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9607

 

I would appreciate if you could provide me details of any application in the last 10 years and whether application was granted planning permission or refused.

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about planning applications for amateur radio aerials and masts which we received on 1 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

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

3/10/16

 

9608

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from councils housing department: 

1. What is the total number of households the council is currently providing emergency (B&B / Guesthouse) accommodation for? 

2. How many households requiring emergency (B&B / Guesthouse) accommodation are currently being provided this accommodation outside of the council's boundaries?

3. For the years, 2010-2016 (to date) what is the total spend by the authority for providing emergency (B&B / Guesthouse) accommodation?

4. Could you please provide a list of companies and individuals that have received payment for providing emergency (B&B / Guesthouse) accommodation to households so far in 2016?

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

 

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

 

31/10/16

 

9609

 

1. As of each of the following months, the total number of qualified children's social workers (FTE and headcount) working for the council (including agency workers, excluding unfilled vacancies):

·         March/April 2010

·         March/April 2011

·         March/April 2012

·         March/April 2013

·         March/April 2014

·         March/April 2015

·         March/April 2016

2. As of each of the following months, the total number of qualified children's social workers (FTE and headcount) working for the council who were agency social workers:

·         March/April 2010

·         March/April 2011

·         March/April 2012

·         March/April 2013

·         March/April 2014

·         March/April 2015

·         March/April 2016

3. For each of the following financial years, the total expenditure by the council on agency children's social workers:

·         2009/10

·         2010/11

·         2011/12

·         2012/13

·         2013/14

·         2014/15

·         2015/16

4. During each of the following financial years, the number of Looked After Children the council had placed with in-house foster carers:

·         2010/11

·         2011/12

·         2012/13

·         2013/14

·         2014/15

·         2015/16

5. During each of the following financial years, the number of Looked After Children the council had placed with agency foster carers:

·         2010/11

·         2011/12

·         2012/13

·         2013/14

·         2014/15

·         2015/16

6. How many Looked After Children were placed with the same in-house foster carer for the whole of 2015/16, and what was the combined cost to the council of these placements?

7. How many Looked After Children were placed with the same agency foster carer for the whole of 2015/16, and what was the combined cost to the council of these placements?

For questions 6 and 7, "placed" means children whose placement lasted for the whole of the year, rather than new placements occurring midway through the year.

8. What was the council's standard rate/framework for in-house foster carer fees in 2015/16?

9. Please list the foster carer agencies the council sourced foster carers from in 2015/16, and (if available) the fees rate they charged to the council.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
 
Response Questions1-7:
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 with regards to Questions 1-7.

8. What was the council's standard rate/framework for in-house foster carer fees in 2015/16?

Response:
Bedford Borough Council standard rate for foster carers in house for 2015 / 2016 (please see table below)
FOSTERING ALLOWANCE “STANDARD TIER” – (NO FEE but 110% of the F.N. Rates)
AGE  1 WEEK        2 WEEKS
0- 4     £157.15            £314.30
05-Oct  £179.00       £358.00
Nov-15   £222.84       £445.68
16+       £271.08            £542.16
  
FOSTERING ALLOWANCE “TIER 1” (+£100 FEE PER WEEK PER CHILD PLACED)
FOSTERING ALLOWANCE “TIER 2” (+£175 FEE PER WEEK PER CHILD PLACED)
AGE    1 WEEK          2 WEEKS
0- 4        £142.86             £285.72
05-Oct   £162.73         £325.46
Nov-15    £202.58         £405.16
16+        £246.44              £492.88
  
FOSTERING ALLOWANCE “TIER 3” (+£385 FEE PER WEEK PER CHILD PLACED)
05-Oct £162.73   £325.46
Nov-15 £202.58   £405.16
16+ £246.44        £492.88
  

9. Please list the foster carer agencies the council sourced foster carers from in 2015/16, and (if available) the fees rate they charged to the council.
 
Response:  Please see list below. 

Advanced Childcare Limited T/A SACCS Care
24 Seven Fostering Services Ltd.
Acorn Fostering Services Ltd
Adventure Care Ltd
Alliance Foster Care Ltd
Anchor Fostercare
Archway Care Ltd
Bridging Gaps Fostering Agency
By The Bridge
Caldecott Fostering Ltd
Capstone Foster Care (South East) Ltd
Children First Fostering Agency.
Chrysalis Care
Core Assets Fostering Limited
Core Children´s Services Ltd
Ethelbert Childrens Services
Family Fostercare
Five Rivers Childcare Ltd
Foster Care Associates Ltd
Fostering  People Too
Fostering Options
Fostering Outcomes Ltd.
Fostering Solutions Ltd
Fosterplus Ltd
Hillcrest Care Ltd
Hillcrest Care Orange Grove
Horizon Fostering Services
Integrated Services Programme (ISP)
Kaleidoscope Therapeutic Child Care Limited
Link Fostering Agency Ltd
Mosaic Fostercare Ltd
Next Step Fostering
Nexus Fostering Limited
NFA
Orange Grove Fostering
Pride Fostering Service
Rainbow Fostering Services Ltd
Social Care Solutions Ltd
Sunbeam Fostering Agency Limited
Swan Fostering Ltd
Tact - The Adolescent & Children´s Trust
Vitality Fostering Agency.

We are unable to disclosed the fees rate they charged as this is commercially sensitive. 
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1. States that the information requested is exempt information.
2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 43 (Commercial Interest) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

31/10/16

 

9610

 

Following the introduction of the outlawing of spitting and urinating in public in September 2015, how many Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to people caught spitting or urinating across Bedford Borough?

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.

Since 2015 we have issued 6 FPN’s for spitting and none for urinating.

10/10/16

 

9611

 

I would be most grateful if you would provide me, under the Freedom of Information Act, details in respect of the following framework agreement(s)/contract(s):

  • Suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract below and were successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages.*
  • Contract values of each framework/contract (& any sub lots), year to date
  • Start date & duration of framework
  • Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if so, the duration of the extension?
  • Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s) are being either extended or renewed?
 

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

 

Please see below.

 

  1. Suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract below and were successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages.

PQQ stage – applied and successful

Jade Security Services Ltd

Keyline Chartered Security Ltd

Coin Co International plc

Loomis UK Ltd

G4S Cash Solutions Ltd

Contract Security Services Ltd

 

ITT Stage

All suppliers listed above

 

  1. Contract values of each framework/contract (& any sub lots), year to date

Contract value for financial period April 2016 to October 2016 is £29,915.55

 

  1. Start date & duration of framework/contract

Start date of contract 01/06/2006

End date 31/03/2017

 

  1. Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if so, the duration of the extension?

No

 

  1. Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s) are being either extended or renewed?

No

 

12/10/16

 

9612

 

 

I am carrying out a comparison between Welsh and English Authorities in regards to the driving forces that influence Waste strategies.

 

I would be very grateful if I could receive a electronic copy of your authority's waste strategy.

