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Ref Request Response Response Date

10511

 

Can you please provide details of all the bids for the recent Harrold and Odell Country Park Café Lease – including details of their  business proposals, evidence of need, resource planning (which will/should have identified building works and associated set up/equipment costs and funding streams) and financial bids.

Following careful consideration, the Council has determined that the information requested to be disclosed comes within the terms of Section 43(2) of the FOI Act due to the likelihood of prejudice to the commercial interests of the third (3rd) parties who afforded this information to the Council as part of a competitive process. In line with Section 2 of the Act, the Council has to apply the public interest test for the purpose of establishing whether there is a public interest in the disclosure of the commercial information.

The Council has applied the public interest test and has determined that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information requested. This is based on the following considerations:-

(a)   With regards to the other bidders’ submissions in relation to this procurement process, the Council has concluded that due to the short period of time that has elapsed since completion of the tender process for this contract, a disclosure of the tender proposals at this point in time would adversely impact the Bidders' position in a competitive environment and would diminish their negotiating powers by revealing information of potential usefulness to their competitors. Furthermore it would adversely impact on the authority’s working relationship with the winning provider and consequently it could negatively affect the delivery of the contract.

(b)   It is also the council’s decision that disclosure of bidders’ commercial and financial proposals in respect of this tender, is not considered to be in the wider public interest.

12/5/17

 

10512

 

I would like information on asbestos being used in the building of my home and if asbestos was used in the building of ampthill day centre ...ampthill .....Bedfordshire.

Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.Not held by Bedford Borough Council. This maybe held by Central Bedfordshire and their contact is - accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk. However please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

 

 

 

24.4.17

 

10513

 

Could I please have the following data starting from the beginning of January 2014 up until the most recently available data, broken down by month:

1.    Number of disabled adult refugees successfully resettled by your council

2.    Number of disabled child refugees successfully resettled by your council

Applicant did not respond to request for clarification.

 

 

 

10514

 

How many children were referred to children's social services due to concern that they may be at risk of child sexual exploitation in 2016?

Does this represent an increase on previous years?

If so by how many?

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. 

NB Answers below (based on Referrals where child sexual exploitation was a factor).

How many children were referred to children's social services due to concern that they may be at risk of child sexual exploitation in 2016?

Answer: 34

Does this represent an increase on previous years?

Answers: No

If so by how many?

Answers: Decrease of 22

24.4.17

 

10515

 

How many children were reported missing in 2016

How many children were missing more than once

How many children were missing frequently

How many children were missing for more than 24 hours, 48 hours , 72 hours, a week, more than a week , more than a month for each episode?

How many children have not been located?

How many children who are reported missing have been referred to services at risk of child sexual exploitation?

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 children were reported missing in 2016

Answer: 240 unique children were recorded on Azeus with a missing episode commencing in 2016

2.     How many children were missing more than once

Answer: Of these 240 children, 86 had more than one missing episode commencing in 2016

3.     How many children were missing frequently

Answer: ‘ Frequently - we're using either how people record children who go missing repeatedly or more than once, more than three times, more than five times, more than eight times’

More than once = 86

More than 3 times = 46

More than 5 times = 36

More than 8 times = 26

4.     How many children were missing for more than 24 hours, 48 hours , 72 hours, a week, more than a week , more than a month for each episode?

Answer:

Of the children who were recorded on Azeus with a missing episode commencing in 2016 where a return date has been recorded:

138 unique children had at least one episode where they were not recorded as having returned on the same date they went missing

38 unique children had at least one episode where they were recorded as having returned 2 or more days from the date they went missing

24 unique children had at least one episode where they were recorded as having returned 3 or more days from the date they went missing

12 unique children had at least one episode where they were recorded as having returned 7 or more days from the date they went missing

7 unique children had at least one episode where they were recorded as having returned 30 or more days from the date they went missing

NB our missing reporting shows dates only, not times

5.     How many children have not been located?

Answer: Zero

6.     How many children who are reported missing have been referred to services at risk of child sexual exploitation?

Answer: 12 unique children recorded on Azeus with a missing episode commencing in 2016 are currently at risk of CSE

15/5/17

 

10516

 

1)How many council houses were a) built b) funded (be that fully or in part funded eg funding given to a third party or housing trust or the council providing land or property in lieu of cash to support a new development) and c) sold in the financial years of 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Can I have this broken down by year and in each year by built, funded and sold. 

2) In relation to 1b, if you have funded or part funded any development(s) how much did you spend? 

3)In relation to 1c how many properties worth over a million were sold? If so, a) when b) for how much c) what is the postcode of the property?

4) In relation to 1c how much was raised by these sales, in total, in each of the years? 

5) The amount of these sales (if any) retained to provide one for one replacements? I'd like as an £ amount.

6) a)How many servicemen and women and their families have been applied to be given priority status since your authority's introduction of the Armed Forces Covenant? b) How many servicemen and women and their families have been given priority status in applying for Government-sponsored 
affordable housing schemes c) What is their average wait for a home (including application process) d) what was the longest wait for a home?

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

1)   How many council houses were a) built b) funded (be that fully or in part funded eg funding given to a third party or housing trust or the council providing land or property in lieu of cash to support a new development) and c) sold in the financial years of 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Can I have this broken down by year and in each year by built, funded and sold.  0 - Bedford Borough Council transferred its housing stock to Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) in 1990 and you will need to contact them directly for any information.

2)   In relation to 1b, if you have funded or part funded any development(s) how much did you spend? N/A

3)   In relation to 1c how many properties worth over a million were sold? If so, a) when b) for how much c) what is the postcode of the property? N/A

4)   In relation to 1c how much was raised by these sales, in total, in each of the years? N/A

5)   The amount of these sales (if any) retained to provide one for one replacements? I'd like as an £ amount. N/A

6)   a)How many servicemen and women and their families have been applied to be given priority status since your authority's introduction of the Armed Forces Covenant? b) How many servicemen and women and their families have been given priority status in applying for Government-sponsored affordable housing schemes c) What is their average wait for a home (including application process) d) what was the longest wait for a home? BPHA hold this information on our behalf and you will need to contact them directly.

9/5/17

 

10517

 

What are Bedford Borough Council's plans regarding central governments initiative to improve the national infrastructure for Electric Vehicle charging?

What provision do you provide already?

Number and type of chargers already deployed.

Where are they located?

Are these chargers available to the public?

If so are there any access restrictions?

How were these chargers funded?

If OLEV funded under which scheme and when?

What are your plans to deploy chargers or increase the number of chargers in public places and when is this scheduled to happen?

If you already have deployed charging what percentage of usage if for your vehicles in comparison to public utilisation.

If your chargers are in public car parks do you or your car park management partners enforce them and if so what is the penalty for inappropriate use?

Are these bays clearly marked as Charging bays

What are the roadblocks that Bedford Borough Council has encountered in trying to deliver the EV infrastructure?

Does your Planning department require all new car parking where the public will be the primary visitors, ie retail parks, superstore, leisure facilities etc. to have EV charging provisions?

Thank you for your request for information about the provision of public electric vehicle charging infrastructure which we received on 16 April 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you have requested is as follows:

What are Bedford Borough Council's plans regarding central governments initiative to improve the national infrastructure for Electric Vehicle charging?

Bedford Borough Council recognises the importance of making best use of all available opportunities to help support national aspirations for the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.  The key challenge is developing the infrastructure in a way that best meets the increasing and dynamic demands of users.  The primary energy behind the evolution of the EV market and its resultant needs appears to be driven by the car sales market, and does not necessarily align with how, what and where charging infrastructure is available. Overall, the system appears to be fragmented into various commercial interests, the co-ordination of which is an emergent process and difficult to predict and plan effectively for.

As with any emergent system, fragmentation of interests and responsibilities makes it difficult for any single organisation to predict and plan for charging infrastructure delivery. However, the Council is working with charging post providers and EV / hybrid users to develop EV infrastructure in a mutually beneficial way.

Any expansion of EV charging infrastructure in response to central Government initiatives has to be set against increases in maintenance liabilities for Councils.

What provision do you provide already? Number and type of chargers already deployed. Where are they located? 

Within Bedford Borough there are 10 charging locations in 6 locations (7 posts). These are owned and maintained by Bedford Borough Council and were installed as part of the Plugged in Places initiative. Four others are owned and maintained by other organisations.

