend on Domiciliary care in the last financial year 4. How much of this spend is going through a direct payment in the last financial year (approximate is fine) 5. If the price per an hour an individual is given for agency support is fixed based on council rates (i.e. a regular price would be £14) or if it is up to the individual to negotiate their own rate?

6. Does the council have a target to increase the number of individuals using a direct payment? If so what is this target?

5. Does the council have a Direct Payment Support Service?

6. Is there a manager responsible for the monitoring of Direct Payments? What is their name and title?

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.

I would like to make an inquiry under the Freedom of information Act regarding Direct Payments in Domiciliary Care.

Please can you tell me the following; (all questions are related to Domiciliary Care for adults 18 and over):

The number of individuals receiving a Direct Payment for Domiciliary Care through an Agency?

During 2016/2017 – 56.

The number of Individuals receiving a Direct Payment to employ a Personal Assistant?

This is not required as part of statutory returns, therefore information is not held on the client database.

The councils spend on Domiciliary care in the last financial year?

£7.629 Million.

How much of this spend is going through a direct payment in the last financial year (approximate is fine)?

We do not hold the information at the level requested.

If the price per an hour an individual is given for agency support is fixed based on council rates (i.e. a regular price would be £14) or if it is up to the individual to negotiate their own rate?

The Council’s rate that is paid for direct payments agency support is £13.63 and the individual can negotiate with the agency to get a better rate.

Does the council have a target to increase the number of individuals using a direct payment? If so what is this target?

There is no target set locally.

Does the council have a Direct Payment Support Service?

We work with several support providers -

Please click here for information

 

Is there a manager responsible for the monitoring of Direct Payments? What is their name and title?

Lucy Wainwright, Head of Business Support

28/11/16

 

9751

 

 

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

 

9/11/16

 

9752

 

Please can you provide the following information by email to this address under FOI

1. Average time taken to validate planning applications ideally April 1 to 31 October 2016 or nearest dates available.

2. Average time taken to complete pre application enquiries - dates as above or nearest available.

1. For planning applications received and validated date for each application

2. Received and returned or completed date for each pre-application

Thank you for your request for information about planning applications and pre-application enquiries which we received on 2 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information you requested in bold:

1. Average time taken to validate planning applications ideally April 1 to 31 October 2016 or nearest dates available. – Information in relation to planning applications is available on the authority’s website and can be located on the following link: here

2. Average time taken to complete pre application enquiries - dates as above or nearest available. – 18 days (from 1 Apr to 31 Oct 2016)

28/11/16

 

9753

 

 

Please advise on below.

- Number of lifts

- Job title and contact number of Facility Management

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.

Number of lifts

The total number is 55, this being a mix of passenger stair, lift and goods lifts.

  1. Job title and contact number of Ken Huck, Chris Mears, Joanne Branson-Budd

Ken Huck Principal Mechanical & Electrical Engineer tel (01234) 276645

Chris Mears Facilities Manager tel (01234) 228466

Joanne Branson-Budd Design Services Manager tel (01234) 276611

2/11/16

 

9754

 

 I would be sincerely grateful if you could take 5 minutes to answer any of the questions below that I think encompass the key issues of waste management, or for any feedback regarding the subject. 

Questions:

1. Which of the following do you fall under? (Shire counties, Shire districts, Metropolitan districts, London Boroughs, Unitaries)

2. Is sustainable waste management a mandatory requirement when granting planning permission for public events?

3. Are you aware of any national or European policies regarding waste management at public events?

If so, do you implement any of the policies? And how successful have they been?

4. If applicable, when hiring independent companies to manage waste, do they have to meet any standards or make any guarantees?

5. If possible, please highlight the most successful method you have found for waste management at public events.

6. Have you come across any barriers when trying to implement waste management at public events?

7. Is anything done at public events to raise awareness of waste management to the public?

8. Do you think schemes aiming to raise awareness would contribute to more successful waste management?

9. Is food waste management a concern at public events at the present?

If not, would you consider it in the future?

10. Are there any other point or comments you think to be important regarding waste management at public events?

Thank you for your request for information about waste management at public events which we received on 2 November 2016.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1. Which of the following do you fall under? (Shire counties, Shire districts, Metropolitan districts, London Boroughs, Unitaries) - Unitary

2. Is sustainable waste management a mandatory requirement when granting planning permission for public events? - It is advised and preferred for externally run events on our land but not mandatory.  For our internally run events we encourage recycling as much as possible.  All sites must be restored to its original state prior to the event.

3.  Are you aware of any national or European policies regarding waste management at public events? - BS 8901

If so, do you implement any of the policies? And how successful have they been? - At present Bedford Borough Council don’t implement the above policy.

4. If applicable, when hiring independent companies to manage waste, do they have to meet any standards or make any guarantees? - N/A - Bedford Borough Council use internal department.

5. If possible, please highlight the most successful method you have found for waste management at public events. - As many bins as is practical, recycle bins next to general waste bins.  To get the best form of recycling at an event the recycling points need to be staffed so the public do not contaminate the bins.

6. Have you come across any barriers when trying to implement waste management at public events? - Increasing costs and lack of public awareness of what refuse items should be placed in which bin.

7. Is anything done at public events to raise awareness of waste management to the public? - Bedford Borough Council internal recycling departments promote recycling and raise awareness where possible at various events.

8. Do you think schemes aiming to raise awareness would contribute to more successful waste management? - Bedford Borough Council will always aim to attend events to raise awareness and have done so over the past several years.  While we anticipate that our attendance will result in increased awareness we currently don’t have live statistics to confirm this. 

9.  Is food waste management a concern at public events at the present? - At present this is not something which has been highlighted as a concern during our debriefing sessions of any council run event.

If not, would you consider it in the future? - Not in the near future.

10. Are there any other point or comments you think to be important regarding waste management at public events? - N/A

7/11/16

 

9755

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please can you provide me with the outcomes for children currently learning at pupil referral units within your authority which you are obligated to hold:

i) Please state the number of children currently learning at a pupil referral unit within your authority broken down by the name of the individual PRU

ii) Please state the number of children learning at PRUs that are also children in need within your authority. It is not essential to break down figures per PRU but please provide if known.

iii) Please state the number of children learning at PRUs that are also children in care within your authority. It is not essential to break down figures per PRU but please provide if known.

