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9193

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide the following information: the number of children that have been taken into local authority care (looked after children) during 2014 to 2016 to date, where over-feeding/high BMI/obesity (or similar) was cited as a factor in the decision to remove the child. If possible, please provide details of the sex of the child, age or broad age group, and weight of the child at the point of being taken in to care.
Please also provide the number of children that have been placed on the child protection register during 2014 to 2016 to date where over-feeding/high BMI/obesity (or similar) was cited as a factor in the decision to place the child on the register. If possible, please provide details of the sex of the child, age or broad age group, and weight of the child at the point of being taken in to care.

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 Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

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.” The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

We do not hold/record any information on our database relating to the obesity of Looked After Children as this is not a specific category that we use. We undertake holistic medical assessments for care proceedings, and record the details in individual files. To obtain this information, this would require us manually checking each individual Looked After Childs file for the past 3 years, which would take over 18 hours.

12/7/16

 

9194

 

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

Carisbrooke Way

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

13/7/16

 

9195

 

 1. How many hours a week of domiciliary Care does your Council commission through contracts with Domiciliary Care Providers?

2. In which calendar year are the next re –tenders for this/these contracts scheduled to be re-tendered?

3. What is the current average hourly rate that your council pays to contracted providers of domiciliary care?

4. How many hours of Direct Payments are paid for each week by your Council?

5. What is the current rate your Council’s pays to Direct Payment holders to enable them to purchase their own care?

6. How many services users do you currently provide domiciliary care for?

7. How many services users do you currently provide direct payments to? 

8. Is there a framework of providers for direct payments 

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

How many hours a week of domiciliary Care does your Council commission through contracts with Domiciliary Care Providers?

11138.

In which calendar year are the next re –tenders for this/these contracts scheduled to be re-tendered?

The Retender process is taking place at the moment.

What is the current average hourly rate that your council pays to contracted providers of domiciliary care? 

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

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

Further information is available via the following links.

Provider hourly rates are published on the Council’s website

How many hours of Direct Payments are paid for each week by your Council? 

 

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 Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

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.”

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

We are not able to provide at this level of detail as to do so would take longer than the limit which has been set.

What is the current rate your Council’s pays to Direct Payment holders to enable them to purchase their own care? 

If the Direct Payment holder wishes to employ a Personal Assistant we pay £7.85 per hour plus on costs based on the number of hours required.

How many services users do you currently provide domiciliary care for?

1338.

How many services users do you currently provide direct payments to?486.

Is there a framework of providers for direct payments.

Yes.

11/7/16

 

9196

 

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

 Hebbes Close

Kempston Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

13/7/16

 

9197

 

A list and details of all local projects that currently receive EU-funding?

Could that include an outline of the scheme and the amount the EU has contributed, for works currently underway and projects which are pending?

 

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 not hold the information you requested.

 

25/7/16

 

9198

 

The information that I am requesting relates to your local authority’s fleet of vehicles. I hope that you will be able to provide me with the information listed below under seven headings. Attached is an Excel spreadsheet template with these same questions, I would be grateful if you could use the template for your responses.

1.       Vehicle fleet size

a.       Total number of vehicles in your fleet?

b.       Number of light commercial vehicles under 3.5 tonnes GVW?

c.       Number of commercial vehicles (not HGV) over 3.5 tonnes GVW?

d.       Number of limousines and cars?

e.       Number of vehicles by Council service? (Please list by each service sector)

2.       Replacement frequency of vehicles

a.       How often do you replace your Council’s fleet vehicles?

3.       Acquisition of new fleet vehicles

a.       Do you purchase outright?

b.       Do you use lease rental?

c.       Do you use contract hire?

4.       Alternative fuels usage

a.       Do you run any LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) or any other gas (e.g. CNG, LNG) vehicles?

b.       And if so how many?

c.       Do you run any electric or hybrid vehicles?

d.       And if so how many?

5.       Fleet fuel costs

a.       What is your council’s annual vehicle fleet fuel costs?

b.       Annual diesel costs

c.       Annual petrol costs

d.       Annual LPG costs

6.       Air quality compliance

a.       Has or does your council intend to consult publicly on Clean Air/local air quality management plans?

b.       Has or does your council intend to employ external consultants to look into how to lower transport related air pollution?

7.       Outsourcing

a.       Do you outsource your fleet management to a different company?

b.       And if so, how many?

c.       For which council services do you outsource vehicles?

d.       The name of your outsource fleet management company?

 

Thank you for your request for information about the councils vehicle fleet which we received on 1st July 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I attach a copy of the information you requested.

 

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

 

27/7/16

 

9199

 

 UK Highways Procurement – Freedom of Information Request

The focus of this FOI request in on residential and commercial developments in your authority. Please answer accordingly.

Residential Developments

1.    What is the number of units identified or square footage of residential development identified in your SHLA

2.    What is the number of single sites identified for residential development of 200+ units

Please name the sites and provide the number of units planned on each site:

Commercial Developments

3.    What is the square footage of commercial land identified for development in your authority?

4.    What is the number of developments currently in planning?

5.    Please list the developments by applicant

6. Please can you confirm how many units the following developers have delivered in your area:

 

Thank you for your request for information about residential and commercial developments which we received on 1 July 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Residential Developments

1.  What is the number of units identified or square footage of residential development identified in your SHLA

The Council published a SHLAA in 2010 which was updated in 2011. Details can be found on the Council’s website

under the heading Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment. The primary role of the SHLAA is to identify those sites with potential for housing, assess that potential and consider whether they are likely to be developable. It is not the purpose of the SHLAA to allocate land for residential development. This takes place through the Local plan process. Therefore the identification of a specific site in the assessment does not necessarily mean that the site will be allocated for housing development or that planning permission will be granted. The Council will update the evidence set out in the SHLAA in the course of preparing its new local plan. Thus far the Council has carried out a call for sites and the submissions received in response to this can be found at here

2.    What is the number of single sites identified for residential development of 200+ units

Please name the sites and provide the number of units planned on each site:

For sites identified in the SHLAA please see appendix 5 of the SHLAA update 2011 which can be found on the Council’s website as shown above. The Council’s housing monitoring report also records sites identified in the Council’s development plan or with planning permission.

Commercial Developments

3. What is the square footage of commercial land identified for development in your authority?

The Council monitors B1/B2 and B8 employment development in square metres/hectares. The number of square metres/hectares of land identified is recorded in the Council’s Employment monitoring report which can be found on the Council’s website at here

4.    What is the number of developments currently in planning?

See housing and employment monitoring reports. 

5.   Please list the developments by applicant

Information about applicants for planning permission can be found by searching on the relevant planning application on the search plans page of the Council’s website at here

6 Using the table provided, please can you confirm how many units the following developers have delivered in your area:

The Council does not record completion data by developer. The Council’s Housing monitoring report records the number of completions per year with reference to the planning application number for each site. The volume housebuilders mentioned are primarily active on the larger sites in the Borough. These large sites are listed in the Council’s five year supply report which can be found at here

The planning applications for these sites are listed in the Council’s housing monitoring reports and information about the applicants can be obtained as explained above from the search plans page of the Council’s website.

22/7/16

 

9200

 

 I would like to know wedding premises in the UK,

Further to your request for information dated 1/7/16, 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 Licensed wedding venue

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 below on the Registration pages

 

9201

 

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 .Could you please send me the names, job titles, contact details of the following members of your ICT Team;

Senior ICT Managers
Head of ICT
Head of ICT Security

Head of Digital Technology

Head of Telecommunications

Chief Information Officer

Chief Information Security Officer

SIRO - Senior Information Risk Owner/Officer

Head of Networks

Chief Technology Officer

Head of Data Protection

Solution and Enterprise Architects

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.

Senior ICT Managers – the only senior post is the Head of ICT Operations – see below

Head of ICT – Rughbir Singh, Head of ICT Operations, contact details as above

Head of ICT Security – Mark Webb, ICT Security Specialist, mark.webb@bedford.gov.uk

Head of Digital Technology – post does not exist within the ICT Team

Head of Telecommunications – post does not exist within the ICT Team

Chief Information Officer – post does not exist within the ICT Team

Chief Information Security Officer – post does not exist within the ICT Team

SIRO - Senior Information Risk Owner/Officer – post does not exist within the ICT Team

Head of Networks – Jim Easton, Network Manager, jim.easton@bedford.gov.uk  

Chief Technology Officer – Craig Hulland, Technical Support Manager, craig.hulland@bedford.gov.uk

Head of Data Protection – post does not exist within the ICT Team

Solution and Enterprise Architects – post does not exist within the ICT Team

12/7/16

 

9202

 

 

1. Has Bedford Borough Council  agreed to be part of the voluntary agreement made between local authorities under the Protocol?  If not, please explain why?

