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10779

 

 I would be grateful if you could provide the following information in relation to the number of cars /tickets issued for average speed traffic offences for speed through Milton Ernest along the A6 and also along along the A6 and on to Radwell Road where then speed is restricted to 30 miles per hour.

Information requested is detailed below

1) The number of incidents/tickets issued for average speeding traffic offences issued in the last 12 months in relation to vehicles traveling along the A6 from Bedford towards Kettering.(i.e.between the 2 average speed cameras on the A6).

2) The number of incidents/tickets issued for average speeding traffic offences issued in the last 12 months in relation to vehicles traveling along the A6 from Kettering towards Bedford (i.e.between the 2 average speed cameras on the A6).

3) The number of incidents/tickets issued for average speeding traffic offences issued in the last 12 months in relation to vehicles traveling along the A6 and turning onto Radwell Road from Bedford towards the village of Radwell (i.e. between the average speed camera on the A6 and the camera on Radwell Road).

4)  The number of incidents/tickets issued for average speeding traffic offences issued in the last 12 months in relation to vehicles traveling along Radwell Road turning right onto the A6 towards Bedford.(i.e. between the average speed camera on Radwell Road and traveling along the A6 towards Bedford).

5) The number of incidents/tickets issued for average speeding traffic offences issued in the last 12 months in relation to vehicles traveling along Radwell Road turning right onto the A6 towards Bedford and left on to .Thurleigh Road. (i.e. between the average speed camera on Radwell Road and the camera on Thurleigh Road).

6) Are there any plans to review the distances for the cameras in the near future.

7) Would there be any consideration to put in place a fixed camera on Radwell Road in replacement to the average speed camera as an alternative.

Thank you for your request for information about Penalty Charge Notices being issued for speeding offences through Milton Ernest which we received on 17 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you have requested is as follows:

1) Bedford Borough Council does not hold this information.  This question will need to be directed to Bedfordshire Police. 

2) Bedford Borough Council does not hold this information.  Again, this question will need to be directed to Bedfordshire Police.

 

3) Bedford Borough Council does not hold this information.  Again, this question will need to be directed to Bedfordshire Police.

 

4)  Bedford Borough Council does not hold this information.  Again, this question will need to be directed to Bedfordshire Police.

 

5) Bedford Borough Council does not hold this information.  Again, this question will need to be directed to Bedfordshire Police.

 

6) There are no plans to review the distances.

 

7) No.  This would have to be reviewed with Bedfordshire Police based on speed data.

 

 

12/7/17

 

10780

 

I write to make the following requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1.       Number of children or care leavers (up to 25 year olds) supported by your authority who are suspected to be potential victims of human trafficking? Please state the number for each year from 2012 – 2017

2.       Number of children or care leavers (up to 25 year olds) supported by your authority who are potential victims of human trafficking. Please state the number for each year from 2012 – 2017

3.       For the figures quoted at (1), number of times your local authority has acted as a first responder and referred the potential victims of human trafficking/victims of human trafficking to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM)

4.       For the figures quoted at (2), number of times your local authority has acted as a first responder and referred the potential victims of human trafficking/victims of human trafficking to the NRM

5.       For 2012 – 2017, numbers of figures quoted above (1) who had gone missing and length and number of missing episodes per child/care leaver

6.       For 2012 – 2017, numbers of figures quotes above (2) who had gone missing and length and number of missing episodes per child/care leaver

7.       Numbers of children/care leavers still missing and age and nationality of those still missing

8.       A breakdown of trafficked children by nationality and gender for the last 5 years

9.       A breakdown of trafficked care leavers by nationality and gender for the last 5 years

10.   Number of multi-agency meetings following the disappearance of a potential victim of human trafficking or of a victim of trafficking in the last 5 years

11.   In the last 5 years, number of Prevention Plans or Protective Plans put in place when a potential victim of human trafficking or victim of trafficking looked after by your authority was at risk of going missing

12.   In the last 5 years, number of potential victims of human trafficking children or care leavers whose ages have been disputed by the local authority (including before any legal challenge)

13.   Policies, guidance or internal memos your client has about dealing with missing children and care leavers

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.     Number of children or care leavers (up to 25 year olds) supported by your authority who are suspected to be potential victims of human trafficking? Please state the number for each year from 2012 – 2017 Children/ Young People who were deemed to be at risk of harm due to trafficking (as per DfE guidance) at end of assessment.

Answer:

2012 – n/a not a DfE requirement at this time

2013 – n/a not a DfE requirement at this time

2014 – supressed due to low numbers (i.e. below 5)*

2015 – supressed due to low numbers (i.e. below 5)*

2016 – supressed due to low numbers (i.e. below 5)*

2017 (up to 20/06/17) – supressed due to low numbers (i.e. below 5)*

2.     Number of children or care leavers (up to 25 year olds) supported by your authority who are potential victims of human trafficking. Please state the number for each year from 2012 – 2017

Answer: Please see answer to question 1.

3.     For the figures quoted at (1), number of times your local authority has acted as a first responder and referred the potential victims of human trafficking/victims of human trafficking to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM)

Answer: Supressed due to low numbers in one category (i.e. below 5)*

4.     For the figures quoted at (2), number of times your local authority has acted as a first responder and referred the potential victims of human trafficking/victims of human trafficking to the NRM

Answer: N/A

5.     For 2012 – 2017, numbers of figures quoted above (1) who had gone missing and length and number of missing episodes per child/care leaver

Answer:

2012 – n/a not a DfE requirement at this time

2013 – n/a not a DfE requirement at this time

2014 – 0

2015 – supressed due to low numbers (i.e. below 5)*

2016 – 0

2017 (up to 20/06/17) – 0                                                                                      

6.     For 2012 – 2017, numbers of figures quotes above (2) who had gone missing and length and number of missing episodes per child/care leaver

Answer: N/A

7.     Numbers of children/care leavers still missing and age and nationality of those still missing

Answer: None

8.     A breakdown of trafficked children by nationality and gender for the last 5 years

Answer: Supressed due to low numbers in one category (i.e. below 5)*

9.     A breakdown of trafficked care leavers by nationality and gender for the last 5 years

Answer: Supressed due to low numbers in one category (i.e. below 5)*

10. Number of multi-agency meetings following the disappearance of a potential victim of human trafficking or of a victim of trafficking in the last 5 years

 Answer:  Supressed due to low numbers*

11. In the last 5 years, number of Prevention Plans or Protective Plans put in place when a potential victim of human trafficking or victim of trafficking looked after by your authority was at risk of going missing

  Answer:  Supressed due to low numbers*

12. In the last 5 years, number of potential victims of human trafficking children or care leavers whose ages have been disputed by the local authority (including before any legal challenge)

   Answer:  Supressed due to low numbers (i.e. below 5)*           

13. Policies, guidance or internal memos your client has about dealing with missing children and care leavers

  Answer: 

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

1.    States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

This information is available in the public domain, via the links provided

 

Please also see word document  attached for your information here

 

* 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 young person being identifiable.

26/6/17

 

10781

 

Please enter the name of your local authority

Planning Service Staff Numbers
Q1 Please complete the below table with figures for PERMANENT staff numbers within your local authority’s planning service.  For each entry, please use full time equivalent (FTE) values for staff numbers. For instance, 10 full time staff plus 3 part-time staff (whom each work for 50% of the working week) would equal a cumulative total of 11.5 staff members.  
Planning
Service Staff FTE in
post
31/03/06 FTE in post
31/03/11 FTE in post
31/03/16
Total Planning Service Staff 
Q2 Since 31/03/06, has there been a corporate or service restructure within your local authority that has resulted new services being added, or services being removed from the planning service?
Yes □   No □
Q3 If you answered yes, please enter the number of such restructures here:
Q4 Please complete the below table with figures for staff numbers within the development management and planning policy teams at your local authority using full time equivalent (FTE) values. For instance, 10 full time staff plus 3 part-time staff (whom each work for 50% of the working week) would equal a cumulative total of 11.5 staff members.  
In columns 1-5, please use figures for PERMANENT staff only.    
In column 6, please use figures for TEMPORARY and/or AGENCY staff only.
Service Grade (1) FTE in
post
31/03/06 (2) FTE in
post
31/03/11 (3) FTE in
post
31/03/16 (4) FTE
Active
Vacancies
31/03/16 (5) FTE
Frozen Vacancies 31/03/16 (6)
Agency/
Temp
31/03/16
Development
Management Managerial      
 Senior Officer      
 Officer      
 Technician      
 Admin/Support      
 Other      
 Total       
Planning Policy Managerial      
 Senior Officer      
 Officer      
 Technician      
 Admin/Support      
 Other      
 Total   

Planning Apprentices and Trainees
Q5 We are interested in “on the job” training for planners.  Please complete the below table using the total number of apprenticeship, graduate or traineeship places occupied during each of the financial years specified.  (Please use figures for PLANNING APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINEESHIPS ONLY)
 2005/06 2010/11 2015/16 2016/17
Apprentice Planning Officers    
Graduate Planning Officers    
Any other type of Planning Officer classed as a trainee    
Specialist Officers

Q6 Please complete the below table with figures for full time equivalent (FTE) staff numbers, under each category, within your LOCAL AUTHORITY. Many of these posts will exist within your planning service, however some will fall under other services within your local authority.  Please give figures for the TOTAL NUMBER of officers of each type within your local authority. 
In cases where one or more posts are shared with another local authority(s) please use a decimal figure.  For example, if a post is shared with one other authority, the figure should be .5; if a post is with two others, the figure should be .33; if three posts are shared with two other authorities, the figure should be 1 etc.     
Post FTE in
post
31/03/06 FTE in
post
31/03/11 FTE in
post
31/03/16
Archaeologists    
Architects   
Conservation Officers   
Design Officers   
Ecologists    
Heritage Officers   
GIS Officers   
Landscape Architects   
Neighbourhood Planning Officers   
Planning Enforcement Officers   
Regeneration Officers   
Tree Officers   
Q7 Please enter the number of months during which each of the following cost cutting measures have been in place within your planning service during the financial year’s periods specified.
 2001/02 – 2005/06 2006/07 – 2010/11 2011/12 – 2015/16
Pay Freeze   
Recruitment Freeze   
Benefits Freeze   
Comments
Please use the box provided to provide any relevant commentary on the figures presented in these tables.