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about waste strategies which we received on 3 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The information you requested is available on the authority’s website and can be located at the following link: Please click here for the information

4/10/16

 

9613

 

 1)      Please state how many children were taken into the care of your local authority because of concerns that they were at risk of radicalisation.

2)      Please state how many children were placed onto child protection plans because of concerns that they were at risk of radicalisation.

3)      Please provide anonymised summaries of the child protection conference decisions to take a child into care or onto a child protection plan due to risk of radicalisation, in each instance listed in response to questions 1 and 2.

 

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. 



12/10/16

 

9614

 

Did you, yourself, formulate this response; was it a group of your staff; was it a panel of councillors; was it one of the council solicitors; was it some other group? What constitutes the enforcement authority ?Whatever the process I would like the details please, if necessary this request is made through freedom of information.

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

Please find the information you requested below. 

Did you, yourself, formulate this response; was it a group of your staff; was it a panel of councillors; was it one of the council solicitors; was it some other group?

All challenges and appeals are dealt with by a group of support officers on behalf of Parking Services.

No Councillors or Solicitors have input into the decision making of Penalty Charge Notice appeals or challenges.

What constitutes the enforcement authority?

To provide safe and affordable parking with secure and convenient places to park in the town centre by managing the traffic network including pedestrians.

To meet the needs of disabled people.

To manage the competing demands for kerb space for residents, shops and businesses.

To keep the highways clear for the free flow of traffic and emergency services.

10/10/16

 

9615

 

Has the council introduced, or does it plan to introduce, monthly rent payments for council housing tenants, rather than weekly?

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 because the Council transferred all of its housing stock to BPHA (previously known as Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association) in 1990.  BPHA may be able to assist in providing the information you have requested - their web site address is http://www.bpha.org.uk/.

4/10/16

 

9616

 

Q1. Have you purchased any IT / ICT technical training courses or any other training Since April 2016 from; 

QA training or QA limited ( or any related businesses) 

Rath House

55-65 Uxbridge Road

Slough 

SL1 5SG 

Or any other of QA's offices ? 

Q2. If so, please state what specific training services have been purchased and the exact monetary amount spent and what dates were these purchases made since April 2016?

Q3. Who are the decision makers or buyers ( provide name, job title, email address and direct phone number) who have purchased this IT/ICT technical training course or any other training Since April 2016?

Q4. How much money has been spent with QA limited, QA training, QA Group, QA apprenticeships (or associated/related businesses) since April 2016 by entity?

Q5. Have you purchased any pre-paid training credits before the financial year is coming to an end and then used the training courses in a next financial year?

Q6. Please provide exact details of all the courses or training purchased under the pre-paid credits?

Q7. What specific procurement processes were followed to award QA the training contracts?  

Q8. Provide copies of all the contracts awarded to QA in the last 3 years?

Q9. Which other training providers were short listed before these individual contracts were awarded? List by contract.

Q10. What is the current process for procuring training services? 

Q11. What is the complaints procedure for raising breaches in procurement processes?  Example: creating one dominate supplier, awarding contracts without a fairness and transparency and not seeking to obtain best value for money.

Q12. What training is yet to be purchased up to 1st April 2017? 

Q13  Please give specific details of courses, locations number and number of delegates who require to attend the training courses until 1st of April 2017?

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. In respect of Questions 1 - 10,

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).

This depends on the value of the service. We also follow our Contract Procedure Rules which can be found on BBC internet under “Constitution”

Q11. What is the complaints procedure for raising breaches in procurement processes?  Example: creating one dominate supplier, awarding contracts without a fairness and transparency and not seeking to obtain best value for money. The complaints procedure would be the ones of Bedford Borough Council. All procurement complaints would be directed to the Assistant Chief Executive (Business Transformation). However as a public sector organisation we must adhere to Public Contracts Regulations 2015 or our own contract standing procedure rules.

Q12. What training is yet to be purchased up to 1st April 2017? Nil

Q13  Please give specific details of courses, locations number and number of delegates who require to attend the training courses until 1st of April 2017? Nil

 

14/10/16

 

9617

 

I would like to request information under the freedom of information act

Can you please send me a full list of companies/businesses that have become liable for business rates between the 15th September 2016 to the 04th October 2016.

can you include the business name and address, rv and date they became liable please

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

1/11/16

 

9618

 

 I am seeking some information from other local authorities regarding the purchasing of a Service level agreement with Legal and Democratic for legal support, in relation to children’s social care legal support.

Is this information you are willing to disclose, and if so, who may be able to provide the relevant information?

 

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

The Legal Services Unit at Bedford Borough Council does not have an SLA for the provision of legal support to Children’s Services. 

 

13/10/16

 

9619

 

Could you please respond to the following:

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

2.       Have any statutory notices been issued advising of the intent to ‘designate’ any structures or features?

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

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

Please find the information you requested below:

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

No structures have been designated under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, although proactive surveying is taking place.

2.     Have any statutory notices been issued advising of the intent to ‘designate’ any structures or features?

No statutory notices have been issued advising of the intent to ‘designate’ any structures or features.

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

No enforcement statutory notices been issued in relation to ‘designated’ structures or features.

19/10/16

 

9620

 

Please tell me (under FOI if you prefer) what the real numbers are:

 

1. Number of person-hours per week devoted to routing incoming enquiries

2. Number of enquiries process per week

3. The actual size of backlog (number of outstanding items to be routed and responded to), averaged over time for the last few months

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

Please find the information you requested below: 

1.     Number of person-hours per week devoted to routing incoming enquiries

The staff resources currently allocated to the Council’s front line Customer Services equates to 1,088 person hours per week  (excluding any leave).  Customer Service officers are required to respond to enquiries in full at the first point of contact where possible and otherwise to route the enquiry to the appropriate officer.  Resources are not specifically allocated to enquiry routing, therefore, it is not possible to provide the information requested.

2.     Number of enquiries processed per week

Over the course of 2015/16 the Council’s front line Customer Services processed on average 7,924 enquiries per week comprised of face to face enquiries, telephone enquiries and e-mail/e-form enquiries.

3.     The actual size of backlog (number of outstanding items to be routed and responded to), averaged over time for the last few months

The Council does not currently report this information however, face to face and telephone calls are processed immediately and in 2015/16 accounted for 95.3% of enquiries received..  It would take in excess of 18 hours to compile this information as this would require in excess of 19,000 email/eform enquiries to be individually reviewed.   

As at 1 November 2016 there were 392 email/eform enquiries awaiting processing, the earliest date of receipt of outstanding items was 25 October 2016.

1/11/16

 

9621

 

I am submitting a request for information in relation to [Hitchin Road, Stotfold], and in particular between [South of A507] and [Near Stotfold roundabout sign].

I therefore wish to make a freedom of information request for the following:

Please could you provide me with dates of all safety inspections completed in the last two years

 

Thank you for your request for information about safety inspectionsHitchin Road, Stotfold which we received on 4/10/16 via ICO.  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.