2.  What number of children was recorded as being resident in Bedford Borough Council area as published by the Office of National Statistics in the Mid-2014 Population Estimates?

3.     What is Bedford Borough Council’s calculation of 0.07% of the figure in the answer to Question 2 above?

4.     What number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children  (not including care leavers over the age of 18) were being cared for by Bedford Borough Council  on 1st July 2016?

The protocol defines ‘regions’ for the purposes of the transfer of responsibilities for the care of unaccompanied children. Bedford Borough Council  is part of the Eastern Region.

5.     Has Bedford Borough Council  information on the number of children recorded as being resident in the Eastern region as published by the Office of National Statistics in the Mid-2014 Population Estimates?  If so, please provide that number.

6.     Has Bedford Borough Council  information on the calculation of 0.07% of the figure in the answer to question 5 above?

7.     Has Bedford Borough Council information on the total number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (not including care leavers over the age of 18) being looked after by all authorities within the Eastern Region on 1st July 2016?

8.     Please provide the name and contact details for the Regional Administration lead (as identified in the Protocol)  for the Eastern Region . 

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 Has Bedford Borough Council  agreed to be part of the voluntary agreement made between local authorities under the Protocol?  If not, please explain why?

Answer: Bedford Borough will work under the protocol issued by Government in respect of the transfer of unaccompanied asylum seeker children. Bedford is already within 2 or 3 children of meeting the 0.007% ‘ceiling’ and will work within the voluntary agreement and arrangements that were established on 1st July this year.

2.     What number of children was recorded as being resident in Bedford Borough Council area as published by the Office of National Statistics in the Mid-2014 Population Estimates?

Answer: 37,380 aged 0-17.

3.      What is Bedford Borough Council’s calculation of 0.07% of the figure in the answer to Question 2 above?

Answer: Range of 26 to 29.  For reference 30 would be 0.08%.

4.      What number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children  (not including care leavers over the age of 18) were being cared for by Bedford Borough Council  on 1st July 2016?

Answer: 22.  For reference this represents 0.06% of child population.

5.      Has Bedford Borough Council  information on the number of children recorded as being resident in the Eastern region as published by the Office of National Statistics in the Mid-2014 Population Estimates?  If so, please provide that number.

Answer: Yes. 

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 of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

This is information is already in the public domain

1.      Has Bedford Borough Council  information on the calculation of 0.07% of the figure in the answer to question 5 above?

Answer: Yes

2. Has Bedford Borough Council information on the total number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (not including care leavers over the age of 18) being looked after by all authorities within the Eastern Region on 1st July 2016?

Answer: No. Although this information certainly will be shared in the future.

3.      Please provide the name and contact details for the Regional Administration lead (as identified in the Protocol)  for the Eastern Region .

East of England Gosia Strona

Malgorzata.Strona@eelga.gov.uk

20/7/16

 

9203

 

1. The number of children that have indicated an unassigned gender in their primary school preference in each year since 2014.

2a Do you have an information/ reporting policy/guidance/management document(s) that includes categorisation/classification of such incidents?

2b Can you provide me with a copy of the latest version of these document(s)?

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 provide the following in accordance with the FOI act:
1.Answer: We do not hold/record this information, as it has no bearing on the allocation of a school place.

2a Answer: We do not hold this information.

2b Answer: n/a

12/7/16

 

 

9204

 

 Please can you confirm the following to me in relation to your local authority area:

1) the number of people who were removed from the roll as a result of the implementation of the new IER system; and
2) how many of those who were removed did not subsequently re-register to vote by the time of the referendum on membership of the EU on 23 June, 2016?

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 a subsequent email will be sent as the request has been referred to the Acting Returning/Counting Officer.

22/7/16

 

9205

 

Please provide the following information in the format that is most readily accessible to you.

1. Broken down by frontline social worker, senior social worker, Team Manager or whatever for the last three years or such lesser period should the data not be available, indicate the number and proportion of such workers who were/are employed directly by the Local Authority and those who are working as agency social workers/interims.

2. In relation to the most recent twelve months for which you have information please confirm the cost to the LA of using agency workers and the difference between the cost and what the LA would be paying if such posts were filled by persons employed directly by the LA.

3. How many persons have been interviewed for front line social worker posts over the last 12 months? How many were offered jobs and how many took them up? How many were recent graduates with less than one year post qualification experience; had one to two years post qualification experience or had two or more years post qualification experience?

4. Please describe or summarise your social worker workforce recruitment and retention strategy.

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

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

1.Please find attached.

2 a) The cost of Children's Services Agency staff  in 2015/2016 was £3,858,119.

b) The difference between the cost and what the LA would be paying if such posts were filled by persons employed directly by the LA in 2015/2016 was £793,261.   (This amount has been calculated by comparing the budget for permanent staff to the average actual agency costs incurred per post.)

3 a) 66 (includes ASYE Social Worker, Social Worker, Advanced Social Worker, Experienced Social Worker, Team Manager)

  b) 34 (includes ASYE Social Worker, Social Worker, Advanced Social Worker, Experienced Social Worker, Team Manager)

  c) The Council does not hold this data.

4. Please find attached.

 

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

3/8/16

 

9206

 

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

Radcliffe Mews

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

13/7/16

 

9207

 

I am doing my individual thesis which focus on designing an intelligent parking system.In the proposed system, I am trying to add a predict function. But I need some parking data to validate my algorithm. For example, the parking records: the real time parking information in terms of  how many cars were parking in the parking lots ?When the cars left and enter? The data comes from just one car park will be very helpful for me.

I am wondering whether you have such data or not?If you have , would you please offer me some data?

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

The real time parking information in terms of how many cars were parking in the parking lots?

Attached.

When the cars left and enter? 

Attached.

The data comes from just one car park will be very helpful for me.

Allhallows MSCP Bedford.

These figures are based on 15th July 2016.

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

28/7/16

 

9208

 

 

 1) Please provide the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children within the responsibility of your local authority as of March 31st 2016 and their gender, age and nationality (as deemed by the local authority)?
 2) Between 1st April 2015 and March 31st 2016, how many newly arrived unaccompanied asylum-seeking children came under the responsibility of your local authority?
 3) Between 1st April 2015 and March 31st 2016, how many age assessments were completed for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children within the care of your local authority?
 4)  How many of the age assessments between 1st April 2015 and March 31st 2016 were formally disputed by the young person and/or their representative?

5) Between 1st April 2015 and March 31st 2016, how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children left the responsibility of your local authority (either due to their assessed age or through relocation)?

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)Please provide the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children within the responsibility of your local authority as of March 31st 2016 and their gender, age and nationality (as deemed by the local authority)?
Answer: 22
Breakdown of countries of origin for all UASC at 31st March 2016  
Afghanistan 7
Albania 1
Egypt 0
Eritrea 6
Ethiopia 1
Iran 4
Iraq 2
Lebanon 0
Sudan 0
Syria 0
Turkey 0
Vietnam 0
N/A or not known 0
Nigeria 1
Other (please state) 0
Other (please state) 0
OVERALL TOTAL 22
Breakdown of age - UASC at 31 March 2016 
Under 10 0
Age 10 0
Age 11 0
Age 12 0
Age 13 1
Age 14 1
Age 15 0
Age 16 6
Age 17 14
Breakdown of gender - UASC at 31 March 2016 
Male 20
Female 2
Not known 0
 2)  Between 1st April 2015 and March 31st 2016, how many newly arrived unaccompanied asylum-seeking children came under the responsibility of your local authority?
Answer: 15
 3)  Between 1st April 2015 and March 31st 2016, how many age assessments were completed for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children within the care of your local authority?
Answer: We do not keep records of this
 4)  How many of the age assessments between 1st April 2015 and March 31st 2016 were formally disputed by the young person and/or their representative?
Answer: We do not keep records of this
5)  Between 1st April 2015 and March 31st 2016, how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children left the responsibility of your local authority (either due to their assessed age or through relocation)?
Answer: We do not keep records of this 

1/8/16

 

9209

 

Please send me:

1) Within your local authority, what is the timeframe within which the initial age assessment of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people is completed?

2)  Is a Children and Families needs assessment, as defined by the Children Act 1989, completed for an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child? If so, does this help inform an Age Assessment?

3)  For an age assessment in your local authority, does a qualified social worker lead the assessment? If not, who does?

4)  How many social workers are required to be present during an age assessment interview? Who else is required to be involved during the Age Assessment? 

5)  When completing an age assessment what tools and/or processes are used to inform the age assessments e.g. X-ray, dental assessments etc.

6) Do you have any internal policies separate to National Policies than can help social workers complete an age assessment?

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)       Within your local authority, what is the timeframe within which the initial age assessment of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people is completed?