 

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.  We only have one Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) within Bedford Borough, you will need to contact them direct for this information,  their contact details are as follows: Greys Education Centre, email: greys@greys.beds.sch.uk,

Their Website

 Please let me know if you would like me to forward your request to them on your behalf.

 

3/11/196

 

9756

 

I understand you have children registered as Electively Home Educated.

Therefore for the purposes of this FOI request , these children are either de-registered from a school or have never been registered with a school.

A) I would like to know of these children how many are there where the visiting person has concerns that a 'suitable' education is being provided?

B) I would also appreciate it if this information could be broken down into categories:

1)whether they feel that no education is taking place?

2)whether they feel that the philosophy of education is inadequate -for example in the case of autonomous or child led learning , that particular child is not appearing to be learning 'enough'?

3)whether there are concerns because the family have not implemented a structured approached?

4)or whether the fact that the national Curriculum is not being followed is causing concern?

C)If there are children in the above 4 categories , please indicate if further steps are being taken- for example , issuance of a School Attendance Order?

D)Please also indicate if any any Education Supervision Orders are currently in court for this population.?

E) Please can you confirm whether any children who fit into the above categories of concern about 'educational provision suitability' would also therefore be referred to Social Services?

F) Is it possible in your Local Authority that Social Services are involved with a family but that The EHE department do not know of this involvement (This involvement would be on an on-going basis rather than a one-off referral which is found to be of no genuine concern) G)Lastly what qualifications would the EHE be required to have in order to meet the demands of the role, for example hold a teaching degree.

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:

I understand you have children registered as Electively Home Educated.

Therefore for the purposes of this FOI request , these children are either de-registered from a school or have never been registered with a school.

A)    I would like to know of these children how many are there where the visiting person has concerns that a 'suitable' education is being provided?

Answer: The time period is not stipulated here, but if the Elective Home Education Officer has concerns the process is followed as set out in the Elective Home Education Policy, a copy of which is attached for your information.

B)    I would also appreciate it if this information could be broken down into categories:

1)whether they feel that no education is taking place?

Answer: As above – if there are concerns the process is followed as set out in the Elective Home Education Policy

2)whether they feel that the philosophy of education is inadequate -for example in the case of autonomous or child led learning , that particular child is not appearing to be learning 'enough'?

Answer: There are no guidelines about how much is ‘enough’. The Elective Home Education Officer’s responsibility lies in ascertaining that a child is receiving education suitable for their “age, aptitude and ability” and parents do not have to engage with the Elective Home Education Officer.

3)whether there are concerns because the family have not implemented a structured approached?

Answer: There is no requirement by Law to provide a ‘structured approach’ so the Elective Home Education Officer would not be able to have concerns regarding this.

4)or whether the fact that the national Curriculum is not being followed is causing concern?

Answer: There is no requirement by Law to follow the National Curriculum.  

C)If there are children in the above 4 categories , please indicate if further steps are being taken- for example , issuance of a School Attendance Order?

Answer: Please see Elective Home Education Policy. We have not to date issued a School Attendance Order.

D)Please also indicate if any Education Supervision Orders are currently in court for this population.?

Answer: None from Elective Home Education.

E) Please can you confirm whether any children who fit into the above categories of concern about 'educational provision suitability' would also therefore be referred to Social Services?

Answer: If the Elective Home Education Officer has safe guarding concerns a referral would be made to Social Care. This has been done in the past but not due to ‘education provision suitability’.

F) Is it possible in your Local Authority that Social Services are involved with a family but that The EHE department do not know of this involvement (This involvement would be on an on-going basis rather than a one-off referral which is found to be of no genuine concern)

Answer: Every Effort is made to ensure that there is joint working between Elective Home Education and Social Care.

G)Lastly what qualifications would the EHE be required to have in order to meet the demands of the role, for example hold a teaching degree.

Answer: It is currently a requirement for the Elective Home Education post holder in Bedford Borough to hold Qualified Teacher Status.

Please contact

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

23/11/16

 

9757

 

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

·             How many meals on wheels were distributed by your council in each of the last five calendar years?

·             What was the cost of a meal to users in 2011 and now in 2016?

·             How many users of your meals on wheels service were registered in 2011 and now in 2016?

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.

How many meals on wheels were distributed by your council in each of the last five calendar years?

2011/2012 - 18154

2012/2013 - 17460

2013/2014 - 17258

2014/2015 - 16128

2015/2016 - 20,707

What was the cost of a meal to users in 2011 and now in 2016?

2011 - £5.97

2016 - £4.50

How many users of your meals on wheels service were registered in 2011 and now in 2016?

BBC Social Care:

01/04/2015 – 31/03/2016 = 14, 327 meals delivered

28/11/16

 

9758 -9759

 

RE: Bower Street, Bedford

RE:THE GREEN BEDFORD

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

Con29 3.3 Drainage 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 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29 3.12 Do 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

 

10/11/16

 

9760

 

Please supply the following information concerning bus lane cameras pointed at traffic:

The locations (latitude and longitude and street address with postcode) of all bus lane cameras, whose images and recordings are used to issue fines/penalty notices to drivers who wrongly use the lanes. I do not require any information about cameras used simply for security or general CCTV monitoring.

For each individual camera please state:

1.      The date it became operational (DD/MM/YYYY).

2.      The number of penalty charge notices issued to date since it was first switched on.

3.      The number of penalty charge notices issued during the financial year 2015-16.

4.      The gross income from any fines/penalties issued to drivers caught on the camera since it was activated. Please include expected income from fines/penalties still awaiting payment.

5.      The gross income from any fines/penalties issued to drivers caught on the camera in the 2015-16 financial year.

6.      The amount a driver must pay to settle a penalty charge.

 

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 as an attachment.

 

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

9/11/16

 

9761

 

 I would be very grateful if you could please send me a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’ under the Freedom of Information Act. 

Further to your request for information dated 2/11/16. 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 a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’

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 Accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link here for the information on Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan

4/11/16

 

9762

 

  I would be very grateful if you could please send me a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’ under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

 

Further to your request for information dated 2/11/16. 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 a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’

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 Accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link here for the information on Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan

4/11/16

 

9763

 

 I would be very grateful if you could please send me a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’ under the Freedom of Information Act. 