Are these chargers available to the public? If so are there any access restrictions?

All 7 of the Bedford Borough owned charging points are indeed available to the public and are subject currently to a 3 hour charging time limit as they are intended for top up rather than primary charge function.

How were these chargers funded? If OLEV funded under which scheme and when?

As mentioned above the Bedford Borough Council owned posts were installed with grant funding from the Plugged In Places scheme.  However as with many authorities using the Plugged In Places scheme, ongoing funding of maintenance of the infrastructure was not necessarily factored in in terms of sustainable funding support from central government.

What are your plans to deploy chargers or increase the number of chargers in public places and when is this scheduled to happen?

Our aspirations are to increase the number of charging points and to provide them where they can be most useful and where they may encourage non EV / hybrid users to switch. This approach necessitates having a continually refined understanding of where demand/need is emerging and what the details and practicalities of EV ownership are.  Any aspirations of the Council to improve the offer on EV infrastructure and services are subject to the availability of resources.

If you already have deployed charging what percentage of usage if for your vehicles in comparison to public utilisation.

Bedford Borough vehicles are not charged using the publicly accessible charging points.

If your chargers are in public car parks do you or your car park management partners enforce them and if so what is the penalty for inappropriate use?

Yes, our parking enforcement team enforce against non-electric/hybrid vehicles using the bays. The penalty charge notice varies from £25 to £70 according to the nature of the contravention and when it is paid.

Are these bays clearly marked as Charging bays

Yes, we have marked bays clearly to indicate the specific allocation for electric vehicles

What are the roadblocks that Bedford Borough Council has encountered in trying to deliver the EV infrastructure?

The ‘roadblocks’ to delivering further infrastructure include: 

·       Gaining access to information about the scale and nature of demand against which we can design our response coherently….a need for stronger coherent links with stakeholders such as local dealers for example, and local business who are offering EV and Hybrid vehicles as fleet choices to build a strategic development.

·       Funding of new post installations and securing ongoing maintenance.  The agenda is evolving away from a ‘free’ provision for charging under Plugged In Places towards a more financially sustainable pay as you go charging system.  Again gaining access to information which would aid understanding within a system of commercially interested stakeholders is challenging.

Does your Planning department require all new car parking where the public will be the primary visitors, ie retail parks, superstore, leisure facilities etc. to have EV charging provisions?

Not at the moment, though we are reviewing the local plan and will be considering ways of increasing the supply of EV charging infrastructure through the planning process, as long as this does not unduly increase the maintenance liability on the Council.

17/5/17

 

10518

 

I would be grateful for any market position statement or similar document(s) the Council has created or obtained in the past five years for early years/childcare provision in the borough. This includes information pertaining to:

.  Current demographic makeup of the borough, including a. children aged under 2, b. children aged 2, c. children aged 2-4, d. children aged 5-14 and e. household income levels 2.  Changes in the demographic makeup of the borough (as above) since 2007 3.  Projections for the demographic makeup of the borough (as above) up to 2030 4. Current provision and supply of early years/childcare in the borough 5.  Current demand for early years/childcare in the borough 6.  Projections for demand for early years/childcare up to 2030 (broken down by ward where possible)

7.   Any assessment of the impact of the upcoming 30-hours free childcare entitlement on demand for early years/childcare in the borough

8.  Any assessment that has been made of market development requirements up to 2030 in order to meet any projected increases in childcare/early years demand (broken down by ward where possible) 9. Any other assessments made of the of the provision of early years/childcare in the borough.

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

You requested:

I would be grateful for any market position statement or similar document(s) the Council has created or obtained in the past five years for early years/childcare provision in the borough. This includes information pertaining to:

1.     Current demographic makeup of the borough, including a. children aged under 2, b. children aged 2, c. children aged 2-4, d. children aged 5-14 and e. household income levels

Answer:  Please refer to the following link *

1.     Changes in the demographic makeup of the borough (as above) since 2007

Answer: Please find  census details for 2001 and 2011 *

1.     Projections for the demographic makeup of the borough (as above) up to 2030

Answer: We have completed projections for up to 2020 based on new housing developments

2.     Current provision and supply of early years/childcare in the borough

Answer: Please refer to the childcare sufficiency assessment attached.

3.     Current demand for early years/childcare in the borough

Answer: See Answer 4, above.

4.     Projections for demand for early years/childcare up to 2030 (broken down by ward where possible)

Answer: See Answer 4, above.

5.     Any assessment of the impact of the upcoming 30-hours free childcare entitlement on demand for early years/childcare in the borough

Answer:  We have calculated 1250 children will be eligible for 30 hours

6.     Any assessment that has been made of market development requirements up to 2030 in order to meet any projected increases in childcare/early years demand (broken down by ward where possible) 9. Any other assessments made of the of the provision of early years/childcare in the borough.

Answer: By January 2018 we are creating 220 new childcare places for 2-4 year olds

 

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

States that this is exempt information.

2Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (Information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

10/5/17

 

10519

 

Please could you provide a response to the following requests for information in respect of Building Act 1984 S36 enforcement action taken since 1st January 2006 (reporting each calendar year separately if possible):-

Residential Property Works:

1. How many Building Act 1984 Section 36 enforcement notices have been issued in respect of residential property works since 1st January 2006  (reporting each calendar year separately if possible) ?

2. How many injunctions have been applied for pursuant to Building Act 1984 Section 36(6) in respect of residential property works since 1st January 2006  (reporting each calendar year separately if possible) ?

Commercial or other Property Works

3. How many Building Act 1984 Section 36 enforcement notices have been issued in respect of other property works, not being residential property works, since 1st January 2006  (reporting each calendar year separately if possible) ?

4. How many injunctions have been applied for pursuant to Building Act 1984 Section 36(6) in respect of other property works, not being residential property works, since 1st January 2006  (reporting each calendar year separately if possible) ?

Request closed as fees not paid.

 

 

10520

 

I am writing to ask you to supply details of the address (including street number and postcode) of homes that have been empty for over 6 months

Further to your request for information dated 17 April 2017, 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:

Details of the address (including street number and postcode) of homes that have been empty for over 6 months.

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

  • States that the information requested is exempt information.
  • Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Sections 31 and 40 (s31 Law enforcement and s40 Personal information) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

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

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

19.4.17

 

10521

 

I wonder, if quantities have been calculated, how much recycling the borough receive from locked bins, compared to those who can easily recycle? Under the Freedom of Information Act  2000 I would like to see if the figures have remained the same or decreased?

Thank you for your request for information about Recycling which we received on 16 April 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested, within your formal complaint, is as follows:

1. How much recycling did the borough receive from locked bins, compared to those who can easily recycle?  (I would like to see if the figures have remained the same or decreased)

We do not separately collect these bins so we are unable to provide this data.

2. Given that only once in 14 years was unauthorised rubbish dumped in our bins - How has this risk been assessed?

All communal containers should be lockable.  The premises should have originally been provided with a lockable container and so the recent replacement was to correct this error. We supply lockable bins to communal bin stores as standard to prevent gross contamination of recycling bins.

3. Why will a key not be issued?

We can issue a key on request, free of charge. A key has already been sent to you.

4. What is the cost? It's not impossible for you to issue a key.

Same response as above.

10/5/17

 

10522

 

 Please provide the following information regarding your current IT Systems.

What are the main Software Systems used by the Council for:

1.            Planning

2.            Building Control

3.            Environmental Health

4.            Licensing

5.            Trading Standards

 

How many users / licenses for each system do you have?

1.            Planning

2.            Building Control

3.            Environmental Health

4.            Licensing

5.            Trading Standards

 

How much does each system cost annually?

1.            Planning

2.            Building Control

3.            Environmental Health

4.            Licensing

5.            Trading Standards

 

When does each contract expire?

1.            Planning

2.            Building Control

3.            Environmental Health

4.            Licensing

5.            Trading Standards

 

Do you have any planned upgrades to the software? If so, when?

1.            Planning

2.            Building Control

3.            Environmental Health

4.            Licensing

5.            Trading Standards

 

Are you planning to go to market for a different Software System? If so, when?

1.            Planning

2.            Building Control

3.            Environmental Health

4.            Licensing

5.            Trading Standards

 

Who is the person responsible for your Software Systems?

Please provide name, title and contact information.