Answer: We aim to complete all age assessment within 72 hours.

2)       Is a Children and Families needs assessment, as defined by the Children Act 1989, completed for an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child? If so, does this help inform an Age Assessment?

Answer: Every child who is age assessed as being under 18 will have a needs assessment completed. This does not inform the age assessment as the age assessment is completed first.

3)       For an age assessment in your local authority, does a qualified social worker lead the assessment? If not, who does?

Answer: Yes.

4)       How many social workers are required to be present during an age assessment interview? Who else is required to be involved during the Age Assessment? 

Answer: Bedford Borough now uses two qualified HCPC registered social worker when completing age assessments.

5)       When completing an age assessment what tools and/or processes are used to inform the age assessments e.g. X-ray, dental assessments etc.

Answer: Our age assessment are Merton compliant and use no additional health / physical assessments other than observation.

6)       Do you have any internal policies separate to National Policies than can help social workers complete an age assessment? If so, can you provide a link to this or attach a copy?

Answer: No, our assessment guidance is the national guidance.

14/7/16

 

9210

 

 1.   Currently provide – or directs another organisation/ partner to provide - vision screening for children aged 4 to 5?
Yes/No
2.   If Yes to question 1, how many children in this age group have you screened in the academic year Sept 2015-July 2016?
Number screened 
Number not screened who are eligible. 
Total eligible population 
3.  If Yes to question 1, approximately how many children that have undergone vision screening in the academic year Sept 2015-July 2016, have then been referred on for further investigations?
Number referrals 

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

1.Currently provide – or directs another organisation/ partner to provide - vision screening for children aged 4 to 5?
BBC - yes

2.If Yes to question 1, how many children in this age group have you screened in the academic year Sept 2015-July 2016?
Please note those children not screened who were eligible either already attend eye clinic or an optometrist or their parents signed an opt-out form.
BBC
Number screened 2255
Number not screened who are eligible 162
Total eligible population 2417

3.If Yes to question 1, approximately how many children that have undergone vision screening in the academic year Sept 2015-July 2016, have then been referred on for further investigations?
BBC
Number referrals 239

27/7/16

 

9211

 

I would like to request under the freedom of information act, details of the amount of pupils who have been given admission to St Thomas More School for September 2016, with a breakdown of numbers against the individual admission criteria.

 

 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 contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

7/7/16

 

9212

 

 

Can you please answer con29 Question as detailed below for: Oxford Blue Way, Stewartby, Bedford

Q2.2 Is any public right of way which abuts on, or crosses the property, shown in a definitive map or revised definitive map?

Q2.3 If so, please attach a plan showing the approximate route,

Q2.4 Are there any pending applications to record a public right of way that abuts, or crosses the property, on the Register?

Q2.5 Are there any legal orders to stop up, divert, alter or create  a public right which abuts or crosses the property not yet implemented or shown on a definitive map?

 

Q3.3 (a) Is the property served by a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDs)

(b) Are there SuDS features within the boundary of the property? If yes, is the owner responsible for maintenance?

(c) If the property benefits from a SuDS for which there is a charge, who bills the property for the surface water drainage charge?

 

3.4.         Nearby Road Schemes

Is the property (or will it be) within 200 metres of any of the following?

(a)          the centre line of a new trunk road or special road specified  in any order, draft order or scheme

(b)          the centre line of a proposed alteration or improvement  to an existing road involving construction of a subway, underpass,  flyover,  footbridge,  elevated road or dual carriageway

(c)           the outer limits of construction works for a proposed alteration or improvement to an existing road, involving :

(i) construction  of a roundabout (other than a  mini-roundabout), or (ii) widening by construction of one or more additional traffic lanes

(d)          the outer limits of:

(i) construction of a new road to be built by a local authority,

(ii) an approved alteration or improvement to an existing road involving construction of a subway,  underpass,  flyover,  footbridge, elevated  road  or  dual  carriageway,

 (iii) construction of a roundabout (other than a mini-roundabout) or widening by construction of one  or more additional traffic lanes

(e)          the centre line of the proposed route of a new road under proposals published for public consultation

(f)           the outer limits of :

(i) construction of a proposed alteration or improvement to an existing road involving construction of a subway,  underpass,  flyover,  footbridge,  elevated  road  or dual carriageway,

(ii) construction of a  roundabout (other than a  mini-roundabout), (iii) widening by construction of one or more additional traffic lanes, under proposals  published for public consultation

               

3.5          Nearby railway schemes

(a)          Is the property (or will it be) within 200 metres of the centre line of a proposed railway, tramway, light railway or monorail?

(b)          Are there any proposals for a railway, tramway, light railway or monorail within the Local Authority’s boundary?

               

3.6          Traffic Schemes

Has a local authority approved but not yet implemented any of the following for the roads, footways and footpaths named on front page, which abut the boundaries of the property and are within 200 metres of the boundary of the property?

(a)          permanent stopping up or diversion

(b)          waiting or loading restrictions

(c)           one way driving

(d)          prohibition of driving

(e)          pedestrianisation

(f)           vehicle width or weight restriction

(g)          traffic calming works including road humps

(h)          residents parking controls

(i)           minor road widening or improvement

(j)           pedestrian crossings

(k)          cycle tracks

(l)           bridge building

 

3.7          Outstanding Notices

Do any statutory  notices  which relate to  the following matters subsist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry in this section:-

(g)          flood and coastal erosion risk management

 

Q 3.10   Community Infrastructure Levy

(a) Is there a CIL charging schedule?

(b) If yes, do any of the following subsist in relation to the property, or has a local authority decided to issue, serve, make or commence any of the following:

(i) a liability notice?

(ii) a notice of chargeable development?

(iii) a demand notice?

(iv) a default liability notice?

(v) an assumption of liability notice?

(vi) a commencement notice?

(c) Has any demand notice been suspended?

(d) Has the local authority received full or part payment of any CIL liability?

(e) Has the local authority received any appeal against any of the above?

(f) Has a decision been taken to apply for a liability order?

(g) Has a liability order been granted?

(h) Have any other enforcement measures been taken?

 

Thank you for your request for information about the new Con29 Search Form.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I have been able to respond to this enquiry in this instance, but any future requests for replies for specific properties and specific Con29 questions will need to be addressed to the individual departments, or submitted on the official CON 29 search form.

Q2.2 No
Q2.3 N/A
Q2.4 No
Q2.5 No

Q3.3(a),(b),(c)
In December 2014, the Government announced that schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 would not be enacted and SuDS would be dealt with by strengthening the existing planning policy instead. This change took place on the 6th April 2015, when the Lead Local Flood Authority became a Statutory Consultee for Surface water drainage on all major developments. The SuDS Approval Body (SAB) has not been implemented, therefore the Council is not a SAB and there is no contract in place.

The Council has adopted SuDS in the past with commuted sums in place for maintenance and will consider the future adoption based on their merits and maintenance arrangements/commuted sums.

Adopted SuDS features are normally in public areas such as public open space, however information relating to specific properties should be sought from the developer or original submitted planning application documents.
For new builds, information should be sought from the developer, including clarification on any maintenance responsibilities a property owner may inherit or any maintenance agreements they may be required to fund should any exist through a management company.

Water and Sewerage Companies will normally include a surface water charge in their bills where roof water from a property connects to a public surface water sewer.

Drainage infrastructure serving a single property within the curtilage of that property will be the responsibility of the home owner to maintain, unless directed otherwise.

Q3.4 (a) – (f)

None

Q3.5 (a)

None

Q3.5 (b)

There are no known plans by the Council or external bodies to introduce a tramway, light railway or monorail within Bedford Borough.

Within the Borough boundary, Network Rail has proposals to upgrade existing rail infrastructure. More information can be obtained from the following websites,

 East West Rail Western Section -

 

 Midland Mainline Electrification -

 

Both schemes utilise existing railway infrastructure and will not require new railway to be constructed. All the permanent way (rail track) will be upgraded within existing railway land.

Q3.6(a) – (l)
None

Q3.7(g)

None

Q3.10

(a)  Yes, The CIL Charging Schedule was brought into effect in the Bedford Borough Council on 1 April 2014. It applies to new residential development and also convenience based supermarkets, superstores and retail warehouses (net retailing space over 280 sq.m).

(b)–(h) No


1/8/16

 

9213

 

 Has your local authority issued any new licences or varied any of the conditions attached existing ones having regard to the Model Standards 2008?
Has your local authority served any compliance notices on licensees?
Has your local authority entered and carried out any works in park home sites because the licensee failed to comply with compliance notices?

 

I refer to your recent enquiry made 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 the information you requested. The information requested is enclosed below.

1 No new licenses have been issued and no existing licenses have been varied.

2.    No.

3.  No.

 

29/7/16

 

9214

 

1.  Do you have any Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreements in place within the boundary of your authority?

a.  If you do, could you please provide details of the address/addresses covered by the agreement?