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested attached

 

Please contact

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

10/7/17

 

10782

 

This is a request for information under the freedom of information act and I hope you can assist me. I appreciate you might not hold all of the information below, but would like to know as much as you can provide. 

I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/3/2017 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/3/2017, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details.

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

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

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

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

1.      the deceased's full names

2.      the date they died

3.      the approximate value of their estate

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

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

6.      the maiden surnames of married females or widows

7.      their  address at death

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

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

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

Further to your request for information dated 19 June 2017, 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

14/7/17

 

10783

 

Re : Midland Road, Bedford,

We are undertaking a Phase I Environmental Assessment  Midland Road,   I would be grateful if you could confirm whether or not the Site is on your list of prioritised sites under Part 2A and, if so, what priority it is considered to be?  Also, please could you let me know whether you are aware of any previous intrusive investigations and/or remediation at the Site?

closed fees not paid

 

 

10784

 

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

 Warren Farm

Willington

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 the 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

 

23/6/17

 

10785

 

I would like to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 regarding HR and Payroll Software.  My questions are outlined below:

1.     What HR and Payroll software do the Council currently have in place?

2.     When was this contract signed

3.     What is the expiry date of this contract?

4.     What are the annual charges associated to this contract?

5.     How many employees make up the Council’s payroll?

6.     Does this system include an online Recruitment portal?

7.     If this is a separate system to the HR/Payroll system please detail the name of the system, the contract expiry date and all annual charges

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.      Northgate/Resource Link

2.      1/04/2011

3.      31/12/2018

4.      The annual spend is £123,883.00

5.      2,688 (Please note this figure includes all employees and casual workers  in our mainstream workforce in addition our Payroll provides a service to schools and external clients . Please also note where an individual holds multiple posts  each post is counted.

6.      Yes (not currently used)

7.      N/A

 

 

7/7/17

 

10786

 

I would like to make the following Freedom of Information request to your council.

1.)  How many high-rise blocks of flats designated for social housing (council flats) are owned by your council? By ‘high-rise flats’ I refer to the definition of a high-rise as a multi-story structure above 35 meters tall, or a building of unknown height from 12 floors and upwards.

2.)  In the last financial year (2016-17), how many of these buildings were found to have a Category 1 hazard? This refers to the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

2b.) How many of these hazards were fire-related? Please list the buildings by address. 

3.)  How many of these buildings were found to have any other form of potential fire risk/hazard not listed above? For instance, during a standard risk assessment. Please list the buildings by address, and list the hazards.

4.)  How many of these buildings have one or zero designated fire exits? Please list the buildings.

All questions refer to the most recent financial year (2016-17).

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 hold the information you requested.

1.)  How many high-rise blocks of flats designated for social housing (council flats) are owned by your council? By ‘high-rise flats’ I refer to the definition of a high-rise as a multi-story structure above 35 meters tall, or a building of unknown height from 12 floors and upwards.

Bedford Borough Council do not own any high rise flats.

2.)  In the last financial year (2016-17), how many of these buildings were found to have a Category 1 hazard? This refers to the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

N/A.

2b.) How many of these hazards were fire-related? Please list the buildings by address. 

N/A.

£.)  How many of these buildings were found to have any other form of potential fire risk/hazard not listed above? For instance, during a standard risk assessment. Please list the buildings by address, and list the hazards.

N/A.

4.)  How many of these buildings have one or zero designated fire exits? Please list the buildings. N/A.

All questions refer to the most recent financial year (2016-17). N/A.

6/7/17

 

10787

 

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

Russet Close

Stewartby

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:

Click here to 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

 

23/6/17

 

10788

 

 Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, please could you supply me with a list of the following:
A) A list of the buildings within your borders that are considered tall buildings. The standard definition in use in building codes is 18m. If there is some other - hopefully similar - definition that would assist you in getting the information more easily, please do contact me. Ideally, we would get the height, too (either in storeys or as in metres/feet).
B) For each building, please state the postcode.
C) For each building, please state whether the buildings (whether they are for residential use, for example).
D) For each building, please state whether they are owned either by the local authority or a housing association.
E) If the information is held easily, please could you supply the date of construction?

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

the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 concerning a list of tall buildings

within the Borough of Bedford. 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, this request has been answered in the table at Appendix A.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of Appendix A

 

14/7/17

 

10789

 

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

RE: Saunders Field, Orchid Fields, 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?

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

23/6/17

 

10790

 

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

Rookery Road

Wyboston

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

23/6/17

 

10791

 

 

Could you please supply me with some information regarding commissioned services and community pharmacy. I would like to know:

  1. What services are currently commissioned through community pharmacy
  2. Please send SLAs for each commissioned service and details of lead commissioner plus contact details
  3. Date that each service ends
  4. Do you commission any services through other providers and if so what services and who are the providers, please include contact details
  5. Are there any future services being looked at and if so what are these services
 

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

1.      What services are currently commissioned through community pharmacy?

The Bedford Borough Council Public Health team currently commissions community pharmacies in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire, the latter on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council,

to deliver:

·        Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC), Chlamydia screening and Chlamydia treatment

·        Stop smoking support i.e. Level 1 and Level 2

 

2.      Please send SLAs for each commissioned service and details of lead commissioner plus contact details

·        The lead commissioner for stop smoking is: Jackie Golding, Head of Public Health, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Bedford, MK42 9AP jackie.golding@bedford.gov.uk 01234 276844

·        The lead commissioner for EHC and Chlamydia screening and treatment is: Sue Burridge, Interim Sexual Health Commissioner, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Bedford, MK42 9AP sue.burridge@bedford.gov.uk  01234 276824

·        Attached are copies of the SLAs for both stop smoking and sexual health services, the generic content of which is the same for each pharmacy.

 

3.      Date that each service ends

·        The current contracts for both stop smoking and EHC, Chlamydia screening and Chlamydia treatment expire on 30th September 2019 (with an option to extend over two twelve month periods).

 

4.      Do you commission any services through other providers and if so what services and who are the providers? Please include contact details.

·        Please see attachment 3.

 

5.      Are there any future services being looked at and if so what are these services?

·        Public Health is not currently considering commissioning any new services.

Please contact

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

4/7/17

 

10792

 

1.   The total number of recorded theft offences which can be classified as ’Business Victim’ or “commercial goods” reported to, or attended by, Bedfordshire Police for the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 calendar years, including the type of goods stolen and nature of the business, where available.

2.    The total value of “Business Victim” or “commercial goods” thefts reported as stolen to Bedfordshire Police for the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 calendar years.If the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 calendar year data is not available, please provide data from the closest calendar years.

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:   

The total recorded theft or attempted entry into a shop is (1) this was in Allhallows on 01/10/2014, it was reported to the Police who gave a CRN. No goods were stolen.

 

13/7/17

 

10793

 

Please find my request below, which relates to the organisation’s contract relating to their energy management system. Not all organisations have energy management system and if the organisation does not have one please ignore the contractual part of my request (1-6) and concentrate on questions 7-12.

1.       The supplier who provides the software to the organisation?

2.       The cost associated with the software. Please provide me with the annual spend.

3.       What is the brand of the software?

4.       What is the duration of the contract?

5.       When does this contract expires?

6.       When does the organisation plan to review this contract?

7.       Can you please provide me with the contract description of the services provided under the agreement with the supplier? This also includes potential extensions and support and maintenance services.

8.       What is the organisation’s annual energy spend for the following:

a.       Electricity

b.      Gas

c.       Water

9.       What is the total number of meter points for Electricity for:

a.       Non Half Hourly (NHH) meter points

b.      Half Hourly (HH) meter points

10.   What is the total number of Gas meter points?

11.   What is the total number of Water meter points?

12.   What is the total number of meter points for specialist gases and liquids?

13.   Can you please provide me with the contact details of the key person responsible for this contract or around energy management.

14.    Can you please send me the organisations’ energy management strategy/plan that covers 2017?

Thank you for your request for information about the Council’s Energy Management System which we received on 20 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1) The supplier who provides the software to the organisation - TEAM Sigma

2) The cost associated with the software. Please provide me with the annual spend - £4,550

3) What is the brand of the software - TEAM Sigma

4) What is the duration of the contract - 1 year rolling

5) When does this contract expires - 31/08/2018

6) When does the organisation plan to review this contract - reviewed annually

7) Can you please provide me with the contract description of the services provided under the agreement with the supplier - Maintenance and Support for provision of TEAM Sigma software and Hosted Services

8) What is the organisation’s annual energy spend for the following:

a. Electricity -  £1.151m

b. Gas -  £317k

c.  Water - £228k

9) What is the total number of meter points for Electricity for:

a. Non Half Hourly (NHH) meter points - 244

b. Half Hourly (HH) meter points - 50

10) What is the total number of Gas meter points - 183

11) What is the total number of Water meter points - 142

12) What is the total number of meter points for specialist gases and liquids - 21

13) Can you please provide me with the contact details of the key person responsible for this contract or around energy management:

Claire Hull, Energy and Water Technical Officer, Claire.hull@bedford.gov.uk, Tel: 01234 718697

14) Can you please send me the organisations’ energy management strategy/plan that covers 2017 - Currently under review

 

14/7/17

 

10794

 

Please can I request the following information:

1. When was the last time a fire risk assessment was carried out on housing where council tenants reside where the building has more than six floors? 