 

 

Further to your request for information dated 2/11/16. 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 a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’

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 Accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link here for the information on Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan

4/11/16

 

9764

 

  I would be very grateful if you could please send me a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’ under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

 

Further to your request for information dated 2/11/16. 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 a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’

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 Accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link here for the information on Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan

4/11/16

 

9765

 

  I would be very grateful if you could please send me a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’ under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

 

Further to your request for information dated 2/11/16. 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 a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’

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 Accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link here for the information on Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan

4/11/16

 

9766

 

  I would be very grateful if you could please send me a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’ under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

 

Further to your request for information dated 2/11/16. 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 a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’

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 Accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link here for the information on Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan

4/11/16

 

9767

 

  I would be very grateful if you could please send me a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’ under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

 

Further to your request for information dated 2/11/16. 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 a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’

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 Accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link here for the information on Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan

4/11/16

 

9768

 

  I would be very grateful if you could please send me a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’ under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

 

Further to your request for information dated 2/11/16. 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 a copy of the ‘Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Submission 21st October 2016’

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 Accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link here for the information on Summary Document Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan

4/11/16

 

9769

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request the following information:

1.      The number of complaints or allegations you have received, or been notified of, relating to the sexual abuse of a child or children on the premises of the following in a) 2015 and b) 2016

Madrassa or Mosque,

Hindu temple,

Sikh Gurdwara,

Christian Church (please specify denomination)  

Jewish Yeshiva

(In each case please specify which type of establishment.)

2.     For each allegation in question 1, please state: 

a)     whether it was investigated and if so how,

b)    whether the police became involved,

c)     whether there was a full criminal inquiry,

d)    whether there was a prosecution,

e)     the details of any disciplinary action taken against individuals concerned,

f)     and if the matter was not pursued, please provide the reasons why and information on the ultimate outcome of each matter.

3.     The number of complaints or allegations you have received, or been notified of, relating to the physical abuse of a child or children on the premises of the following in a) 2015 and b) 2016

Madrassa or Mosque,

Hindu temple,

Sikh Gurdwara,

Christian Church (please specify denomination)  

Jewish Yeshiva

(In each case please specify which type of establishment.)

4.     For each allegation in question 3, please state: 

a)     whether it was investigated and if so how,

b)    whether the police became involved,

c)     whether there was a full criminal inquiry,

d)    whether there was a prosecution,

e)     the details of any disciplinary action taken against individuals concerned,

f)     and if the matter was not pursued, please provide the reasons why and information on the ultimate outcome of each matter.

 

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

 22/11/16

 

9770

 

 

With regards to the planning permission approvals granted to Redrow homes, any of their subsidiary companies (which include Harrow Estates, Bridgemere Land), or third party agents who gained planning permission and subsequently sold the land for Redrow to develop as full planning permission, I would be grateful if you can confirm the following in relation to their section 106 obligations & financial contribution payments over the past 15 years within your boundaries:

  • The name and location of the developments granted planning permission
  • Number of houses per development planning permission
  • Date of approval
  • The total amount requested in the section 106 agreements or other financial contribution requests relating to gaining planning approval.
  • The date that this contribution should have been or will be paid by
  • The amount that Redrow have paid to date, plus the date(s) payments were made
  • If they have been paid, could you also confirm that this is the full amount requested
  • If they have not paid or have only made part payment, can you confirm what steps are being taken to recover these monies owed
 
 

Thank you for your request for information about planning permission approvals granted to Redrow Homes and their S106 obligations over the past 15 years which we received on 4 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please find the information you requested below:

 

Following a search we do not have any.

 

 

28/11/16

 

9771

 

 

1. Please list all the providers of homecare services that you commission

2. Please list the start and end date of their contracts

3. Please tell me how many staff each provider employs to provide this service? (If the exact number is not known, please give an approximate number)

4. Please can you also indicate the nature of each contract? (i.e. whether they are spot contracts or guaranteed a certain number of hours)

5. If the providers are paid for guaranteed hours, please indicate how many each contractor is allocated

6. Do you have any in-house provision of homecare services? If so how many hours in total allocated?

 

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.

In light of the fact that you have re-commissioned your homecare contracts very recently (or were scheduled to) could you please answer the questions below?  

If you are unable to provide the information because you are still going through the commissioning process and are therefore unable to provide any updated answers then it would be appreciated if you could tell me when you expect the process to be finished by. 

1. Please list all the providers of homecare services that you commission?

Nestor, Mega Resources, Castle Home Care, Carewatch Care Services Ltd, Sagecare, First Care and Diamond Resourcing.

2. Please list the start and end date of their contracts?

Start date – 03/10/2016.

The service was recommissioned by a framework agreement for a 2 year period 1 + 1.

3. Please tell me how many staff each provider employs to provide this service? (If the exact number is not known, please give an approximate number)

This information is not known.

4. Please can you also indicate the nature of each contract? (i.e. whether they are spot contracts or guaranteed a certain number of hours)

Spot Contracts.

5. If the providers are paid for guaranteed hours, please indicate how many each contractor is allocated

N/A.

6. Do you have any in-house provision of homecare services? If so how many hours in total allocated?

Reablement and another team deliver an average of 388 hours care per week across both teams, this is care delivery time only with the customers, it does not include travel time, team meetings etc

 

In House Home Care deliver an average of 50 hours per week, this is low at present due to a number of vacancies and will rise significantly when posts are filled.

28/11/16

 

9772

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am writing to request the following information:

· How many people received a personal budget allocation from your local authority in each of the following financial years – 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16?

·  Individuals have a right to challenge the council on the sufficiency of the indicative personal budget or the final amount. How many times did individuals challenge the council on these grounds in each of the following financial years - 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16?

·  For each year, how many of these challenges were successful?

·   How much does your council propose to save through reviews of care packages or personal budget allocations in 2016-17 and 2017-18? Please also provide a link to your council’s cost saving proposals for adult social care in 2017-18.

·  Has your council applied any deflators to your resource allocation system in the following financial years - 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16? If so, please detail the percentage of the deflator applied and in which circumstances (for example, I’m aware some councils automatically apply a deflator where people live in shared 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 hold the information you requested.

How many people received a personal budget allocation from your local authority in each of the following financial years – 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16?

2013/14                1804

2014/15                1858

2015/16                1468

Individuals have a right to challenge the council on the sufficiency of the indicative personal budget or the final amount. How many times did individuals challenge the council on these grounds in each of the following financial years - 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16?