1.            Planning

2.            Building Control

3.            Environmental Health

4.            Licensing

5.            Trading Standards

 

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

 

17/5/17

 

10523

 

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

Burr Close

Kempston

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 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

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 to view the environmental information.

21.4.17

 

10524

 

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

 Hansons Reach

George Close

Stewartby

Bedfordshire

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

 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

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 to view the environmental information.

21.4.17

 

10525

 

I would like to request the number of parking fines issued in the council’s name over the last three years (from January 1, 2014 – January 1, 2017) broken down by year.

Could you please also provide:

·         The number of appeals made against these fines, both successful and unsuccessful, broken down by year.

·         The total income made from the fines, broken down by year.

·         The top three most common reasons for a successful appeal.

·         The average fine paid during this period.

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

I would like to request the number of parking fines issued in the council’s name over the last three years (from January 1, 2014 – January 1, 2017) broken down by year.

On and Off Street Parking Penalty Charge Notices

January 2014 – December 2014 = 19900

January 2015 – December 2015 = 22106

January 2016 – December 2016 = 25792

The number of appeals made against these fines, successful and unsuccessful, broken down by year.

January 2014 – December 2014 successful = 5329

January 2014 – December 2014 unsuccessful = 2573

January 2015 – December 2015 successful = 3546

January 2015 – December 2015 unsuccessful = 2589

January 2016 – December 2016 successful = 587

January 2016 – December 2016 unsuccessful = 2528

Due to a purge every two years and the state of PCNs changing all of the time we do not hold all of the information requested.

The figures above are including bus lanes as we are unable to separate.

However you may find the reports in the links helpful.

The total income made from the fines, broken down by year.

Financial year 2015 = £731,434.94

Financial year 2016 = £617,389.02

Financial year 2017 = £663,789.93

Due to a purge every two years and the state of PCNs changing all of the time we do not hold the information requested.

However you may find the reports in the links helpful.

The top three most common reasons for a successful appeal.

I am unable to obtain this information as I would have to go through every Penalty Charge Notice which would take many hours and would become chargeable. If this is still required I will send the details.

The average fine paid during this period.

I am unable to obtain this information as I would have to go through every Penalty Charge Notice which would take many hours and would become chargeable. If this is still required I will send the details

 24/4/17

 

10526

 

I would like to see a copy of the hygiene report for Nazar Restaurant, High Street, Bedford.

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

I attach the information you requested.

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

5/5/17

 

10527

 

Environmental Information Regulations 2004 regulations 5(2), 9(1) and 12(4)a.

Under regulation 5(2) you have a duty to make information available on request. I will wish to inspect information (if held) for the below con29 questions for the following land and or buildings

SHACKLETON CLOSE, SHORTSTOWN, BEDFORD, BEDFORDSHIRE,

Con29 Questions

Con29 3.7 Do 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 health or (g)flood and costal erosion risk management?

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

21.4.17

 

10528

 

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

The Sidings

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

 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

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 to view the environmental information.

21.4.17

 

10529

 

Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold relating to 'public health act' or 'welfare' or 'contract' funerals having taken place or due to take place, and/or persons who have died with no  known next of kin since 1/2/17 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

 

10/5/17

 

10530

 

Please could you advise if there are any new Road , Rail or Traffic Schemes (to answer con29 question 3.4 – 3.6) which are not listed below.

The Council discloses the following road schemes in relation to property searches. Plans are attached with this email,

  • Bedford Town Development Plan, incorporating St John’s Area Relief Road and Prebend Street Relief Road
  • Batts Ford River Crossing
  • Bedford Western Bypass Phase Northern Section (Phase 2)
  • Willington Crossroads
  • Improvements required for the Park and Ride at Cardington

And the following railway scheme,

  • Railway diversion of Bedford Bletchley line (which is incorporated into the Bedford Town Centre Development Plan)

I enclose the information you have requested, which would relate to all property Searches.

You will find a lot of useful information on the Councils interactive GIS system on our website, for example Conservation areas, Listed buildings, Tree Preservation Areas, Air quality Management Areas, Highways status, public rights of way and Traffic Regulation Orders etc.

Please go to Online Maps under Key Links (bottom right-hand side)

Highways Questions
2(a) to (d) See the Online Map on the Councils website (see instructions above)
3.1
3.2
3.4 –
Some schemes can be found through this link:
Click here for the infomation

3.5
3.6 -
Some schemes can be found through this link

3.7Further advice about how to access the above information can also be accessed through the Local Land Charges pages, see attached link:


24/4/17

 

10531

 

Requesting information in respect of an injury claim

 

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

Please see attached

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk  for the attachment

18/5/17

 

10532

 

1) Please advise if you have produced, or currently intend to produce, a list of wheelchair accessible:

a) taxis

and

b) private hire vehicles

under the powers set out in S167 of the Equality Act 2010.

2) Please identify how many a) taxi and b) PHV drivers have applied for medical / physical impairment exemption under S166 of the Equality Act 2010 since S166 was commenced. If you've created a list under S167, please identify how many of the exemptions were in place before S167 and how many have been put in since.

3) Please state whether you voluntarily compiled a list of accessible taxis and private hire vehicles following the Department for Transport's guidance of 15th September 2010, which stated, in relation to section 167, “although the list of designated vehicles will have no actual effect in law until the duties are commenced, we would urge licensing authorities to start maintaining a list as soon as possible for the purpose of liaising with the trade and issuing exemption certificates”. If you did produce such a voluntary list, please indicate when you did so, and provide the current list.

If you have produced a list of wheelchair accessible taxis and/or private hire vehicles under S167, or are going to, please tell me the following.

4)  The date the list was instated or by which you intend to do so.

5) The accessibility requirements of a taxi for it to appear on the list.

6) How you intend to enforce drivers' compliance with S165.

7) The list.

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

1) Please advise if you have produced, or currently intend to produce, a list of wheelchair accessible:

a) Taxis

    And

b) Private hire vehicles under the powers set out in S167 of the Equality Act 2010.

Bedford Borough Council has produced a list of wheelchair accessible taxis and private hire vehicles under the powers set out in S167 of the Equality Act 2010.

2) Please identify how many a) taxi and b) PHV drivers have applied for medical / physical impairment exemption under S166 of the Equality Act 2010 since S166 was commenced. If you've created a list under S167, please identify how many of the exemptions were in place before S167 and how many have been put in since.

No Hackney Carriage Drivers or Private Hire Drivers have applied for medical/physical impairment exemption under S166 of the Equality Act 2010 since S166 was commenced.

3) Please state whether you voluntarily compiled a list of accessible taxis and private hire vehicles following the Department for Transport's guidance of 15th September 2010, which stated, in relation to section 167, “although the list of designated vehicles will have no actual effect in law until the duties are commenced, we would urge licensing authorities to start maintaining a list as soon as possible for the purpose of liaising with the trade and issuing exemption certificates”. If you did produce such a voluntary list, please indicate when you did so, and provide the current list.

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

You requested above.

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

1. states that above is exempt information.

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

Bedford Borough Council voluntarily compiled a list of accessible taxis and private hire vehicles following the Department for Transport's guidance of 15th September 2010 in 2011.

Link to Information is on Bedford borough website:

If you have produced a list of wheelchair accessible taxis and/or private hire vehicles under S167, or are going to, please tell me the following.

4)  The date the list was instated or by which you intend to do so.

See answer to question 3.

5) The accessibility requirements of a taxi for it to appear on the list.

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

You requested above.

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

1. States that above is exempt information.

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

The accessibility requirements for a taxi are detailed in the Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Vehicle Inspection Standards at following link

Link to Information is on Bedford borough website:

6) How you intend to enforce drivers' compliance with S165.

 

Bedford Borough Council investigates any complaints that are received from the Public in relation to Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, with a view to prosecution. All Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles are inspected annually as part of the Licensing Process. Random Spot Checks and audits are undertaken of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles to ensure compliance.

7) The list.

See answer to question 3

10/5/17

 

10533

 

 In the last financial year, 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016:

1.         How many children referred to children’s social care had their case closed immediately after assessment?

2.         For children that were assessed but whose case was closed immediately after assessment, what were the main reasons which caused them to be referred to children’s social care in the first place?