2.  Are there any Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreements currently being proposed within the boundary of your authority?

a. If there are, could you please provide details of the address/addresses that these proposals concern?

 

Thank you for your request for information about Listed Building Heritage Partnerships Agreements which we received on 5 July 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1.     - No

2.    - No

6/7/16

 

9215

 

 

Could I please submit the following request under the Freedom of Information Act.

·        How many taxi licences have been applied for at the council so far in 2016?

·        How many taxi licences have been applied for at the council in each of the previous three years, ie… in 2015, 2014 and 2013?

·        How many taxi licences have been approved in each of these years, ie… so far in 2016? In 2015, 2014 and 2013?

·        Of those people applying for taxi licences so far in 2016, how many have criminal convictions? Could you please apply the same question to 2015, 2014 and 2013?

·        What crimes had these people been convicted of? Again, please can this be broken down into 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

·        How many of those people with criminal convictions who applied for taxi licences were granted licences? Again, please can this be broken down into 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

·        In total, how many taxi drivers granted licences by the council have criminal convictions? And could you please supply details of these convictions.

 

Further to your request for information dated 5/7/16, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

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.”

 

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request. It is not held in the format required and some records have to be retrieved from archive and there are approximately 300 files which will takes 5 minutes for file.

8/7/16

 

9216

 

The information I require would be the Ratepayer name, address, credit amount and the financial year the credit sits in.  This would only be for Limited Companies (corporate) and Government Bodies and not for individuals (sole traders, partnerships). 

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

25/7/16

 

9217

 

 

1.      To raise additional funds for adult social care have you set the precept at 2% per cent for 2016/17? If you have not, what did you set it at and why did you choose not to set it at the full amount?  Do you intend to use the full amount in future years?

2.      Have you calculated if there will be a shortfall of funding for adult social care despite use of the precept? If so, what is the shortfall you have calculated? And of the shortfall what percentage relates to learning disability care?

3.      Have you done any work on how much of the money raised by the 2 per cent precept will be used to fund people with learning disabilities, and if so, what percentage will this be of the overall funds made available for adult social care by the precept?

4.      Have you increased your fees to learning disability providers in the last 12 months, if so by what percentage, and was it a result of the National Living Wage?

 

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

1.  To raise additional funds for adult social care have you set the precept at 2% per cent for 2016/17? Yes If you have not, what did you set it at and why did you choose not to set it at the full amount?  N/A Do you intend to use the full amount in future years? Yes

2.  Have you calculated if there will be a shortfall of funding for adult social care despite use of the precept? Yes If so, what is the shortfall you have calculated? £1.751million And of the shortfall what percentage relates to learning disability care – The precept has not been allocated to primary support reasons and therefore we are unable to answer this part of the question

3. Have you done any work on how much of the money raised by the 2 per cent precept will be used to fund people with learning disabilities, and if so, what percentage will this be of the overall funds made available for adult social care by the precept? The precept has not been allocated to primary support reasons and therefore we are unable to answer this part of the question

4.     Have you increased your fees to learning disability providers in the last 12 months, if so by what percentage, and was it a result of the National Living Wage?  Fees to LD providers have changed or been reviewed on a client by client basis (no blanket uplift across all providers), this will in part have considered the impact of NLW introduction amongst other items.

2/8/16

 

9218

 

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

Homebrook House

Cardington 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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council 

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

13/7/16

 

9219

 

 

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

 Mount Pleasant Road

Clapham 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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

13/7/16

 

9220

 

 

Are all fines paid into the budget for traffic wardens.

What are Councils minimum standards for the size of parking bays in council car parks.

 

About two years ago the Council undertook works on the Allhallows Council car park. What exactly was the nature of these works and how much did the works cost.

 

When was the Pay On Foot system introduced at this car park.

 

thank you for your letter dated 26/07/16. It was kind of you to write.

 

1 Unfortunately, as I said in my letter, I cannot find the Council's minimum standards for the size of parking bays in Council car parks on your web site. You say it is freely available but I still cannot find it. Presumably you have been able to find it? If that is the case would you please help me and let me know the answer to my question?

 

2 I think the council fitted solar panels to the top two floors of this car park, presumably in 2014. Are you able to confirm this please and let me know why this was done and how the energy is used?

 

 

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.

Are all fines paid into the budget for traffic wardens.

Yes.

What are Councils minimum standards for the size of parking bays in council car parks.

This information is freely available to the public on the Bedford Borough Council website.

About two years ago the Council undertook works on the Allhallows Council car park. What exactly was the nature of these works and how much did the works cost.

The works undertaken were full refurbishment works including concrete repairs, painting, waterproofing layers, lighting, lift replacements, fencing and payment machines. The cost was £2.347 million. It was completed circa May 2014.

When was the Pay On Foot system introduced at this car park.

May 2014. 

 

The Council's minimum standards for the size of parking bays in Council car parks on your web site.

.

Date commissioned: 28.06.2013

To generate on site electricity this is used to power lighting and other electrical equipment.

To generate income for the Council through the Feed in Tariff scheme.

To help the Council reduce its carbon footprint.

1/8/16

 

9221

 

1) The number of school exclusion cases that came before local authority panels - or any other relevant panels you are aware of - between 2010 and the present day

.2) The number of these cases where the verdict of the school was overturned by the Local Authority Panel (or other relevant panels you are aware of).

 

 

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 contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

25/7/16

 

9222

 

 

I am sending this request to ask you to provide a breakdown on a ward by ward basis of the results of the EU referendum in your local authority.

 

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 a subsequent email will be sent as the request has been referred to the Acting Returning/Counting Officer.

28/7/16

 

9223

 

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from the council:A copy of all rental and/or access agreements for council owned land relating to mobile phone masts that have been active over the last 10 years (such as with Vodafone, EE, O2, Three, Orange, T-Mobile, Arqiva or H3G)   breakdown of yearly income from the land rental/access agreements described above by site, including the land owner’s name/company going back 10 years to 2006

Further to your request for information dated 5 July 2016, 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.
In response to the first point of your request, pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act, the Council:
1.States that the information requested is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Sections 40 (Personal Information) and 43 (Commercial Interests) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 
We are unable to supply copies of rental agreements. This is on the grounds of the documents containing personal and commercially sensitive information. We do not have permission to release personal information and the release of commercially sensitive information could prejudice future discussions and negotiations.
In response to the second point

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

 

9224

 

 

1.       How many general needs properties do you have, how many supported properties do you own, rent out and rent from other landlords (figures separated). Please could you name the landlords you rent from or to, and give the numbers of units specifically for mental health. 

2.       How many times have the police been called to your properties in the financial years 2011/2012,  2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/2016?  Could you please separate the numbers for supported housing and general needs. Could you note the outcome of each call – such as, was there an arrest, charge, any prosecution? And say if the incident involved someone with mental health.

3.       Could you also please give as many details of the incidents above as possible – eg man stabbed hostel worker, or man claims to have bomb, etc. , giving the date and type of property here ideally eg 20th of April 2015, man arrested at a hostel for single young homeless people for possessing a gun; Was given a suspended sentence.  Did the tenant involved have mental health issues ?

4.       How much budget have you allocating to support for people with mental health in supported accommodation for your budget for the years 2016/ 17 and 2017/18. How much did you allocated in previous years: 2011/2012, 2012/ 2013, 2013/2014, 2014/15 and 2015/16. Do you have any budget to support mental health tenants in general needs accommodation? If so - how much for each year. 

 

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

1.       How many general needs properties do you have, how many supported properties do you own, rent out and rent from other landlords (figures separated). Please could you name the landlords you rent from or to, and give the numbers of units specifically for mental health. The Council’s Supported Housing Team commission a small number of supported housing and hostel services but do not own, rent or manage any of the buildings which these services are provided from. The support providers either directly own the building or have their own lease arrangements in place with the landlord.

2.       How many times have the police been called to your properties in the financial years 2011/2012,  2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/2016?  Could you please separate the numbers for supported housing and general needs. Could you note the outcome of each call – such as, was there an arrest, charge, any prosecution? And say if the incident involved someone with mental health. We do not hold this data for the services we commission. This is something the support providers would need to supply.

3.       Could you also please give as many details of the incidents above as possible – eg man stabbed hostel worker, or man claims to have bomb, etc. , giving the date and type of property here ideally eg 20th of April 2015, man arrested at a hostel for single young homeless people for possessing a gun; Was given a suspended sentence.  Did the tenant involved have mental health issues ? We do not hold this data for the services we commission. This is something the support providers would need to supply.