1 (a) Please can you provide further details as to how many buildings are under your authority and the details of each report.

2. Of those assessments in question 1, please can you provide how many were considered high risk (high risk defined as a serious risk to life from fire, substantial quantities of combustible materials, highly flammable substances, or likelihood of the rapid spread of fire, heat or smoke)?

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 hold the information you requested.

When was the last time a fire risk assessment was carried out on housing where council tenants reside where the building has more than six floors? 

Bedford Borough Council do not own any high rise flats.

Please can you provide further details as to how many buildings are under your authority and the details of each report. N/A.

Of those assessments in question 1, please can you provide how many were considered high risk (high risk defined as a serious risk to life from fire, substantial quantities of combustible materials, highly flammable substances, or likelihood of the rapid spread of fire, heat or smoke)?  N/A.

 

10/7/17

 

10795

 

 Who supplies your current (Children's & Adults) social care case management system(s)?

2. Are you planning replace your social care case management system(s) in the next two years, or are you already in the process of replacing it? If "yes", please answer the following questions:

3. By what date are you planning to formally select a new supplier / product?

4. By what date will the contract commence?

5. By what date will you start to work formally with the new supplier to implement the new product (i.e. project kick-off)?

6. What is the planned go-live date for the replacement system?

7. How much money have you allocated for this project, excluding payments to be made to the new supplier? Please provide a breakdown of the costs

8. What reporting tools & reporting software do you currently use in conjunction with your current social care case management system(s). For example, Business Objects; SSRS; Crystal Reports etc

9.  What reporting tools & reporting software do you plan to use in conjunction with your replacement social care case management system(s)?

10. Is your current case management system hosted on-site, or is it externally hosted?

11. Will your replacement social care case management system(s) be hosted on-site, or externally hosted?

12. How many people directly employed by your Local Authority will be involved in the implementation of the replacement social care case management system(s)?

13. Please specify the roles they will carry out? For example, Systems Admin; User Admin; Database Admin; Data & Performance Mgt; Data Cleansing; Data Migration; Training; Business Analysis; Project Manager; Supplier/Relationship Management; Super-User; Application Support etc

14. Please state how much time (FTE) is allocated to each role?

15. Are you planning to engage an external supplier provide services to assist with the implementation of the replacement social care case management system(s)?

16. If so, please specify the services they will deliver? For example, Systems Admin; User Admin; Database Admin; Data & Performance Management; Data Cleansing; Data Migration; Training; Business Analysis; Project Management; Supplier/Relationship Management; Super-User; Application Support etc

17. According to your project Risk Register, what are the top three risks associated with this implementation?

18. What is the name of the Senior Responsible Officer(s) for this project?

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 follows:-

1. Who supplies your current (Children's & Adults) social care case management system(s)?

The Children’s social care database is supplied by Azeus.  Adults Services use the Swift system.

2. Are you planning to replace your social care case management system(s) in the next two years, or are you already in the process of replacing it? If "yes", please answer the following questions:

The Council is currently reviewing future options for both Children’s and Adults systems.

3. By what date are you planning to formally select a new supplier / product?

n/a

4. By what date will the contract commence?

n/a

5. By what date will you start to work formally with the new supplier to implement the new product (i.e. project kick-off)

n/a

6. What is the planned go-live date for the replacement system?

n/a

7. How much money have you allocated for this project, excluding payments to be made to the new supplier? Please provide a breakdown of the costs

n/a

8. What reporting tools & reporting software do you currently use in conjunction with your current social care case management system(s). For example, Business Objects; SSRS; Crystal Reports etc

In terms of Azeus, reporting tools are built into the system and are generated and processed using JASPERSOFT.  The Swift system uses Oracle reports.  The Council also uses Business Objects for both systems.

9.  What reporting tools & reporting software do you plan to use in conjunction with your replacement social care case management system(s)?

n/a

10. Is your current case management system hosted on-site, or is it externally hosted?

Both systems are hosted on-site.

11. Will your replacement social care case management system(s) be hosted on-site, or externally hosted?

n/a

12. How many people directly employed by your Local Authority will be involved in the implementation of the replacement social care case management system(s)?

n/a

13. Please specify the roles they will carry out? For example, Systems Admin; User Admin; Database Admin; Data & Performance Mgt; Data Cleansing; Data Migration; Training; Business Analysis; Project Manager; Supplier/Relationship Management; Super-User; Application Support etc

n/a

14. Please state how much time (FTE) is allocated to each role?

n/a

15. Are you planning to engage an external supplier provide services to assist with the implementation of the replacement social care case management system(s)?

n/a

16. If so, please specify the services they will deliver? For example, Systems Admin; User Admin; Database Admin; Data & Performance Management; Data Cleansing; Data Migration; Training; Business Analysis; Project Management; Supplier/Relationship Management; Super-User; Application Support etc

n/a

17. According to your project Risk Register, what are the top three risks associated with this implementation?

n/a

18. What is the name of the Senior Responsible Officer(s) for this project?

n/a

18/7/17

 

10796

 

Would it be possible to get a breakdown of how many cases of Legionnaire's disease were reported to the Council between 2013 and the present day?

I'd like this broken down by year if this information is available (e.g. 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 so far). If this isn't available, a total amount of cases is fine.

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

the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 concerning the number of cases of

Legionnaires’s disease reported to the Council. Under the provisions of the Freedom of

Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can

confirm that we do hold the information you requested which has been answered below.

Q: Would it be possible to get a breakdown of how many cases of Legionnaire's

disease were reported to the Council between 2013 and the present day?

A: According to records held there has been one request for service concerning

Legionella/Legionellosis, this was received in December 2016.

17/7/17

 

10797

 

 Could you please therefore provide the following information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Details of all current empty commercial properties within your
authority which includes Shops, Office and Industrial premises, if
possible on an excel spreadsheet containing the following information:

•       Property Billing Reference
•       Property Type
•       Rateable Value
•       Property Vacant Date
•       Property Address
•       Liable Party Name
•       Liable Party Correspondence Address

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 the information is exempt information.

2.         Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act – information reasonably accessible by other means.

Business Rates data sets can be found on the Council’s website as follows:

Business Rates

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

•           Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

•           Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

17/7/17

 

 

10798 -10806

 

 

The requests are as follows:

Request 1:

Please state the budget allocated by your local authority for (a) financial year 2016/17 and (b) financial year 2017/18 for all sexual and reproductive health services (please give combined budget if within a block contract)

Request 2:

Please state the budget allocated by your local authority for (a) financial year 2016/17, and (b) financial year 2017/18 for (i) contraception, (ii) HIV prevention and (iii) GUM services

Request 3:

Please confirm or deny whether your local authority has received invoices for contraceptive services provided to residents of your local authority that have been undertaken outside of your local area in the past 12 months

a)     If confirmed, please indicate (i) how many were received and (ii) how many were paid

b)     Please supply details of any policy on cross-charging that your local authority has in place

Request 4:

Please confirm or deny whether your local authority stipulates in its contracts with providers of contraceptive services provision of (a) all methods of contraception and (b) long-acting contraceptive methods (intra-uterine systems, intra-uterine devices and implants) to all women regardless of (i) age and (ii) place of residence

Request 5:

Please confirm or deny if your local authority contracted a lead provider for the fitting and removal of intra-uterine devices (IUD) and systems (IUS) in your area for the financial years (a) 2016/17 and (b) 2017/18

fRequest 6:

Please confirm or deny if your local authority contracted a lead provider for the fitting and removal of contraceptive implants in your area for the financial years (a) 2016/17 and (b) 2017/18

Request 7:

Please provide the volume of activity contracted or sub-contracted by a lead provider for the fitting and removal of intra-uterine devices (IUD) and systems (IUS) in your area with (a) community services (not general practice) and (b) GP practices for the financial years (i) 2015/16, (ii) 2016/17 and (iii) 2017/18

Request 8:

Please provide the volume of activity contracted or sub-contracted by a lead provider for the fitting and removal of contraceptive implants in your area with (a) community services (not general practice) and (b) GP practices for the financial years (i) 2015/16, (ii) 2016/17 and (iii) 2017/18

Request 9:

Please confirm or deny if there has been a reduction in the number of sites commissioned by your local authority, or a provider sub-contracted by your local authority, to deliver contraceptive services in (a) the financial year 2016/17 and (b) if there are any plans to reduce sites in the financial year 2017/18

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 attached.

As Bedford Borough Council also commissions sexual health services on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council, the following response covers both Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire.

Request 1: FOI 10798

Please state the budget allocated by your local authority for (a) financial year 2016/17 and (b) financial year 2017/18 for all sexual and reproductive health services (please give combined budget if within a block contract). Total budget allocated for all sexual and reproductive health services

BBC

CBC

Total

£000

£000

£000

2016/17

1,344

1,988

3,332

2017/18

1,344

1,988

3,332

 

Request 2: FOI 10799

Please state the budget allocated by your local authority for (a) financial year 2016/17, and (b) financial year 2017/18 for (i) contraception, (ii) HIV prevention and (iii) GUM services

This information is not available as the budget is not split into these categories; Bedford Borough, in conjunction with Central Bedfordshire Council, commissions an integrated contraception and sexual health service.

The local authority retains a budget outside of the integrated service which covers areas such as ‘out of area’ Level 3 (GUM) activity and community commissioned contraceptive and sexual health services – again this budget is not broken down into these categories.

Provided below is a breakdown of the budget between the block integrated contract and the other services budget. BBC

CBC

Integrated

Non Integrated

Integrated

Non Integrated

£000

£000

£000

£000

2016/17

935

409

1,384

604

2017/18

935

409

1,384

604

 

Request 3: FOI 10800

Please confirm or deny whether your local authority has received invoices for contraceptive services provided to residents of your local authority that have been undertaken outside of your local area in the past 12 months

a) If confirmed, please indicate (i) how many were received and (ii) how many were paid.

