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10304

 

 

I am making a number of requests, some of which may not pertain to your council level.

1.     What is the net Increase/decrease of the number of staff employed by the council in the years 2013 (with a starting figure), 2014, 2015, 2016?

2.     What is the net Increase/decrease of the number of social workers employed by the council in the years 2013 (with a starting figure), 2014, 2015, 2016?

3.     The number of bus routes that are contracted out by your council in the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?

4.     What is the net Increase/decrease of the number of sport centres open in your council area in the years 2013 (with a starting figure), 2014, 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.

Please find the information you requested below in bold

1.     What is the net Increase/decrease of the number of staff employed by the council in the years 2013 (with a starting figure), 2014, 2015, 2016?

2013: 1802.13 FTE

2014: - 92.87 FTE   

2015: + 9.92 FTE

2016: + 26.46 FTE

The figures above are those employed. The figures are not the Council’s establishment.

2.   What is the net Increase/decrease of the number of social workers employed by the council in the years 2013 (with a starting figure), 2014, 2015, 2016?

2013: 76.03 FTE

2014: + 8.54 FTE

2015: - 4.3 FTE

2016: +8.4 FTE

    Please note the figures are for Children’s and Adult Services and include ASYE Social Workers, Social Workers, Experienced Social Workers, and Advanced Social Work     Practitioners

3.     The number of bus routes that are contracted out by your council in the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?

            2013/14: 22

            2014/15: 22

            2015/16: 23

            2016/17: 23

4.   What is the net Increase/decrease of the number of sport centres open in your council area in the years 2013 (with a starting figure), 2014, 2015, 2016?

There were 8 council leisure facilities open in 2013 (3 x swimming pools / 1 x Athletics Stadium / 1 x Golf Course / 1 x Leisure Centre / 2 x Outdoor Adventure Centres). These 8 were also open in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

27/3/17

 

10305

 

We would be grateful to receive all information you hold on and in relation to the following:

(a) The number of incidents of sexual violence reported to your local authority in the last three (3) years by or on behalf of a victim/survivor of sexual violence where the act of sexual violence took place at or within the grounds of a building owned by or which was under the control of your local authority;

(b) The number of incidents of sexual violence reported to your local authority in the last three (3) years by or on behalf of a victim/survivor of sexual violence where the act of sexual violence was committed by a person employed by your local authority and was connected to and arose in some way as a consequence of that persons employment by your local authority;

(c) The number of civil actions that have been instigated against your local authority in the last three years and which have been brought as a consequence of an allegation of an act of sexual violence.

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

Response:

Adults data - Whilst both location and perpetrator are recorded on Swift (client management system) these are in the government set format, such as Community Service, Care home, known / unknown to individual.  This doesn’t convert simply into “within the grounds of a building owned by or which was under the control of a local authority in England” or “committed by a person employed by a local authority in England and was connected to and arose in some way as a consequence of that persons employment by a local authority;”.  To properly answer your request we would need to manually go through each and every safeguarding incident in the last 3 years.  This would take us over the 18 hours.  For reference in total there have been 5,088 adult safeguarding incidents reported to the council in the last 3 years.

Children’s data -  Neither location or perpetrator are recorded on AzeusCare (client management system) as this does not form part of any government set format.  As with Adults this would need to be a manual task to obtain this information, which would take us over the 18 hours.  For reference in total there have been over 1,500 children’s safeguarding contacts/assessments reported to the council in the last 3 years with sexual abuse / child sexual exploitation as a factor.

We are however able to provide you with  some of the information you have requested, in relation to council employees accused of sexual abuse against children – please see word document attached.

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

29/3/17

 

10306

 

 

Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold relating to public or welfare funerals having taken place or due to take place, and/or persons who have died with no  known next of kin since 1/11/16 to the day of your reply. Please include:
 1. full names of deceased persons,
 2. dates of death,
 3. marital status,
 4. maiden surnames of married or widowed females,
 5. dates of birth or ages at death,
 6. last known addresses,
 7. estimated value of estates,
 8. date(s) when the information was passed (or information that
 is about to be or likely to be passed) to the Government Legal Department (formerly Treasury Solicitor) or the Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or any other 3rd party, or,confirmation that this will not be happening and the reason why.

 

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

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

1. States that the above is exempt information.

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

 

23/3/17

 

10307

 

Please can you let me know what discussions your authority has held in the last six months with schools, education providers and/or the Department for Education regarding establishing new selective secondary schools in your area.

If these discussions have been minuted I would grateful to receive a copy

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:  Nil. There have not been any discussions. 

 

7/3/17

 

10308

 

How much is spent annually by the libraries on security staff

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

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

Response We expect the cost of security in libraries within the financial year 2016/2017 to be £37,000.

13/3/17

 

10309

 

Please provide the following information in respect of non domestic properties that have had an empty rate charge levied at any time since 1st April 2010.   

  • Property address (including postcode) 
  • Property reference number
  • Ratepayer name
  • Start and end date of the empty period for which empty rates have been levied.

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

23/3/17

 

10310

 

RE: Stuart Road, Kempston, Bedford

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

 

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

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

 

3/3/17

 

10311

 

 RE:Howard Street, Bedford

We are interested in any environmentally pertinent information about the site including:

·   Are there any environmental issues associated with the above named site?  We are specifically interested in anything that could have led to contamination of soil or groundwater either beneath the site or within a 500m radius?

·   Do you hold any records of water quality within 1km of the site?

·   Are you aware of the presence of above ground storage tanks/gas meters on adjacent sites and are you aware of any spills or leaks associated with these?

·  Any knowledge of former uses of the site?

·  Whether the site has been or is likely to be designated as Contaminated Land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990?

·  Are there any records of landfill or waste transfer activities within 500m of the site?

· Have there been any soil or groundwater remedial works carried out at the site or within 500m of the site?

 Thank you for your request for information about  Howard Street, Bedford, which we received on 1st March 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please click here for the information on Howard street here 

27/3/17

 

10312

 

RE:west side of Manton Lane, Bedford

I write in connection with the above mentioned property.

Please can you confirm that you are not considering taking any action against the site under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Thank you for your request for information about Land West of Manton Lane, Bedford which we received on 1st March 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is not listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and so we are not considering taking any action under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

28/3/17

 

10313

 

Please can you tell me how many 18-21 year olds currently receive housing benefit in your local authority area?

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.

There are currently 242 18 to 21 year olds receiving Housing Benefit.

7/3/17

 

10314

 

 

Please could you respond stating how you intend to address the financial risks that climate change poses within your ISS?

In addition, Government guidance is clear that pension members should be consulted regarding the new ISS – we are also writing to request that you respond setting out how you are intending to consult with your fund members on this issue.

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

Please find the information you requested attached.

 

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

 

10315

 

  Please can you list all the residential care homes and nursing homes that your council commissions along with the start and end of their contracts?

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

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

 Do you have any in-house provision of residential care homes or nursing homes? If so how many homes/beds does this consist of?

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 can confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested.

Please can you list all the residential care homes and nursing homes that your council commissions along with the start and end of their contracts?

Please see attached.

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

Please see attached.

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

We do not hold this information.

Do you have any in-house provision of residential care homes or nursing homes? If so how many homes/beds does this consist of?

Our homes/number of beds/number of staff are as followed at present;

Southway, 42 residents, 48 staff

Rivermead, 33 residents, 30 staff

Parkside, 31 residents, 41 staff

Highfield, 34 residents, 36 staff

Brookside, 19 residents, 24 staff

Puttenhoe, 29 residents, 39 staff

Please note the above staff numbers do not include our vacant posts.

If your council commissions any outside providers to run any children’s residential care homes please can you list the name of these outside organisations?