4.       How much budget have you allocating to support for people with mental health in supported accommodation for your budget for the years 2016/ 17 and 2017/18. How much did you allocated in previous years: 2011/2012, 2012/ 2013, 2013/2014, 2014/15 and 2015/16. Do you have any budget to support mental health tenants in general needs accommodation? If so - how much for each year. 

The Supporting People team provide funding for people with mental health in supported accommodation. The budget is as follows:

2011/2012   £160,470

2012/2013   £165,150

2013/2014   £165,150

2014/2015   £165,150

2015/2016   £165,150

2016/2017   £165,150

2017/2018   budget has not been determined yet.

 1/8/16

 

9225

 

 

Copies of all correspondence and e-mails between Ministers or officials

and Best Move Properties or The Landlord of the above address since July 2014.

 

I refer to your recent enquiry made under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act for copies of communication between this office and Best Move Properties and the landlord of  Castle Road, Bedford. The authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. The information requested is enclosed on the email with this letter.  

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

 

1/8/16

 

9226

 

 

In relation to the first ten cases of children that were taken into care (either interim or full) by your authority in the 2016 calendar year please provide me with the following information in connection with each of these cases.The sex of the child?The age of the child?If any of the following factors are recorded in the papers you hold on the case as having been a factor in the council’s decision to take the child into care: (a) proximity to a dangerous dog (b) the obesity of the child, (c) a concern the child spends too much time playing computer games and/or on the internet, (d) the child’s home environment is unhealthy due to cigarette smoke, (e) the parents do not care adequately for the child because they spend too much time watching television and/or on the internet or (f) that the child has poor dental hygiene.

 

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 contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

20/7/16

 

9227

 

 

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

 Gold Street Podington

Wellingborough

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

13/7/16

 

9228

 

 GLENROSE AVENUE, RAVENSDEN, 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?

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

13/7/16

 

9229

 

Please could you inform me of how many fixed penalty tickets have been issued over the past 12 months for the following roads and income received.

Pemberley  Ave

Bushmead Ave

Rothsay Gardens

Goldington Ave.

I would appreciate it if included is the cost for the White lining work which has  been   carried out recently in Pemberley  Ave, to identify the parking areas for pay and display and markings identifying the entrance to residents driveways  in this Ave

 

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 could you inform me of how many fixed penalty tickets have been issued over the past 12 months for the following roads and income received.

Pemberley Ave

£1,504.00

49 Penalty Charge Notices

Bushmead Ave

£5,697.01

197 Penalty Charge Notices

Rothsay Gardens

£4,304.00

150 Penalty Charge Notices

Goldington Ave.

£2,100.00

49 Penalty Charge Notices

I would appreciate it if included is the cost for the White lining work which has  been   carried out recently in Pemberley  Ave, to identify the parking areas for pay and display and markings identifying the entrance to residents driveways  in this Ave

Due to invoices not being available the estimated cost is £2200.00.

27/7/16

 

9230

 

Regarding the issue of dog fouling in your local authority, and for the periods 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date, could you please provide responses to the following questions:

 

2013

2014

2015

2016

1.      How many fines did your local authority hand out for dog fouling?

 

 

 

 

2.      How many reports of dog fouling were received by your local authority?

 

 

 

 

3.      What was the total value of fines handed out by your local authority out for dog fouling?

 

 

 

 

4.      What was the average amount of revenue from fines handed out for dog fouling?

 

 

 

 

5.      Does your local authority require dog owners to carry a poop scoop and disposable bag when they take their dogs out to a public place?

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about dog fouling which we received on 7 July 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

2013

2014

2015

2016 to date

1.     How many fines did your local authority hand out for dog fouling?

14

13

26

0

2.     How many reports of dog fouling were received by your local authority?

270

224

269

187

3.     What was the total value of fines handed out by your local authority out for dog fouling?

£900

£975

£1800

0

4.     What was the average amount of revenue from fines handed out for dog fouling?

£43.75

£44.23

£45.58

0

5.     Does your local authority require dog owners to carry a poop scoop and disposable bag when they take their dogs out to a public place?

No

No

No

No

18/16

 

9231

 

Please send us the following details

· What manufacturer telephone system are you using?

·  How many extensions are there on your telephone system?

 Who maintains your telephone system?

 When does your telephone system maintenance contract expire?

Are you using Lync or Skype for Business?

 

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.

 What manufacturer telephone system are you using? Cisco Express Version 10

 How many extensions are there on your telephone system? 1750

 Who maintains your telephone system? MCS (Maindec Computer Solutions - formerly called CSA Waverley)

·When does your telephone system maintenance contract expire? 31st March 2017

  Are you using Lync or Skype for Business? No

 

2/8/16

 

9232

 

 

I am writing to you to request some information from your authority under the Freedom of Information Act. Please can you provide information on the following questions:

1.    How many adults with learning disabilities did your local authority fund in: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and at present (2016)?

2. What was the cost of funding adults with learning disabilities per year in: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and at present in 2016?

3. How many learning disability providers did the local authority work with in: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and at present in 2016?

4.    Have you, or do you intend to, use the two per cent precept to raise additional funds for adult social care? If you have, how much has it raised?

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 and this is detailed below:
  How many adults with learning disabilities did your local authority fund in: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and at present (2016)?
2011/2012                =             504
2012/2013                =             532
2013/2014                =             543
2014/2015                =             430
2015/2016                =             465

2. What was the cost of funding adults with learning disabilities per year in: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and at present in 2016?
                        Actual                    Budget
                              £                             £
2012/2013        14,907,466 
2013/2014         17,800,718 
2014/2015         16,093,216 
2015/2016          16,754,067 
2016/2017                                   16,566,580

3. How many learning disability providers did the local authority work with in: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and at present in 2016?
2011/2012 - 99
2012/2013 - 100
2013/2014 – 98          
2014/2015 - 110
2015/2016 – 112
Please note this data is based on the number of providers who provide services to learning disability clients, companies with more than one establishment have been counted as 1.  It does not include in-house providers.

4.    Have you, or do you intend to, use the two per cent precept to raise additional funds for adult social care? If you have, how much has it raised?

The two per cent precept has raised £1.430 million

 

 

9233

 

 I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I ask you kindly to send me details of the following:
1.  How much funding was:
a.  budgeted for;
b.  allocated to;
c.  spent by;
your electoral or democratic services department (or equivalent) in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13, (iv) 2013-14, (v) 2014-15 and (iv) to date in 2015-16?
2.  And, of such funding (in no. 1) that was:
a.  budgeted for;
b.  allocated to;
c.  spent by;
your electoral or democratic services department, what amount was contributed by (i) the authority itself, (ii) other local or combined authorities, (iii) the Cabinet Office, (iv) a government department or agency other than the UK Government Cabinet Office and (v) the Electoral Commission

 

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 a subsequent email will be sent as the request has been referred to the Acting Returning/Counting Officer.

 

28/7/16

 

9234

 

I would be grateful for an estimate of the cost of making good pot hole in Kempston of Kempston and Bedford. If possible the statistics regarding these repairs.

Thank you for your request for information about the cost of repairing potholes which we received on 23 July 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 What was the cost to the Borough, particularly Kempston of repairing potholes in the last financial year – We are unable to identify spend by location but the total was £627,574.14.

 

18/8/16

 

9235

 

 

Please could you advise under Freedom of Information/ Environmental Information Regulations whether there are any proposals for a railway, tramway, light railway or monorail within the Local Authority boundary?

 

Thank you for your request for information about proposals for a railway, tramway, light railway or Monorail which we received on 7 July 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

There are no known plans by the Council or external bodies to introduce a tramway, light railway or monorail within Bedford Borough.

Within the Borough boundary, Network Rail has proposals to upgrade existing rail infrastructure. More information can be obtained from the following websites:

East West Rail Western Section

Midland Mainline Electrification

11/7/16

 

9236

 

 

Please could you advise under Freedom of Information/ Environmental Information Regulations whether there are any proposals to stop up, divert or alter an existing Public Right of Way within the Local Authority boundary?

Or are there any pending proposals for a Public Right of Way within the Local Authority boundary?

 

Thank you for your request for information about public rights of way which we received on 7 July 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

We have 18 applications at varying stages of the process.  Two of the applications are DDMO’s which are available on our website here

28/7/16

 

9237

 

RE:CHURCH WALK, HARROLD, BEDFORD, BEDFORDSHIRE,

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?

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

13/7/16

 

9238

 

 Would it be possible to get the exact funeral costs for each funeral please?

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested which is below.  Upon further investigation it was found that there were 18 funerals and not 17 as previously advised, apologies for the error.