Please pick most relevant answers, no more than 3:

a.   Domestic violence

b.   Mental health problems (parent)

c.   Mental health problems (child)

d.   Substance misuse

e.   Antisocial behaviour

f.    Disability

g.   School attendance

h.   Neglect

i.    Sexual abuse or CSE

j.    Physical abuse

k.   Homelessness

l.    Missing

m. Young carer

n.   Other

o.   Don’t know

3.         When the case is closed by social care immediately after assessment (i.e. they are not eligible for social care) is there a system or pathway in place in your local authority for children to be automatically referred to Early Help or other non-statutory support.

Please note that early help refers to, signposting to universal or specialist services; one-to-one practical and emotional support for children, young people and parents; parenting support or other services designed to meet lower levels of need.

a.    Don’t know

b.   Yes

c.   No

4.         How many children who were assessed by children’s social care and whose case was closed immediately after assessment received preventative early help support?

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 2000 Action for Children would like to find out about support available for the children who do not meet the social care threshold, are you able to help us get the data for the below questions?

In the last financial year, 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

1.   How many children referred to children’s social care had their case closed immediately after assessment?

Answer: 402

2.    For children that were assessed but whose case was closed immediately after assessment, what were the main reasons which caused them to be referred to children’s social care in the first place?

Please pick most relevant answers, no more than 3:

a.   Domestic violence

b.   Mental health problems (parent)

c.   Mental health problems (child)

d.   Substance misuse

e.   Antisocial behaviour

f.    Disability

g.   School attendance

h.   Neglect

i.    Sexual abuse or CSE

j.    Physical abuse

k.   Homelessness

l.    Missing

m. Young carer

n.   Other

o.   Don’t know

 

Answer:

a.   Domestic violence

h.   Neglect

n.   Other

3.    When the case is closed by social care immediately after assessment (i.e. they are not eligible for social care) is there a system or pathway in place in your local authority for children to be automatically referred to Early Help or other non-statutory support.

Please note that early help refers to, signposting to universal or specialist services; one-to-one practical and emotional support for children, young people and parents; parenting support or other services designed to meet lower levels of need.

Answer: Yes

4.   How many children who were assessed by children’s social care and whose case was closed immediately after assessment received preventative early help support?

Answer:  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 this part of your request.   Please note this is a manual task to go through 402 cases to obtain this information and this would take more than 18 hours to complete.

10/5/17

 

10534

 

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

 Pemberley Avenue

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 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

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 to view the environmental information.

 

21.4.17

 

10535

 

I am writing to request the below information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The total number of commercial goods thefts reported to, or attended by, Bedford Borough Council for the 2016 calendar year, including the type of goods stolen and nature of the business, where available.

The total value of commercial goods thefts reported as stolen to Bedford Borough Council for the 2016 calendar year.

If the 2016 calendar year data is not available, please provide data from the closest calendar year.

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

There were two stolen items of equipment that were reported to ICT in 2016 as follows:

Laptop – used by Children’s & Adult Services Directorate (Children’s & Young People’s Safeguarding) – value £659.88

iPad Air Tablet – used by Children’s & Adult Services Directorate (Early Help and Schools)  – value £385.00

Also for the 2016 calendar year:

1)     There were 5 reported thefts of tools and equipment from our vehicles and depots.

2)     The total value of these thefts was £5,031.

12/5/17

 

10536

 

1. The total number of lettings made through choice based lettings or equivalent scheme

during the year from 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

2. a. The total budget and, b. The total amount spend on the Choice Based Lettings programme or equivalent scheme during the year from 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. . This should include

staff and administration costs.

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.

The total number of lettings made through choice based lettings or equivalent scheme during the year from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016?

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

Total budget? £52,880

The total amount spent on the choice based lettings programme or equivalent scheme during the year from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016? £44,687

19/5/17

 

10537

 

Under regulation 5(2) you have a duty to make information available on request. I will wish to inspect information (if held) for the below con29 questions for the following land and or buildings

Goff Place, Wootton, Bedford,

Con29 Questions

Con29 3.7 Do 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 health or (g)flood and costal erosion risk management?

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

Under regulation 12(4)a you may refuse to disclose this information if it is not held.

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

 

28/4/17

 

10538

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

Lansdowne 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

 

28/4/17

 

10539

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information, broken down by month since January 2014:

Total number of adult refugees resettled by your council under all government resettlement programmes

Total number of child refugees resettled by your council under all government resettlement programmes

Number of disabled adult refugees successfully resettled by your council

Number of disabled child refugees successfully resettled by your 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.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information, broken down by month since January 2014:

  1. Total number of adult refugees resettled by your council under all government resettlement programmes

Answer:

Dec 2015 – 2 adults

June 2016 – 2 adults

September 2016 – 2 adults

December 2016 – 2 adults

  1. Total number of child refugees resettled by your council under all government resettlement programmes

Answer: Suppressed due to low numbers*

  1. Number of disabled adult refugees successfully resettled by your council

Answer: Zero

  1. Number of disabled child refugees successfully resettled by your council

Answer: Suppressed due to low numbers*

NB: 'Disabled' refers to those with special educational or mobility needs. 'Resettled' refers to those accepted by your council under central government agreements (or equivalent).

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

1.    States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

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

10/5/17

 

10540

 

I am seeking information regarding the following in relation to Roads and Public spaces in Putnoe Ward:

1) the number of times that grass verges and open spaces can expect to be mown in any given year and the dates between which the mowing should take place.

2) details of the annual programme for tree lopping and pruning on verges and public open spaces.

3) target response times to reported overgrown trees and bushes on verges and public open spaces

4) details of the roads in Putnoe Ward where pavement, kerb, road and drainage maintenance is planned for 2017/18

5) target response times to reported

a) potholes

b) uneven pavements

c) damaged kerbs

d) overgrown verges

Thank you for your request for information about reactive and planned maintenance in Putnoe Ward which we received on 20 April 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1) The number of times that grass verges and open spaces can expect to be mown in any given year and the dates between which the mowing should take place. - Grass cutting on all areas is 10 cuts between mid-March and end of October.

2) Details of the annual programme for tree lopping and pruning on verges and public open spaces. - 'Overgrown' trees & shrubs will depend on location, severity of hazard caused if any.  If it is a H&S issue then we would respond ASAP probably within 2 working days.

3) Target response times to reported overgrown trees and bushes on verges and public open spaces - If not a H&S issue e.g. in the middle of Putnoe Park we would programme it in as part of our routine maintenance which would likely be in the next 3 months.

4) Details of the roads in Putnoe Ward where pavement, kerb, road and drainage maintenance is planned for 2017/18 – Published on the website

5)Target response times to reported Highways Inspection manual published on the website

a) potholes - see attached, to be read in conjunction with Highways Inspection manual

b) uneven pavements – as above

c) damaged kerbs – as above

d) overgrown verges – no specific timescales yet

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

28/4/17

 

10541

 

Under regulation 5(2) you have a duty to make information available on request. I will wish to inspect information (if held) for the below con29 questions for the following land and or buildings

Richmond Road, Bedford,

Con29 Questions

Con29 3.7 Do 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 health or (g)flood and costal erosion risk management?

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

 

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

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

 

28/4/17

 

10542

 

I am  requesting details of all animals requiring licensing under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 in your jurisdiction.

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

Please:

-       1. Provide details of how many animals of each species are covered under each licence.

-       2. For each licence, list all the species and the number of individuals covered. In each case, we will require as much information as possible to enable the species to be identified.

3. Any information you are able to provide us relating to applications which were made and subsequently refused, and the reasons for refusal.

Thank you for your request for information about dangerous wild animals which we received on 21/4/17. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Bedford Borough Council do not have any licensed dangerous animals at the moment.

 

26.4.17

 

10543

 

Enquiries regarding property on High Street Kempston: whether any historic planning permissions or redevelopments included ground investigations or remediation works as one of the planning conditions.  Also if it is not clear or no remediation works were carried out, could you please confirm whether the council are considering taking any action against the property under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Thank you for your request for information about  High Street, Kempston which we received on 21st April 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. I have answered you queries as attached

22/5/17

 

10544

 

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

Main Road

Biddenham

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

 

28/4/17

 

10545

 

Please could you provide me with the contact details of the  person(s)/department I need to speak to regarding request of information of vacant properties in the 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.

Please find the information you requested below in bold

The person to contact regarding empty properties is Barry Garner, Housing Strategy Officer, on Tel: 01234 718581. 

Please note we are not able to provide you with a list of empty properties as this is exempt information.