We have an agreement with St Christopher’s Fellowship to run 2 children’s homes – 1 in Bedford  and 1 in Central Bedfordshire. The contract is with Central Bedfordshire Council who manage this and we then have an service level agreement with Central Bedfordshire. The buildings are owned by Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire respectively. This is the only contract in place and all other placements of this kind are spot purchased

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

29/3/17

 

10316

 

In respect of Public rights of ways. Can you please let me know if your local authority uses the following signs

Greenway routes

Green lanes for heavy vehicles

Mountain bikes route

Cycle route

Public footpaths

Mountain paths

Public roads

Bridleways

Long distance footpaths

Permissive paths

Paths across open ramblage

what happens where a sign refers to more than one of the above routes

the PROW number description

The start point

the end point

The distance between points on the PRow

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about Countryside and Rights of Way which we received on 3 March 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

 

Please click here for the information on Public right of ways

274/32/17

 

10317

 

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

Goff Place

Wootton

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

 

6/3/17

 

10318

 

Since the creation of the Deferred Payments scheme in April 2015 on how many occasions has your authority entered into a Deferred Payment Agreement in respect of a resident of a residential or nursing care home?”.

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.

 

Bedford Borough Council have 4 confirmed deferred payment agreements.

29/3/17

 

10319

 

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

Wilkinson Road

Kempston

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

6/3/17

 

10320

 

1.      Please indicate the average annual cost to the Council of having to rectify building construction or building maintenance works where the works have not complied with the specification.

2.      What percentage of the above cost related to building services (e.g. mechanical, electrical, plumbing works and maintenance)?

3.      Please indicate, as a percentage, the extent to which the above cost was incurred because the firm(s) involved did not possess the requisite technical capability(ies).

4.      Please indicate the amount of retentions held over the last 5 years by the Council for building construction or building maintenance works.

5.      What percentage of the above amount was used for the purpose of rectifying work because the appointed firms failed to do so?

Thank you for your request for information regarding Building Construction and

Building Maintenance works, which we received on 3 March 2017. Your request has

been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I enclose a copy of the information you requested.

Please contact

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

16/3/17

 

10321

 

 

I am interested to find out how much it has cost to implement a traffic calming project throughout the village of Harrold

The project is not yet complete (in fact it seems to have been going for about nine months or more) and has involved design work, digging up bits of road and footways, placing signs, and replacing signs that had been wrongly sited, etc etc etc..... with the express purpose of implementing a 20 mph speed limit.

As it seems to be work being carried out by the Boroughs Highways Team I would like to know

1) How much the project has cost in total to date?

2) Is any of this cost to be billed on to any other authority?

3) If the answer to 2) is Yes, How much is to be billed to what authorities?

 

Thank you for your request for information about the traffic calming in Harrold which we received on 3 March 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The information you requested is as follows:

1) How much the project has cost in total to date?

The project has cost £4,500 to date.

2) Is any of this cost to be billed on to any other authority?

No.

3) If the answer to 2) is Yes, How much is to be billed to what authorities?

Not Applicable

24/3/17

 

10322

 

 the School Condition Data Collection programme. As part of the data collection we need school building plans and in the first batch we have the following number of schools in your Local Authority.

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

Please find your request and our response below;

Request

School building plans relating to;

 Ravensden Lower School

 Great Denham Primary School

 Goldington Academy

 Wootton Upper School

Response

Please find enclosed the most up to date copies of the floor plans we hold for the listed schools. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the drawings reflect the current buildings.

Please contact

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

13/3/17

 

10323

 

 

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

Putnoe Lane

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

16/3/17

 

10324

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

1) how many fines did your authority hand out for unauthorised absences from school during the academic year 2015/16?

2) how many fines did your authority hand out for unauthorised absences from school during the academic year 2014/15?

3) how many fines did your authority hand out for unauthorised absences from school during the academic year 2013/14?

 

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)    how many fines did your authority hand out for unauthorised absences from school during the academic year 2015/16?

Answer:783

2)    how many fines did your authority hand out for unauthorised absences from school during the academic year 2014/15?

Answer:684

3)    how many fines did your authority hand out for unauthorised absences from school during the academic year 2013/14?

Answer:525

30/3/17

 

10325

 

1. Please state the name, job title and contact details of the person completing this form
2. Do you plan on reducing the overall budget allocated for

a) centrally funded specialist education support services for all children with special educational needs in 2017/18? 

Yes/No
b) specialist education support services specifically for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2017/18?

          Yes/No
c) Please give details

3. Do you plan on reducing the overall number of specialist education staff working with deaf/hearing impaired children in 2017/18?
Yes/No

4. Please complete the table below giving details of the budgeted spend for specialist education services for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2016/17 and 2017/18.
5. Do the figures above include any budgeted spend on children without a hearing impairment?   (e.g. visually impaired children, MSI, other SEN etc.)
a. Yes/No
b. If yes, please provide details (e.g. visually impaired children, MSI, other SEN etc.)
6. Please complete the table below giving details of budgeted staffing levels in the specialist education service for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2016/17 and 2017/18. 

7. How many resource provisions, bases or specialist units for deaf/hearing impaired children have there been within your local authority area over the last five years?
8. How many resource provisions, bases or specialist units for deaf/hearing impaired children will you have in Sep 2017 and how will they be funded?
9. Are there any plans to review the specialist education service for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2017/18?
i. Yes/No
ii. If yes, please provide details, brief outline and timeline
10. If you would like to provide any further information about education provision for deaf children in your area, please use the box below.

 

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

 

Please see word document attached.

 

Please contact

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

3/4/17

 

 

10326

 

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

Please would you provide me with a list of all business rate payers that fall into A2 class (financial and professional services)

For each rate payer, please provide:

i) the address/unit (e.g. 3 High Street)

ii) the name of the business/organisation (e.g. HSBC)Please could you provide this data as of March 31 each year from 2005 to 2016 and its current occupant (as of March 6, 2017 or the closest available date). If it is impossible for your system to go back as far as March 2005, please go as far back as you can.

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

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 in respect of the retrospective data as its not available through a standard report which will take in excess of 18 hours in order to check all non-domestic rate accounts to provide the information requested.

3/4/17

 

10327

 

1] A list of council buildings that are laying empty and/or unused as at the date of this FOI request?

2] A list of your council buildings that are for sale as at the date of this FOI request?

3] A list of your council buildings that will be coming up for sale within the next 12 months starting from the date of this FOI request?

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council, received on 6 March 2017. 

In relation to question 1 of your request,I can confirm that this information is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested:

A list of council buildings that are laying empty and/or unused as at the date of this FOI request?

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

1.     States that the information requested is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below:

The Council has declined to disclose a list of the Council owned empty buildings as this information is exempt under Section 31 which is concerned with increased crime.

In relation to questions 2 and 3 of your request, I can confirm that we do hold the information you requested. Please see our response below:

2.      A list of your council buildings that are for sale as at the date of this FOI request? Nil

3.     A list of your council buildings that will be coming up for sale within the next 12 months starting from the date of this FOI request? Nil

16/3/17

 

10328

 

 In accordance with the provisions specified within the above Act I hereby request the following information or an update of the information since the last request. All information requested relates to Business Rates.

Required Information;- A list of all live business rates accounts with a 2010 list Rateable Value greater than or equal to £5,000

  • Property Reference Number (also known as Billing Authority Reference Number) of the property on which the charge is made. Please note that this is not the Rate Demand or Rate Account Number.
  • Current rateable value
  • Account holder name
  • Property address
  • The billing address (where different to the property address), the contact telephone number and email address
  • The date the current ratepayer became liable for the business rates – we do not require any historical account liability dates only the current ratepayers liability start date
  • Where a property is currently empty please provide the date the ratepayer became liable for empty rates
  • Where there is an exemption on the account please provide the start and end date and type of exemption applied (e.g. listed building)
  • Where there is a relief on the account please provide the date it was applied and the type of relief (e.g. charity)
  • We do not require any personal information or sole traders.
 

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

 

3/4/17

 

10329

 

 

RE: Sandy Road, Willington, Beds

I am working on a Phase I desktop report for this site, and believe that there was an active filling station operating here from the 1950s to the 1980s, but cannot work out when this ceased. I have located the site of the underground fuel tanks, but wonder if you have any information on the last licence date and/or the decommissioning of these tanks.

Thank you for your request for information about petroleum storage tanks at the site formerly known as Sandy Road, Willington, which wereceived on 6th March 2017. Your request has been considered under theEnvironmental Information Regulations 2004.

I enclose a copy of the information you requested: Willington SS - petrol tank information.

Please contact

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

16/3/17

 

10330

 

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

York 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

 

14/3/17

 

10331

 

I have a proposal to put to your Council re. the above. I do need to direct it to the correct person, and that person would have responsibility for personalisation and direct payments.