We can confirm that we received approximately 10 invoices for contraceptive services provided to residents that were undertaken outside of Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough and none were paid.

 

b) Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of this document

Request 4: FOI 10801

Please confirm or deny whether your local authority stipulates in its contracts with providers of contraceptive services provision of (a) all methods of contraception and (b) long-acting contraceptive methods (intra-uterine systems, intra-uterine devices and implants) to all women regardless of (i) age and (ii) place of residence

There are no restrictions on the provision of contraception to women resident in Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough.

Request 5: FOI 10802

Please confirm or deny if your local authority contracted a lead provider for the fitting and removal of intra-uterine devices (IUD) and systems (IUS) in your area for the financial years (a) 2016/17 and (b) 2017/18

We do not contract a lead provider for the fitting and removal of IUD and IUS in both 2016/17 and 2017/18.

If confirm, please provide for each of these financial years (i) the name of the lead provider, (ii) the number of sub-contracts they hold for the fitting and removal of IUD and IUS with community services (not general practice) and (iii) the number of sub-contracts they hold for the fitting and removal of IUD and IUS with GP practices.

Not applicable.

If deny, please provide for each of these financial years (i) the number of contracts you hold for the fitting and removal of IUD and IUS with community services (not general practice) and (ii) the number of contracts you hold for the fitting and removal of IUD and IUS with GP practices

(i) One contract with the integrated sexual health provider.

(ii) 43 General Practitioners are contracted to deliver LARC which includes the fitting and removal of IUD and IUS.

 16 General Practitioners in Bedford Borough

 27 General Practitioners in Central Bedfordshire

Request 6: FOI 10803

Please confirm or deny if your local authority contracted a lead provider for the fitting and removal of contraceptive implants in your area for the financial years (a) 2016/17 and (b) 2017/18

We do not contract a lead provider for the fitting and removal of contraceptive implants and IUS for the financial years 2016/17 and 2017/18.

If confirm, please provide for each of these financial years (i) the name of the lead provider, (ii) the number of sub-contracts they hold for the fitting and removal of implants with community services (not general practice) and (iii) the number of sub-contracts they hold for the fitting and removal of implants with GP practices

Not applicable.

If deny, please provide for each of these financial years (i) the number of contracts you hold for the fitting and removal of implants with community services (not general practice) and (ii) the number of contracts you hold for the fitting and removal of implants with GP practices

(i) One contract with the integrated sexual health provider.

(ii) 43 General Practitioners are contracted to deliver which includes fitting and removal of implants.

Request 7: FOI 10804

Please provide the volume of activity contracted or sub-contracted by a lead provider for the fitting and removal of intra-uterine devices (IUD) and systems (IUS) in your area with (a) community services (not general practice) and (b) GP practices for the financial years (i) 2015/16, (ii) 2016/17 and (iii) 2017/18

 There is no lead provider for the fitting and removal of intra-uterine devices and systems in our area.

Request 8: FOI 10805

Please provide the volume of activity contracted or sub-contracted by a lead provider for the fitting and removal of contraceptive implants in your area with (a) community services (not general practice) and (b) GP practices for the financial years (i) 2015/16, (ii) 2016/17 and (iii) 2017/18.

There is no lead provider for the fitting and removal of contraceptive implants in our area.

Request 9: FOI 10806

Please confirm or deny if there has been a reduction in the number of sites commissioned by your local authority, or a provider sub-contracted by your local authority, to deliver contraceptive services in (a) the financial year 2016/17 and (b) if there are any plans to reduce sites in the financial year 2017/18

a) No sites were de-commissioned to deliver contraceptive services in 2016/17 however some GPs opted not to continue fitting LARC.

b) There are no plans for Public Health to reduce sites in the financial year 2017/18.

If confirm, please (i) confirm or deny whether an impact assessment was undertaken and (ii) if so, share the impact assessment

No impact assessment was undertaken as Practices were not de-commissioned.

18/7/17

 

10807

 

 I am writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000;
1Do you have a sourcing/ brokerage or placement service who source support on behalf of adult social care? 
2If yes to the above what types of care do they source? (Domiciliary Care, Support Living, Residential and Nursing home placements, transport etc.) 
3Do you have a sourcing/ brokerage or placement service who source care on behalf of children’s services? 
4If yes to the above what types of care do they source? (Independent Fostering Agencies, Supported Lodgings, Residential, Secure, Crisis Care, In House Fostering etc.) 
5If the answer to 1 and 3 was Yes: Are these part of a combined service? 
6If the answer to 1 was Yes: Does the adults team source for continuing health care as well or just for local authority clients ? 
7If the answer to 1 was Yes: Do the adults team source for self-funding clients? 
8If the answer to 1 was Yes: What is your average sourcing time in days for; Domiciliary Support Packages, Residential and Nursing Home Placements? (Sourcing time is defined, in this instance, as the length of time between the referral being received by the service and the support package start date/ placement admission date) 
9If the answer to 1 was Yes: Does your adults team source for acute hospitals in your area? If yes is this all types of support or just specific types such as Domiciliary or Residential and Nursing. (If specific types please list the specific types) 

 

The request has been withdrawn

 

 

10808

 

 RE:  Farrer Street Kempston Bedfordshire

Could you please provide details of any outstanding statutory notices that relate to the above property and have been issued under the following areas of legislation:

Environment

Health and safety

Housing

Highways (obstruction e.g. overhanging vegetation)

Public Health

For any relevant notices could you please advise the date and reason for issue.

Thank you for your request for information about outstanding statutory notices relating to 60 Farr Street, Kempston,MK42 8JD which we received on 20 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I can confirm there are no outstanding statutory notices relating to this property

13/7/17

 

10809

 

 Name of Local Authority: 
In each of these three calendar years…
 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
1)-a) - How many section 202 reviews were received?     
    b) – Of these, how many were withdrawn by the applicant?     
    c) – Of these, how many resulted in an overturning of the original decision?     
     d) –Of these, how many upheld the original decision?     
 2)-a) – How many section 204 appeals were issued?     
     b) – Of these, how many  were discontinued when authority agreed to a fresh review?   
     c) -  In how many of these cases was the appellant successful at final hearing?     
      d) -  In how many of these cases was the appellant unsuccessful at final hearing?            e) – How many cases were otherwise discontinued by the appellant?      
 3)  How many judicial review pre-action protocol letters were received in respect of homeless applications?     
4)- a) How many judicial review claims were issued in respect of homeless applications?     
             b) Of these how many were discontinued when authority agreed to take action?                    c) In how many of these cases was the claimant successful at final hearing?                    d) In how many of these cases was the claimant unsuccessful at permission stage or final hearing? 
             e) Of these cases, how many were discontinued by the claimant?

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 contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of  the attachment provided in respect of Section 202

 

18/7/17

 

10810

 

Period 1/4/15 to 31/36/16

No of cases worked Enviromental Health Team

No of cases relating to rent

No of staff hours

The cost to council

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

Please find the information for the period 1st April 2105 to 31st March 2016 below:-   

 

The total number of cases worked on by the Council’s Environmental Health team during the year.

During the year 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 the Council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards Service received 6881 requests for service across its range of functional areas.

The total number of cases worked on by the Council’s environmental Health related to all rented residential housing (including all types of rented property including homes owned by the Council, a registered provider or a private landlord) during the year.

During the year 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 the Council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards Service received 962 private sector housing service requests.

The total number of staff hours spent on all cases related to all residential housing.

During the 2015-16 financial year approximately 9989.9 hours were spent on residential housing activities by officers from within the Environmental health service.

The cost (including salaries and administration) to the Council of work done on cases related to all rented residential housing.

The total costs incurred by the Council in relation to residential housing cases dealt with by Environmental Health during the 2015-16 financial year (after deduction of income received) was £162,664.81.

19/7/17

 

10811

 

QUESTION 1:

Please supply a list naming all the social housing in your area which is tall (over 18 metres tall or more than four storeys tall).

QUESTION 2:

Of the buildings identified in Q1, please name ones that have been fitted with cladding containing “Reynobond PE”.

QUESTION 3:

Of the buildings identified in Q1, please name ones that have been fitted with cladding containing plastic of any sort.

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

the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 concerning a list of social housing

and tall buildings within the Borough of Bedford. 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, this request has been answered in

turn below.

QUESTION 1: Please supply a list naming all the social housing in your area which is

tall (over 18 metres tall or more than four storeys tall).

 Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA)

 Grand Union Housing

 Genesis Housing Association

 Guinness Housing

 Also please see table of housing at Appendix 1

QUESTION 2: Of the buildings identified in Q1, please name ones that have been

fitted with cladding containing “Reynobond PE”.

 In conjunction with Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and according to records

held, none of the buildings under the control of the housing associations/registered

providers listed in Q1 have been fitted with cladding containing Reynobond PE.

QUESTION 3: Of the buildings identified in Q1, please name ones that have been

fitted with cladding containing plastic of any sort.

 In conjunction with Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and according to records

held, none of the buildings under the control of the housing associations/registered

providers listed in Q1 have been fitted with cladding systems containing plastic of

any sort that have been installed for the purposes of improved thermal efficiency in

accordance with current Building Regulations.

Please note that Bedford Borough Council does not own or manage any high residential

housing stock. All high rise tower blocks and ‘council housing’ stock was transferred to a

local housing provider in 1990.

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of Appendix 1.

19/7/17

 

10812

 

Re:Tavistock Street, Bedford

We should be grateful if you could provide details of any enforcement action, or warnings or any other issues that there have been with the premises over the last 2 years, which resulted or may result in any proceedings being bought under the Licensing Act 2003 or review of the Premises Licence in respect of noise or environmental issues;

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

noise or environmental issues at the above premises, over the last 2 years, which

resulted or may result in any proceedings being bought under the Licensing Act

2003 or review of the Premises Licence.