27.4.17

 

10546

 

I should be grateful if you would provide me with the following information in respect of each domestic gas boiler installation reported to the Council's Building Control Department for the period from 1st January 2009 to 31st December 2011:

Address where the boiler was installed

Notification date of boiler installation

Further to your request for information dated 21 April 2017, 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 the following information:

 

 Address where the boiler was installed

 

 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 40 (Personal Information) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

Please find below the rest of the information requested (in bold).

2.            Notification date of boiler installation – We do not hold this information.

27.4.17

 

10547

 

In the 2016/17 council year

1. How many councillors were issued with reminders for missing council tax payments due in the 2016/17 council year?
2. Of those referred to in question 1, how many councillors complied with the reminders to the point where no further action was required?

3. Of those referred to in question 1, how many councillors were sent court summonses as a result of missing council tax payments due in the 2016/17 council year?

4. Of those referred to in question 3, what was their name, political party and amount owed in each case?

5. Of those referred to in question 3/4, whose cases did not proceed to court and how were those cases resolved? (i.e. a payment plan entered into, deductions from member allowances, the full amount being paid off, etc)?

6. Of those referred to in question 3/4, whose cases went ahead in court?
7. Of those referred to in question 6, what was the outcome of their case?
8. Were any councillors prohibited from voting on the council's budget at the relevant meeting (most councils hold this meeting in February or March) as a result of these matters? If so, what was their name and political party? Note: It is irrelevant whether they turned up to the meeting or not: The principle laid down by legislation is that, had they turned up, they would not be allowed to vote.

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 against each question below

In the 2016/17 council year
1. How many councillors were issued with reminders for missing council tax payments due in the 2016/17 council year?  2
2. Of those referred to in question 1, how many councillors complied with the reminders to the point where no further action was required? 2

3. Of those referred to in question 1, how many councillors were sent court summonses as a result of missing council tax payments due in the 2016/17 council year? 0

4. Of those referred to in question 3, what was their name, political party and amount owed in each case? n/a

5. Of those referred to in question 3/4, whose cases did not proceed to court and how were those cases resolved? (i.e. a payment plan entered into, deductions from member allowances, the full amount being paid off, etc)?  n/a

6. Of those referred to in question 3/4, whose cases went ahead in court?    n/a
7. Of those referred to in question 6, what was the outcome of their case?  n/a
8. Were any councillors prohibited from voting on the council's budget at the relevant meeting (most councils hold this meeting in February or March) as a result of these matters? If so, what was their name and political party? Note: It is irrelevant whether they turned up to the meeting or not: The principle laid down by legislation is that, had they turned up, they would not be allowed to vote.  No

 

 

17/5/17

 

10548

 

How much money does Bedford Borough Council spend on public grass maintenance each year?

Who is responsible for this spend? Please include their name, email address and telephone number

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

•   How much money does Bedford Borough Council spend on public grass maintenance each year? - £322,982.57

•    Who is responsible for this spend? Please include their name, email address and telephone number.- Paul Pace, Head of Environment, e-mail: paul.pace@bedford.gov.uk, T: 01234 718275.

10/5/17

 

10549

 

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

New Cardington

Key Croft

Shortstown

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

28/4/17

 

10550

 

1.    How many council owned wheelchair accessible properties are there in total your local authority area? i.e. combined number of properties that are occupied and unoccupied.

a.    What standard is your local authority using for determining if the property is wheelchair accessible?

2.    What is your area’s policy for providing temporary accommodation for applicants who require wheelchair accessible accommodation?

a.    If there is no written policy, could you please provide information as to what your area might do in these types of situations?  

3.      How many applicants requiring a wheelchair accessible property are on your waiting list?

4.      How many unoccupied wheelchair accessible properties are there currently available for bidding in your local authority area?       

5.      Does your local authority operate a policy whereby people registering on your Housing Register must have lived within the local authority area for a minimum period of time?

a.      If yes, how long is this period?

6.    How many people were registered as homeless or required homelessness prevention in your local authority area in the past 3 years, and of those how many were disabled people with a long term health condition? (please break down by year)

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.

I am writing to submit a Freedom of Information request on behalf of Muscular Dystrophy UK. Below are five questions which we would be grateful if you could provide a response to:

How many council owned wheelchair accessible properties are there in total your local authority area? i.e. combined number of properties that are occupied and unoccupied.

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

What standard is your local authority using for determining if the property is wheelchair accessible?

What is your area’s policy for providing temporary accommodation for applicants who require wheelchair accessible accommodation?

We have no written policy. We will source accommodation that meets the needs of the applicant.

If there is no written policy, could you please provide information as to what your area might do in these types of situations?  

How many applicants requiring a wheelchair accessible property are on your waiting list?

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

How many unoccupied wheelchair accessible properties are there currently available for bidding in your local authority area?

We do not hold this information.    Does your local authority operate a policy whereby people registering on your Housing Register must have lived within the local authority area for a minimum period of time?

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

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

An explanation follows below.

Further information is available via the following link here

a. If yes, how long is this period?

6. How many people were registered as homeless or required homelessness prevention in your local authority area in the past 3 years, and of those how many were disabled people with a long term health condition? (please break down by year)

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

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

An explanation follows below.

Further information is available via the following link here about homelessness

Information relating to disabilities for households that we assist to prevent homelessness is not recorded.

23/5/17

 

10551

 

Request seeking former tenant.

 

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

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

1.         States that Personal Information is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below:

Personal Information (where the applicant is the subject of the information).  The applicant already has the right of ‘subject access’ under the Data Protection Act 1998; where the information concerns a third party and disclosure would breach Principle One of the Data Protection Principles – Personal information must be fairly and lawfully processed)

25.4.17

 

10552

 

 I would like to request details for departments where they will have to deal with someone passing away leaving no known next-of-kin. The type of departments that we have dealt with in other councils are Elderly People Services, Elderly care, Health and social care. I appreciate that these may not be the names of your departments though.

Please can you provide me with contact details for a person within the relevant departments and give me an indication of how many cases of this nature that you deal with each year.

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

Bereavement Services deal with arranging funerals under the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984, where no satisfactory arrangements are being undertaken.   Our details are as follows:-

Samantha Smith

Assistant Registrar

Samantha.smith@bedford.gov.uk

Bereavement Services

104 Norse Road

Bedford  
MK41 0RL
Tel: 01234 718150

Kylie Dillon

Funeral Co-Ordinator

Kylie.dillon@bedford.gov.uk

Bereavement Services

104 Norse Road

Bedford

MK41 0RL

Tel: 01234 718150.

10/5/17

 

10553

 

1. What actions has your council taken to comply with Clause 2 of the Care Act 2014

(“Preventing needs for Care and Support”)?

2. a) Have you developed a ‘local approach to prevention’ as per Section 2.23 of the Care and

Support Statutory Guidance (“Developing a local approach to preventative support”)

updated in February 2017?

- Yes

- No

- The council is in the process of developing one

b) Does your local approach clearly specify a range of examples of all three types of

prevention set out in Chapter 2 of the Care and Support Statutory Guidance (“Preventing,

reducing or delaying needs”)?

- Yes

- No

3. a) Have you developed a ‘commissioning strategy for prevention’ as per 2.24 of the Care and

Support Statutory Guidance (within “Developing a local approach to preventative support”)?

- Yes

- No

- The council is in the process of developing one

b) Does this commissioning strategy clearly specify a range of examples of all three types of

prevention set out in Chapter 2 of the Care and Support Statutory Guidance (“Preventing,

reducing or delaying needs”)?

- Yes

- No

4. a) Have you identified ‘services, facilities and resources that are already available in your

area, which could support to prevent, reduce or delay needs’ as per section 2.26 of the Care

and Support Statutory Guidance (‘’Developing a local approach to preventative support’’)?

- Yes

- No

The council is in the process of doing this

b) If yes, how did you identify these services, facilities and resources?

5. a) Have you identified ‘unmet need’ as per section 2.30 of the Care and Support Statutory

Guidance (‘’Developing a local approach to preventative support’’)?

- Yes

- No

- The council is in the process of doing this

b) If yes, how have you done this?

6. What actions has your council taken to comply with Clause 3 of the Care Act 2014

(“Promoting integration of care and support with health services etc.”). Please give details

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

 

Please see attached regarding care act 2014

 

 23/5/17

 

10554

 

The information in question relates to your hourly funding rate for the free entitlement for three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds.