 

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

The details are Lucy Wainwright and email address is Lucy.Wainwright@bedford.gov.uk  person responsible for direct payments

8/3/17

 

10332

 

Can you please confirm how much money is spent when externally contracting care out to the private sector in delivering care to people with a Learning Disability in

a) supported living

b) residential

capacity? Would it be possible to obtain figure for 2015, 2016 and estimated spend for 2017?

 

 Pending

 

10333

 

Please can you confirm what Financial Management System you use .  Please provide the name of the supplier and the name of the software.

 

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

The Supplier is Unit 4 and the software is Agresso

13/3/17

 

10334

 

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

 Norcott Mead

Shortstown

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – 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

 

14/3/17

 

10335

 

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

Duke Drive

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

 

14/3/17

 

10336

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) to request the following information from the authority. The questions relate to all departments under control of the authority:

(a)    do you know how many individual trees the council own or are responsible for?

(b)    if so, how many? (please exclude woodland/forest type areas from the answer).

(c)    If not, please give an approximate number.

(d)    If possible please split the number between highway, housing, authority land/buildings, and park areas.

(e)    During financial year beginning April 2015 – to end March 2016 how much money did the council spend (£ excluding VAT) on tree work activities such as pruning, felling, and bracing/support.

(f)     During financial year beginning April 2015 – to end March 2016 how much did the council spend (£ excluding VAT) on tree planting activities.

(g)    During financial year beginning April 2015 – to end March 2016 how much money did the council spend (£ excluding VAT) on arboricultural consultancy activities such as tree surveying, decay detection, subsidence investigation, etc.

(h)    During financial year beginning April 2015 – to end March 2016 how many authority owned trees were felled?

(i)      During financial year beginning April 2015 – to end March 2016 how many trees were planted by the authority?

(j)      Across all departments, based on a normal working week how many persons are employed by the authority with responsibility for the management of trees such as; managers, tree/ arboricultural officers; surveyors? Please include any persons employed through PFI contracts servicing the authority. When answering please detail how many persons in which departments, the job role and how many hours per week, on average, are dedicated to tree management.

(k)    If persons are employed through PFI contracts, please confirm how many?

Thank you for your request for information about municipal tree work which we received on 8 March 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

(a)  do you know how many individual trees the council own or are responsible for?

The vast majority have been plotted but not all.

(b)  if so, how many? (please exclude woodland/forest type areas from the answer).

(c)  If not, please give an approximate number. 27,733

(d)  If possible please split the number between highway, housing, authority land/buildings, and park areas.

Parks, amenity space, authority land = 6,336

Highways = 21,397

Housing = 0

(e)  During financial year beginning April 2015 – to end March 2016 how much money did the council spend (£ excluding VAT) on tree work activities such as pruning, felling, and bracing/support. £208,811

(f)   During financial year beginning April 2015 – to end March 2016 how much did the council spend (£ excluding VAT) on tree planting activities.

Purchase trees - £12,168

Planting costs - £10,266

TOTAL - £22,434

(g)  During financial year beginning April 2015 – to end March 2016 how much money did the council spend (£ excluding VAT) on arboricultural consultancy activities such as tree surveying, decay detection, subsidence investigation, etc.

£1,485.00

(h)  During financial year beginning April 2015 – to end March 2016 how many authority owned trees were felled?66

(i)    During financial year beginning April 2015 – to end March 2016 how many trees were planted by the authority? 165

(j)    Across all departments, based on a normal working week how many persons are employed by the authority with responsibility for the management of trees such as; managers, tree/ arboricultural officers; surveyors? Please include any persons employed through PFI contracts servicing the authority. When answering please detail how many persons in which departments, the job role and how many hours per week, on average, are dedicated to tree management.

3 Full Time Staff working for Clean, Safe and Green Operations, Environment & Sustainable Communities Directorate.

Senior Arboricultural Officer, Full time 37 hours p/w

Arboricultural Officer, Full Time 37 hours p/w

Tree Inspector, Full time, 37 hours p/w

(k)  If persons are employed through PFI contracts, please confirm how many?None

5/4/17

 

10337

 

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

Anglia Way

Great Denham

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – 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

 

14/3/17

 

10338

 

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

 Spenser 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

 

14/3/17

 

10339

 

Can you please confirm where if online and which newspaper(S) you advertise all your public notice, including planning TROS Path Diversion to name a few.

If your TROS are available online and if not do you have a list of consultees

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 as below.

Communication Team

Advertise public notices with the Times and Citizen and/or Beds On Sunday both of which have websites including digital editions and public notices.

Licensing Team

Advertise on Times and Citizen and Beds on Sunday for Public Notices.

PLANNING:

Advertise all their public notices in the Beds on Sunday Paper.  They advertise on a weekly basis any applications which fall under or affect the following categories:

Conservation Area

Listed Building

Setting of a Listed Building

Major Applications

Affecting a Conservation area

Affecting setting of an Ancient Monument

Departure from Development Plan

Applications with an Environmental Statement

Public Rights of Way

Environmental Impact Assessment

Minerals Development

There is not a copy of the advert placed each week on the Planning website but these are all on Beds on Sunday online site.

HIGHWAYS:

Advertise in Times and Citizen (Thursday) Bedford, but occasionally advertise in Beds on Sunday

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

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

1.   States that the information is exempt information.

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

Highways

Please click here for the link on highways

 

ENVIRONMENT & REGULATORY:

Are usually arranged via the Communications team who use an agency called Big Marketing. The info is also available on the enforcement pages of the council’s website e.g. PSPO

Licensing Team

Also have the Bedford Borough Website for the Licensing Act:

29/3/17

 

10340

 

RE:Goldington Avenue

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

27/3/17

 

10341

 

 Could you please provide answers to the following questions about Bedford Borough Council?  If your authority is not responsible for the management and maintenance of the road network and you would normally answer ‘no’ to the questions, please indicate which authority I should contact instead rather than forwarding the request.

1.       Does your organisation carry out any of the following activities / services?

1.1.    Input of STATS19 injury collision data (if the answer is yes, please state which system you use)

1.2.    Editing / correcting / cleansing of STATS19 injury collision data (if the answer is yes, please state which system you use)

1.3.    Analysis of STATS19 injury collision data (if the answer is yes, please state which system you use)

2.       Does your organisation make STATS19 collision data available to the public via a website?  Note: This is often in the form of a searchable map showing the location of collisions, possibly with supporting information.

3.       Do you supply full* details of individual collisions upon request and is there a charge (please state value) for:

3.1.    Members of the public

3.2.    Community groups

3.3.    Planners, developers and other organisations with a commercial interest

*Full details assumes that personal information is redacted; please state if any field other than VRM and postcode are redacted.

4.   Do you poses a map of current speed limits within your authority and if so:

4.1  It this in a GIS format

4.2.  Another digital format e.g. spreadsheet or database

4.3.  Paper-based map

 Thank you for your request for information about STATS19 injury collision data which we received on 8 March 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Does your organisation carry out any of the following activities / services? 

1.1.      Input of STATS19 injury collision data

   No, this is within the remit of Herts Beds and Cambs Police who input data to Stats 19, which is digitally uploaded by Bedford Borough Council into Key accident    software

1.2.      Editing / correcting / cleansing of STATS19 injury collision data

  No, this is within the remit of Herts Beds and Cambs Police who carry out the initial data validation within the CRASH system as part of the stats 19 data entry         process.

1.3.      Analysis of STATS19 injury collision data

  Yes, the Key Accident software system is used by Bedford Borough Council to analyse collision data.

2.   Does your organisation make STATS19 collision data available to the public via a website?

   No such data is available via other web-based platforms.  Bedford Borough Council responds to all requests via phone, in person and in the process of development          led enquiries.