For each year, how many of these challenges were successful?

Whilst there may be an individual discussion with Social Workers, there is no record of any final decisions being challenged for Direct Payments.

How much does your council propose to save through reviews of care packages or personal budget allocations in 2016-17 and 2017-18? Please also provide a link to your council’s cost saving proposals for adult social care in 2017-18.

2016/2017       £100,000

2017/2018       £300,000

Please see attached.

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

Has your council applied any deflators to your resource allocation system in the following financial years - 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16? If so, please detail the percentage of the deflator applied and in which circumstances (for example, I’m aware some councils automatically apply a deflator where people live in shared accommodation).

We do not operate a resource allocation system therefore no deflators are applied.

28/11/16

 

9773

 

  Whether you operate in house or external enforcement agents

2.   For the last 12 months,  the number of accounts / instructions issued to external enforcement agents for:

a.   Council Tax liability orders

b.   Parking Penalty Charge Notices (if applicable)

c.  National Non-Domestic Rates liability orders

3.  For the last 12 months,  the number of accounts / instructions issued to internal enforcement agents for:

a.  Council Tax liability orders

b.   Parking Penalty Charge Notices (if applicable)

c.  National Non-Domestic Rates liability orders

4. For the last 12 months, a breakdown of cases returned, broken down by:

a.       Paid in Full

b.      Nulla bona / no effects

c.       Gone away / no trace

d.      Council request

e.      Other

5.       If you operate external arrangements, please list the current suppliers and where possible, split 2(a), 2(b) and 2(c) by supplier. Please state if this is not possible.

6.       The term of the current contract (from and to) and whether the contract provides for any extension period and what the extension period is.

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 Whether you operate in house or external enforcement agents

External enforcement agents

2. For the last 12 months,  the number of accounts / instructions issued to external enforcement agents for:

a. Council Tax liability orders

Period 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016:

·  Bristow and Sutor            1,854

·  Equita                              1,733

b. Parking Penalty Charge Notices (if applicable)

Period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016:

·  Bristow and Sutor         1,537

·  Equita                           1,320

c. National Non-Domestic Rates liability orders

Period 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016:

· Bristow and Sutor            71

· Equita                              72

3.For the last 12 months,  the number of accounts / instructions issued to internal enforcement agents for:

The Council does not employ internal enforcement agents.

a.Council Tax liability orders

b. Parking Penalty Charge Notices (if applicable)

c. National Non-Domestic Rates liability orders

4. For the last 12 months, a breakdown of cases returned, broken down by:

a. Paid in Full

b. Nulla bona / no effects

c. Gone away / no trace

d.  Council request

e.  Other

This information will be provided separately and will be sent no later than Friday 9 December 2016.

5.  If you operate external arrangements, please list the current suppliers and where possible, split 2(a), 2(b) and 2(c) by supplier. Please state if this is not possible.

The Council has a contract in place with Bristow and Sutor & Equita. 2(a), 2(b) and 2(c) have, therefore, been broken down by enforcement agent.

6.  The term of the current contract (from and to) and whether the contract provides for any extension period and what the extension period is.

Three year contract commenced 1 May 2015. The contract also provides for two single year extensions, i.e. until 30 April 2020.

2/12/16

 

9774

 

 

I note that there have been 2 previous incidents of subsidence in the street and would be grateful if you would confirm if either of these relate to the same Lime tree, the property which was affected and the date the damage was reported to the Council.

 

Thank you for your request for information about a lime tree in Chaucer Road which we received on 4 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information requested below.

-   One of the other cases relates to the same Lime Tree

-    Chaucer Road, Bedford

-   July 2012

 15/11/16

 

9775

 

 Required Information;- completion notices issued for the purposes of Business Rates (NNDR) since 1st January 2015. A copy of the notice in its original format – ie, copy of signed document

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 information you requested. 

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

2/12/16

 

9776

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information about the Regulation of the Investigatory Powers Act 2000:

·  Over the last five calendar years how many times or operations have you conducting using these powers? Can I have that broken down by calendar years?

·  How long did those operations take in terms of days? Can I have that broken down by calendar years?

·  Can you provide of list of reasons why the powers were used? (Eg pigeon feeders or the council believe that drivers are illegally parking in disabled parking bays)

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

None in 2012

In 2013 the following cases

1)     Case 1 /9/12 – 31/12/12

2)     Case 2 1/6/13 – 16/913

3)     Case 3 1/6/13 – 16/9/13

4)     Case 4 1/9/12 – 31/12/12

5)     Case 5 6/5/13 – 6/12/13

6)     Case 6 20/5/13 – 19/8/13   

 

In 2014 the following cases

1)     Case 1 1/4/14 – 11/8/14

2)     Case 2 17/2/14 – 11/8/14

3)     Case 3 28/11/14 -  23/3/15

In 2015 the following cases

   1) Case 1 22/1/15 -23/4/15

   2) Case 2 6/2/15 – 23/4/15

    3) Case 3 1/6/15 – 1/12/15

In 2016 the following case

1)    Case 1 1/12/15 – 10/7/16

They were for the flowing reasons:

Unfair Trading

Cold calling

Fly tipping

Fraud

Criminal damage        

Car clocking

 

 

22/11/16

 

9777

 

In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, could you please provide me with a complete and up-to-date list of all business (non-residential) property rates data for your local authority, and including the following fields:

- Billing Authority Reference Code (linking the property to the VOA database reference)

- Firm's Trading Name (i.e. property occupant)

- Full Property Address (Number, Street, Postal Code, Town)

- Occupied / Vacant

- Date of Occupation / Vacancy

- Actual annual rates charged (in Pounds

 

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 six monthly(possibly quarterly)

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 6/12/16

 

9778

 

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

Felmersham Road

Radwell 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

 

9/11/16

 

9779

 

Please could you confirm the following:

1) How many DBS checks did you request between 1st Jan 2015 – 31st Dec 2015?

2) How do you request your DBS Checks currently? Paper or Online?

3) Do you use a third party or request them directly with the DBS?

4) If you use a third party, which company is it? When did you start using them?

5) If you use a third party, what fee do they charge per application?

6) Is the third party decided by a tender process or through using companies listed on a government framework?

7) When will the agreement/contract with the current third party come to an end?

8) How long do you typically agree contracts with third party DBS providers for?