“the exact funeral costs for each funeral”
2015/2016 
Funeral Costs      £
1                         960.35
2                         961.19
3                         938.19
4                         1,131.89
5                         961.19
6                         978.25
7                         1,131.97
8                         968.99
9                         931.70
10                       967.97
11                       1,201.57
12                        989.12
13                       1,078.22
14                       1,125.19
15                      1,000.00
16                      1,000.00
17                       972.05
18                        982.98
 TOTAL               18,280.82

19/7/16

 

9239

 

Re: FETLOCK CLOSE, CLAPHAM, BEDFORD,

 In order to get landmark to review would you be able to provide the below information?

(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 they have any concerns regarding ground

conditions on or adjacent to the property site.

Whether the site has been risk ranked in

accordance with their Contaminated Land Strategy

and if so what level has it been assigned (Low,

Medium or High; Category 1, 2, 3, etc).

Thank you for your request for information about Fetlock Close, Clapham, Bedfordshire which we received on 8th July 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

We have searched the records held by the Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department, and have answered your questions as follows:

  1. Information on the nearby landfill sitee.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.
  2. We hold limited information on two waste disposal sites located close to, i.e. within 100m of, the above-mentioned site (‘the site’). These are recorded as ‘Bridle Drive’ and ‘Milton Road, North of Clapham Folly’:
  • ‘Bridle Drive’

This surrounds and slightly encroaches onto the South Western corner of the site. It is a previous bottle dump, which has been investigated for soil contamination.

According to our file note dated 18/10/96, Bridle Drive (58-72), was developed 1995-96.

'A survey confirmed the extent of fill and contamination present.

[Environmental Health] advised the developers, remediation comprised:

Removal and disposal

Imported break layer

Membrane

Clean top soil.

[Environmental Health] were satisfied that no further work was required.'

  • ‘Milton Road, North of Clapham Folly’

This was a builders yard being used as scrap yard. Most of the site was filled except for a large pond on the West side.

Most of the site was re-developed, possibly under planning application

98/00872, Condition 26.

  1. Whether the site has been risk ranked inaccordance with their Contaminated Land Strategy, and if so what level has it been assigned (Low, Medium or High; Category 1, 2, 3, etc.).

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. Both of the above sites are included on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements.

The ‘Bridle Drive’ site has been ranked as a medium risk site.

The ‘Milton Road, North of Clapham Folly’ site has been ranked as a low risk site.

4/8/16

 

9240

 

 

Please forward this freedom of information request to appropriate person.

Please tell me if coroner's officers at the coroner court / coroner office are employed and paid by local govt or police?

 

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 as this service is hosted by Central Bedfordshire Council.  

11/7/16

 

9241

 

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

Chequers Hill

Wilden

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

13/7/16

 

9242

 

Please consider this a request for information made under the Freedom of Information Act.

Can you please provide me with the following information:

1.  A list of buildings owned and operated by the Local Authority.

2.  The last complete bill gas and electric bill, (or combined bill), for each building, please note I would like to be in receipt of each page of the bill, (for clarity if the bill has 6 pages, I would like a copy of all 6 pages).

3.  The contact details of the individual or team who would deal with the energy provision for the building.

Further to your request for information dated 9 July 2016, 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.

The Council owns and operates a large number of properties of many different types.  It does not maintain a single list of all such properties. Further, the Council does not store invoices electronically or separately or sort the invoices by type of expenditure.   To comply with the request, we would need to identify the relevant location for a property, identify the nature of the Council’s interest in the property and responsibility for any outgoings, identify an invoice relating to it and then copy and send all the relevant paperwork.  It is estimated that this is likely to involve at least 400 separate invoices.  Even at 10 minutes per invoice, this would involve about 66 hours of work and this exceeds the relevant limit set out in Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  In the circumstances, the Council is not obliged to provide the information.  In any event, the Council considers that the invoices contain sensitive information relating to supply tariffs which the Council is able to negotiate in a commercial marketplace and disclosure would prejudice the Council’s commercial interests in that respect.  Section 43 of the Act applies and the Council considers the information relating to invoices to be exempt from disclosure.  The Council considers that the balance of the public interest lies in not disclosing such information.You may wish to consider limiting your request to information which can be delivered within the limit of £450 (18 hours at £25), but, since the central part of your request appears to relate to information which the Council considers to be exempt from disclosure, it is appreciated that this may not assist you.

 

8/8/16

 

9243

 

 RE:The Silver Birches, Kempston in respect of comtamination

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

2/8/16

 

9244

 

 Troubled Families Programme

1.   What is your budgets for 14/15 and 15/16 for the troubled families programme?

2. What technology are you using to support the troubled families programme?

3. Is this a system you have a brought off the shelf or developed yourselves?

4. What are the costs/budgets for this system in 14/15 and 15/16?

Multi Agency Hub

5.  Do you have a separate multi agency hub?

6. Is this enabled with technology if so what technology do you use?  

7.  Is this a system you have a brought off the shelf or developed yourselves?

8.  What are the costs/budgets for this system in 14/15 and

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.

Troubled Families Programme

1.     What is your budgets for 14/15 and 15/16 for the troubled families programme?

Answer:

A.    2014-15   £470,950

B.    2015-16   £478,980

2.     What technology are you using to support the troubled families programme?

Answer: We currently use a case record management system called EIS (Early Intervention & Safeguarding). This is also known as ‘synergy’. This has been developed by a company called Servelec.

3.     Is this a system you have a brought off the shelf or developed yourselves?

Answer: This system has been purchased ‘off the shelf’ so to speak. We had to build various areas of programme to enable it to meet the information demands of our service. The Product is purchased as a ‘skeleton’ in which each local authority will have to build upon in order to customise it to their needs.

4.     What are the costs/budgets for this system in 14/15 and 15/16?

Answer: Azeus is a Social Care wide system use by TF and all other social care teams

A.    2014-2015   £197,940

B.    2015-2016   £301,974

In 2015-16 Early Intervention commissioned another Software called Tribal Troubled Families contribution for 2015-16 was £23,150

Multi Agency Hub

5.     Do you have a separate multi agency hub?

Answer: Yes

6.     Is this enabled with technology if so what technology do you use?  

Answer: Azeus

7.     Is this a system you have a brought off the shelf or developed yourselves?

Answer: MASH is a module within the Azeus Care system and has been developed by us and other local authorities that use Azeuscare.

8.     What are the costs/budgets for this system in 14/15 and 15/16?

Answer:   Azeus is a Social Cate wide system used by all teams

A.    2014-2015   £197,940

B.    2015-2016   £301,974

 1/8/16

 

9245

 

Under Freedom of Information I request

Names and addresses of Licensed Dog Breeding Establishments within your authority.

For all applicable establishments please will you provide:

(A) Number of breeding dogs (male and female) each is licensed for along with the breeds

(B) Copy of last inspection report.

(C) Number, nature, and outcome of any complaints since 01/01/2015

I also request under Freedom of Information

Names and addresses of establishments holding a Pet Shop License allowing them to sell dogs, whether licensed for dog breeding or not

For all applicable establishments please will you provide:

(D) Copy of last inspection report.
(E) Details of where puppies are sourced, if held.
(F) Number, nature, and outcome of any complaints since 01/01/2015

(G) Whether the licensee holds Type 1 or Type 2 Animal Transportation authorisation

 

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:

1) Names and addresses of Licensed Dog Breeding Establishments within your authority

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

You requested above

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

1.  States that above is exempt information.

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

Please click here for the link on Breeding

We have one dog breeding establishment.)

 

(A) Number of breeding dogs (male and female) each is licensed for along with the breeds – 10 breeding bitches

(B) Copy of last inspection report. See attached (redacted)

(C) Number, nature, and outcome of any complaints since 01/01/2015 - None

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for the attachment

2/8/16

 

9246

 

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

Water Lane

Renhold

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

18/7/169

 

9247

 

 was wondering if you had access to the council vending machine statistics. For example locations, contract terms and total transactions.

Applicant not responded to request for clarification

 

9248

 

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

Norcott Mead

Shortstown

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

18/7/16

 

9249

 

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

Pilgrims House

Horne Lane

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

18/7/16

 

9250

 

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

 Bosen Close

Wootton

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

18/7/16

 

9251

 

I will be doing a good practice analysis of car parks and develop new ones. Can you please send me picture of before and after of car parks at allhollow?

 

Thank you for your request for information about Allhallows Multi Storey Car Park (MSCP) which we received on 6 July 2016. Your request has been considered under the

Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find attached 2 PDF submissions that should be of help to you.

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

 

1/8/16

 

9252

 

Under the Freedom of Information act I am hoping to obtain contact details / names of person(s) working in the Public Health/Pauper Funeral Department within the Council.

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 attached an Organisation Chart for Bereavement Services and the contact for this department is Michael Day (Michael.Day@bedford.gov.uk.) Service Manager (Bereavement Services)

21/7/16

 

9253

 

 

Under freedom of information legislation, I am seeking the following information:

- The total cost the council of all civic receptions held since July 1, 2013 

- Details of each civic reception, including date, individual cost, purpose, location, how many guests attended, how many councillors attended and what the money spent was used to purchase. 