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. I can confirm that between 20th June 2015 and 12th July 2017, there

have been no noise complaints in relation to the premises, and that there are no

other environmental issues that have, or are likely, to result in proceedings under

the licensing Act 2003 during that time. 

13/7/17

 

10813

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act to request the following information:

1)How many people fleeing domestic violence were placed in hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast or other forms of temporary accommodation for each financial year from FY 2009/2010 to FY 2015/2016

2)How many people fleeing domestic violence were placed in temporary accommodation for longer than six weeks, for each year specified in Q1

3)The total cost to the local authority of accommodating people fleeing domestic violence in hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast or other forms of temporary accommodation for each year specified in Q1

4)The total cost to the local authority of accommodating people in hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast or other forms of temporary accommodation in each year specified in Q1

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

1)    Please note that we do not record  how many people fleeing domestic violence who were placed in hotels, hostels and B&B. However the number of people who approached the service fleeing domestic violence is as below: 

2012/13           =          74

2013/14           =          44

2014/15           =          52

2015/16           =          67

2)   Please see above.

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

‘The information is not held in a reportable format and would therefore involve cases being checked manually which would then exceed the limit which has been set by Freedom of Information’.

4)                         Gross             Net

      2009/10        336,610         336,610

      2010/11        179,322         179,322

      2011/12        170,055         166,936

      2012/13         532,340          86,462

      2013/14         640,609         110,747

      2014/15         660,824         110,465

      2015/16         719,821         204,260

18/7/17

 

10814

 

We would like to request the following information under Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1.     Confirmation as to which conditions, if any, have not been discharged in Planning Permission Ref: 13/01291/MAF;

2.     Confirmation whether Planning Permissions Ref: 11/00697/LBC and Ref: 11/00593/MAF were implemented.

Thank you for your request for information about 1 Thomas James Close, Bedford which we received on 22 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1.  Confirmation as to which conditions, if any, have not been discharged in Planning Permission Ref: 13/01291/MAF;

Information in relation to planning applications is publicly available on the authority’s website.

To check Conditions have been discharged

You need the original planning application number the conditions relate to. If this has not been identified refer to How to Guide or with thecompany who carried out your search. (We do not provide a checking service).

From 2001 to date any conditions discharged are online listed as AOC application type Please click here for information Click on ‘TO VIEW AND COMMENT ON PLANNING APPLICATIONS’

Click on the ‘Simple’ Search Tab

Type in the original number and click on ‘search’. A list of any applications linked to that application number will appear, including conditions. Check the Entire list for any AOC ref no’s and their proposals for the condition number(s). You do not need to click on any of the entries themselves, everything you need is in this list. 

·       Please Note that discharge of condition applications can only be viewed online once a decision has been made. If no information is available online then the condition has not been discharged.

For any queries on S106 agreements go to  106 agreement To view Decision Notices and do history searches from 1948 to date and view planning documents and constraints:If you have the planning application numbers please refer to both pages of How to Guide 

2     Confirmation whether Planning Permissions Ref: 11/00697/LBC and Ref: 11/00593/MAF were implemented. – Do not hold information.

23/6/17

 

10815

 

The name of the The Council Tax / NNDR Revenues Manager

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

The Council Tax / NNDR Revenues Manager is Kevin Yerrill

23/6/17

 

10816

 

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

RE:Hilton Close, 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. 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

23/6/17

 

10817

 

I would like to request two separate pieces of information for your local authority area under the Freedom of Information Act.

Firstly, could I get how long people (and if possible, how many) are waiting to receive assessments under s(2) and s(3) of the Mental Health Act. These are the assessment which must be conducted within 14 days. I am happy to receive this information under the criteria you store it as, or however most easily presented. If possible, I would like it not only for the past year of records, but since 2010 – or further back if records are held further back.

Secondly, could I get the number of AMHP professionals employed in the local authority area since 2010, or further back if records are held further back.

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.

Firstly, could I get how long people (and if possible, how many) are waiting to receive assessments under s(2) and s(3) of the Mental Health Act. These are the assessment which must be conducted within 14 days. I am happy to receive this information under the criteria you store it as, or however most easily presented. If possible, I would like it not only for the past year of records, but since 2010 – or further back if records are held further back.

East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) carry out all Mental Health Act Assessments on behalf of Bedford Borough Council within 24 hours unless there are exceptional circumstances. For historical data on this please contact ELFT directly who hold the information on behalf of the Local Authority.

Secondly, could I get the number of AMHP professionals employed in the local authority area since 2010, or further back if records are held further back.

There are currently six AMHPs warranted by Bedford Borough Council who work on a rota basis. Four of these cover on a weekly rota and the other two work less frequently. There is also another AMHP who is in the process of being warranted who will work an additional day. Any gaps in the rota are covered by the available staff cover. There is also a full time AMHP lead who works across Bedford Borough Council and North Central Bedfordshire. For historical data on this please contact ELFT directly who hold the information on behalf of the Local Authority.

Please note this information is held by East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) and they can be contacted by filling in a request via the following link https://www.elft.nhs.uk/Contact-Us/Freedom-of-Information-Online-Form

5/7/17

 

10818

 

Is the cleaning for the Council Inhouse or Contracted

If Contracted who is the provider?   When was the contract awarded, When is the renewal date? If there is an extension available, what date would it be until?

What is the annual spend for cleaning in a 12 month period.

Who has responsibility for the cleaning management, a) overall , (Job Title and Name - if permitted)

 b) the day to day running (Job Title and Name - if permitted)

 

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.

Is the cleaning for the Council in-house or contracted?Contracted

If contracted, who is the provider?

Hi-Spec Facilities Services Plc

When was the contract awarded?7 June 2011

When is the renewal date?The current agreement will expire 30 June 2018.

If there is an extension available, what date would it be until?It is not intended to extend the agreement beyond June 2018.

What is the annual spend for cleaning in a 12 month period?£305,000

Who has responsibility for the cleaning management;a)    overall (job title and name);

Paul Smith, Senior Category Manager is responsible for the procurement of corporate cleaning contracts.

b)    the day to day running (job title and name)

Chris Mears, Facilities Manager has overall responsibility for contract management however individual building managers are responsible for the day to day management of the sites they are responsible for.

6/7/17

 

10819

 

Is the council's set of Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) indexed in digital form?If so, please may I have a copy of all the data relating to TPOs from any databases you hold regarding them

Thank you for your request for information about TPO’s which we received on 22 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you requested is available on the authority’s website and can be located at the following link.  Please refer to ‘How to Guide 3’ first.

26/6/17

 

10820

 

Please can you tell me:

  • How much the council has spent on fire risk assessments in each year from 2007/08 to 2017/18
  • Who has carried out your fire risk assessments in each year from 2007/08 to 2017/18 - name of company/individual
  • If you own any tower blocks of 6 storeys or higher what was the date of the last fire risk assessment
  • Please provide of a copy of the last fire risk assessment for each tower block
  • Please tell me the date of the last refurbishment of each tower block

Thank you for your request for information regarding Fire Risk Assessments which we received on 22 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please see below your request and our response:

How much has the council spent on fire risk assessments in each year from 2007/08 to 2017/18?

The information relating to financial years 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10 is not available.

Financial year

Spend on fire risk assessments

2010/11

£720

2011/12

£0

2012/13

£510

2013/14

£0

2014/15

£6,234

2015/16

£4,368

2016/17

£1,790

2017/18

£522 to date

Who has carried out your fire risk assessments in each year from 2007/08 to 2017/18 - name of company/individual

Bedford Borough Council trains its own staff to undertake fire risk assessments.  Fire risk assessments are based on the use of a building and as the Council have special and specific client groups in the majority of the properties, it is better for managers on site to undertake the assessment.  There are occasions when an external contractor would be employed and in these circumstances, Healthy Buildings International or Fire Safety Services are used. 

If you own any tower blocks of 6 storeys or higher what was the date of the last fire risk assessment

Bedford Borough Council does not own any tower blocks of six storeys or higher.

Please provide of a copy of the last fire risk assessment for each tower block

Not applicable

Please tell me the date of the last refurbishment of each tower block

Not applicable

19/7/17

 

10821

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act could you please provide me with answers to the following questions?

Collecting garden waste:

1. Do you charge for collection of garden / green waste?

2. If you do charge, how much do you charge for this in the financial year 17/18? 3. What service to they get for this charge? e.g. are there restrictions such as the number of bags?

4. If you charge for garden waste collection, what year did you start to do this?

5. What months do you offer a garden waste collection?

6. How often is garden waste collected?

7. What is the total number of households, and percentage of households, where garden waste is collected?

8. Are there any additional garden waste charges (e.g. Christmas trees disposal)?

Composting:

9. Do you compost the collected garden waste?

10. If so, what percentage do you sell this back to the public, and at what price? Please include details of the weight of the compost for this price.

11. If so, what percentage do you use for public grounds and gardens? What is the value of this to you in the most recent financial year you have the data for?