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:

1) 238

2) Paper

3) Directly with DBS

4) N/A

5) N/A

6) N/A

7) N/A

8) N/A

 

 

21/11/16

 

9780

 

RE: Chesterton Mews, Bedford

We have been supplied with a copy of the buyer’s Environmental Search result from his solicitors whereby the search provider has insisted on further action being carried out due to potential land contamination issues.

·   Any information regarding past industrial land use(s)

·    (if applicable) information on the nearby landfill site e.g. the nature of the fill materials and the dates of infilling, and whether there are any gas protection measures at the landfill and the property

·    Any site investigations/remedial works carried out at the property or in close proximity

·   Information on any pollution incidents/records of contamination

·   Whether you have any concerns regarding ground conditions on or adjacent to the property site.

Thank you for your request for information about Chesterton Mews, Bedford which we received on 7th November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, by virtue of being part of a larger site which was occupied by ‘Sidney Press Ltd’, a printing works. Although I note that the property above does not appear to be within the footprint of the former print works.  It will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. The site has been assigned a medium priority for inspection.

We are not aware of any intrusive investigation having been undertaken at the site. We are not aware of any evidence of contamination having been found at the site.

30/11/16

 

9781

 

Please could you tell me how much money Bedford Borough Council received for sale of Council owned land and buildings 201

Please could you tell me how much money Bedford Borough Council received for sale of Council owned land and buildings 2015/16 - £2.444 million

5/16.

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

The information you have requested has been given against the question below

Please could you tell me how much money Bedford Borough Council received for sale of Council owned land and buildings 2015/16 - £2.444 million

 

8/11/16

 

9782

 

I would like to know the amount of money the council spent on the services of external law firms and barristers over the last two years (years ending March 31). If this is not possible within the restrictions of the Freedom of Information Act, one year of data will suffice.

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 below:

2014/2015       £607,000
2015/2016        £536,000

 14/11/16

 

9783

 

 Water Hygiene / Legionella Control  
Who is responsible for this contract? Can you please provide me with their name, job title, contact number and email address 
Is this contract completed by a contractor, or is the work undertaken in-house  
What is the name of the incumbent supplier (if applicable)  
When did the current contract commence 
What services do they provide (i.e. temp monitoring, sampling, RA, IAQ etc) 
When does the existing contract expire, and where will this be advertsied 
What is the approx. number of sites the contract covers 
What is the annual average spend (excluding VAT)

 

Thank you for your request for information about Water Hygiene/Legionella Control which we received on the 8th November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I enclose a copy of the information you requested in relation to:

 

Please contact

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

5/12/16

 

9784

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please can you provide me with:

A list of payments to alternative provision, pupil referral unit and pupil re-integration unit providers and premises for the last complete school year (2015/16). Please break down the amount paid to the premises and the total number of pupils provided for by the premises with those funds. Please state the full name of the provider, type of establishment, address and whether the institution is registered or unregistered. Where the provider has multiple premises, please list these.

 

 

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 enclosed. 

 

Please contact

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

 

6/12/16

 

9785

 

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

Carmichael Drive

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

9/11/16

 

9786

 

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

 

  1. For all the cases in the 2015/16 academic year where a child in Years Reception through to Year 6 inclusive was given either a fixed-period or permanent exclusion for an offence at school that was categorised under the heading “Sexual Misconduct” please provide me with the following information. (i) the sex of the child who was excluded, (ii) the age or year group of the child, (iii) if the exclusion was for a fixed period or permanent and (iv) a brief description of what the misconduct was.

 

  1. For all the cases in the 2015/16 academic year where a child in Years Reception through to Year 6 inclusive was given either a fixed-period or permanent exclusion for an offence at school that was categorised under the heading “Racist Abuse” please provide me with the following information. (i) the sex of the child who was excluded, (ii) the age or year group of the child, (iii) if the exclusion was for a fixed period or permanent and (iv) a brief description of what the misconduct was including the exact details of any racist phrases or words used.
 

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:

  1. For all the cases in the 2015/16 academic year where a child in Years Reception through to Year 6 inclusive was given either a fixed-period or permanent exclusion for an offence at school that was categorised under the heading “Sexual Misconduct” please provide me with the following information. (i) the sex of the child who was excluded, (ii) the age or year group of the child, (iii) if the exclusion was for a fixed period or permanent and (iv) a brief description of what the misconduct was.

 

  1. For all the cases in the 2015/16 academic year where a child in Years Reception through to Year 6 inclusive was given either a fixed-period or permanent exclusion for an offence at school that was categorised under the heading “Racist Abuse” please provide me with the following information. (i) the sex of the child who was excluded, (ii) the age or year group of the child, (iii) if the exclusion was for a fixed period or permanent and (iv) a brief description of what the misconduct was including the exact details of any racist phrases or words used.

 

Response:

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 21  (Information accessible to applicant by other means) and Section 22 (Information intended for future publication) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

This information is available via DfE exclusions data, which is in the public domain.

The Statistical First Release (SFR) entitled “Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2014 to 2015” is the most recent data available. 

Here  is the link to this SFR:  

The 2015 to 2016 data will not be available until July 2017.

We would not provide data broken down as requested as the numbers are very low and would be suppressed. 

 

9787

 

1. Please could you confirm if you are looking to either reduce the number of buildings the Council have or if the Council is looking to move to a new building in the next 12-24 months?

2. If "Yes" please advise:

a) When do you plan to complete the move / resize of the building?

b) Will you need to remove a large amount of paper files as part of the project?

c) Who is responsible for the project?

 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1.     Please could you confirm if you are looking to either reduce the number of buildings the Council have or if the Council is looking to move to a new building in the next 12-24 months?

No, the Council has been rationalising the operational estate since 2009 and there are no current plans to reduce the estate further.

2.     If "Yes" please advise:

(a)  When do you plan to complete the move / resize of the building?

(b)  Will you need to remove a large amount of paper files as part of the project?

(c)  Who is responsible for the project?Not applicable

29/11/16

 

9788

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with the following information:

1. The names of the schools in your county that contain asbestos.

2. The date and outcome of the last independent audit or inspection of each of these schools Asbestos Management Plans.

3. The details of any reported incidents of asbestos exposure in these schools between 2011 and 2016.

4. Details of any improvement or prohibition notice served or guidance issued by the HSE in relation to the management of asbestos in schools in your county in the last 5 years.