3.   Do you supply full* details of individual collisions upon request and is there a charge:

 Yes, without charge. The Council tends to supply standard key accident summarised 3 page ‘reports’, plans and descriptive text

3.1.      Members of the public

            Yes with no charge

3.2.      Community groups

            Yes with no charge

3.2.      Planners, developers and other organisations with a commercial interest

            Yes with no charge

4.         Do you poses a map of current speed limits within your authority

            Yes

4.1.      It this in a GIS format

            Yes, Shapefile of speed data information can be supplied to authorised personnel / external bodies

4.2.      Another digital format e.g. spreadsheet or database

            No, although a spreadsheet (CSV file) can be generated from GIS format shapefile

4.3.      Paper-based map

            Yes, individual Traffic Regulation Order (and in most cases are accompanied with a plan). However these Orders are in isolation to specific geographic locations       and do not provide a Borough overview

22/3/17

 

10342

 

Ring-fence budget for Bedfordshire school library service for 2015.

 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:

                                   Current
                                    Budget
Employees              150,620
Transport Related
Expenditure                4,140
Supplies                     65,120
Customer

& Client  Receipts   -243,200


Total Schools

Library Service            -23,320 

14/3/17

 

10343 -10344

 

RE:Contaminated Land and Petroleum Storage Information

 on Bedford Road in Kempston (site address and boundary below). Please could you provide the following information:

1) Has the subject site been identified as requiring assessment as part of the Council’s Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy? If so what priority for inspection/investigation has it been assigned?

2) Has the subject site been determined as Contaminated Land under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990?

3) Any comment you might be able to make regarding the site’s suitability for continued use?

4) Do you hold copies of any site investigations undertaken on the site or surrounding area in recent history?

5) Do you have information on historical or current contamination within 250m of the subject site arising from former site or surrounding area activities?

6) Do you have information on any historical or current landfilling within 250m of the site and are there any associated issues with leaching or migration of ground gas?

7) Are you aware of any environmental planning conditions applying to the site or surrounding area (within 250m)?

8) Do you have any standard requirements for further assessment in the event of redevelopment or requirements for protection measures in new developments?

9) The site has a petrol station and as such the presence of underground storage tanks is likely. Therefore could you provide me with any details you have of the tanks (age, size, fuel type, current condition), plans of last known tank locations, details of decommissioning (where relevant), reported spillages, contamination, incidents, and license details (dates, volume etc).

 

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

 

Please click here for the information on Bedford rd Kempston

 

3/4/17

 

10345

 

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

Radcliffe 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

 

14/3/17

 

10346

 

Please can you provide the following information on:

1.   From the 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2016, the number of requests for EHC assessments received from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background (BAME) children or young people;

2.   The number of initial requests refused, if less than 5 mark X, if none mark 0;

3.   The number referred to appeal at SENDIST, if less than 5 mark X, if none mark 0;

4.   The number of BAME children or young people, issued with a EHC plan and their primary need is, if less than 5 mark X, if none mark 0:

·       Specific learning difficulties (SpLD)

·       Moderate learning difficulty (MLD)

·       Severe learning difficulty (SLD)

·       Profound and multiple learning difficulty (PMLD)

·       Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)

·       Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH)

·       Autism (ASC)

·       Visual impairment (VI)

·       Hearing impairment (HI)

·       Multisensory impairment (MSI)

·       Physical disability (PD)

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. 

1. From the 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2016, the number of requests for EHC assessments received from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background (BAME) children or young people;

Answer: 56

2.     The number of initial requests refused, if less than 5 mark X, if none mark 0;

Answer: 21

3.     The number referred to appeal at SENDIST, if less than 5 mark X, if none mark 0;

Answer: 0

4.     The number of BAME children or young people, issued with a EHC plan (between 01.09.14 and 31.08.16) and their primary need is, if less than 5 mark X, if none mark 0:

Answer: 69

  • Specific learning difficulties (SpLD) Answer: 1
  • Moderate learning difficulty (MLD) Answer: 8
  • Severe learning difficulty (SLD) Answer: 0
  • Profound and multiple learning difficulty (PMLD) Answer: 0
  • Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) Answer: 31
  • Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) Answer: 12
  • Autism (ASC) Answer: 9
  • Visual impairment (VI) Answer: 3
  • Hearing impairment (HI) Answer: 2
  • Multisensory impairment (MSI) Answer: 0
  • Physical disability (PD) Answer: 3

30/3/17

 

10347

 

I write to request a full list of companies and charities that have become liable for business rates between the 18th Feb 2017 to the 10th March 2017.

I would like you to include the business name, address, date of liability, liable party and property type

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

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

3/4/17

 

 

10348

 

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

Key Croft

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

 

14/3/17

 

10349

 

Please respond to the following questions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

  1. Has the authority at any time used a genealogist, probate researcher or tracing agent to locate the next of kin of a deceased person for whom the authority is to undertake, or has undertaken, a public health funeral?
  2. Has the local authority used a genealogical researcher or similar organisation to trace owners or relatives where a property in their designated area has been left empty?
  3. Has the Deputyship/appointeeship team at the council ever used a genealogical researcher or similar organisation to trace relatives of a person for whom they are acting as deputy?

If the answer to any of the questions above is YES, please respond to the following questions:

  1. Which researcher(s) are used?
  2. What statutory function(s) is the authority fulfilling when it engages genealogical research organisations? 
  3. What is the benefit to the authority of entering into each arrangement?
  4. In relation to public health funerals, why does the authority not simply refer all deaths of people who die intestate with no identified next of kin and assets of over £500 to the Government Legal Department Bona Vacantia Division for advertisement of the unclaimed estate?
  5. What due diligence process was used and against which criteria was the organisation selected in preference to any other research organisation?
  6. Why does the council not pass the information to more than one researcher at a time?
  7. Has the authority considered the financial implications for the relatives, in that research organisations engaged by the local authority are likely to derive a commercial benefit from the location of next of kin?
  8. Does the council expend any monies in tracing next of kin of people who die intestate with no next of kin? If so, how much have they paid the researcher in total for the duration of the contract so far?
  9. If the council pays the researcher directly, what specifically do these fees cover? Please provide a breakdown of the costs and services provided.
  10. If not paid by the council, how exactly does the genealogical organisation locating next of kin for the council when a person dies intestate with no known relatives get paid for the service they provide?
  11. In respect of deaths in the community/public health funerals, in total, on how many occasions has the council used a genealogical researcher to trace next of kin? Please include cases where the family subsequently took over funeral arrangements.
  12. Of these, on how many occasions did the next of kin take over the funeral arrangements?
  13. In the SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES where there have been NO ASSETS in the estate to fund the funeral of the deceased, AND the genealogical organisation was used to trace next of kin, on how many occasions have these relatives:

a) taken over and paid for the funeral arrangements; or

b) repaid/reimbursed the local authority for the funeral costs incurred from their own pocket?

  1. In the SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES where there were insufficient assets in the estate to refund the cost of the funeral to the council and next of kin identified by the heir hunter have made a contribution from their own personal funds towards the funeral costs, how much money has been contributed:

a) in each particular case; and

b) as a running total?

  1. Arrangements between the authority and the research organisation will form a contract, even if not formalised. Please provide a copy of any contract(s) between the local authority and any research organisation used to trace next of kin for any reason.
  2. Please provide full copies of the exchange of emails between the authority and genealogical organisations for all periods during which referrals were made.

In relation to public health funerals, please provide the name, date of death and date of birth of any deceased persons for whom a genealogical organisation was used to trace relatives, from the first recorded referral to the most recent.

  1. Does the council have a Death in the Community Procedure or similar written procedure relating to the process that is followed when an individual who dies in the designated local area is referred to the council? If so, please provide a copy.
  2. Does the authority employ or contract a house clearance organisation as part of the process of dealing with a death in the community? If so, which one
  3. Does the council require the clearance organisation to sign a confidentiality agreement?

Please respond to the following questions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

  1. Has the authority at any time used a genealogist, probate researcher or tracing agent to locate the next of kin of a deceased person for whom the authority is to undertake, or has undertaken, a public health funeral?

Yes.

  1. Has the local authority used a genealogical researcher or similar organisation to trace owners or relatives where a property in their designated area has been left empty?

Not within Bereavement Services

  1. Has the Deputyship/appointeeship team at the council ever used a genealogical researcher or similar organisation to trace relatives of a person for whom they are acting as deputy?

Not within Bereavement Services

If the answer to any of the questions above is YES, please respond to the following questions:

  1. Which researcher(s) are used?

We have used 4 different companies

-        Fraser & Fraser

-        Estate Research

-        Finders UK

-        Finders International

  1. What statutory function(s) is the authority fulfilling when it engages genealogical research organisations? 

The statutory function is Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984.