However, Central Bedfordshire Council may have the information and they can be contacted at accesstoinfo@Centralbedfordshire.gov.uk .

Alternatively, I can forward the request to Central Bedfordshire Council. Please let me know if you would like me to transfer your request to them.

Also, I noticed you originally addressed this email to info@streetrepairs.co.uk and our address is Freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk  and therefore we did not receive this EIR sent on 22/6/16.

 5/10/16

 

9622

 

Please may I request the total school supply spend for primary schools in the Bedfordshire area for the academic year of 2015/2016.

 

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 which is attached.

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

 

1/11/16

 

9623

 

Below are a few questions I have regarding the school meal provision in primary schools.

  1. Is there an SLA for catering in primary schools?
  2. If so, what is the breakdown of costs?
  3. What is the average SLA cost for schools in your authority?
  4. Please name the schools that are in the current SLA
  5. What is the length of the current SLA (start to finish)?
  6. What notice period do schools need to give to exit their SLA?
  7. What is the deadline for a school to exit the current SLA?
  8. When is the next sign in date for for the schools catering SLA?
  9. What is the average meal price in primary schools who buy into the catering SLA?
  10. Do schools who take the SLA own their catering equipment or does the local authority or local authority caterer lay claim on the equipment?

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Below are a few questions I have regarding the school meal provision in primary schools.

Is there an SLA for catering in primary schools?

Answer: Yes

If so, what is the breakdown of costs?

Answer: The breakdown of costs are made up of many aspects related to individual schools.

What is the average SLA cost for schools in your authority?

Answer: Costs to individual schools are dependent on their size and uptake of meals.

Please name the schools that are in the current SLA

Answer:   There are currently 49 schools in the contract, 38 of which are lower/primary. Please see excel spreadsheet attached.

What is the length of the current SLA (start to finish)?

Answer:  April 2011 to March 2018

What notice period do schools need to give to exit their SLA?

Answer: Varies dependant on circumstances

What is the deadline for a school to exit the current SLA?

Answer: Varies dependant on circumstances

When is the next sign in date for the schools catering SLA?

Answer: Negotiations commence early 2017

What is the average meal price in primary schools who buy into the catering SLA?

Answer: £2.15

Do schools who take the SLA own their catering equipment or does the local authority or local authority caterer lay claim on the equipment?

Answer: Equipment is maintained during the tenure of the contract. Schools who come out of the contract take over the equipment and any related costs to maintain it.

20/10/16

 

9624

 

I am writing to request details of LA-PPC and LA-IPPC processes regulated by your council under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.

1) We would like to request details of all (current and historic) A2 installations and Part B permits in your area, including the following information if available: your reference for the permit, the name and address of the permit holder, the address for which the permit is granted, the grid reference, the date of issue, the process undertaken, and the current status of the permit. 

An Excel or .csv file would be preferable but we would be grateful for this information in whichever format is easiest for you to provide.

2) In addition, we would also like to request details of any enforcement notices issued relating to breaches of the terms of the above permits since our last recorded update on 22/08/2013. Where none have been issued we would be grateful if you could confirm as such.

Thank you for your request for information about LA-PPC and LA-IPPC processes within Bedford Borough which we received on 5th October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I enclose a copy of the information you requested:

1) We would like to request details of all (current and historic) A2 installations and Part B permits in your area, including the following information if available: your reference for the permit, the name and address of the permit holder, the address for which the permit is granted, the grid reference, the date of issue, the process undertaken, and the current status of the permit. 

An Excel or .csv file would be preferable but we would be grateful for this information in whichever format is easiest for you to provide.

Please find information requested in this section supplied following this text response.

2) In addition, we would also like to request details of any enforcement notices issued relating to breaches of the terms of the above permits since our last recorded update on 22/08/2013. Where none have been issued we would be grateful if you could confirm as such.

Bedford Borough Council can confirm that there have not been any enforcement notices issued since 22/08/2013.

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

 

2/11/16

 

9625

 

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

Brook Lane

Great Barford

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

17/10/16

 

9626

 

1) Does this this council allow circuses with performing animals that were caught in the wild, to use council owned land for its shows (or any other business)?

2) Does the council allow circuses with performing animals that are normally wild, but were bred in captivity, to use council land for its shows?

3) Does the council allow circuses with performing animals that are domesticated (or domestic- if you make a further distinction) to use council owned land for its shows?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or

not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold the information you requested;

the answers have been provided below:

1. Does this this council allow circuses with performing animals that were caught in

the wild, to use council owned land for its shows (or any other business)?

On 15 March 1989 the then Land and Property Committee of Bedford Borough Council

resolved as follows: ‘with immediate effect Council owned land be not let for use by

circuses with performing animals’.

2. Does the council allow circuses with performing animals that are normally wild,

but were bred in captivity, to use council land for its shows?

See response to question 1 above.

3. Does the council allow circuses with performing animals that are domesticated

(or domestic - if you make a further distinction) to use council owned land for its

shows?See response to question 1 above.

3/11/16

 

9627

 

In the last financial year 2015/2016 please provide me with the number of settlements and the total amount paid as compensation to teachers or teaching assistants for injuries sustained at schools or outside schools. For each incident please provide me with the amount of compensation, costs and a summary of the claim.

Please clearly indicate any incidents where compensation was made to staff as a result of an injury sustained from an attack by a pupil, or in an incident when trying to restrain a violent pupil.

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

Please find the information you requested below:

1 settlement – Compensation Paid £7,500 – Costs Paid £15,083 – Teacher was kicked trying to restrain a violent pupil.

 

11/10/16

 

9628

 

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

Oakley Rise

Wilstead

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

17/10/16

 

9629

 

I would therefore appreciate it if you could provide the following information;

·         Play Park location and name  (if applicable)

·         Full Postcode address

·         Age range for park

·         list of equipment available in the park

·         Contact telephone for parents should there be any concerns

·         Contact email for parents should there be any concerns

Thank you for your request for information about local play parks which we received on 6 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The information you requested is as follows:

• Play Park location and name  (if applicable) - Please see attached

• Full Postcode address - Please see attached

• Age range for park - We don’t specify an age range at any of our sites.  All children should be supervised and it is the parent’s responsibility to do an assessment prior to

  use.

• List of equipment available in the park- Please see attached

•  Contact telephone for parents should there be any concerns – Please see attached

•  Contact email for parents should there be any concerns – Please see attached

Please contact

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

20/10/16

 

9630

 

I am interested in doing research with children's social workers (particularly those involved with special guardianship), and I am contacting local authorities across the country. Since 2002 the Dept of Health has said that all local authorities must use a research governance process. However I cannot find any information on research governance on your website. I would be grateful if you could provide contact details by email for the relevant decision maker.