 

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

5/8/16

 

9254

 

 

Can you please provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

·  Whether you have a current Dangerous Wild Animals Act licence on file for Thomas or Tommy Chipperfield

A copy of the DWA licence

Copies of any inspection reports and correspondence with the owner dated 1 January 2015 to 30 June 2016

 

Thank you for your request for information about regarding a DWA Licence which we received on 12 July. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, not held by Bedford Borough Council: the individual named is not licensed by us.

19/7/16

 

9255

 

Under freedom of information legislation, I am seeking the following information:

- The total amount spent by the local authority on councillors' clothing allowances since April 6, 2013

- The names of any councillors entitled to a clothing allowance at any point during this period- An itemised list of all clothing purchased by each of these councillors during this period, including the cost of each item, description of each item (i.e. a skirt), the name of the shop where it was purchased and the date of purchase

 

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

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

 The total amount spent by the local authority on councillors' clothing allowances since April 6, 2013 – Nil for Bedford Borough Councillors

- The names of any councillors entitled to a clothing allowance at any point during this period - Nil for Bedford Borough Councillors

- An itemised list of all clothing purchased by each of these councillors during this period, including the cost of each item, description of each item (i.e. a skirt), the name of the shop where it was purchased and the date of purchase - Nil for Bedford Borough Councillors

There is no clothing allowance for Councillors within Bedford Borough Council’s allowance scheme.

20/7/16

 

9256

 

Please can you clarify whether your chosen supplier "Guidant" are retained as a Master Vendor or Neutral Vendor in relation to the supply of Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Personal Assistants (Leaving Care) and Social Work Assistants.

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

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.The Council has a contract with Guidant in place till 31st August 2019 which is a mixture of neutral/master/hybrid vendor

9/8/16

 

9257

 

I would like more detailed information so I have a better understanding of your local highways and road maintenance contracts.I really want to make a request for information relating to the following service/maintenance contracts agreements the council may have in regards to:

  • Surface maintenance of Roads
  • Roadside and drainage maintenance
  • Shoulder and approaches maintenance
  • Bridges maintenance
  • Traffic service

Thank you for your request for information about Highways and Road Maintenance Contract Agreements which we received on 13 July 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Surface maintenance of Roads – see below.

  • Roadside and drainage maintenance – no contracts works, delivered in house.
  • Shoulder and approaches maintenance – no contracts works, delivered in house.
  • Bridges maintenance – minor works delivered in house, major schemes tendered on a scheme by scheme basis.
  • Traffic service – no contracts.

Surface maintenance of roads – structural maintenance contract

  1. Who the supplier is? Hanson Contracting.
  2. What is the average annual spend for each of the supplier’s? £2.5 million
  3. A description of what is entailed within each of these contracts? Carriageway resurfacing and patching works.
  4. For the list above please state which type of contract it relates to (1-5) NEC term service contract.
  5. What is the length of the contracts? And if there are any extensions included. 1 year, no extension.
  6. When this contract started? 01/04/16
  7. When this contract expired? 31/03/17
  8. When will this contract be reviewed? Currently being reviewed.
  9. Who is the contract owner in the organisation? Full details including email - Matthew Soper, Principal Engineering, matthew.soper@bedford.gov.uk

Minor maintenance works contract

Who the supplier is? – DJT Surfacing and Harton Ltd.

What is the average annual spend for each of the supplier’s? £200,000

  1. A description of what is entailed within each of these contracts? Minor Highway maintenance and improvement works.
  2. For the list above please state which type of contract it relates to (1-5)
  3. What is the length of the contracts? And if there are any extensions included. – 22 months.
  4. When this contract started? 01/07/15
  5. When this contract expired? 31/03/17
  6. When will this contract be reviewed? A similar contract will be retendered ready for a start on 01/04/17. Through the procurement the contract will be re-evaluated and reviewed.
  7. Who is the contract owner in the organisation? Full details including email - Andrew Talbot (Andrew.talbot@bedford.gov.uk)

9/8/16

 

9258

 

*  Please provide the number of primary age and, separately, secondary age children in the local authority who are due to start school in September but are currently without a school place.

*  Please provide comparable figures for the previous three years.

*    Where possible, please give the reasons that children might be without school places for September. For example - the offer of school places have not been accepted, LA was unable to offer a place at parents' preferred schools, families applied to schools which handle their own admissions but were unsuccessful and then approached the council, problems with free school premises, the number of applications have risen significantly etc.

*   Please provide figures to show the total number of applications made for, separately, primary and secondary places, and the total number of primary and secondary school places available, and provide the comparable figures for the previous three years.

*    Where possible, please comment on the main reason or reasons for the number of applications rising over this period (if they have).

*    Please provide any documentation from the last 12 months (minutes of meetings, reports, research, memos) which mention the impact of immigration on primary or secondary school places.

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 provide the number of primary age and, separately, secondary age children in the local authority who are due to start school in September but are currently without a school place.

Answer: Primary - 7, Secondary – 0, due to late applications which are received and being processed. The pupils will be allocated a school place once the applications are processed. There are sufficient pupil places for all pupils in Bedford Borough.

*    Please provide comparable figures for the previous three years.

Answer: We do not hold this information. This data is not collected as the number would differ dependent on the day the question was asked. All children would have been offered a place for September. However, you will recall from the response to your request in May 2015 that there were Primary - 94, Secondary – 4.

*    Where possible, please give the reasons that children might be without school places for September. For example - the offer of school places have not been accepted, LA was unable to offer a place at parents' preferred schools, families applied to schools which handle their own admissions but were unsuccessful and then approached the council, problems with free school premises, the number of applications have risen significantly etc.

Answer: Late applications which are awaiting processing.

*   Please provide figures to show the total number of applications made for, separately, primary and secondary places, and the total number of primary and secondary school places available, and provide the comparable figures for the previous three years.

Answer: Please seePDF attached

*    Where possible, please comment on the main reason or reasons for the number of applications rising over this period (if they have).

Answer: Families moving into the area and requests for children to change schools within the Borough.

*     Please provide any documentation from the last 12 months (minutes of meetings, reports, research, memos) which mention the impact of immigration on primary or secondary school places.

Answer: We do not hold this information. Such a report does not exist in the council. The council has a duty to provide sufficient pupil places which has been achieved.

2/8/16

 

9259

 

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

Upper Dean

Huntingdon

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

15/7/16

 

9260

 

To assist you, I believe this may best be sourced from your Category Manager for Professional Services within your Procurement section, or Procurement/ Purchasing/ Finance and HR/ Personnel/ Recruitment sections, depending on the organisational structure of Bedford Borough Council.

1. Please advise the total staff headcount that are employed directly by Bedford Borough Council, with each part-time employee counted as one employee. Please exclude all temporary agency workers from this figure.

2. Please identify each supplier that Bedford Borough Council has a contract with to supply temporary agency workers.

3. Please identify: a. the type of contract that Bedford Borough Council has with each of these suppliers (preferred supplier list/ framework/ etc. If framework, please indicate b. which - e.g. MSTAR/ YPO/ Panel London/ Pan London/ NPS All Wales/ Crown Commercial Services/ etc; and c. whether this is on a neutral/ master/ hybrid vender model, or the lot number.

4. Please advise for each contract identified within (2) above of: a. the current end date of the contract; b. the date(s) that any break clause(s) can be enabled; and c. the length of time of any extension that can be enabled.

5. Please advise of the full name of the main contact at Bedford Borough Council who is responsible for the main (or majority of the) contract(s) identified within (2) above, together with their:

a. job title;

b. group (either team, division or department, whichever is the smallest identifiable group);

c. telephone number;

d. email; and

e. full postal address, inc postcode.

6. Please identify all suppliers that Bedford Borough Council has sourced a temporary agency worker from - but does not have a contract with - from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

7. For each temporary agency supplier (either a. contracted as identified within (2) above; b. non-contracted as identified within (6) above; and c. all temporary workers Bedford Borough Council has sourced directly), how much has been spent on each supplier (or directly), from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016

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

1.2141

2. We have a managed contract with Guidant who have supplier agencies signed up to them.  

3. The contract is a mixture of neutral/master/hybrid vendor.

4. The contract is in place until 31.8.19 (was extended for 4 years on 1.9.15) and no further extensions can be awarded.  The break clause is 6 months’ notice.

5. Sarah Fuller

a. HR Manager

b. HR

c. 01234 228084

d. sarah.fuller@bedford.gov.uk.

e. Borough Hall, Cauldwell street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

6.

1St Choice Staff Recruitment Limited.