5. The number of school employees (existing and retired staff to include teaching staff, school support staff and caretakers, etc) and ex-pupils that have pursued a claim against you for exposure to asbestos within a school in your county.

6. The number of these claims that have been settled.

7. The amount of money that has been paid in settlement of these claims (with and without your authority accepting responsibility).

Thank you for your request for information about asbestos in schools which we received on 9 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find attached a list of schools, that fall within the remit of Bedford Borough, and answers to the questions contained within your request.

Please contact

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

You have asked for a list of schools within the County.  As well as Bedford Borough, the County also consists of Central Bedfordshire and Luton Borough.  You will therefore need to contact both of these Councils to obtain their information.  To assist, I’ve provided links below for you to contact them:

accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

 

foi@luton.gov.uk

7/12/16

 

9789

 

Information on the number of full-time employees, number of part-time employees and the

overall annual budget for your council’s Adult Social Care training department, separately

for the current financial year, for the full 2015/16 financial year and for the full financial year

2011/12.

Information on the number of accidents and separately ill-health incidents that occurred

across your staff base within the Adult Social Care department, and your estimate of lostwork

time that occurred as a result, separately for the current financial year, for the full

2015/16 financial year and for the full financial year 2011/12.

Information on the number of council employees working in council-managed residential

care homes and other residential schemes for older people (e.g. housing with care) and

separately, the number of council employees working in domiciliary care services for older

people, for the current financial year, for the full 2015/16 financial year and for the full

financial year 2011/12.

Information on the number, type and capacity (number of people cared for within each) of

council-owned residential care establishments, in the current financial year, for the full

2015/16 financial year and for the full financial year 2011/12.

 

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.

1a)  Bedford Borough Council does not have a dedicated Adult Social Care Training Department,. The responsibility for Adult Social Care training sits within the core Workforce Development Team.

1b)

 

Financial Year

Budget

2011/2012

£268,340

2015/2016

£156,910

2016/2017 to date

£106,910

 

 

2a)

 

Financial Year

Staff based (including employed by someone else and contractors) accidents

Estimate of Lost Time as a result

2011/2012

65

0

2015/2016

63

463

2016/2017 to date

43

37

 

Please note in 2013/14 AssessNET changed their system to include an automated reminder to AssessNET Administrators to go back into their incidents to calculate the amount of lost time.  Prior to this date, an automated reminder was not in place and incident reports on AssessNET remained incomplete.

 

2b)

 

Financial Year

No of sickness incidents

Lost days

2011/2012

451

2721.4

2015/2016

788

4596.4

2016/2017 to date

486

2853.9

 

3)

 

Financial Year

Council-managed residential care homes and other residential schemes for older people

Number of council employees working in domiciliary care services for older people

2011/2012

0*

45.49 FTE

2015/2016

149.34 FTE

42.55 FTE

2016/2017 to date

149.93 FTE

 

48.36 FTE

 

*Please note in April 2014 Residential Care Homes previously managed by BUPA transferred back to Bedford Borough Council.

 

4)

 

2011/2012

 

Learning Disability

42

Physical Disability

11

Total

53

2015/2016

 

Learning Disability           

69

Memory & Cognition     

41

Mental Health                  

12

Physical Support              

170 **

Sensory Support             

3 **

Social Support                  

2

Total

297

2016/2017 to date

 

Learning Disability           

57

Memory & Cognition     

31

Mental Health                  

16

Physical Support              

136

Sensory Support             

4

Social Support                  

12

Total

256

 

**Due to the zero based review in 2014, all person classifications were re-categorised in-line with the equalities & classifications framework (2015) therefore a number of “older” categories are no longer valid.   

 

5/12/16

 

9790

 

 

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

Coventry 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

 

22/11/16

 

9791

 

I am seeking information the number of pension transfers from your defined benefit local government pensions scheme, conducted in the last 12 months. 

Please provide details of: 

·         The number of requests to transfer out of the local authority pension scheme over the last 12 months for which you have data.

·         The total number of transfers out actually undertaken in that period.

·         The total value in pounds of the transfers out  undertaken over the last 12  months. 

Applicant did not response to request for clarification.

 

 

9792

 

 Please supply details of the meeting, including minutes and any follow up correspondence, both external and internal in respect of x

 

Thank you for your request for information about a site in Newton Lane, Turvey which we received on 9 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find attached information.

Please contact

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

6/12/16

 

9793

 

RE: Ampthill Rd

Please would you provide the following information where available:

1.    Has the site been identified for inspection or further review under the Council's Contaminated Land Strategy (or other Part IIA undertaking)? If so, please describe the priority status/risk ranking of the site and the likely timescale for any further scrutiny of the site.

2.    Are there any known contamination issues associated with the site or in the near vicinity e.g. in terms of former or current contaminative site uses, leaks or spills of any oil/chemical substances etc.? If there have been any intrusive investigations at the site or near vicinity, please provide dates and titles of any reports and confirm whether the reports are publicly available.

3.    Please provide the following details of any current or former landfills located within a 250m radius of the site:

a)      The location of all landfills, both closed and operational (i.e. National Grid Reference and location plan if available).

b)      Dates when the landfill was operational.

c)      Types of waste deposited.

d)      Any information on volume of waste deposited, depth of infilling and landfill structure.

e)      Details of any landfill gas monitoring, site investigation or gas spiking undertaken at the landfill or in the immediate vicinity of the site.

4.    Are there any known current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions or enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties, e.g. noise, odour or dust issues/complaints?  If yes, what was the nature of the issue and what was the outcome?

5.    Are there any known private water supplies recorded on your Local Authority Private Water Supply Register, within 2km radius of the site? If yes what is the location (i.e. NGR), the source of abstraction and its purpose?

6.    Do you hold any records of flooding at the subject site?

7.    Please provide details of any LAAPC/LAPPC authorisations licensed to the site or to adjoining properties.

Thank you for your request for information about , Ampthill Road,

Bedford which we received on 9th November 2016. Your request has been

considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1. Has the site been identified for inspection or further review under the

Council's Contaminated Land Strategy (or other Part IIA undertaking)? If

so, please describe the priority status/risk ranking of the site and the likely

timescale for any further scrutiny of the site.