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

Response: We don’t have a formal structure in place for making decisions on research governance and we would generally encourage requests to be made to the ADCS (The Association of Directors
of Children’s Services Ltd)
.  If they support the research, it is circulated to LAs and is more likely to be supported. 

The point of contact with regards to this for Bedford Borough Council is, Darryl Freeman - Assistant Director (Children's Services) and Chief Social Worker. Email: darryl.freeman@bedford.gov.uk

12/10/16

 

9631

 

RE: Wootton

We are currently assessing the contaminated land requirements for the illustrated site and could you please provide information with the following:

·        Are there any planning applications that have been submitted at or adjacent to the site pertaining to contaminated land and furthermore any assessments undertaken at or adjacent to the site;

·        Any historical maps / historical activities at and within 500m of the site that could have impacted land and groundwater quality at the site;

·        Any council records relating to potentially contaminative uses at and within 500m of the site;

·        Any site investigation / remediation reports relating to the site / adjacent to the site (where available);

·        Details of any authorised processes at or adjacent to the site;

·        If the land at the site or any within 250m is designated as contaminated land under part 2a of the epa 1990;

·        Aquifer designations at the site

·        Any records of landfills at and within 500m of the site; and

Any further information you have pertaining to contaminated land and groundwater at and within the vicinity of the site

 Thank you for your request for information about Wootton, which we received on 6th October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

·  Are there any planning applications that have been submitted at or adjacent to the site pertaining to contaminated land and furthermore any assessments undertaken at or adjacent to the site;

The Environmental Health Department were consulted on planning application 11/00236/MAF, relating to a wider site which included that highlighted in your email. The Environmental Health Department did not have any requirements with respect to investigation for contaminated land.

I would suggest that you also consult with the Planning Department, as they may have further information with respect to this site. 

· Any historical maps / historical activities at and within 500m of the site that could have impacted land and groundwater quality at the site;

We do not hold any record of potentially contaminative activities at the site. Please note that we do not hold historical maps within this department, so it is possible that our records of such activities are incomplete.

· Any council records relating to potentially contaminative uses at and within 500m of the site;

Please see our response to the last question, above.

· Any site investigation / remediation reports relating to the site / adjacent to the site (where available);

We do not hold any record of investigations relating to the site.

  Details of any authorised processes at or adjacent to the site;

We do not hold any record of any authorised processes at or adjacent to the site.

·  If the land at the site or any within 250m is designated as contaminated land under part 2a of the epa 1990;

At the time of this request no land at the site or within 250m has been determined as contaminated land under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

· Aquifer designations at the site

·  Any records of landfills at and within 500m of the site

Please refer to the Environment Agency’swebsite  for location of landfills and aquifer designations. You may also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition records for the Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).

·  Any further information you have pertaining to contaminated land and groundwater at and within the vicinity of the site.

We do not hold any further information regarding contaminated land and groundwater at and within the vicinity of the site.

31/10/16

 

9632

 

BEDFORD TECHNICAL ACADEMY

I am writing to request a project directory which includes a list of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants & telephone numbers involved in the Secondary school comprising dining hall, kitchen, classrooms, sports hall, offices, main hall, reception, studios, staff room, 6th form room, computer rooms, art rooms and playground with associated parking and landscaping.

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

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

 

1/11/16

 

9633

 

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

Bridge End

Carlton

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

17/10/16

 

9634

 

Please could I request the following information?

I would like to know how the council manages its passanger transport, for SEN Transport, Home to School and Adult Social Care Transport. I would like to understand the contracting method being used with providers, i.e. framework, open framework, DPS? Please could you also tell me when this ends and whether there are extensions available?

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

Response:

All Bedford Borough Council Passenger Transport (Adult Social Care, Special Educational Needs & Mainstream Education Transport) is procured from a Framework of “Approved Operators”.

The current Passenger Transport Framework is a closed Framework which commenced on 1st May 2015 and will expire on 30th April 2017.  There are no extensions available beyond this date.  All contracts are procured in line with the Council’s Contract and Procedure Rules which can be found on the Bedford Borough Council website under “Constitution”.

17/10/16

 

9635

 

I am currently embarking on a research project around Cyber Security and was hoping you could provide me with some contract information relating to following information:

1.       Standard Firewall (Network) - Firewall service protects your corporate Network from unauthorised access and other Internet security threats

2.       Intrusion Detection - services that detect Web application attacks and include anomaly-awareness in addition to handling older threats that haven't disappeared. 

3.       Web Applications Firewall - A Web application firewall (WAF) is a firewall that monitors, filters or blocks the HTTP traffic to and from a Web application. 

4.       Threat Monitoring - organizations and security analysts to identify and protect against security threats.

5.       Anti-virus Software Application - Anti-virus software is a program or set of programs that are designed to prevent, search for, detect, and remove software viruses, and other malicious software like worms, trojans, adware, and more.

6.       Encryption Facilities - s a host based software solution designed to encrypt sensitive data before transferring it to tape for archival purposes or business partner exchange.

For each of the different types of cyber security services can you please provide me with:

1.       Who is the existing supplier for this contract?

2.       What does the organisation spend for each of contract?

3.       What is the description of the services provided for each contract?

4.       What is the expiry date of each contract?

5.       What is the start date of each contract?

6.       What is the contract duration of contract?

7.       What is the hardware brand? If available.

8.       What is the software brand? If available?

9.       The responsible contract officer? Full name, job title, contact number and direct email address.

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

Answers to Questions 1 – 6 and question 9 are available on the attached PDF.

Further to your request for information dated 7th October 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.

You requested:

7.   What is the hardware brand? If available.

8.  What is the software brand? If available?

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

1.  States that the information requested is exempt information.

2.   Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 31(1) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

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

In favour of release, we acknowledge that disclosure of information regarding the hardware and software used to prevent malware and other computer-related attacks on the Council's assets would provide assurance that Bedford Borough Council's ICT Operations Team is protecting its ICT systems appropriately, and does not leave them unnecessarily vulnerable to attack.   However, we consider that the public interest in disclosing this information is outweighed by the public interest in favour of withholding the information.  Yes we have the information, but release could potentially aid an attacker.

 

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

4/11/16

 

9636

 

The number of vehicles provided to all grades of administrative/Management staff by your Council.

The annual cost of this provision for the most recently available financial year.

Confirmation that this provision registered with HMRC as a 'Benefit in Kind'.

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

 1.  The Council provides five cars to assist with the delivery of services which are at certain times made available to management/administrative staff              

2. The cost of the annual provision totalled £8,400.00.

3.  Provision not registered with HMRC as benefit in kind

7/11/16

 

9637 -9638

 

 

 RE: Lindrick Close, Great Denham, Bedford, Bedfordshire, 

RE:  Ennerdale Close, Kempston, Bedford,

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

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

17/10/16

 

9639

 

Please supply under FOI the full responses to the following planning application that:

HECS Landscape Architect

Sent to the Planning Department of Bedford Borough Council/Central Beds Council - I believe they commented twice.