  1. What is the benefit to the authority of entering into each arrangement?

Finding relatives and possibly reimbursing funeral costs.

 

  1. In relation to public health funerals, why does the authority not simply refer all deaths of people who die intestate with no identified next of kin and assets of over £500 to the Government Legal Department Bona Vacantia Division for advertisement of the unclaimed estate?

There is a need to identify the next of kin in order to see if there are next of kin. Also ensure the Authority has taken reasonable steps to trace family members.

  1. What due diligence process was used and against which criteria was the organisation selected in preference to any other research organisation?

Different companies are used.

Why does the council not pass the information to more than one researcher at a time?

Choose not to.

  1. Has the authority considered the financial implications for the relatives, in that research organisations engaged by the local authority are likely to derive a commercial benefit from the location of next of kin?

Prime objective to discover relative.

  1. Does the council expend any monies in tracing next of kin of people who die intestate with no next of kin? If so, how much have they paid the researcher in total for the duration of the contract so far?

None

  1. If the council pays the researcher directly, what specifically do these fees cover? Please provide a breakdown of the costs and services provided.

Not applicable.

  1. If not paid by the council, how exactly does the genealogical organisation locating next of kin for the council when a person dies intestate with no known relatives get paid for the service they provide?

Not Known.

  1. In respect of deaths in the community/public health funerals, in total, on how many occasions has the council used a genealogical researcher to trace next of kin? Please include cases where the family subsequently took over funeral arrangements.

6 cases

  1. Of these, on how many occasions did the next of kin take over the funeral arrangements?

None.

  1. In the SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES where there have been NO ASSETS in the estate to fund the funeral of the deceased, AND the genealogical organisation was used to trace next of kin, on how many occasions have these relatives:

 

a) taken over and paid for the funeral arrangements; or

b) repaid/reimbursed the local authority for the funeral costs incurred from their own pocket?

None 

  1. In the SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES where there were insufficient assets in the estate to refund the cost of the funeral to the council and next of kin identified by the heir hunter have made a contribution from their own personal funds towards the funeral costs, how much money has been contributed:

a) in each particular case; and

b) as a running total?

                None

  1. Arrangements between the authority and the research organisation will form a contract, even if not formalised. Please provide a copy of any contract(s) between the local authority and any research organisation used to trace next of kin for any reason.

 None

  1. Please provide full copies of the exchange of emails between the authority and genealogical organisations for all periods during which referrals were made.

 Attached

  1. In relation to public health funerals, please provide the name, date of death and date of birth of any deceased persons for whom a genealogical organisation was used to trace relatives, from the first recorded referral to the most recent.

Jean Hay (2011)               

Eric Weavell (2014)

Alma Jackson (2014)

Pauline Hilton (2014)

John Parrish (2015)

Rita Partle (2015)

Please see our website for all information requested:

  1. Does the council have a Death in the Community Procedure or similar written procedure relating to the process that is followed when an individual who dies in the designated local area is referred to the council? If so, please provide a copy.

Yes – Attached.

  1. Does the authority employ or contract a house clearance organisation as part of the process of dealing with a death in the community? If so, which one?

No

  1. Does the council require the clearance organisation to sign a confidentiality agreement?

Not applicable.

 

Please contact

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

4/4/17

 

10350

 

Please can you reply with a list or an organisational chart, including the names and job titles of every person that work within the councils Children's Services Department.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose some of the information requested.

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

1. States that employee names are exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 40(2) by virtue of 40(3)(a)(i) of the FOI Act (FOIA) as it comprises personal data and disclosure would be unfair.

Employee names amount to ‘personal data’ under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). As you may know, s. 40(2) FOIA provides for an absolute exemption in respect of personal data where the disclosure of that data under FOIA would contravene one of the data protection principles contained in schedule 1 to the DPA.  The question which the Council must address in response to your request is whether disclosure of the personal data in the format you requested would contravene in particular the first data protection principle. That principle requires that any processing of personal data must be fair and lawful and must otherwise meet one of the conditions provided for in schedule 2 to the DPA. The schedule 2 condition which is most likely to be relevant in this context is that provided for in paragraph 6(1) of schedule 2.

The Council considers that disclosure of information that would identify individuals is unwarranted because of the disproportionate adverse effect on the legitimate interests of the individuals concerned namely that they would expect that personal information would remain confidential and not be disclosed by the Council. 

The Council has carefully considered whether the weight of the public interest arguments and the benefits in favour of disclosure would outweigh the harmful consequences of disclosure.  It has concluded that it would not.

Therefore please find attached the Organisational Chart for Children’s Services with the Heads of Service indicated as the contact for each service area.

Please contact

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

5/4/17

 

10351

 

Please provide the following information:

1.    How many car parking spaces are currently provided by the local authority to generate this annual income?

2.    Does the local authority have any plans to increase its number of off-street car parking spaces, and if so, by how many?

3.    If the local authority holds any information regarding the number of off-street car parking spaces provided in the local authority area by other providers (such as private car parking operators) please advise how many spaces are provided, and by which operator.

4.    Are the local authority’s off-street car parking operations run entirely in-house, or are these subject to alternative arrangements, such as a management contract or a partnership agreement with the private sector or another local authority, and if so:

a.    What are the current arrangements – i.e. a management contract, a partnership / joint venture or other (please specify);

b.    who provides the service to / partners with the local authority; and

c.     When is this contract / partnership scheduled to end?

5.    Has the local authority given any consideration (and / or made any decision) in the past two years to explore alternative managerial and operational arrangements for its off-street car parking provision (such as private sector involvement) and if so, what?

6.    Does the local authority have an up-to-date Parking Strategy? If so, please provide a weblink.

7.    Please provide a weblink to your latest Annual Parking Report.

8.    As the local authority will have just set its budget for the forthcoming financial year (and its Medium Term Financial Strategy), has it agreed for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20:

a.    any savings to be delivered in the running costs of off-street car parking; and

b.    any projected increase in income.

Please provide any figures of savings and income agreed for these years.

9.    Likewise, has the local authority allocated any capital funding for expenditure on car parks during the next three years, or identified the need to allocate capital in due course? Please provide figures and details of proposed expenditure

Thank you for your request for information about off-street car parking provision which we received on 13th March 2017.

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

1.   How many car parking spaces are currently provided by the local authority to generate this annual income

Please click here for the information

.    Does the local authority have any plans to increase its number of off-street car parking spaces, and if so, by how many?

Not at present

3.    If the local authority holds any information regarding the number of off-street car parking spaces provided in the local authority area by other providers (such as private car parking operators) please advise how many spaces are provided, and by which operator.

None

4.    Are the local authority’s off-street car parking operations run entirely in-house, or are these subject to alternative arrangements, such as a management contract or a partnership agreement with the private sector or another local authority, and if so:

a.    What are the current arrangements – i.e. a management contract, a partnership / joint venture or other (please specify);

b.    who provides the service to / partners with the local authority; and

c.     When is this contract / partnership scheduled to end?

All off-street car parking operations run entirely in house.

5.    Has the local authority given any consideration (and / or made any decision) in the past two years to explore alternative managerial and operational arrangements for its off-street car parking provision (such as private sector involvement) and if so, what?

Not at present.

6.    Does the local authority have an up-to-date Parking Strategy? If so, please provide a web link.

Attached.

7.    Please provide a web link to your latest Annual Parking Report.

 

8.    As the local authority will have just set its budget for the forthcoming financial year (and its Medium Term Financial Strategy), has it agreed for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20:

a.    any savings to be delivered in the running costs of off-street car parking; and

b.    any projected increase in income.

Please provide any figures of savings and income agreed for these years.

                  a.    any savings to be delivered in the running costs of off-street car parking;

      None currently identified

b.    any projected increase in income.

      2017/2018 increase in income of £110,000

 

9.    Likewise, has the local authority allocated any capital funding for expenditure on car parks during the next three years, or identified the need to allocate capital in due course? Please provide figures and details of proposed expenditure.

     There is a capital programme to replace the lifts at Lurke Street Multi Storey Car Park within 2017/2018, with funding of £249,000

Please contact

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

28/3/17

 

10352

 

Can you tell me how many Community Land Trusts that you have on your Self Build and Custom register please?