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was

required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area, and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, by virtue of

having been previously occupied by an engineering works. It will be assessed as

part of our inspection arrangements. It is considered to be a low priority for

inspection, given that it has been subject to intrusive investigation, and that it is

currently subject to a low sensitivity use. There is no timescale for further scrutiny of the site based on the present designation of low sensitivity use

Are there any known contamination issues associated with the site or in

the near vicinity e.g. in terms of former or current contaminative site uses,

leaks or spills of any oil/chemical substances etc.? If there have been any

intrusive investigations at the site or near vicinity, please provide dates

and titles of any reports and confirm whether the reports are publicly

available.

The site is part of a wider site which was subject to an intrusive investigation, in

order to fulfil the requirements of Condition 9 of planning permission reference

11/00535/EIA. This document should be available on the Planning Portal on Bedford

Borough Council’s website.

To find Planning information online, please follow the instructions given below:

• To find your application numbers / information, please go to the website.

Please click here for the search plan

Click on the link to view and comment on planning applications

• If you have a planning application number or the first line of the address:

• You can type this into the simple search screen click on search then the

Related Items Tab.

• Under the Heading Click link below to view planning history, Click on the

address of the property (Please note there may be several addresses shown click on

the one that is relevant to the application you are looking at)

• Click on the Tab - Planning History

• All the relevant applications including conditions are listed here

• For a more detailed Property Search:

• Click on the Property Tab followed by address search. Please ensure you

follow the instruction on this screen labelled: HELP WITH THIS PAGE, on the right

hand side:

• To view plans, decision notices, click on the Documents tab followed by

View Associated Docs

Please provide the following details of any current or former landfills

located within a 250m radius of the site:

a) The location of all landfills, both closed and operational (i.e. National

Grid Reference and location plan if available).

b) Dates when the landfill was operational.

c) Types of waste deposited.

d) Any information on volume of waste deposited, depth of infilling and

landfill structure.

e) Details of any landfill gas monitoring, site investigation or gas current

or spiking undertaken at the landfill or in the immediate vicinity of the site.

We are not aware of any current or former landfills within a 250m radius of the site.

However, please be aware that we hold only limited records of waste deposition. We would recommend that you consult the Environment Agency’s website

for location of landfills. You may

also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at Central

Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition records for the

Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).

 

Are there any known current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions or

enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties, e.g. noise,

odour or dust issues/complaints? If yes, what was the nature of the issue

and what was the outcome?

We are not aware of any nuisance issues associated with the site or adjoining

properties.

30/11/16

 

9794

 

RE:Local Authority Development Planning

What stage is Local Authority (L A)

at in development of its new Local plan

What is the current 5 year land supply

When did the L A carry out call for sites

when is the next call for sites

Are there currently any on going consultations that relate to policies affecting house or land supply

Thank you for your request for information about development planning policy which we received on 9 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information you requested below in bold:

1.  What stage is the local Authority at in the development of its new local Plan/Core Strategy? - Information about the timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan 2035 can be found in the Council’s Local Development Scheme

Information about previous consultations can be found on the Local Plan 2035 part of the Borough Council’s web site can be found here

2.   What is the current 5-year land supply? - The Council’s five year land     supply position is explained on the web site here

3.    When did the local Authority last carry out a 'Call for Sites'? - Call for sites exercises were held in 2014 and 2015.  Around 640 sites have been submitted.

4.  When is the next 'Call for Sites' to be undertaken? - The Council does not intend to invite the submission of additional sites.

5.  Are there currently any ongoing consultations that relate to policies affecting housing and/or land supply? E.g. Site Allocations DPD, local Plan Review etc. Please provide end dates. – No.

6.  Are there any planned consultations to take place in 2017 that relate to policies affecting housing and/or land supply? E.g. Site Allocations DPD, local Plan Review etc. Please provide dates where possible. – Consultation spring 2017.  See Local Development Scheme.

11/11/16

 

9795

 

 

Riverside North Development - Plan showing the down ramp from the unauthorised bridge over the river into St Mary's Gardens.

At the 7 November Planning Committee, the Asst Director of Planning stated that such a plan was not held by the Planning Department but that one should be attached to the licence agreement with the developer allowing them to carry out the works. Could I have a copy of the plan please - I assume it will be in both plan form and elevation and I confirm that I would like to see both.

Thank you for your request for information about Riverside North Development which we received on 9 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please find attached information as requested

Please contact

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

 

6/12/16

 

9796

 

RE: Tavistock Street, Bedford,

Potential liabilities have been identified under Part2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The search indicates that further action should be taken. :

1. Confirmation that you are not considering taking any action against the site under Part2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

2. Confirmation or commentary from the planning department,  that any recent development of the site included ground investigations and/or remediation works undertaken to your satisfaction resulting in a discharge of any associated conditions.

 Thank you for your request for information about Tavistock Street, Bedford which we received on 10th November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, by virtue of having previously been occupied by a garage/ vehicle repair business. It will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. It is considered to be a low priority for inspection, given its current, low sensitivity use.

I am aware that a preliminary site investigation, which included some intrusive work, was undertaken in response to a condition on planning permission to develop the site to a residential use, (11/02149/MAF, 14/01703/AOC, 14/01704/AOC and 14/01705/AOC). I believe that some remedial work was found to be outstanding, with respect to the proposed residential use. The Planning Department may wish to comment further.

To find Planning information online, please follow the instructions given below:

To find your application numbers / information, please click here

Click on the link to view and comment on planning applications

•   If you have a planning application number or the first line of the address:

•    You can type this into the simple search screen click on search then the Related Items Tab.

•    Under the Heading Click link below to view planning history, Click on the address of the property (Please note there may be several addresses shown click on the one that is relevant to the application you are looking at)

•  Click on the Tab - Planning History

•  All the relevant applications including conditions are listed here

•  For a more detailed Property Search:

•  Click on the Property Tab followed by address search. Please ensure you follow the instruction on this screen labelled: HELP WITH THIS PAGE, on the right hand side:

•  To view plans, decision notices, click on the Documents tab followed by View Associated Docs

•To view the File Correspondence:

7/12/16

 

9797

 

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

· In the last five years how many cases are recorded of children in care going missing?

· If children did go missing –how long were they missing a) on average and b) the longest time?

·  What was the ages of the children who went missing

Are any cases still open?

Aka are any children still missing?