App No: 14/00815/FULWM

Growing Beds Recycling Services Limited

Green waste & wood chipping operation

Coplar Farm Thurleigh Bedfordshire

Thank you for your request for information about Planning Application 14/00815/FULWM which we received on 10 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

Click on ‘To view and comment on planning applications’

Type in the application reference number and then ‘Search’

Then click on the tab ‘Comments’ and then on ‘Consultee Comments’

The information is also available at the Customer Service Centre on Horne Lane, Bedford, which is open Monday to Thursday: 8.45am to 5pm and Friday: 8.45am to 4.45pm.

25/10/16

 

9640

 

I have been informed that all your vehicles are maintained in house and was wondering if someone would be able to help me get a copy of the service history and any documents associated with the van. The code for the radio would be fantastic as well, it's awfully quiet on long journeys.

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.  I have addressed each of your questions in turn below.

1)    I have been informed that all your vehicles are maintained in house and was wondering if someone would be able to help me get a copy of the service history and any documents associated with the van.

Please find attached the service history for vehicle as requested; we no longer hold any further records relating to this vehicle.

2)    The code for the radio would be fantastic as well, it's awfully quiet on long journeys.

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold information relating to the radio code.  Any radio code that we had on file (paper records) were sent to the seller with the vehicle, along with MOT certificates and V5 documents. However, we cannot confirm that a radio code was sent; alternatively, if a code was sent, it is possible that the seller still has a record of it.

19/10/16

 

9641

 

Please tell us how many “sleep in” shifts (shifts where there is an expectation that the staff member will remain asleep unless they are needed by a client or clients) that your local authority paid for in the last financial year (2015-2016).  

Our question excludes staff on “waking night” shifts where they are expected to remain awake and vigilant during the shift.

To clarify, we are interested in the total number of sleep in shifts which

·        Your local authority has paid for, but which are provided by independent service providers.

·        Are provided to any adult client group (e.g. older people, people with learning disabilities etc.)

·        Are provided in supported living, supported housing and / or domiciliary care settings (i.e. excluding residential and nursing care homes).

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

 

Please tell us how many “sleep in” shifts (shifts where there is an expectation that the staff member will remain asleep unless they are needed by a client or clients) that your local authority paid for in the last financial year (2015-2016)?

 

77.

 

7/11/16

 

9642

 

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

Silver Street

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

17/10/16

 

9643

 

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

Sandhurst Road

Bedford

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

 

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

17/10/16

 

9644

 

 When a council tax account falls into arrears and a liability order (LO) is gained, the council have the power to enforce the arrears by using Enforcement Agents (EA).

·        Question: Can you tell me your procedure should a debtor pay all or some of the arrears direct to the council rather than through the EA?

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 part of the information you requested as below:

Where a debt is referred to an enforcement agent the debtor is advised that payments should be made to the enforcement agent.  Should all or part of the amount due be paid direct to the Council the Council will inform the enforcement agent of the amount received.

It appears from your enquiry that you are seeking legal advice regarding the interpretation of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 and associated regulations.  The Council is not required to provide such advice under the Freedom of Information and, therefore, is unable to provide the further information requested.

8/11/16

 

9645

 

I would like to enquire about the way local authorities outsource their services.  Under the freedom of information service I would like to know whether your authority operates its services in house or whether they are externalised.  I would like the following questions answered please:-

·        Does the Authority operate a Highways Term Maintenance Contract?

·        Is it managed internally or externally?

·        If externally, which company operates the contract?

·        When did the contract start and when will it end?

·        What is the value of the contract?

Thank you for your request for information about Highways Term Maintenance Contract which we received on 11 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Does the Authority operate a Highways Term Maintenance Contract? - No

Is it managed internally or externally? – N/A

If externally, which company operates the contract? – N/A

When did the contract start and when will it end? – N/A

What is the value of the contract? – N/A

 

 

14/10/16

 

9646

 

How many complaints about dog fouling have been received between 1st Jan 2013 to 31st December 2015, please seperate figures by year,.

How many Fixed Penalty Notices for dog fouling were issued for the same period, please give yearly figures.

Of these Fixed Penalty Notices, how many were actually paid, please give yearly figures.

Has the council been involved in any schemes to combat dog fouling? If yes, please provide the graphics used (if possible).

 Thank you for your request for information about dog fouling complaints and fixed penalty notices which we received on 11 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

How many complaints about dog fouling have been received between 1st Jan 2013 to 31st December 2015, please separate figures by year.

2013 2014 2015
270 224 269

How many Fixed Penalty Notices for dog fouling were issued for the same period, please give yearly figures.

2013 2014 2015
14 13 26

Of these Fixed Penalty Notices, how many were actually paid, please give yearly figures.

2013 2014 2015
10 8 13

Has the council been involved in any schemes to combat dog fouling? If yes, please provide the graphics used (if possible).

Bedford Borough Council is focused on tackling the main enviro-crimes, i.e. environmental offences that affect our Borough such as fly-tipping, littering, dog fouling, graffiti and flyposting. Enviro-crime offences are criminal offences.

The main aims of the councils “Why Would You” campaign initiative are:
• to reduce fly-tipping, littering, dog fouling, graffiti and flyposting in Bedford Borough
• to raise awareness of these offences by campaigns and enforcement
• to change attitudes and behaviour by highlighting that these offences as socially unacceptable

The following link is to the councils webpage “Enviro-Crime” is taking action on those that commit environmental criminal offences

Bedford Borough Council has introduced Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) under Section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to replace our existing Dog Control Orders. It is hoped the single order relating to dogs in the borough will create a more consistent approach in the borough and balance the needs of dog owners and other members of the community. The Council aims to promote responsible dog ownership and reduce complaints for dog issues such as dog fouling. This allows the public and especially children access to dog-free or dog-controlled areas intended for recreational purposes to improve health and well-being, making Bedford a safe and enjoyable place to live. The Council intends to reduce and tackle issues relating to dogs running loose and causing a nuisance to others, and also to reduce the potential health implications associated with dog faeces

14/10/16

 

9647

 

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

 

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

Please find the information you requested below:

2013/14    £1,309,000

2014/15    £607.000

2015/16    £536,000

25/10/16

 

9648

 

I am currently working on a project about stores of road salt ahead of the winter.

If possible, could you please provide me with the following information:

·        How much road salt did your authority stock for winter 2015/16?

·        How much of this road salt did your authority use during winter 2015/16?

·        How much road salt has your authority stocked for winter 2016/17?

·        How many gritters does your authority have?