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 as a word document

Please contact

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

10/5/17

 

10555

 

Could you please provide details of any outstanding statutory notices that you (BEDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL) have issued under the Highways Act 1980 for obstructions to the highways and emergency repairs/adoptions in relation to private roads?

The details required are as follows:

Date of issue

The reason the notice was served

The address the notice relates to

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

 Bedford Borough Council is not aware that it has in recent times served notice on or carried out emergency repairs/adoptions in relation to private roads.

10/5/17

 

10556

 

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

Green Lane

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

 

28/4/17

 

10557

 

Does the local authority provide any specific approach to Physical Intervention in their schools by way of a third party training organisation, and if so, which one?

Does the local authority require providers of this type of training to their school to be accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities Physical Intervention Accreditation Scheme?

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. 

You requested:

I would like to obtain the following information under the above act:-

1.    Does the Local Authority provide any specific approach to Physical Intervention in their schools by means of a third party training organisation and if so, which one?

Answer: No

2.    Does the Local Authority require providers of this type of training to their school to be accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), Physical Intervention Accreditation Scheme?

Answer: No as we do not offer this provision.

27.4.17

 

10558

 

 This request is in 2 parts. We ask that you answer all of the questions in the first section whether or not you have any licences issued under the Dangerous Wild Animals (DWA) Act. If there are any current DWA licences for primates in your area, please also complete all of the questions in the second section.

As of 25th February 2017:

PART 1

1) How many DWA licences are currently issued in your area? 

 2) How many of these DWA licences are issued for primates (monkeys, apes or prosimians such as lemurs)?

3) How many applications for licences to keep primates under the DWA Act have been refused in your area in the last 12 months?

On what grounds were they refused?

4) What is the cost of obtaining a DWA licence in your area (please indicate whether this includes any veterinary fees incurred)?

5) What is the cost of “renewing” a DWA licence in your area (please indicate whether this includes any veterinary fees incurred)?

6)Are you aware of any breeders or dealers of primates in your area?

If yes how many?  And are they licensed under the Pet Animals Act?

7) If a member of the public is aware of a breach of the Animal Welfare Act with regards to a primate, who do they contact in your area?

8) In order to be granted DWA licences for primates, must applicants

demonstrate that they meet the conditions laid out in the Code of Practice for

the Welfare of Privately Kept Non-human Primates?

9) If a DWA licence is not renewed, do you contact previous licence holders to establish why it has not been renewed? What are your reasons for your policy on this?

Would you investigate what has happened to primates that were licensed in your area but are no longer licensed?

PART 2

10) If there are primates licensed in your area, please provide copies of all licences, and the most recent relevant veterinary and inspection report(s) for each licence(on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured).  If no written reports are available, please indicate the date on which the most recent report was conducted, by whom, and the outcome of the visit.  If not included in the report(s), please also provide the following information:

 For each licence issued for primates:

a)      How many individualsof each species are covered (please provide the scientific name: i.e. Cebus apella)?

b)   What is the age and sex of each licensed primate? If this information is not kept by your council, please indicate so.

c)   Where was each primate obtained? If this information is not kept by your council, please indicate so.

d)   Are these primates considered to be pets? If not, how are they classified?

e)  a)   Please confirm whether any restriction is placed on the breeding of the licensed animals.  If no restriction exists, please indicate whether the existing licence would automatically cover the offspring, and until what age this cover would last. 

f)   Has a licence been issued to the licence holder previously?

11) Would you or someone in your department, be willing to share any further information about DWA licensing?

And who can we contact for such information?

Thank you for your request for information about DWA which we received on 25/4/17.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please see attached regards DWA

 

 

 

10559

 

Please could you provide me with the following information about each private company owned, or part owned, by Bedford Borough Council for the dates 2011-present (including companies that have been terminated within those dates):

·         Name of company

·         Percentage owned by the council

·         Main objective or objectives of the company

Please consider the above to include all standard definitions of a company, including: Local Authority Trading Companies (LATCs), arms length management organisations, Community Interest Companies, commercial Partnerships as well as traditional commercial organisations such as a Limited liability company or other legally incorporated companies.

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.

Name of company:

Benedict Bedford Ltd

Percentage owned by the council:

100%

Main objective or objectives of the company:

Housing company designed to develop land/properties for the purposes of selling/rental of homes

Committee report extracts (14 September 2016):

3.2   The Council’s main objective for creating a vehicle to enter this market would be to generate a financial return to the Council by operating a business. The Council continues to face financial challenges   over the forthcoming years. Addressing this challenge will require the Council to consider new forms of income generation and to develop its underutilised and surplus assets to generate value. A company structure would add to the range of means by which the Council could go some way to meeting that financial challenge, as well as improving service delivery to residents. Instead of disposing     of assets and giving up any future increase in values, a company structure would offer a way for the Council to retain control through its ownership of the companies and, in this way, secure returns from  development and potentially long term value in the form of rental income and, through appropriate disposals, capital growth.

Name of company:

Kempston Business Park Management Company Limited

Percentage owned by the council:

25%

Main objective or objectives of the company:

To enable the effective management and maintenance of the business park

15/5/17

 

10560

 

 Please can you answer the following questions about gender and weight management programmes in your local authority area:

Do you currently have provision for commissioned (incl. co-commissioned) or directly delivered tier 2 weight management services in place:

For adults

For children

For families

Do you currently have provision for tier 3 weight management services?

What were numbers of participants by sex for your tier 2 adult weight management services in 2016/17? (or most recent figures available)?

Men

Women

Adults (sex not known)

What were numbers of participants by sex for your tier 3 adult weight management services in 2016/17? (or most recent figures available)?

Men

Women

Adults (sex not known)

What were numbers of participants by sex for your tier 2 children weight management services in 2016/17? (or most recent figures available)?

Boys

Girls

Children (sex not known)

What were numbers of participants by sex for your tier 2 family weight management services in 2016/17? (or most recent figures available)?

Men

Women

Adults (sex not known)

Boys

Girls

Children (sex not known)

Do your commissioned or directly delivered tier 2 weight management services for adults include:

Mixed-sex services (men & women)

Men-only services

Women-only services

What special activities, interventions or service design elements (if any) do you have to encourage men to take up adult weight-loss programmes?

What special activities, interventions or service design elements (if any) do you have to encourage dads to participate in family weight-loss programmes?

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

Q1. Do you currently have provision for commissioned (incl. co-commissioned) or directly delivered tier 2 weight management services in place:

·        For adults

·        For children

·        For families

Answer:   Yes, Bedford Borough Council commissions tier 2 weight management services for all three groups identified above.

Q2.    Do you currently have provision for tier 3 weight management services?

Answer:    Yes, Tier 3 weight management services are commissioned by Bedfordshire CCG.

Q3.    What were numbers of participants by sex for your tier 2 adult weight management services in 2016/17? (or most recent figures available)?

·     Men

·     Women

·     Adults (sex not known)

Answer:    214 adults resident in Bedford Borough had completed a tier 2 weight management programme as at end of December 2016. 

Bedford Borough Council does not hold information regarding the gender of participants or the total number of participants i.e. those that do not complete the programme.

Q4.   What were numbers of participants by sex for your tier 3 adult weight management services in 2016/17? (or most recent figures available)?

·      Men

·      Women

·      Adults (sex not known)

Answer:   Bedford Borough Council does not hold this information.

Q5.   What were numbers of participants by sex for your tier 2 children weight management services in 2016/17? (or most recent figures available)?

·        Boys

·        Girls

·        Children (sex not known)

Answer:    10 children / young people resident in Bedford Borough had completed the weight management programme as at the end of December 2016. 

Bedford Borough Council does not hold information regarding the gender of participants or the total number of participants i.e. those that do not      complete the programme.

Q6.    What were numbers of participants by sex for your tier 2 family weight management services in 2016/17? (or most recent figures available)?

·        Men

·        Women

·        Adults (sex not known)

·        Boys

·        Girls

·        Children (sex not known)

Answer:  10 Bedford Borough children / young people had completed a family weight management programme as at the end of December 2016.  

Bedford Borough Council does not hold information regarding the number of parents/guardians/siblings that accompanied the child/young person on the family weight management programme, or information regarding the gender of participants, or the total number of participants i.e. those that do not complete the programme.