Thank you for your request for information about Community Land Trust Data which we received on 11 March 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.Can you tell me how many Community Land Trusts that you have on your Self Build and Custom register please? – None at present

21/3/17

 

10353

 

Please could you provide costing detail for the 3 most recently completed secondary school capital projects [including new schools or replacement school buildings, but not refurbishments].

Thank you for your request for information regarding School Capital Projects which we received on 12 March 2017.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please see below your request and our response:

Please could you provide costing detail for the 3 most recently completed secondary school capital projects [including new schools or replacement school buildings, but not refurbishments]
Bedford Borough Council have only completed one new build project at a secondary (or upper) school since it was created in April 2009. This project was Bedford Academy.
• Elemental breakdown of tender price:
Phase 1 Measured Works (Excl M&E, Fees & Prelims)
 £10,821,970
Phase 2 Measured Works (Excl M&E, Fees & Prelims)
 £285,628
External Works
 £2,565,977
M&E
 £4,894,293
Preliminaries
 £2,145,765
Fees (incl. M&E Subcontractor Fees)
 £1,684,769
 Total £22,398,402 
• Contractor

Willmott Dixon

• Programme length

56 weeks

• Contract family and variant

Design & Build Contract, Lump Sum Option for use with Contractor Framework 2009.

• Frameworks used

Academies Framework

• Floor plan [As built, scaled, to be used to determine features such as corridor width, communal areas etc]

The Council do not hold these as built drawings but as designed drawings, which are enclosed in this letter. There were only minor internal modifications during the build.

• Design route  – Fully pre-designed (e.g. Sunesis), EFA baseline, Adapted EFA Baseline, Bespoke Design

Bespoke Design

• Final account costs    
Works
  £22,398,402
IT
  £2,088,000
LA Fees
  £300,000
Demolition - including significant asbestos removal
 £499,238
 Total £25,285,640

• Final programme length

58 weeks, with partial completion, as planned, at 51 weeks to allow for the school to be in occupation for the start of the academic year.

Please contact

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

6/4/17

 

10354

 

I am seeking year-on-year spend and applicant information for your council’s local welfare assistance scheme (your assistance scheme for people in extreme financial hardship).
Could you send me answers to the following questions:
1) The total amounts your council funded for and spent on local welfare assistance in the following financial years:
2013-2014
2014-2015
2015-2016
2016-2017
2) The number of applicants to your local welfare assistance scheme in the following financial years:
2013-2014
2014-2015
2015-2016
2016-2017
3) The three most common reasons that people applied for local welfare assistance in the following financial years:
2013-2014
2014-2015
2015-2016
2016-2017
4) In question 3, if Universal Credit delays were one of the three most common reasons why people applied for LWA in more recent years, did those applicants require rent or housing deposit assistance or any other assistance to stay housed because of Universal Credit payment delays?
5) In the council’s view, is pressure on LWA increasing or decreasing (is the need for the service increasing or decreasing)?

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 written against each question below.

1) The total amounts your council funded for and spent on local welfare assistance in the following financial years:
2013-2014 – Total spent £214,226

2014-2015 – Total spent £175,206
2015-2016 – Total spent £102,124

2016-2017 – Total spent £125,144

All funded from the established Reserve
2) The number of applicants to your local welfare assistance scheme in the following financial years:
2013-2014 – 338
2014-2015 – 293
2015-2016 – 242
2016-2017 - 161

The information provided is for Home in the Community Grants only (for white goods and furniture etc.).  We are unable to provide this information specific to Crisis Grant applications. This is because the numbers of calls received are not always applications for crisis grants, but a mixture of queries, signposting and general advice giving.
3) The three most common reasons that people applied for local welfare assistance in the following financial years:
2013-2014

We are unable to provide this information as an end of year statistical analysis was not completed in 2013/14 on this subject.
2014-2015

1. Families Experiencing Exceptional Pressures

2. Moving to Supported or Independent Living

3. Fleeing Domestic violence /Abuse or Moving to Safeguard Yourself

The information provided is for Home in the Community Grants only (for white goods and furniture etc.).  We are unable to provide this information specific to Crisis Grant applications. This is because the numbers of calls received are not always applications for crisis grants, but a mixture of queries, signposting and general advice given.

2015-2016

1. Resettlement

2. Fleeing Domestic violence /Abuse or Moving to Safeguard Yourself

3. Moving to Supported or Independent Living

The information provided is for Home in the Community Grants only (for white goods and furniture etc.).  We are unable to provide this information specific to Crisis Grant applications. This is because the numbers of calls received are not always applications for crisis grants, but a mixture of queries, signposting and general advice giving.

2016-2017
1. Resettlement

2. Fleeing Domestic violence /Abuse or Moving to Safeguard Yourself

3. Moving to Supported or Independent Living

4) In question 3, if Universal Credit delays were one of the three most common reasons why people applied for LWA in more recent years, did those applicants require rent or housing deposit assistance or any other assistance to stay housed because of Universal Credit payment delays?

Not applicable
5) In the council’s view, is pressure on LWA increasing or decreasing (is the need for the service increasing or decreasing)?

The Local Welfare Provision Scheme is demand led and, generally, no obvious trends or patterns have emerged.  Some cost savings have been made since 2015/16 through a reduction in staff. 

Whilst there has been a reduction in the number of Home in the Community Grants applications in  2016/17 the award rate is higher because the quality of applications from referral agencies is up leading to an increase in spend. 

6/4/17

 

10355

 

Please could you send with all the business rates information that you hold.

Please can this include:

  • Name of rate payer
  • Address
  • Any reliefs they receive.
  • Date account started.

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

10/4/17

 

10356

 

1 On how many  occasions since 7/11/16 has DHP award to household affected by benefit cap

2 On how many  occasions have you made indefinite award of DHP for a benefit cap

3 what is the median length of time for a DHP capped households

 4 what is the max period of time between an application for DHP and the decision that payment will be made

5 what is the max period of time between an application for DHP and the payment of DHP

 

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

1None, no DHP award has been made before a tenancy agreement has been entered into

2 None – the Council’s DHP policy limits any award to 12 months, a repeat application is required for support to continue

3          20 weeks

4           8 weeks

5          12 weeks

6/4/17

 

10357

 

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

 Rookery Road Wyboston

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

 

14/3/17

 

10358

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from [authority name/department]:

  • The Printing Company you use to print your Transaction Mail
  • The Printing Company you use to print your Direct / Advertising Mail
  • The person responsible for Transaction and Direct Mail in your organisation
  • What is the annual spend on Transactional Mail
  • What is the annual spend on Direct / Advertising Mail
 

Pending

 

10359

 

1. How many applications for new isolated homes in the countryside did your council receive each year from 2004-2012, related to, citing or under PPS7, Paragraphs 11, and how many of those did it approve?2. How many applications for new isolated homes in the countryside did your council receive each year since 2012, related to, citing or under NPPF, Paragraph 55, and how many of those did it approve?

 

Thank you for your request for information about isolated homes in the countryside which we received on 14 March 2017. Your request has been considered under the   Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

27/3/17

 

10360

 

This request concerns the spending by your authority on agency social workers.

1)  Please state the total amount spent by your authority’s children’s services department on agency social workers in each of the following financial years.

i)                 2012-13

ii)                2013-14

iii)               2014-15

iv)               2015-16

v)                2016-17 to 1st March 2017

2)      Please state the total amount spent by your authority’s adult services department on agency social workers in each of the following financial years.

i)                 2012-13

ii)                2013-14

iii)               2014-15

iv)               2015-16

v)                2016-17 to 1st March 2017

3)      Please state the total amount spent by other departments of your local authority that employ social workers on agency social workers in each of the following financial years.

This may include, for example, hospital social workers.

i)                 2012-13

ii)                2013-14

iii)               2014-15

iv)               2015-16

v)                2016-17 to 1st March 2017

4)      Please state the average period of time individual agency social workers spent working at your local authority in the 2016-17 financial year to date. Please provide a figure in days.

You might respond for example, that the average placement length of an agency social worker within your authority was 30 days.

Please provide figures for your:

a)  Children’s services department

b)  Adults services department

5)  Please state the average daily cost to your authority of hiring an agency social worker in the 2016-17 financial year to date.