Thank you for your request for information about stores of road salt which we received on 11 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 How much road salt did your authority stock for winter 2015/16? - start of season 3850t, plus deliveries of 1600t throughout the season

How much of this road salt did your authority use during winter 2015/16? - 5880t

How much road salt has your authority stocked for winter 2016/17? - 2300t

How many gritters does your authority have? 10

3110/16

 

9649

 

Question 1 – Please confirm which of the following cycle training/promotion activities are currently being delivered throughout your Borough/County:

a)      School cycle training – Bikeability

b)      School cycle training – Non-Bikeability

c)       Bikeability Plus

d)      Adult cycle training

e)      Cycle maintenance training

f)       Dr Bike sessions

g)      Cycle loan schemes

h)      Cycle roadshows and/or other cycle promotion events

Question 2 – For each of the above contract types/services, please provide the following:

a)      Name of contracted provider

b)      Estimated annual value

c)       Contract start date

d)      Contract end date (including any extensions, existing or planned)

e)      Annual volume of adults or children receiving contacted services

f)       Expected date or timeline for when future contracts will be published

g)      How and when future contract opportunities will be published / advertised

h)      A copy of the current tender/bid proposal/request for quote that  resulted in the award of  these services to the current, incumbent service provider (please supply in .pdf format)

Question 3 – Are there any plans to change the way in which cycle training services are to be delivered within the next 12-18 moths. If so, can you please outline such plans and identify which services will be included in these changes?

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

 

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

 

2/11/16

 

9650

 

Please would you be able to supply me with a copy of any training materials or guidance that is provided to panel members/line managers that take part in recruitment and selection procedures at 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 the information attached.

Please contact:

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

 

31/10/16

 

9651

 

 How much money did employees at your council spend using electronic purchasing cards (procurement cards) over the last three financial years?
 
1. I would like the total sums broken down by:
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2. For the year 2015-16, I would like a full breakdown of each transaction, including the cost of the purchase, who the purchase was made from (for example, the name of the shop or company), and what was purchased. This includes transactions both above and below £500. 

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

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

Please find the information attached.

Please contact:

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

19/10/16

 

9652

 

 As regards Bedford Council, please could you inform us of:

  1. Whether you consider financial difficulties as part of your local health needs assessment?
  2. Whether your mental health service users (for both primary and secondary care) are routinely asked about their financial circumstances or difficulties?
  3. Whether you commission or run, either solely or in partnership with another agency (such as NHS bodies), any specialist services like those listed above for people who have both financial difficulties and mental health problems?
  4. How many people using your primary and secondary mental health services are referred to or provided with a specialist service that addresses financial needs?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists.  Please see below the response from the Bedford Borough Public Health Team.

 

Whether you consider financial difficulties as part of your local health needs assessment?

Epidemiology is one of the approaches taken when completing health needs assessments and this takes into consideration the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions and services.

The Bedford Borough Joint Strategic Needs Assessment has a report on Economic Wellbeing.  This focuses on the importance of “good” employment for health and wellbeing.  The Director of Public Health’s report on Mental Health and Wellbeing in Bedford Borough (2014) also recognises the link between poor mental health and financial difficulties in adulthood.  Both reports can be accessed via the Bedford Borough JSNA webpages

Whether your mental health service users (for both primary and secondary care) are routinely asked about their financial circumstances or difficulties?

We do not hold this information as we do not commission mental health services.

Whether you commission or run, either solely or in partnership with another agency (such as NHS bodies), any specialist services like those listed above for people who have both financial difficulties and mental health problems?

We do not commission mental health services.

How many people using your primary and secondary mental health services are referred to or provided with a specialist service that addresses financial needs?

We do not hold this information as we do not commission / provide primary or secondary mental health services.

17/10/2016

 

9653

 

 

Location of all Town and/or Village Greens within the district. Including all information on date registered and the Town/Village Green number.

Thank you for your request for information about Town and Village Greens which we received on 12 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The reference number and location is available on the authority’s website and can be located here

Select ‘Map features’ and then select ‘Common Land’ and ‘Village Greens’

The registers are available for inspection at Borough Hall and the opening times are as follows: Monday to Thursday: 8am to 5.30pm and Friday: 8am to 5pm

31/10/16

 

9654

 

 1) Date of Bedford Borough Council's last PSN IT Health Check
2) Name of the organisation that carried this work out
3) Due date of Bedford Borough Council's next PSN IT Health Check
4) Selection process for vendors for Bedford Borough Council's next PSN IT Health check
5) Named contact for the above

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) Date of Bedford Borough Council's last PSN IT Health Check December 2015

2) Name of the organisation that carried this work out Sec-1

3) Due date of Bedford Borough Council's next PSN IT Health Check January 2017

4) Selection process for vendors for Bedford Borough Council's next PSN IT Health check - We follow our Contract Procedure Rules which can be found on our website

5) Named contact for the above – Rughbir Singh, Head of ICT Operations – contact details as above.

 2/11/16

 

9655

 

 

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

High Street

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

17/10/16

 

9656

 

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

 Black Hat Close

Wilstead

Bedford

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

 

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

17/10/16

 

9657

 

URSULA TAYLOR LOWER SCHOOL - CLASSROOM BLOCK

I am writing to request a project directory which includes a list of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants & telephone numbers involved in the Construction of a class room block comprising of 6 class rooms, store area and toilet block with associated landscaping.

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

Response:

The project is to be delivered through the SCAPE framework.

The building contractor is Willmott Dixon

PM and QS services are being delivered through Pick Everard

The Council does not hold information on sub-contractors appointed by the main contractor.

We do not have a specific project directory for this project.

3/11/16

 

9658

 

Please could I request the following.

For Adult Social Care Case Management

-          What is the name of the supplier and system used?

-          How much is the support and maintenance?

-          How many users are there?

-          How much was your total spend on the application for the last year? (an estimate is fine)

-          When is the system due for renewal?

Children’s Social Care

-          What is the name of the supplier name and system used?

-          How much is the support and maintenance?

-          How many users are there?

-          How much was your total spend on the application for the last year? (an estimate is fine)

-          When is the system due for renewal?

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

For Adult Social Care Case Management:

-   What is the name of the supplier and system used? Northgate, Swift.

-  How much is the support and maintenance? £183,220 in 2015/2016.  

-   How many users are there? 327

-   How much was your total spend on the application for the last year? (an estimate is fine) £265,310 in 2015/2016.

-  When is the system due for renewal? 2017

Children’s Social Care:

-   What is the name of the supplier name and system used? Supplier name is Azeus UK LTD and the system is called Azeuscare.

-   How much is the support and maintenance? Support and maintenance costs are estimated at £25k per annum for year four which covers licence costs and support and maintenance. In addition, the council made a decision to source it’s DBA resource via Azeus as the Oracle knowledge required to undertake this role post implementation was not available internally. The Initial costs for this were £50,000 per annum, however, following changes to the proposed support the annual cost for this is due to increase to an annual fee of £73,000 but the cost will be pro-rata’s for the remainder of this year. Invoice period is 01/01/2016 – 31/12/2016

-  How many users are there? Approximately 242 users.