Q7.  Do your commissioned or directly delivered tier 2 weight management services for adults include:

·        Mixed-sex services (men & women)

·        Men-only services

·        Women-only services

Answer:    Commissioned tier 2 weight management services include programmes for all the groups mentioned above.

4/5/17

 

10561

 

 Can you please supply me with a current, up to date list of all registered HMO's in Bedfordshire?

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 to this email. 

Please contact

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

 

26/5/17

 

10562

 

I am trying to obtain historic information in relation to land on the north side of Hudson Road, Elm Farm Industrial Estate, Bedford, MK41 0JQ

The environmental search result has revealed a historic environmental permit onsite for Ford Hudson Road for the respraying of road vehicles. Are you able to assist with any of the following queries or let me know to whom I should raise these with?

1. Our desktop search reveals a former garage and historic permit onsite. Have you any further details?

2. Are there any current or former underground or above ground storage tanks at the Property?

3. Did the USTs get removed or decommissioned?

4. Is there any relevant correspondence relating to environmental issues?

Thank you for your request for information about ‘land North of Hudson Road, Elms Farm Industrial Estate, Bedford MK41 0JQ, which we received on 26th April 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1.     Our desktop search reveals a former garage and historic permit onsite. Have you any further details?

We do not hold any further details on this previous use of the site.

2.     Are there any current or former underground or above ground storage tanks at the Property?

There was a Beds and Herts Ambulance Service site situated on Hammond Road, Bedford.

Please click here for the link

According to our records there was one underground tank used for petroleum storage of 36, 368 litre capacity.

This was changed to use as a diesel tank in July 1997.

From this stage onwards we will have no further records as diesel is outside of the remit of the petroleum licensing authority.

3.     Did the USTs get removed or decommissioned?

Please refer to our response to Question 2, above.

4.     Is there any relevant correspondence relating to environmental issues?

No, we do not hold any relevant correspondence relating to environmental issues at this site.

30/5/17

 

10563

 

 Please can you tell me:

1) If you have housing nomination rights following your stock transfer to a housing association?

2) If yes, on how many occasions have nominations you have made been rejected by the housing association in the last five years? Please list the number of occasions for each year, and the reason given

3) If you do not have nomination rights how many times has a housing association rejected your request to house a person and what reason did they give on each occasion

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

If you have housing nomination rights following your stock transfer to a housing association?

This is not applicable to Bedford Borough Council, applications are made using Choice Based Lettings.

If yes, on how many occasions have nominations you have made been rejected by the housing association in the last five years? Please list the number of occasions for each year, and the reason givenN/A.

3) If you do not have nomination rights how many times has a housing association rejected your request to house a person and what reason did they give on each occasion

This is not applicable to Bedford Borough Council, applications are made using Choice Based Lettings.

25/5/17

 

10564

 

Could you please send me contract information relating to Banking Services, Audit Services and Card Processing Services.  If you do not understand what each of these mean please see below:

·         Banking Services- contract information relating to the organisation banking services.

·         Audit Services (Financial) – contract relating to internal and external audit services.

·         Accountancy – Contracts relating to TAX advisory services.

·         Card Processing Services This is a contract the organisation may have that relates to the use debit/credit cards used by staff to make payments to suppliers. This also includes procurement cards.

·          Merchant services This is a contract where by people make payments to the organisation via a machine or terminal. This also includes machines that have chip and pin and contact less

1.       Contract Category: Please see select from the categories provided; Banking Services; Financial Audit Services; Card Processing Services

2.       Existing Supplier Name for each contract

3.       Contract Description: Please do not just state two to three words can you please provide me detail information about this contract and please state if upgrade, maintenance and support is included. Please also include the modules included within the contract.

4.       Annual Average Spend for each contract

5.       Contract Duration: What is the duration of the contract please include any available extensions within the contract.

6.       Contract Start Date: What is the start date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.

7.       Contract Expiry: What is the expiry date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.

8.       Contract Review Date: What is the review date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. If this cannot be provided, please provide me estimates of when the contract is likely to be reviewed. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY

9.       Contact Details: I require the full contact details of the person within the organisation responsible for this particular contract.

10.   Notes: Please provide me with any further information with regards to this contract this could include any contract extension available as well as information on renewals or plans for future tenders.

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 here

22/5/17

 

10565

 

 The Residential Landlords Association is conducting research on the levels of enforcement action taken by Local Authorities against private landlords between 2012 and 2016. Please can you provide information for the following in regards to private landlords

 

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

Please contact

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

11/5/17

 

10566

 

 Please provide me with the name and contact details of the manager responsible for the enforcement of the councils private rented sector policy. I am led to believe this in fact falls under the remit of your environmental health 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.  The name and contact details of the manager responsible for the enforcement of the councils private rented sector policy is as follows:

Lynn Gell

Service Manager (Community Regulation)

Lynn.gell@bedford.gov.uk

01234 228097

12/5/17

 

10567

 

I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/2/2017 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/2/2017, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details.

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

10/5/17

 

10568

 

 Please can I request a full and up to date list of businesses that have become newly liable for business rates between the 1st April 2017 - 30th April 2017.

I would like to know the business name and address, property type and the date of liability if you can please

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

17/5/17

 

10569

 

Can you please provide a schedule of all Tenders for Café/Catering Facilities/Concessions etc. across the borough and provide the following details.

1.       Lease Start and Finish Dates

2.       Lease period

3.       Date at which the competitive tender for the renewal of the last lease for all the respective facilities were advertised and details of tender programme including provision for TUPE of existing staff.

4.       How many staff were involved in the TUPE process.

5.       Date when Tender award was made and notified to incoming lease holder and out-going organisation.

6.       Were the facilities subject to a formal end of lease handover from lease-holder to council – if so dates.

7.       Date when contracts were signed.

8.       Did new lease immediately follow of from previous lease – if there was a break please confirm break period.

9.       Did the council charge the successful bidder for ‘mobilisation/fit-out period or did the council provide ‘free use’ of facilities for refitting after previous lease expiry.

10.   Name of current Lease holder organisation

11.   Average cost of lease per month over the term of the contract.

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

 

30/5/17

 

10570

 

RE: Earls Holme, Kempston

Con29 Questions

Con29 3.7 Do 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 health or (g)flood and costal erosion risk management?

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

Under regulation 12(4)a you may refuse to disclose this information if it is not held.

As I am a prospective applicant under regulation 9(1) please advise whether you hold any information on the properties listed above. A yes or no answer for each property will be sufficient to this initial enquiry.

 

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. 

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

4/5/17

 

10571

 

 We would like to know about any children/young people aged 16-24 who approached the council during the financial year 2016-2017, because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness.

 

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.

We kindly request the information in queries 1-3 below for:

  • Each quarter of the financial year 2016-2017

-        1st April – 30th June 2016

-        1st July – 30th September 2016

-        1st October – 31st December 2016

-        1st January – 31st March 2017

 

  • Young people aged 16-24

Query 1: Homelessness presentations, assessments and eligibility in 2016-17

Within your local authority, what were the number of 16-24 year olds who:

The figures below include young people that approached the Housing Options Service but do not include approaches directly to Children’s Services.

1)    Presented themselves as homeless, or at risk of homelessness

For this question the figures include under 18’s and 18 – 25 year olds. We are unable to break this down specifically to 18 – 24 year olds within the timeframe for responding as it would involve checking 570 individual cases.   

Q1 = 124

Q2 = 158

Q3 = 137

Q4 = 151

2)    Were assessed under the Housing Act 1996

Q1 = 13

Q2 = 28

Q3 = 21

Q4 = 19

3)    Were accepted as statutorily homeless

Q1 = 7

Q2 = 12

Q3 = 15

Q4 = 11

4)    Were housed by Children’s services

Response:  Homelessness isn’t an official DfE factor for referral / assessment.  Therefore in order for us to obtain this information would require us checking each individuals child’s file. 

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request with regards to this question.

Please note however that figures within this cohort would most probably be very low i.e. fewer than 5 and we would therefore not be able to provide a figure due to Data Protection* and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.  

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

1. States that this is exempt information.

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

Query 2: Prevention and Relief for 2016-17

Within your local authority, what was the number of:

1)    Prevention and relief cases for 16-24 year olds

Q1 = 8

Q2 = 10

Q3 = 8

Q4 = 17

Query 3: Reason left last settled base in 2016-17

Within your local authority, what was the number of 16-24 year olds who were accepted as statutorily homeless and owed a duty, who had one of the following main reasons for leaving their last settled base in 2016-17?