You might respond for example, that the average cost is £150 a day. 

Please provide figures for your

a) Children’s services department

b)    Adults services department

 

 

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, which is attached.

 

Please contact

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

 

4//4/17

 

10361

 

 My request relates to the Nature of Business Travel and the Procurement and Usage of Vehicle Ownership, Lease or Rental. I’ve detailed below the information that we require:

  1. What forms of vehicle transport are you currently using for business related travel?
  2. What is the annual spend on business related travel at Bedford Borough Council?
  3. What proportion (%) of your annual spend on vehicle transport relates to cars and light commercial vehicles up to 3.5t?
  4. Who is the person within Bedford Borough Council responsible for procuring and/or managing business travel? (Please provide name, job title, telephone, email and address details)
  5. Who are your current suppliers/providers for your existing business travel arrangements (lease, ownership, hire or rental)?
  6. When are your current vehicle transport arrangements due to expire? (Please provide details of each form of transport and each provider) 
  7. What are your current annual employee CO2 emissions, relating to business travel (in tonnes)?
  8. What is the average contract term that you have with your current business travel providers?

Thank you for your request for information about Business travel which we received on 13/3/17. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

  1. What forms of vehicle transport are you currently using for business related travel? N/A

2.     What is the annual spend on business related travel at Bedford Borough Council? £ 494,942 Please note this was in the assumption that we used mileage claims, public transport, and any council owned vehicles that are not used for front line service delivery.   

  1. What proportion (%) of your annual spend on vehicle transport relates to cars and light commercial vehicles up to 3.5t? 93%
  2. Who is the person within Bedford Borough Council responsible for procuring and/or managing business travel? (Please provide name, job title, telephone, email and address details) N/A
  3. Who are your current suppliers/providers for your existing business travel arrangements (lease, ownership, hire or rental)? N/A
  4. When are your current vehicle transport arrangements due to expire? (Please provide details of each form of transport and each provider) N/A
  5. What are your current annual employee CO2 emissions, relating to business travel (in tonnes)? N/A
  6. What is the average contract term that you have with your current business travel providers? N/A

19/4/17

 

10362

 

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

 Barnes Road Wootton

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

16/3/17

 

10363

 

I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/1/2017 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/1/2017, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details.

This should include deaths of any clients whose affairs are managed by the Councils Safeguarding or Deputy-ship Teams, where applicable.

Please also supply a list of any Public Health Act Funerals carried out from the above date (also known as Welfare or Environmental Health Act funerals) if this does not form part of your reply to the above. This should include funerals carried out by the council or on behalf of any third party.

If this information is now provided on your website, please send the hyperlink.

Please include as much of the following information as you are able to:

1.  the deceased's full names

2.   the date they died

3.   the approximate value of their estate

4.   their date and place of birth or age at death

5.    whether or not they were married, divorced, single, or widowed

6.   the maiden surnames of married females or widows

7.   their  address at death

8.   the date when a referral was made of this estate to any other 3rd party or body to research or administer and the name of the 3rd party concerned.

9.    If a referral to a 3rd party or body  has not yet been made could you advise of the case details as above too.

10.  If a case referral to a 3rd party or body is still  undecided or awaiting referral, please also advise of details of the case as above. 

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

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

1. States that the above is exempt information.

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

4/4/17

 

10364

 

 

1

Do you routinely record the NHS number of Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) applicants?

YES / NO*

2A

Do you have an agreement with local housing associations about Disabled Facilities Grant funding for adaptations in their homes?

YES / NO*

2B

If the answer to 2A is YES, what does the housing association fund?

 

3

Do you keep a register of adapted properties for use by DFG applicants who might want to consider moving instead of adapting?

YES / NO*

 

 

 

4

For the calendar year 2016 could you please tell us the average time taken (in days):

 

4A

For all valid DFG applications made in 2016, what was the average time between the first enquiry/referral and the application?

days

4B

For all valid DFG approvals made in 2016, what was the average time between application and approval?

days

4C

For all valid DFG completions in 2016, what was the average time between approval and completion?

days

 

 

 

5

Do you have a housing assistance policy (or similar) that gives discretion on how you spend DFG funding?

YES / NO*

 

If the answer to 5 is YES, during the calendar year 2016 how much did you spend on:

 

5A

Supporting people to move/relocate

£

 

“Topping up” grants over the £30k maximum

£

 

Hospital discharge grants

£

 

Providing handyperson services

£

 

Providing occupational therapy services

£

 

Providing other staffing

£

 

 

 

6

What is the typical percentage fee charged for agency services on DFG applications?

%

 

 

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.

 

17/3/17

 

10365

 

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

 Coronation Way  Stewartby

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

16/3/17

 

10366

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we request that you provide us with the following information:

1.    Do you have any provisions in your housing allocation policy which favour existing local residents e.g. residence criteria for access to register or additional preference for those meeting a residence requirement?  If yes, how does it work?

2.    What is the average rent for social housing including assured tenants of housing associations by property size (2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom properties)? Please provide the most recent data available.

3.    What is the average rent for temporary accommodation arranged by the authority under Part 7 Housing Act 1996, by property size (2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom properties)? Please provide the most recent data available.

 

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 can confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested.

1.    Do you have any provisions in your housing allocation policy which favour existing local residents e.g. residence criteria for access to register or additional preference for those meeting a residence requirement?  If yes, how does it work?

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

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

This information is in the public domain.  A copy of the Allocation Policy can be found on the website here

.    What is the average rent for social housing including assured tenants of housing associations by property size (2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom properties)? Please provide the most recent data available.

Nil return, we do not hold this information.

3.    What is the average rent for temporary accommodation arranged by the authority under Part 7 Housing Act 1996, by property size (2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom properties)? Please provide the most recent data available.

2 Bedroom £192.69 per week, 3 Bedroom £215.77 per week, 4 Bedroom £267.69 per week.

 4/4/17

 

10367

 

Please find below questions of which I am asking via the Freedom of Information Act, in regards to Employment Referencing procedures for UK

1)            Do you request references for all of your new applicants or just for certain posts?  If only certain posts, please can you confirm the job roles in which you do not need references for?
2)            If you need references for a new applicant, how many do you require, or how far back (in years) do you seek references for?
3)            When a reference is received, do you verify its origin to ensure that it is real?
4)            If yes to the above, how is verification undertaken? 
5)            Where verification is carried out, how long can this take? (an average per reference is sufficient.  A min – max time is also sufficient)
6)            If a fake reference is discovered prior to the applicant beginning a role, would the application be terminated?
7)            What would happen if a reference was discovered to be fake after the person had started their job?  Would this be a legal issue, or dealt with via your in-house procedures?
8)            Have you received a fake reference in the last 2 years?
9)            What is the name and email address of your Head/Director of Human Resources? (or equivalent Head of the department that deals with Workforce, Recruitment or People Services). 

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)    We request references for all posts that go through the recruitment process. 
2)   2 references (who can provide professional or educational references):

·   The first must be from the applicants present or last employer/voluntary organisation.  If they cannot give an employer, we ask for the name of someone who can provide an educational reference.

·  The second should be a previous employer.  If the applicant cannot provide a previous employer, we ask for either an educational referee or the name of someone who has known the applicant for 3 years who can provide a character reference.   

·    If neither of the two referees given have known the applicant for a period of 3 years or more, we ask the applicant to provide an additional referee.  This could be a further previous employer, an educational referee, or someone who has known the applicant for 3 years who can provide a character reference.
3) We check that it is from the official email address the request was sent to/company stamp etc.
4)  NA
5)  NA
6) We would discuss this with the candidate before making any decisions on whether to withdraw the conditional offer or not.  
7) Dealt with via in-house processes.
8) Not that we are aware of.
9) Karen Johnson (Head of HR) Karen.johnson@bedford.gov.uk

22/3/17

 

10368

 

1.       Do you currently have an electronic record system(s) or case management system in place for social care case management?

2.       What company currently provides your system(s)?

3.       How much are you currently spending on this system annually for licensing and support fees?

4.       What is the date of contract expiry for the system(s)?

5.       How many users of the current system?

6.       How is your system hosted? 

7.       Who is responsible for IT strategy in your authority?

8.       Who is responsible for procurement of Social Care systems in your authority?

 

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.