-  How much was your total spend on the application for the last year? (an estimate is fine) £301,975.

-  When is the system due for renewal? The Social Care database’s for Adult and Children’s services are being reviewed by under the PWC Bedford Borough 2020 project.

7/11/16

 

9659

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from your council tax department:

·         In each of the past three years from January to December (or April to March, depending on how you record the information) how many households paid council tax to your local authority?

·         In each of the past three years from January to December (or April to March, depending on how you record the information), how many households claimed a 25% council tax reduction due to one occupant being medically certified as ‘severely mentally impaired’?

·         In each of the past three years from January to December (or April to March, depending on how you record the information), how many households didn’t pay any council tax at all due to the sole occupant being medically certified as ‘severely mentally impaired’?

·          How many pages long is the form for applying for a 25% council tax reduction due to a ‘severe mental impairment’?

·         How many pages long is the form for applying for a council tax exemption due to a ‘severe mental impairment’?

·         What supporting evidence/information, other than a diagnosis from a registered medical practitioner and proof of eligibility for one of a list of certain benefits – do applicants have to provide in order to claim the 25% council tax reduction for a ‘severe mental impairment’?

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.

Please find the information you requested below:

The Council does not routinely report all the information you have requested.  However, some of the information is reported annually as part of a government return the Council is required to complete as follows:

 September 2014 

Total number of properties in the Council Tax Valuation List*    69,924

 Number of properties in exemption class U**    105

 Number of properties where at least one person  was disregarded  due to severe mental impairment   165

September 2015

Total number of properties in the Council Tax Valuation List*   70,884 

 Number of properties in exemption class U**     112 

Number of properties where at least one person  was disregarded  due to severe mental impairment  Not available *** 

September 2016

Total number of properties in the Council Tax Valuation List*     71,928

Number of properties in exemption class U**    117

Number of properties where at least one person  was disregarded  due to severe mental impairment  Not available *** 

 *not all household will be required to pay Council Tax due to awards of 100% Council Tax Support or an exemption from Council Tax.

**Council Tax exemption class U relates to a dwelling occupied only by a person, or persons, who is or are severely mentally impaired who would otherwise be liable to pay the council tax or only by a one or more severely mentally impaired persons and one or more students, students' foreign spouses and school and college leavers.

***The Government stopped asking for this information on the form so it was not collated.

•         In each of the past three years from January to December (or April to March, depending on how you record the information) how many households paid council tax to your local authority?
See table
•         In each of the past three years from January to December (or April to March, depending on how you record the information), how many households claimed a 25% council tax reduction due to one occupant being medically certified as ‘severely mentally impaired’?
See table
•         In each of the past three years from January to December (or April to March, depending on how you record the information), how many households didn’t pay any council tax at all due to the sole occupant being medically certified as ‘severely mentally impaired’?
See table
•          How many pages long is the form for applying for a 25% council tax reduction due to a ‘severe mental impairment’?
        2  (plus 1 page of explanatory notes)
•         How many pages long is the form for applying for a council tax exemption due to a ‘severe mental impairment’?
2   (plus 1 page of explanatory notes)
•         What supporting evidence/information, other than a diagnosis from a registered medical practitioner and proof of eligibility for one of a list of certain benefits – do applicants have to provide in order to claim the 25% council tax reduction for a ‘severe mental impairment’?
        Normally confirmation of a diagnosis from a registered medical practitioner and proof of eligibility for one of the qualifying benefits is stuffiest for entitlement to an exemption of discount to be assessed.

8/11/16

 

9660

 

As part of FOI, can you please furnish me with the names and email addresses of the following people from your organisation.

Title Area Name Email address
   
Chief Executive All  
Director Education  
Director Transportation  
Director Environment  
Director Adult Services  
Director Children Services  
Director Commercialisation  
Director Smart Cities  
   
Manager Highways  
Manager Parking  
Manager Street Lighting  
Manager Passenger Transport  
Manager Transportation  

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

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

 

Please see here for the contact details requested

24/10/16

 

9661

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we hereby request that you provide the following information about ALL premises within the Billing Authority area that have a business rates credit on account:

1.     The Address of each non-domestic property within the Billing Authority area with a credit on account

2.     The Billing Authority Reference number of each property

3.     The Rateable Value of each property

4.     The full name of the Rate Payer at each property

5.     The calendar date that the current Rate Payer first became liable for the business rates at each property

6.     Amount of credit on account

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

10/11/16

 

9662

 

I wish to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

How many taxi drivers are licensed by the authority?

How many of those have registered home addresses outside the authority?

How many of those licensed have registered home addresses in:

 - Mansfield (Nottinghamshire)

 - Ashfield (Nottinghamshire)

 - Nottingham

 - Sheffield

 - Greater London

 - Manchester

 - Birmingham

How many new licences have been issued to people in these areas since the start of April 2013.

 

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

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

Please find the information you requested below:

Q. How many taxi drivers are licensed by the authority?  

A: 1079 Private Hire and Taxi Drivers

Q:  How many of those have registered home addresses outside the authority?

A: 31

Q: Amswers in bold. How many of those licensed have registered home addresses in:

 - Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) 0

 - Ashfield (Nottinghamshire) 0

 - Nottingham 1

 - Sheffield 0

 - Greater London 2

 - Manchester 0

 - Birmingham 0

Q: New licences issued: 25

14/10/16

 

9663

 

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

 Sandy Road

Bedford

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

 

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

17/10/16

 

9664

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with the name and contact details of the manager of the team responsible for the council’s premises licensing.

Clarification sought

 

 

9665

 

I would like to know:

Has the council signed Section38 agreements with all new developments/developers since 2005?

In how many of these developments has the council adopted the roads?

In these developments why does the management companies perform duties, and charge for,  other than road maintenance such as:  landscape maintenance, lighting and electrical repairs, play equipment maintenance, general repairs and maintenance, which are normally performed by the borough council on older estates.

Will the council be taking back these responsibilities if and when the roads/estates become adopted?

Why do residents of unadopted roads/estates still have to pay full council tax?

Thank you for your request for information about unadopted roads/estates which we received on 14 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Has the council signed Section 38 Agreements with all new developments/developers since 2005?

If developers are willing, Bedford Borough Council as Highways Authority, enters into legal Agreements under Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980 to agree to adopt roads constructed by developers, which means that the asset and responsibility for maintenance of the roads will transfer to the Highways Authority upon satisfactory completion of the roads.  Upon adoption the roads become maintainable at the public expense. The Council does not have powers to enforce a developer to enter into a Section 38 Agreement.

There have been a number of large housing developments within the Local Authority area since 2005, including at Great Denham, Kempston, Shortstown and Wootton. Bedford Borough Council works closely with the developers to try to progress the Section 38 Agreements.  The majority of developments, since 2005, have signed Section 38 Agreements between the Highways Authority and the developer.

In how many of these developments has the council adopted the roads?