1)    Parents no longer willing or able to accommodate

Q1 = 4

Q2 = 4

Q3 = 3

Q4 = 5

2)    Other relatives or friends no longer willing or able to accommodate

            Q1 = 2

            Q2 = 0

            Q3 = 2

            Q4 = 2           

3)    Non-violent breakdown of relationship with partner

Q1 = 0 

Q2 = 2

Q3 = 0

Q4 = 1

4)    Violence

a.     Violent breakdown of relationship, involving partner

b.     Violent breakdown of relationship, involving associated persons

c.     Racially motivated violence

d.     Other forms of violence

            Q1 = 0

            Q2 = 1

            Q3 = 2

            Q4 = 0

5)    Harassment, threats or intimidation

a.     Racially motivated harassment

b.     Other forms of harassment

            Q1 = 0

            Q2 = 0

            Q3 = 0

            Q4 = 0

6)    Mortgage arrears (repossession or other loss of home)

Q1 = 0

Q2 = 0

Q3 = 0

Q4 = 0

7)    Rent arrears on:

a.     Local authority or other public sector dwellings

b.     Registered Provider dwellings

c.     Private sector dwellings

             Q1 = 0

             Q2 = 0

             Q3 = 0

             Q4 = 0

8)    Loss of rented or tied accommodation due to:

a.     Termination of assured shorthold tenancy

b.     Reasons other than termination of assured shorthold tenancy

            Q1 = 1

            Q2 = 4

            Q3 = 2

            Q4 = 1

9)    Required to leave accommodation provided by Home Office as asylum support

            Q1 = 0

            Q2 = 0

            Q3 = 0

            Q4 = 0

10) Left an institution or LA care:

a.     Left prison/on remand

b.     Left hospital

c.     Left other institution or LA care

            Q1 = 0

            Q2 = 0

            Q3 = 2

            Q4 = 2

11) Other reason for loss of last settled home

a.     Left HM-Forces

b.     Other reason (e.g. homeless in emergency, sleeping rough or in hostel, returned from abroad)

            Q1 = 0

            Q2 = 1

            Q3 = 4

            Q4 = 0

12) Total applicant households

26/5/17

 

10572

 

I am interested to find out about plans for projects run by the council/local authority which were planned to be funded by the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund. 

I would like to find details of any plans or applications for funds from the ERDF and ESF- their status as at 23 June 2016 and outcomes since.

For this, please could you provide me with:
1. Details of any applications for projects under either fund which were in planning or application stage as at 23 June 20116. Including details of:

- specific projects with their planned postcodes or coordinates.

- Was it a new project or the continuation of an existing project?

- How much money was requested from the fund?

- What percentage of the total required funding was to be from ERDF or ESF funding?

- if possible the Priority Axis the project falls under

2. Details of any plans/ applications which have been a. rejected, b. delayed since 23 June 2016

specific projects with their planned postcodes or coordinates.

- Was it a new project or the continuation of an existing project?

- How much money was requested from the fund?

- What percentage of the total required funding was to be from ERDF or ESF funding?

- if possible the Priority Axis the project falls under

Any drafts budgets/ plans for where alternative funding for these projects will come from

 

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.

As of 23 June 2016, Bedford Borough Council was part of a consortium bid, led by Central Bedfordshire Council who had an approved Expression of Interest under Investment Priority 1.1 - Access to Employment for Jobseekers and Inactive People for the European Social Fund (ESF) SEaMLESS project which covered the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership area. The ESF SEaMLESS project was a new project and was seeking 50% ESF funding of a total project value of £12,893,387. For further details on this bid, please liaise with the lead delivery partner, Central Bedfordshire Council and their contact is - accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk . We have not directly applied for or received any ESF funding.

18/5/17

 

10573

 

Please supply the following information:

1. What is the total income from car parking ticket machines at car parks which fall under your authority?

2. How much of that income was derived from ‘over paying’ sometimes called ‘over vending’?

To be clear, this happens when - for example - a person parking in a car park seeks to pay for an hours parking which may cost £1.50 but they only have a £2.00 coin and the machine does not offer change.  

3. Approximately how many car parking ticket machines do you have in total?  

4. What is the hourly charge on the majority of your car parking ticket machines?

Please supply this information for the last financial year 2016/17

If costs permit please supply the same information for the previous 3 financial years:

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14

In the order above until the cost limit is reached.

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

Please find the information you requested below. 

1. What is the total income from car parking ticket machines at car parks which fall under your authority?

     2013/14 - £2,035,004.00.

     2014/15 - £2,271,542.05.

     2015/16 - £2,398,618.58.

     2016/17 - £2,539,968.41.

2. How much of that income was derived from ‘over paying’ sometimes called ‘over vending’?

    To be clear, this happens when - for example - a person parking in a car park seeks to pay for an hours parking which may cost £1.50 but they only have a £2.00 coin and the machine does not offer        change.  

 Information not held on over vending.

  All multi storey car park machines issue change but surface car park machines do not.

3. Approximately how many car parking ticket machines do you have in total?

   26 pay machines across all of our car parks. 

4. What is the hourly charge on the majority of your car parking ticket machines?

 £1.20-£1.30.

11/5/17

 

10574

 

Subject: Asbestos and toxic substances reported in relation to flytipping 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Please tell me: 

1) a) How many incidents of asbestos fly-tipping, both small and large scale, there were in the financial years of:

- 2014-2015 

- 2015-2016

- 2016-2017

b) What's the largest amount of asbestos that's been fly tipped in the financial years of: (Please give answer in tonnes.)

- 2014-2015 

- 2015-2016

- 2016-2017

c) What's the longest time period an asbestos fly tip site, both small and large scale, was left from the moment it was reported until the day of removal in the financial years of: (Please list in days.)

- 2014-2015 

- 2015-2016

- 2016-2017

d) How much did it cost the council to remove the asbestos at the sites reported? (Same financial years as above.) 

e) Out of those incidents of fly-tipping involving asbestos,  how many led to successful prosecution or fines? (Same financial years as above.) 

2) How many incidents of fly-tipping that were reported contained toxic material? Please list the items that were found as examples.

- 2014-2015 

- 2015-2016

- 2016-2017

Applicant did not respond to request for clarification

 

 

10575

 

 I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Please would you tell me:
1. The number of total visits to your libraries during the calendar years
2015, 2016 and 2017 to date.
2. The number of books borrowed from your libraries during the calendar years
2015, 2016 and 2017 to date.

3. The top 10 most borrowed library books across the network in 2016.
For both questions, please break this down by each library and by year, so
it is possible to see the activity levels at each library for the years
stated.

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

 

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

 

Please find attached the information you requested:

 

 

16/5/17

 

10576

 

1. Does your authority commission any form of local education provision for 19 to 25 year old students with complex learning difficulties? If so, what is it?

2. Does your authority commission any form of education provision for 19 to 25 year old students with complex learning difficulties outside the local authority area? If so, where do you send these students?

3. Are you planning to expand your provision for 19 to 25 year old students with complex learning difficulties?

4. Are you planning to reduce your local provision or reduce your allocation of student places, for 19 to 25 year old students with complex learning difficulties, commissioned outside 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.

  1. Does your authority commission any form of local education provision for 19 to 25 year old students with complex learning difficulties? If so, what is it?

Answer: Bedford Borough Council  does not have any 19 -25 education provision for students with complex learning difficulties as we are a small authority however we use providers in Luton and Northampton.

Does your authority commission any form of education provision for 19 to 25 year old students with complex learning difficulties outside the local authority area? If so, where do you send these students?

Answer: Bedford Borough Council commissions education provision for 19 -25 year olds at the following providers- Heywood House –Luton, SENSE College –Keech –Luton and CANTO Northamptonshire. These are all day education opportunities.

  1. Are you planning to expand your provision for 19 to 25 year old students with complex learning difficulties?

Answer: Bedford Borough Council  is currently trying to identify  providers who would be willing to come into Bedford to meet the needs of our more complex learners.

  1. Are you planning to reduce your local provision or reduce your allocation of student places, for 19 to 25 year old students with complex learning difficulties, commissioned outside your local authority area? Answer: No

16/5/17

 

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