1.   Do you currently have an electronic record system(s) or case management system in place for social care case management?

Yes, Swift.

2.  What company currently provides your system(s)?

Northgate.

3.  How much are you currently spending on this system annually for licensing and support fees?

The latest Northgate invoice for licence and support for the period 01/05/2016 – 30/04/2017 - £182,366.21.

4.    What is the date of contract expiry for the system(s)?

April 2018.

5.    How many users of the current system?

315.

6.   How is your system hosted? 

Database is held on servers within Bedford Borough Council but the DBA role is carried out by Northgate staff under a Managed Service Agreement.

7.    Who is responsible for IT strategy in your authority?

Andy Watkins, Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer.

8.   Who is responsible for procurement of Social Care systems in your authority?

Lynne Davidson, Business Transformation Manager.

7/4/17

 

10369

 

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

 Palgrave 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

 

173/17

 

 10370

 

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

Avon Drive 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

 

17/3/17

 

10371

 

I would be very grateful if you could please provide the following information concerning roadkill in your area via email under the Freedom of Information Act:

Q1. Please provide the number of dead animals found on roads in 2016 and in 2017 to date

Please break down the figures by animal type.

Q2. Please can you disclose where (by road name) the incident took place?

Thank you for your request for information about roadkill which we received on 16 March 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find attached the information you requested in bold:

Q1. Please provide the number of dead animals found on roads in 2016 and in 2017 to date

Received         No.
2016                192
2017                 27
Total                 219

Please break down the figures by animal type. – See attached.

Q2. Please can you disclose where (by road name) the incident took place? – See attached.

Please contact

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

21/3/17

 

10372

 

Please could you provide me with a list of the sites within this authority registered as contaminated land under Part IIA of the Environmental Act 1990.

Thank you for your request for information about contaminated land within Bedford Borough Council which we received on 17th March 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (‘the Act’), the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act.

We have not, to date, determined any sites within our area as falling within the definition of contaminated land as defined within the Act. However, please be aware that this position may be subject to change in the future.

4/4/17

 

10373

 

Do you have more recent records, specifically Commitment, Contribution, Distribution and Value as of 31st December 2016? This list should include all such partnerships, i.e. private equity, venture capital, distressed debt, mezzanine, fund of funds, real estate, natural resources and private debt investments. If so, is it possible for you to send them to us?

  

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 most of the information you requested. 

Please click for the information on Pensions

17/3/17

 

10374

 

Under the freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek information about your children and short breaks services:

1.  Name, email and telephone of director for children’s services or similar

2.  Is there a transformation manager or personalisation lead or similar role? If yes please provide name(s), email(s) and telephone number(s).

3.  What case management system do you use for children’s services?

4.  When is the contract for the case management system up for renewal?

5.  Name, email and telephone number of the manager responsible for Short Breaks provision

6.   Annual spend on Short Breaks provision for 2016/17

7.  Please provide a link, or a copy of your current Short Breaks statement and eligibility criteria

8.  Do you provide grants or direct payments for Short Breaks provision? If not, are there any plans to provide grants or direct payments in the future?

9.  Do you provide a framework of approved Short Breaks providers?

10.   Do parents/carers book Short Breaks provision via the council?

11. If not do you use an external organisation to provide this?

12.  Please provide details on where I can obtain a copy of your latest review and/or consultation of Short Breaks policy and provision

13. Are your Local Offer pages/site developed in-house or externally?

14. If externally please confirm the supplier, the value of this contract and when it is due for renewal

15 If internally, are there any plans for this to be developed by an external supplier?

  

 

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

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested attached

18/4/17

 

10375

 

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

Brooklands Avenue

Wixams 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

 

24/3/17

 

10376

 

Could you please provide me with the number of drop kerbs and H Bars

on Pearcey Road and when permission were granted and the work completed.

When replying could you please  provide me with the house numbers that each

drop kerb and H bars are link to.

Thank you for your request for information about dropped kerbs and H-Bars installed in Pearcey Road, Bedford which we received on 13 March 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Prior to 1st April 2009, works to install dropped kerbs and H-Bars were carried out by Bedfordshire County Council. On 1st April 2009 Bedfordshire County Council ceased to exist and Bedford Borough Council became a Unitary Authority.  Bedford Borough Council’s records therefore only go back as far as 1st April 2009.

There are 16 H-Bar markings along the length of the road.  Our records show that only one H-Bar was installed by Bedford Borough Council and this was outside number 37 on 5 March 2015.  All other H-Bars were therefore installed by Bedfordshire County Council prior to 1st April 2009.

When the footways were resurfaced, the verges were removed and almost the entire length of Pearcey Road become a dropped kerb; this was to enable footway parking. Certainly on one side of the road, there is no distinction between the dropped kerbs for each residential premises.

Our records show that Bedford Borough Council has only constructed one dropped kerb and that was outside number 36 Pearcey Road on 15 November 2015.  Dropped kerbs may have also been constructed when the houses were built.

30/3/17

 

10377

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would like to request access to data held by Bedford on restaurants that have had certain enforcements carried out against them.

 We are interested in establishment(s) that were subject to the following from Jan 1st 2011 to December 30th 2016:

· Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notices (HEPN)

· Hygiene Prohibition Orders (HPOs)

·  Voluntary closures

·  Suspension/revocation of approval

The particular establishments of interest are  restaurant/cafe/canteens, pub/bar/nightclubs, takeaway/sandwich shops, and mobile caterers (and other catering premises). For these establishments that have been subject to the above enforcements, we would like to request the following information:

·        Local Authority Name

·        Date (of the enforcement)

·        Premise Name

·        Premise Address

·        Premise Postcode

·        Premise Type

·        Enforcement Type

·        Enforcement Reason

Thank you for your request for information about enforcement actions relating to

food premises between Jan 2011 & December 30th 2016, which we received on 17th

March 2017. Your request has been considered under theEnvironmental Information

Regulations 2004.

I have enclosed as an appendices to this letter a copy of the information you

requested, the only instance during the period that has been requested is currently

being investigated with a view to possible prosecution action. Therefore please find

the information requested, except the name and address of the business, in

Appendix 1. The name and address of the business are not being provided

under the excemptions within Regulation 12(5)(b) of the above Regulations.

Local Authority : Bedford Borough Council

Date: 6th September 2016

Name: unable to provide

Address:unable to provide

Type of business: Takeway

Enforcement Action: Voluntary Closure

Reason: Health Risk criteria existed due to rodent infestation

12/4/17

 

10378

 

Has planning premission been granted  to the Field in Hall End Road

 

Thank you for your request for information about isolated homes in the countryside which we received on 14 March 2017. Your request has been considered under the   Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

 

24/7/17

 

10379

 

My request is as follows:

* Please disclose the number of staff found to have falsified their CVs/job applications in the calendar years 2015 and 2016;
* In each case, please disclose the individual's job grade and what action was taken.
* Separately, please provide a table showing all job grades and salary bands - with a key to any grade terminology used.

 

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. 0

2. N/A

3. N/A

10/4/17

 

10380

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide me with information about the amount of money the council has collected in unreturned change or money recorded as over-vend from car parking meters/machines in 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Could you also provide me with the the total number of car parking meters/machines the council was responsible and the number equipped to take non-cash forms of payment (e.g. card or mobile app) in each of those years (2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16). For example, with the second part if a council car park has three payment machines but drivers can pay through an app for the car park as a whole, that would be three payment machines with non-cash forms of payment.

 

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.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide me with information about the amount of money the council has collected in unreturned change or money recorded as over-vend from car parking meters/machines in 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

This information is not held.

Could you also provide me with the the total number of car parking meters/machines the council was responsible and the number equipped to take non-cash forms of payment (e.g. card or mobile app) in each of those years (2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16). For example, with the second part if a council car park has three payment machines but drivers can pay through an app for the car park as a whole, that would be three payment machines with non-cash forms of payment.

Total number of car park payment machines is 27 this is multi storey and surface car parks combined.

Information held back to 2013 only on phone payment and card.

2013 - 23

2014 - 22

2015 - 26

2016 - 28

2017 - 27

23/3/17

 

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