12. Are there any additional sources of income from collected garden waste?

Total costs (Forecast 17/18 and actual 16/17):

13. What is the cost to you each year of collecting and disposing of garden waste?

14. How much did you make from any collection charges and sale to the public of composted waste?

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

Collecting garden waste:

1.      Do you charge for collection of garden / green waste? - No

2.      If you do charge, how much do you charge for this in the financial year 17/18? 3. What service to they get for this charge? e.g. are there restrictions such as the number of bags? – N/A

4.      If you charge for garden waste collection, what year did you start to do this? – N/A

5.      What months do you offer a garden waste collection? - March to end of November

6.      How often is garden waste collected? - Fortnightly

7.      What is the total number of households, and percentage of households, where garden waste is collected? - The collection scheme is offered to all residents (71,450 households). Currently, 67% of households participate

8.      Are there any additional garden waste charges (e.g. Christmas trees disposal)? - No

Composting:

9.      Do you compost the collected garden waste? - Sent to a private contractor for treatment

10.    If so, what percentage do you sell this back to the public, and at what price?. Please include details of the weight of the compost for this price. – Do not hold   this information as managed by private contractor

11.    If so, what percentage do you use for public grounds and gardens? What is the value of this to you in the most recent financial year you have the data for? – Same as 10 above

12.    Are there any additional sources of income from collected garden waste? - No additional sources of household collected garden waste

Total costs (Forecast 17/18 and actual 16/17):

13.    What is the cost to you each year of collecting and disposing of garden waste? - Collection and treatment - forecast 17/18 is £669,453 and actual 16/17 was £736,358

14.    How much did you make from any collection charges and sale to the public of composted waste? – We do not currently charge for collection and the council does not sell this compost back to the public

5/7/17

 

10822

 

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

Hartington Street

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

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

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

Search Planning 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

 

30/6/17

 

10823

 

 I am looking for a list of long term empty property lists within the councils area.

Further to your request for information dated 23 June 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:

A list of long term empty property lists within the councils area.

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

States that the information requested is exempt information.

Specifies, that the exemptions in question are contained within Sections 31 & 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 also has 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.

28/6/17

 

10824

 

 How many parking tickets have been issued in respect of the car park at Foster Hill Road, and  where the driver has subsequently made an informal appeal  on the basis that the notice in the car park does not state that a ticket must still be "purchased" from the machine during the free parking 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 the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested

How many parking tickets have been issued in respect of the car park at Foster Hill Road, and where the driver has subsequently made an informal appeal on the basis that the notice in the car park does not state that a ticket must still be "purchased" from the machine during the free parking period (for example it is free for up to 5 hours on a Saturday and Sunday)

This information is requested to cover the previous 2 calendar years

There were 0 tickets issued in Foster Hill Road Car Park between 01/01/2015 – 01/01/2017 which are the two calendar years requested where the driver subsequently made an informal appeal on the basis that the notice in the car park does not state that a ticket must still be purchased from the machine during the free parking period.

6/7/17

 

10825

 

In relation to the first 20 cases of children that were taken into care (either interim or full) by your authority in the 2017 calendar year please provide me with the following information in connection with each of these cases.

1.   The sex of the child?

2.   The age of the child?

3.    If any of the following factors are recorded in the papers you hold on the case as having been a factor in the council’s decision to take the child into care: (a) proximity to a dangerous dog (b) the obesity of the child, (c) a concern the child spends too much time playing computer games and/or on the internet, (d) the child’s home environment is unhealthy due to cigarette smoke, (e) the parents do not care adequately for the child because they spend too much time watching television and/or on the internet or (f) that the child has poor dental hygiene.

 

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

1.   The sex of the child?  

Answer: 

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.

Information suppressed due to low numbers (fewer than 5) in the one cohort, which could make children/young people identifiable.

2.  The age of the child?

Answer: Aged 0 = 5; Aged 1-5 = 4;

3.  If any of the following factors are recorded in the papers you hold on the case as having been a factor in the council’s decision to take the child into care: (a) proximity to a dangerous dog (b) the obesity of the child, (c) a concern the child spends too much time playing computer games and/or on the internet, (d) the child’s home environment is unhealthy due to cigarette smoke, (e) the parents do not care adequately for the child because they spend too much time watching television and/or on the internet or (f) that the child has poor dental hygiene.

Answer: 0

28/2/17

 

10826

 

 1 How many Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) applications* did you approve between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017? 
2 What was your budget for DFGs* in 2016/17? 
3 How much did you spend on DFGs* in 2016/17? 
4 How much DFG funding* for 2016/17 has been carried forwards into 2017/18 
5 What is your budget for DFGs* in 2017/18?   
6 For all DFG applications* in 2016/17 how may were for people whose primary impairment was: 
6A A physical disability 
6B A learning disability 
6C A sensory impairment 
6D Dementia 
6E Other   
7 Do you regularly use Trusted Assessors to assess whether adaptations for DFG are necessary and appropriate? Yes / No
8 For shower adaptations do you usually provide a wall fixed shower seat? Yes / No

 

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 some of the information you requested.

 

Please find our response here on DFG

 

 

24/7/17

 

10827

 

Please can you provide me with the names of the ratepayers for the properties listed below during the mentioned periods, if split occupier please can you provide dates of occupancy. 

Please can you also confirm the business rates charges for the same periods with any TR/reliefs, exemptions and waivers

Stuart Court 51, Stuart Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8HS

Property Ref: 1130525

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

Unit 7A Stuart Court 51, Stuart Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8HS

Property Ref: 3000884

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

Jupiter House & Unit 7A Stuart Court 51, Stuart Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8HS

Property Ref: 3001119

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

Jupiter House 51, Stuart Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8HS

Property Ref: 3002217

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

Unit 7A Stuart Court, Stuart Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8HS

Property Ref: 3002218

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

Unit 2, Middle Lodge, Yielden, Bedford, MK44 1AH

Property Ref: 3001843

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

Unit 2A, Middle Lodge, Yielden, Bedford, MK44 1AH

Property Ref: 3001944

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

Unit 2B, Middle Lodge, Yielden, Bedford, MK44 1AH

Property Ref: 3001945

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

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

Please find the information you requested below: 

Please can you provide me with the names of the ratepayers for the properties listed below during the mentioned periods, if split occupier please can you provide dates of occupancy. 

Please can you also confirm the business rates charges for the same periods with any TR/reliefs, exemptions and waivers

Stuart Court 51, Stuart Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8HS

Property Ref: 1130525

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

In name of individual - Property ends 31 May 2005

RV £15750

Liability £1110.78

Transitional Relief £31.65

Unit 7A Stuart Court 51, Stuart Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8HS

Property Ref: 3000884

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

In name of individual - Property ends 31 May 2005

RV £3750

Liability £264.47

Transitional Relief £12.58

Jupiter House & Unit 7A Stuart Court 51, Stuart Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8HS

Property Ref: 3001119

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

In name of individual - Property starts 1 June 2005 and ends 14 March 2006

1 June 2005 to 14 March 2006

RV£18250

Liability £6055.70

Transitional Relief £194.81

Jupiter House 51, Stuart Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8HS

Property Ref: 3002217

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please  

In name of individual - 15 March 2006 to 15 November 2009

RV 15750           

15 March 2006 to 31 March 2006

Liability £309.56

Transitional relief £9.96             

1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007

Liability £6819.75

No TR             

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

Liability £6993.00             

1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009

Liability £7276.50           

1 April 2009 to 15 November 2009

Liability £4792.53

Interest due less tax £175.41

In name of Graffitti Ltd with effect from  16 November 2009

RV £15750

16 November 2009 to 31 March 2010

Liability £2846.22

No relief or exemption applied

Unit 7A Stuart Court, Stuart Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8HS

Property Ref: 3002218

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

Property ended 30 November 2008

In name of Norwich Financial Ltd 15 March 2006 to 30 November 2006

RV £3250

15 March 2006 to 31 March 2006

Liability £63.88

Transitional Relief £2.06

Empty Exemption £61.82

1 April 2006 to 30 November 2006

Liability £940.74

Empty Exemption £940.74

In name of individual from 1 December 2006 to 30 November 2008

1 December 2006 to 31 March 2007

Liability £466.51           

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

Liability £1443.00

1 April 2008 to 30 November 2008

Liability £1003.74               

Unit 2, Middle Lodge, Yielden, Bedford, MK44 1AH

Property Ref: 3001843

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

Property deleted 1 April 2005

Unit 2A, Middle Lodge, Yielden, Bedford, MK44 1AH

Property Ref: 3001944

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

In name of individual

RV 3250

1 April 20015 to 31 March 2006

Liability £1371.50

Empty Exemption £1371.50

1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007

Liability £1407.25

Empty Exemption £1407.25

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

Liability £1443.00

Empty Exemption £1443.00

1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009 (note Unoccupied until 31 August 2008 (exemption not applicable)

Liability £1501.50

1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010

Liability £1576.25

Unit 2B, Middle Lodge, Yielden, Bedford, MK44 1AH

Property Ref: 3001945

Period 2005/06 through to 2009/10 please

In name of PLP Ltd

RV £9700

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006

Liability £4025.50

SBRR £121.04

1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007

Liability 4132.20

SBRR £124.25

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

Liability £4277.70

SBRR £128.62

1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009

Liability £4442.60

SBRR £133.58

1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010

Liability £4665.70

SBRR £140.29

 

12/7/17

 

10828

 

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

Re:Falcon Avenue, BedfordCon29 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

 

30/6/17

 

10829

 

 Fence
1. If you get enquiries or complaints about what to do about fences and walls between residential properties located in back gardens, where one resident believes a fence or wall belonging to the neighbouring resident is danger to health and safety, does the council have a policy for inspecting the fence or wall?
2. Could you supply me a copy of the policy for inspecting the fence or wall?
3. How many complaints or enquiries have you received in last 5 years about fences or walls between residential properties?
4. Which department gets involved in these residential fence and wall matters?
5. Is there a particular law the policy is under?
Movement sensor lights
6. If you get enquiries or complaints about what to do about movement sensor flood light being installed in back gardens of residential properties gardens which triggers when a different neighbour on other side goes to their garden to hang their clothes or do gardening or to sit in the garden, does the council have a policy to prevent this trespass by sensor, nuisance by flood light illuminating which stops them from enjoying the garden?
7. Could you supply me a copy of the policy?
8. How many complaints or enquiries have you received in last 5 years about movement sensor flood lights in residential properties?
9. Which department gets involved in these residential fence and wall matters?
10. Is there a particular law the policy is under?