Bedford Borough Council works with developers to proactively progress with the adoption of new roads within the Authority area, and over 75 new roads have been adopted by the Highways Authority since 2005.

In these developments why does the management companies perform duties, and charge for,  other than road maintenance such as:  landscape maintenance, lighting and electrical repairs, play equipment maintenance, general repairs and maintenance, which are normally performed by the borough council on older estates.

We are unable to answer this question.  As a Council we are not aware of what arrangements each developer has in place in terms of maintenance and/or any associated charges.

Will the council be taking back these responsibilities if and when the roads/estates become adopted?

If the roads are adopted the Council will maintain these assets going forwards.

Why do residents of unadopted roads/estates still have to pay full council tax?

The process for calculating the Council Tax charge for a property is set out in law, principally in the Local Government Finance Act 1992.  The Acts and Regulations governing Council Tax do not make any specific provision for Council Tax in respect of properties on unadopted roads or estates.  Therefore, the Council Tax charge for these properties must be calculated in the same way as for other properties.

4/11/16

 

9666

 

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

 Nettleton Mews

Shortstown

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

17/10/16

 

9667

 

 Questions on the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 in Schedule 2, Part 1, Class B, hereinafter referred to as "GPDO", relating to the "side roof" (first floor attic / rear of the property roof slope/s) Not "main roof" (the highway parallel roof / roof slopes) of Terraced houses

1. Does GPDO legislation deal only with "main roof" (the highway parallel roof / roof slopes) in terraced houses or does it also deal also with pitched "side roofs" (first floor attic / rear of the property roof slope/s) in terraced houses?

2. Does there have to be pre-existing internal space (loft space / roof space) between the pitched "side roof" (not talking here about main highway facing roof) in a terraced house and the underneath first floor ceiling, to carry out loft conversion under the GPDO legislation?

3. In other words to question 2, does the GPDO legislation intend that there has to be pre-existing internal space (loft space / roof space) living and habitable space "capital" for it to be made more convenient and functional by loft conversion of pitched "side roofs" in terraced houses?

4. If there is no or hardly any living and habitable space, and all there is ceiling and tiled "side roof" or only space for loft insulation in "side roof" in a terraced house and therefore a "raised platform" is put on top of the external pitched roof where the roof tiles sit to place on it a "side roof" dormer, is this allowed by the GPDO legislation?

5. With reference to question 4, does building control legislation (not talking here about GPDO legislation) allow "raised platforms" to be placed externally on top of "side roofs" in terraced houses and screwed down to external roof base rafters and external roof base battens meant for placing roof tiles on?

6. With reference to your answers to questions 4 and 5 about "raised platforms", does it make any difference to your answers in relation to building control or GPDO legislation, if "raised platform" is placed on "side roof" with pair of roof slopes (apex in the middle) or 1 roof slope in a terraced house?

7. Do building regulations or GPDO legislation allow for in terraced houses see-saw type base board on the apex ridge (if there's pair of roof slopes) on top of the external "side roof" in the "raised platform's" construction with left base and right base of the "raised platform" being used to stop the see-saw type base from tilting?

8. The GPDO legislation says, "any part of the dwellinghouse would, as result of the works, exceed the height of the highest part of the existing roof", does "existing roof" mean "existing roof slope" height immediately at site of the loft conversion construction when height gets decided, for example, if site is on "side roof" then the smaller height "side roof" in a terraced house height or does it mean taller height "main roof" (the highway parallel roof / roof slopes) which is not the immediate site? I ask this question because I imagine loft conversion applicant cannot put a big box dormer the size of "main roof" on a smaller height "side roof". Imagine this example, a church steeple style roofed house with a short side roof and a dormer as high as the steeple, it would not be proportionate to the side roof.

9. The GPDO legislation says, "the cubic content of the resulting roof space would exceed the cubic content of the original roof space by more than - (i) 40 cubic metres in the case of a terrace house", thus here "roof space" means the filling between the external roof and the ceiling, however, please inform if "original" means "existing roof" (seen in question 8 GPDO legislation quote) of the immediate site of loft conversion construction, for example, if site is in terraced house "side roof" then is it the lesser cubic metres of "side roof" or does it mean more cubic metres "main roof" (the highway parallel roof / roof slopes)? By the way, this is also related to question 8.

10. The GPDO legislation says, "raised platform", does this means open-to-air structure or can it also mean "raised platform" with "closed structure"? I ask this question because in same place of GPDO legislation there are these words, "consist", "include", "construction" and "provision" and so if "raised platform" has "closed structure" built on it and thus becomes hidden, it nevertheless gets amplified in a terraced house externally.

Thank you for your request for information about side roofs in terraced houses which we received on 17 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

 

You are asking for interpretation of the Permitted Development limits and I can confirm we do not hold this information as its national legislation that is in the public realm.

 

However, You can examine “interactive House” which is on the authority’s website and advises members of the public how to interpret the Permitted Development rules. Your enquiry also asks about Building Regulations so you may need to look at this also.

 

If you have a specific enquiry on a property in our Borough you can submit an application for a lawful development certificate or submit a PREAPP enquiry, which we charge for.

 

2/11/16

 

9668

 

Please could you supply the following information:

1. How many referrals have been made to your local authority in relation to allegations against an employee of a nursery? That would cover all nurseries including those which are connected to schools.

2. Please supply the last two years worth of figures broken down by year.

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


Referrals regarding Employment sector re; Nurseries
2014 - 2015    10
2015 - 2016     16
 

 

9/11/16

 

9669

 

Where we define a "shisha cafe" as any premise where the sale AND consumption of shisha tobacco occurs on site, and can include restaurants, clubs, lounges, cafes, and other venues:

1) Can you please provide the estimated number of shisha cafes known to you in your local authority area for the following dates: 

i) January 2012, ii) January 2013, iii) January 2014, iv) January 2015, v) January 2016. 

Please reply "unknown" if records are not held for any particular date.

2) Can you please provide a copy of the latest guidance documents that you send to shisha cafes that aim to provide legislative information around the sale and consumption of shisha tobacco, such as the smokefree law, underage use, packaging and labelling, health & safety, and advertisement.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state
whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information
you requested.
1) The estimated number of shisha cafes in Bedford Borough Council’s
area would be as follows
i) January 2012 = 1,
ii) January 2013 = 1
iii) January 2014 = 2
iv) January 2015 = 2
v) January 2016 = 1

2) Can you please provide a copy of the latest guidance documents that
you send to shisha cafes that aim to provide legislative information around
the sale and consumption of shisha tobacco, such as the smokefree law,
underage use, packaging and labelling, health & safety, and advertisement.
i) Officers will provide information deemed relevant once a premises is
identified or when a business approaches the authority for guidance.
Such information would include LGR ‘Implementation of smokefree
legislation in England’ guidance (general smokefree and the shisha specific information), and any other information identified as being relevant once contact has been made.

9/11/16

 

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