 

 

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 the last five years how many cases are recorded of children in care going missing?

 If children did go missing –how long were they missing a) on average and b) the longest time?

What was the ages of the children who went missing?

Response:  Please see excel spreadsheet attached.

Please contact

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

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.

Some of the information is supressed due to Data Protection and to avoid making children/young people identifiable.   The information that is suppressed is marked with an (*) on the attached spreadsheet

Are any cases still open?

Response:  No

Aka are any children still missing?

Response: Yes (less than 5, information suppressed due to low numbers and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable)

5/12/16

 

9798

 

 

I would like to request a full list of businesses and charities that have become responsible for non domestic rates in your area please

 

Can you send the business name, address, liable party, date they became responsible and the property type .Could you please obtain the info between the 25/10/2016-10/11/2016

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 six monthly(possibly quarterly)

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 

6/12/16

 

9799

 

RE:Folkes Road, Wootton,

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

Con29 3.3 Drainage 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 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29 3.12 Do 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 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

 

22/11/16

 

9800

 

 We understand that your previous may have expired during 2016. Can you advise the details of the contractor responsible for delivering your highways term maintenance program to include: -
•    Name of contractor
•    Start date of contract
•    End date of contract
•    Extension options
•    Annual value
•    Short description of the services included in the contract
Can you also break out for the current financial year the following information: -
Surface Dressing
1. Your budgeted spend on surface dressing.  (If you have no surface dressing programme please state "None".)
2. The name of the contractor responsible for the annual surface dressing programme. (If carried out in-house please state.)

Micro surfacing
3. Your budgeted spend on micro surfacing.  (If you have no micro surfacing programme please state "None".)
4. The name of the contractor responsible for the annual micro surfacing programme. (If carried out in-house please state.)

 

Thank you for your request for information about the Council’s Highways Maintenance Programme which we received on 10 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

•    Name of contractor – Hanson Quarry Products Europe Ltd

•    Start date of contract – 1 April 2016
•    End date of contract – 31 March 2017
•    Extension options – None (contract is currently tendered on a yearly basis)
•    Annual value – circa £2.5m
•    Short description of the services included in the contract - Highways Carriageway resurfacing works

Surface Dressing
1. Your budgeted spend on surface dressing.  (If you have no surface dressing programme please state "None".) - None
2. The name of the contractor responsible for the annual surface dressing programme. (If carried out in-house please state.) – Not applicable.
Micro surfacing
3. Your budgeted spend on micro surfacing.  (If you have no micro surfacing programme please state "None".) - None
4. The name of the contractor responsible for the annual micro surfacing programme. (If carried out in-house please state.) - Not applicable.

8/12/16

 

9801

 

 1. Please provide BASIC pay bill costs in £000s for the financial year 2015/16 for staff employed on NJC Green Book conditions ONLY. Please exclude any school support staff based in schools from these pay bill costs.

2. Please provide GROSS TOTAL pay bill costs in £000s for the financial year 2015/16 for staff employed on NJC Green Book conditions ONLY. Please exclude any school support staff based in schools from these pay bill costs.

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:

 

1.      £41,570,573

 

2.      £43,721,518

 

 

7/12/16

 

9802

 

 

What streets in Bedford Borough are the ones in which motorists are most likely to get a parking ticket (please provide the 50 streets in which the most parking tickets were issued)?

2: Could you provide a list of these streets and how detail many motorists were caught in these locations over the last twelve months?

3: Could you tell me how many people were given a ticket in the different towns and villages in Bedford Borough over the last twelve months?

4: Where does the money go which is raised from fines paid?

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.

1: What streets in Bedford Borough are the ones in which motorists are most likely to get a parking ticket (please provide the 50 streets in which the most parking tickets were issued)?
2: Could you provide a list of these streets and how detail many motorists were caught in these locations over the last twelve months?
   
  2015/16

Castle Lane 1,465
Mill Street 586
Allhallows 506
Costin Street 442
High Street (Zone A) 442
De Parys Avenue (Zone D) 409
The Embankment (Zone E) 381
Mayes Yard 358
Grafton Road 297
Commercial Road 290
Newnham Street (Zone E) 283
Saffron Close 273
Alexandra Road 270
Adelaide Square 269
Tavistock Street 262
Lurke Street 256
St Loyes Street (Zone A) 252
Howard Street 247
Battison Street 241
Foster Hill Road (Zone D) 225
Ram Yard 221
Conduit Road 221
Victoria Road 213
Brereton Road 203
Western Street 198

Gadsby Street 194
Castle Road (Zone E) 187
Aspley Road 187
Rutland Road 186
Warwick Avenue 177
Althorpe Street 177
The Grove 173
Woburn Road 167
Houghton Road 165
Lime Street 163
Dane Street 160
Queen Street 160
Park Road West 159
Beckett Street 155
Gwyn Street 154
Bushmead Avenue 152
Gibbons Road 151
Grove Place 151
Maitland Street 149
Iddesleigh Road 144
Lansdowne Road 140
Albany Road 140
Rothsay Road 137
Waterloo Road 134
Castle Road   133


3: Could you tell me how many people were given a ticket in the different towns and villages in Bedford Borough over the last twelve months?
    On Street excluding bus lanes 18,714

4: Where does the money go which is raised from fines paid?
   It finances the development of the transport strategy for Bedford Town Centre.

30/11/16

 

9803

 

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

Manor Farm Way

Sharnbrook

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

 

16/11/16

 

9804

 

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

Beauvais Avenue 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

 

16/11/16

 

9805

 

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

In the previous three years:

1: How many reports has the Authority received of unregistered schools operating in the borough?

2: How many investigations have been launched into possible unregistered schools operating the borough?

3: How many referrals have been made to Ofsted or the DfE of unregistered schools in the last three years?

4. How many unregistered schools have been closed down?

5. How many schools identified as being unregistered have become registered?

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 the previous three years:

1.     How many reports has the Authority received of unregistered schools operating in the borough?

Answer: 1

2.     How many investigations have been launched into possible unregistered schools operating in the borough?

Answer: 1 - it was found that there was not an unregistered school. 

3.     How many referrals have been made to Ofsted or the DfE of unregistered schools in the last three years?

Answer: 0

4.     How many unregistered schools have been closed down?

Answer: 0

5.     How many schools identified as being unregistered have become registered?

Answer: 0

 24/11/16

 

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