Thank you for your request for information about fence and movement sensor flood lights which we received on 26 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information requested below in bold:

Fence

1. If you get enquiries or complaints about what to do about fences and walls between residential properties located in back gardens, where one resident believes a fence or wall belonging to the neighbouring resident is danger to health and safety, does the council have a policy for inspecting the fence or wall? - This is not an issue which involves the Council but is a civil matter under common law for the owner of the fence or wall who would have responsibility for the stability of the structure.

2. Could you supply me a copy of the policy for inspecting the fence or wall? - As indicated above this is not a matter for which the Council has responsibility.

3. How many complaints or enquiries have you received in last 5 years about fences or walls between residential properties? - As explained the Council does not have responsibility for the maintenance of fences in rear gardens which are the sole responsibility of the owner of the fence/wall.

4. Which department gets involved in these residential fence and wall matters? -

The only case in which the Council would become involved would be if a property owner decided to erect a means of enclosure which exceeded 2 metres in height whereby planning permission would be required under secondary legislation to the 1990 town & Country Planning Act.  If this were to be the case then an application for planning permission would need to be submitted to Planning Services within Bedford Borough.  Further information is publicly available online at the following link:-

https://www.planningportal.co.uk/


5. Is there a particular law the policy is under? - See comment to Q4 above.

Movement sensor lights

6. If you get enquiries or complaints about what to do about movement sensor flood light being installed in back gardens of residential properties gardens which triggers when a different neighbour on other side goes to their garden to hang their clothes or do gardening or to sit in the garden, does the council have a policy to prevent this trespass by sensor, nuisance by flood light illuminating which stops them from enjoying the garden? – The Council will investigate matters such as this under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to determine whether or not a statutory nuisance is being caused.  


7. Could you supply me a copy of the policy? – N/A

8. How many complaints or enquiries have you received in last 5 years about movement sensor flood lights in residential properties? - Since 1st April 2012 the Council has received 11 complaints about movement activated sensor lights in domestic properties.


9. Which department gets involved in these residential fence and wall matters? - See answer to Q1 above.

 

10. Is there a particular law the policy is under? – See answer to Q6 above.

19/7/17

 

10830

 

I would like to request the following information on rights of way orders for public footpaths under the freedom of information act.

- How many claims of a public right of way with regard to either a footpath or bridle path have you received in the last five years?

- How much money has been spent to investigate / ensure the standard of proof is met on these claims?

- How many public rights of way orders has the council made with regard to either a footpath or bridle path? 

- How much money has the council spent either contesting or enforcing the existence of these rights of ways with residents who live on or near the paths?

Thank you for your request for information about Rights of Way Orders which we received on 26 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

Please find attached the information you requested.

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the Rights of Way schedule

 

21/7/17

 

10831

 

For the years 2012 - 2017 (please provide yearly breakdown where available)

  1. What was the council's target for affordable home building?
  2. What number of affordable homes were actually built?
  3. What was the number of affordable homes required to be built by developers who had been granted planning permission?
  4. If possible please provide the names of developers and expected number of affordable homes, as per planning permission
  5. How many instances occurred where housing developers were unable to deliver the number of affordable homes expected in the original planning permission?
  6. Please provide the names of housing developers who were unable to deliver the original number of affordable homes expected (as per point 5) and the numbers of affordable houses they actually delivered
  7. Where developers were unable to deliver expected numbers of affordable homes (as per point 5), what sum was paid to the council?

Thank you for your request for information about affordable housing which we received on 26 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information you requested below in bold:

1.    What was the council's target for affordable home building?

For years 2012/13 to 2016/17 the annual affordable housing delivery target in the Housing Strategy was 200 units.  This is given at section 4.38 of Housing Strategy 2012-2017 (page 37) which is available at the following link:

Bedford Housing

2.    What number of affordable homes were actually built?

The total number of affordable homes delivered, by year, is publicly available in the Housing Monitoring Report which is available at the following link:

Housing Monitoring Reports

3.    What was the number of affordable homes required to be built by developers who had been granted planning permission?

The Housing Monitoring Reports detail the total number of affordable homes required on each site (same as link Q2 above).

The number of affordable homes is also defined in S106 Agreements relating to individual developments.  These are available on the Council’s planning portal at the following link:

S106 Agreements

The numbers of affordable homes granted planning permission in any given year form part of the Local Authority Housing Statistics.  They are available for all local authorities at the following link:

Affordable Homes

4.    If possible please provide the names of developers and expected number of affordable homes, as per planning permission

The information is given in the individual planning applications available on the Councils planning portal which is at the following link:

Developers

5.    How many instances occurred where housing developers were unable to deliver the number of affordable homes expected in the original planning permission?

Details of the schemes where, for viability reasons, developers were not able to deliver the number of affordable homes expected in the original planning permission are given in Figure 11 on page 47 of the Housing Strategy review 2016 – 2020, which is available at the following link:

Housing Strategy Review

6.    Please provide the names of housing developers who were unable to deliver the original number of affordable homes expected (as per point 5) and the numbers of affordable houses they actually delivered

The information is not available other than by cross reference to individual planning applications on the Councils planning portal which is at the following link:

 

7.    Where developers were unable to deliver expected numbers of affordable homes (as per point 5), what sum was paid to the council?

All of the schemes that show a reduction in the number of affordable homes do so for viability reasons.  No sums were paid to the Council.

12/7/2017

 

10832

 

Please would you provide me with:

1. A list of buildings that your authority has ordered to be covered in cladding from January 1, 2010 to present.

By 'ordered' I mean cases where a contract was signed by the authority that contained a clause for buildings to be covered in cladding.

For each building, please provide:

a) the address

b) the postcode

c) the type of material used in the cladding, in particular whether it used a polyethylene or polyurethane core

d) the date on which the contract was signed off

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

I enclose a copy of the information you requested:

An excel spreadsheet detailing the information held by the Council in response to your request.

 

Please contact:

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

 

18/8/17 following extension

 

10833

 

I would like to request the following information on the sexual health services you commission and provide under FOI legislation:

1   How have successive cuts to the centrally funded local authority public health grant over the past few years affected sexual health service provision? 

2   By how much (figure and percentage) have you reduced your spend on sexual health services in 2015-16 and/or 2016-17?

3  Which sexual health services--to include those targeted at prevention--did you cut or reduce in 2015-16 and in 2016-17?

4  By how much (figure and percentage) have you reduced your budget for professional training/education in 2015-16 and in 2016-17?

5  Will you be reducing your budget for sexual health services (figure and percentage) and/or cutting or reducing provision in 2017-18?

 

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 have successive cuts to the centrally funded local authority public health grant over the past few years affected sexual health service provision?

The reduction in central funding was reflected in a reduction to the contract value of the new integrated contraception and sexual health service across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire, which commenced in November 2016. The new integrated community contraception and sexual health model will enable more cost-effective delivery of services than the previous model.

2 By how much (figure and percentage) have you reduced your spend on sexual health services in 2015-16 and/or 2016-17?

                                                    BBC        CBC
      £000                  %                000              000       
         
2015/16   0          0%                    0                0
2016/17 250       7%                  101                149


3 Which sexual health services – to include those targeted at prevention – did you cut or reduce in 2015-16 and in 2016-17?

2015-16: There was no reduction in sexual health services including targeted prevention.
2016-17: Aside from the budget reduction described in 2 there was no reduction in services including those targeted at prevention.

4 By how much (figure and percentage) have you reduced your budget for professional training/education in 2015-16 and in 2016-17?

2015-16: The provider was responsible for providing professional training/education within the overall budget envelope.
2016-17: The provider was responsible for providing professional training/education within the overall budget envelope.

5 Will you be reducing your budget for sexual health services (figure and percentage) and/or cutting or reducing provision in 2017-18?

There is no reduction in budget or service provision in 2017/18.

 

 

10834

 

  • We are in need, please, of a list of all business premises within your billing area who did not receive the Retail Relief Discount in 2015 despite the rateable value being less than £50,000 at the time. 

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

27/6/17

 

10835

 

 LFY = last financial year 2016/17
TFY = this financial year 2017/18 so far
Kinship – refers to all family and friends or connected carers