Access Europe HR Ltd

Brook Street (UK) Limited (T/as BS Social Care)

Care Forum (Mk) Ltd

CIPFA Business Ltd

EPL Cars Ltd

Everycare (MK & Beds) Ltd.

Forfusion Ltd

G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd

Ipeople Solutions Ltd

J.I. Productions - Jason Impey

Key People Limited

Orchid National Nursing Supply

Penna Plc t/a Penna Communications

Pride Bedford Ltd

Shepherd Stubbs Ltd

7. a) £10,234,308

b) please click here for the link on suppliers

 

9/8/16

 

9261

 

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

 Poplar Avenue

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

15/7/16

 

9262

 

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

 Ashburnham 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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

15/7/16

 

9263

 

Please note that these questions are in relation to Council Tax/Business Rates

1. Please confirm if your printing for Council Tax /Business Rates Annual Billing is outsourced and if so, who to?

1a. If yes, when is this contract up for renewal?

2.   Please confirm if your printing for Council Tax / Business Rates Daily / Ad Hoc Billing is outsourced and if so, who to?

2a.  If yes, when is this contract up for renewal?

3. Please confirm if your printing for other Revenues and Benefits letters (e.g benefit notification letters, ad hoc correspondence) is outsourced and if so, who to?

3a. If yes, when is this contract up for renewal?

3b. Do you have the ability to send your ad hoc letters to an external print drive in order that this output can be coordinated and dispatched by a third party supplier (i.e Hybrid printing)?  If yes, who provides this service?

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 and this is detailed below:

1. Please confirm if your printing for Council Tax /Business Rates Annual Billing is outsourced and if so, who to?  No

1a. If yes, when is this contract up for renewal?   n/a

2.   Please confirm if your printing for Council Tax / Business Rates Daily / Ad Hoc Billing is outsourced and if so, who to?  No

2a.  If yes, when is this contract up for renewal?   n/a

3. Please confirm if your printing for other Revenues and Benefits letters (e.g benefit notification letters, ad hoc correspondence) is outsourced and if so, who to?  No

3a. If yes, when is this contract up for renewal?  n/a

3b. Do you have the ability to send your ad hoc letters to an external print drive in order that this output can be coordinated and dispatched by a third party supplier (i.e Hybrid printing)?  If yes, who provides this service?

There is currently no process in place to enable ad hoc letters to be forwarded to an external print drive.  This would need to be developed by the Council’s ICT Team.

25/7/16

 

9264

 

 

Please could I have a copy of the report on Wheathouse Close, Bedford

 

I refer to your recent enquiry made under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act for a copy of a housing inspection report undertaken at  Wheathouse Close, Bedford. The authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. The information requested is enclosed on the email with this letter.  

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

38/16

 

9265

 

 

A listing of all location and type of all existing housing identified to be of non standard construction

 

Thank you for your request for information about existing housing identified to be of non-standard construction which we received on 13 July 2016 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 not held by Bedford Borough Council.

20/7/16

 

9266

 

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.

I would like to be provided with the following information:

1)      Please disclose the number of children aged 16 years and under taken into care (either interim or full) due to concerns about the child being overweight (for example: the obesity of the child was cited as a factor) in the following years: 2014, 2015 and to date in 2016.

2)      Please provide a breakdown for each year showing the age of the child and the weight or provide the BMI of the child.

3)      If within the cost limits, please also disclose the number of cases in which social services have intervened in any shape or form in cases involving children aged 16 years and under because of concerns about the child being overweight in 2015 and to date in 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 Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

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.”

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

Answer: We do not hold/record any information on our database relating to the obesity of Looked After Children as this is not a specific category that we use. We undertake holistic medical assessments for care proceedings, and record the details in individual files. To obtain this information, this would require us manually checking each individual Looked After Childs file, for the years requested, which would take over 18 hours.

20/7/16

 

9267

 

 - Does your authority have a recruitment contract with Jobs go Public

- If so what is the annual cost, and renewal date

- Does your authority have a recruitment contract with the Guardian

- If so what is the annual cost, and renewal date

- Do you use a recruitment agency?

- Which agency?

- Does the council have any other preferred media for recruitment advertising?

- What is the annual spend of recruitment advertising

- Could you please supply the email address for the Head / Director of HR

- Do you have a subscription to the Local Government Chronicle? (LGC)

- Annual cost / sub renewal date

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

1.      No

2.      N/A

3.      No

4.      N/A

5.      Yes

6.      Penna Advertising, the contract is through the agency contract with Guidant.

7.      All advertising is placed through Penna and media is chosen by managers at the time of recruitment.

8.      £182,953 in 2015/16

9.      Karen Johnson, Head of HR Karen.johnson@bedford.gov.uk

10.   No

11.   N/A

4/8/16

 

9268

 

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

High Street

Harrold

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

Please only respond to the relevant questions, where your specific department is listed.

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

18/7/16

 

9269

 

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

Greenkeepers Road

Great Denham

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

18/7/16

 

9270

 

 Details of contact between Occupation Therapist and Aragon Housing Association following request for assistance in getting central heating system changed from storage heaters which were having adverse effect on respiratory system

 

 

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. 

29/7/16

 

9271

 

Please can you send me a full and up to date list of businesses that have become liable for business rates between to 01/07/2016 - 15/07/2016.

Could you please include the business name and date they became liable along with the full address and rateable value.

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

25/7/16

 

9272

 

RE: air quality standards at the junctions where the A6 (Ampthill Road) meets with Elstow Road and meets with the B530/A5134 not far from the Bedford park and ride

Please could you advise:

- whether the junctions I have mentioned have been monitored at any point in the recent past?

- whether the junctions could be considered as either 'Roads with a High Flow of Buses and/or HGVs’ or ‘Junctions’ to be added to the Council’s air monitoring process?

- if not, what criteria from Box 5.3 in the Local Air Quality Management Technical Guidance the junctions do not meet?

- if so, what action will be taken by the Environmental Health Department?

 Thank you for your request for information about regarding air quality standards at A6/Elstow Road junction and the A6/B530/A5134/Ampthill Road junction, which we received on 13th July 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information requested was as follows:

·       Whether the junctions I have mentioned have been monitored at any point in the recent past?

·       Whether the junctions could be considered as either 'Roads with a High Flow of Buses and/or HGVs’ or ‘Junctions’ to be added to the Council’s air monitoring process?

·       If not, what criteria from Box 5.3 in the Local Air Quality Management Technical Guidance the junctions do not meet?

·       If so, what action will be taken by the Environmental Health Department?

 

Firstly, I think it appropriate to address your points as a collective rather than individually, this is to facilitate a better explanation. Please disregard Box 5.3 found in Section 5 of the LAQM Technical Guidance, as referred to in your email to Bedford Borough Council. This box refers to the Updating and Screening Assessment Tool that applies in Wales and Northern Ireland but not England. I would therefore like to draw your attention to Chapter 7 of the aforementioned guidance, and more specifically, Table 7.1 the Screening Assessment of Road Traffic Sources which highlights the set conditions/criteria for when monitoring is required in England. The information includes roads with a high flow of Heavy Duty Vehicles (HGVs and Buses) (HDV) and roads with junctions.

 

Where roads have a HDV flow of 2,500 HDVs or more per day and where exposure occurs at 10 meters from the kerb, further assessment is required to identify if exceedances are likely. If this assessment highlights that there is a likelihood of exceedances, monitoring will need to be undertaken.  Amphtill Road is likely to on average to have an excess of 2,500 HDV's moving along it per day and where exposure occurs within 10m from kerb we have a number of monitoring sites. However, these are nearer the Morrison Supermarket on Ampthill Road, than the junction in your query.  Please note that currently the monitoring undertaken at these sites do not indicate exceedances of the National Annual Mean Objective of NO2.

 

Similarly, with regards to junctions, the criteria set out in the guidance are the movement of 10,000 vehicles per day and where exposure is within 10m from kerb. The junctions identified in your query do not meet this criterion as closest exposure is much further than 10m. This is the reason monitoring has not been undertaken in the past at this location and there is no intention to initiate monitoring in the future.  

 

In summary, Environmental Health do not intend to undertake modelling or  monitoring at the A6/Elstow Road junction or the A6/B530/A5134/Ampthill Road junction due to the conditions at the site not meeting criteria set out LAQM Technical Guidance 2016. Therefore, this location will not be included in Bedford Borough Council’s air quality monitoring regime.

 

5/8/16

 

9273

 

 

Please could you provide the name of all state funded schools in your area (including community, LA, academy and free-schools) which have all or part of their site within land that has a formal planning protection (e.g. Green Belt, Metropolitan Open Land, National Park, etc.) in addition to its Use Class designation D1. 

 

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

Response: Nil return.

21/7/16