1. Exemptions and Temporary Changes (LFY - last financial year) 
a. Total Exemptions made during year  
b. Total of Exemptions in place at the end of year 
c. Total Temporary Changes of Approval in the year  
d. Of these, how many under 6 days 
e. How many over 6 days 
f. Number of changes of approval agreed outside of panel 
2. In-house Foster carers  
a. Total number of carer households - today:
i. Kinship
ii. Mainstream  
b. Number of carers ‘on hold’- today 
c. Reasons for the above:  
i. being assessed as adopters  
ii. Due to illness 
iii. Due to new birth child 
iv. Due to renovations 
v. Allegations 
vi. Other 
3. Annual Reviews  
a. Total number of annual reviews completed – last financial year  
b. Total number of annual reviews out of timescales – as of today  
4. Permanence   
a. Adoption  
i. Plans for Adoption:
1. Total for LFY(last financial year)
2. Current number of plans  
ii. Children with Placement Orders – LFY 
iii. Total children with Placement Orders – today: 
1. with links 
2. without links 
iv. Children matched with Adopters in-house – LFY 
v. Children matched with Adopters inter-agency – LFY 
b. Fostering 
i. Children matched Permanently with foster carers:
1. In-house
2. Independent foster providers  
c. Special Guardianship  
i. Total orders granted to mainstream in-house foster carers:
1. LFY
2. TFY
ii. Total orders granted to independent provider foster carers:
1. LFY
2. TFY
iii. Total orders granted to kinship carers:
1. LFY
2. TFY 
5. Post Support 
a. Number of referrals taken for Support:
i.  LFY
ii. TFY 
b. Number of applications made to the Adoption Support Fund:
i. LFY
ii. TFY 
c. Number of Schedule 11 referrals – LFY 
d. Number of BRIC referrals – LFY 
e. Number of current letterbox agreements 
f. Numbers of referrals taken from birth parents – LFY 
6.  Non – Agency Adoptions    
a. Enquiries – LFY 
b. Enquiries – TFY                                            
c. No of Assessments:
i. LFY
ii. TFY  
d. Orders made LFY:
i. Adoption Order
ii. Child Arrangement Orders 
7. Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children   
a. Total children receiving a service today  
b. New arrivals – TFY (this financial year) 
c. Accommodation in use today: 
i. Foster Placements: 
1. In house  
2. Kinship  
3. Independent  
ii. Supported housing 
8.  Private Fostering  
a. Total PF Arrangements (PFAs) today                                     
b. Private Fostering Arrangement Assessment (PFAAR) completed LFY 
c. Total PFAAR’s completed TFY 
9. Connected Persons work  
a. Number of Referrals:
i. LFY
ii. TFY 
b. Number of Viability Assessments (Part 1) undertaken/in progress under Reg. 23
i. LFY
ii. TFY 
c. Number of Viability Assessments (Part 1) undertaken/in progress under Reg. 24
i. LFY
ii. TFY 
d. Number of Temporary Approvals granted by ADM
i. LFY
ii. TFY 
e. Number of new full approvals at panel
i. LFY
ii. TFY 
10.  Placements (children placed) 
a. Aged under 4:
i. With Kinship carers
ii. With IFP – (independent fostering provider) carers
iii. With Mainstream in-house carers  
b. Aged 4 -11:
i. With Kinship carers
ii. With IFP carers
iii. With Mainstream in-house carers 
c. Aged 12+:
i. With Kinship carers
ii. With IFP carers
iii. With Mainstream in-house carers
d. Of the above how were within sibling groups:
i. With Kinship carers
ii. With IFP carers
iii. With Mainstream in-house carers 
e. Parent & Child:
i. With IFP carers
ii. With in-house carers  
11.  Adoption & Fostering Recruitment: RECRU
ANNUAL Stats  (last financial year)  Mainstream FOSTERING ADOPTION
Enquiries  
Initial Visit Completed   
Stage 1 assessments commenced   Stage 2 assessments commenced   
 Prep training attended (households)  
Approvals (households)  
New Placement Options (children):
• Under 4
• 4 – 11
• 12+
• Short-breaks
• Parent and child  

ITMENT & ASSESSMENT – MONTHLY REPORTING - ANNUAL.
Current stats for this financial year Mainstream FOSTERING 
ADOPTION
Enquiries  
Initial Visit Completed   
Stage 1 assessment commenced   
Stage 2 assessments commenced  
 Prep training attended (households)  
Approvals (households)  
New Placement Options (children):
• Under 4
• 4 – 11
• 12+
• Short-breaks
• Parent and child  

RECRUITMENT &
12. Named individuals 
a. Names of agency decision makers for fostering:
b. Names of agency decision makes for adoption:
c. Named responsible manager for fostering:
d. Named responsible manager for adoption:
e. Names and email addresses  for c and d’s line managers: 
f. Name and contact details for the chair of the fostering association: 
g. Name and contact details for the responsible cabinet members for childrens services and/or corporate parenting 
ASSESSMENT – MONTHLY REPORTING - ANNUAL.

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

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

 

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request. When taking into account the individual elements this FOI contains 129 questions. This would take considerably over 18 hours to complete.

 

*Please note however that there is already published data around fostering available in the public domain.

2015/16 linked below.  2016/17 will be published at a later date at this site

 

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

1.                    States that this is exempt information.

2.                    Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (Information accessible to applicant by other means) and Section 22 (Information intended for future publication) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

 

28/6/17

 

10836 -10837

 

 

 

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

RE;The Orchard, Riseley,

RE:Durler Avenue, Kempston, 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. 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

30/6/17

 

10838

 

1.      A list of all residential care homes for old persons within the Borough whose fees are equal to or do not exceed the maximum fee for care that the Authority usually pays.

2.      A list of all residential care homes for old persons within the Borough whose fees may exceed the usual fee paid by the Authority but which have in the past two years accepted the Authority’s usual rate without requiring a top up from relatives or friends.

3.      The maximum fee the Authority currently pays to residential care homes.

  Closed to be dealt with as General Business

 

 

10839

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information:

1.      For 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (to date):

a.               The number of cyber attacks that you have been a target of, with the date of each attack

b.               For each attack, please state whether data was compromised and if so what was compromised

c.                For each attack, please state how many devices were affected

d.               For each attack, if known, the technique used i.e. DDoS (Direct Denial of Service), Adware, Phishing, Tampering, Spoofing, Bluejacking, Password attacks

e.               For each attack, whether it was reported to the police

f.                For each attack, whether it was reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office

 

 

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 in the attached spreadsheet.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

11/7/17

 

10840

 

Please answer the following questions. I make this request under the Freedom of Information Act. For clarity, residential tower blocks should include those in your area, whether they are owned or managed by the council, arms-length housing company, housing trust, or whether privately owned or any other form of ownership or management. 

1) How many residential tower blocks are there in your council area? How many people live in these tower blocks?

2) How many of those residential tower blocks do not contain sprinkler systems? How many people live in tower blocks without sprinkler systems?

3) How many residential tower blocks do not have a central fire alarm system? How many people live tower blocks that do not have a central fire alarm system?

4) How many residential tower blocks are cladded? How many people live in cladded residential tower blocks?

5) How many residential tower blocks are cladded with Aluminium Composite Material (also known as Aluminium Composit Panels)? How many people live in tower blocks cladded with ACM/ACP?

6) Please state, for each building cladded with ACM/ACP, the type of insulation and core used with the panels, for example polyethylene (PE), polyurethane (PUR), profiled metal or a mineral core. How many residential tower blocks are cladded with each core? How many people live in each building cladded with each core?

7) How many residential tower blocks are cladded with Reynobond PE cladding? How many people live in tower blocks cladded with Reynobond PE cladding?

8) How many residential tower blocks are cladded with Reynobond FR cladding? How many people live in tower blocks cladded with Reynobond FR cladding?

9) Where another type of cladding was used on a residential tower block, please state the type of cladding used. How many buildings are covered with each other type of cladding and how many people live in them?

10) Where cladding has been installed on a residential tower block, please state the name of the company that carried out the installation (where this is known).

11) Where fire tests have been carried out since the Grenfell Tower fire, please state how many residential tower blocks have been found to be cladded with materials found to be combustible? Please state how many people live in these tower blocks and the type of material that was found to be combustible. 

12) Please provide a copy of any fire test reports on cladding that have been produced since the Grenfell Tower fire and the results of these tests.

13) Please provide a list of all buildings in your area (residential and non-residential, where council managed or not) with ACM cladding and buildings more than 18m high. Please provide a copy of fire rest reports and results on these buildings (see 11)

14) How many of these buildings are used to house asylum seekers? How many asylum-seekers live in these buildings?

15) Please provide a copy of any correspondence with the Government about tower block cladding sent or received since 13 June, 2017.

16) Please provide a copy of any correspondence sent or received in the last seven years between the council and your local fire brigade and you local coroner about cladding on any buildings in your area.

17) Please provide a link to any planning applications involving cladding in the last seven years and a copy of any fire safety advice about cladding.

Thank you for your request for information about tower blocks and cladding which we received on 27 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1) How many residential tower blocks are there in your council area? How many people live in these tower blocks? - In conjunction with Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and according to records held, there are 32 high rise buildings in Bedford Borough.  Given Bedford Borough Council does not own or manage any high rise residential housing stock, the information regarding the number of people living in these properties is not held.

2) How many of those residential tower blocks do not contain sprinkler systems? How many people live in tower blocks without sprinkler systems? - Compliance with regulation for the common parts of the buildings of this type is the responsibility of Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, therefore the Borough Council does not hold this information.

3) How many residential tower blocks do not have a central fire alarm system? How many people live tower blocks that do not have a central fire alarm system? - Compliance with regulation for the common parts of the buildings of this type is the responsibility of Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, therefore the Borough Council does not hold this information.

4) How many residential tower blocks are cladded? How many people live in cladded residential tower blocks? - Since 2000 some of the high rise buildings in our area have undergone conversions which have included an element of recladding.  Unfortunately all three of these conversions have been supervised by Approved Inspectors and not the Council so we do not hold the information that you have requested on these properties.

Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service is auditing all high rise properties to determine those with cladding and any associated risks.

5) How many residential tower blocks are cladded with Aluminium Composite Material (also known as Aluminium Composit Panels)? How many people live in tower blocks cladded with ACM/ACP? - In conjunction with Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and according to records held, none of the buildings under the control of the housing associations/registered providers have been fitted with cladding containing ACM/ACP.

6) Please state, for each building cladded with ACM/ACP, the type of insulation and core used with the panels, for example polyethylene (PE), polyurethane (PUR), profiled metal or a mineral core. How many residential tower blocks are cladded with each core? How many people live in each building cladded with each core? - Please see response to Q5.

7) How many residential tower blocks are cladded with Reynobond PE cladding? How many people live in tower blocks cladded with Reynobond PE cladding? - In conjunction with Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and according to records held, none of the buildings under the control of the housing associations/registered providers have been fitted with cladding containing Reynobond PE.

8) How many residential tower blocks are cladded with Reynobond FR cladding? How many people live in tower blocks cladded with Reynobond FR cladding? - In conjunction with Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and according to records held, none of the buildings under the control of the housing associations/registered providers have been fitted with cladding containing Reynobond FR.

9) Where another type of cladding was used on a residential tower block, please state the type of cladding used. How many buildings are covered with each other type of cladding and how many people live in them? - In conjunction with Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and according to records held, none of the buildings under the control of the housing associations/registered providers have been fitted with cladding systems containing plastic of any sort that have been installed for the purposes of improved thermal efficiency in accordance with current Building Regulations.

10) Where cladding has been installed on a residential tower block, please state the name of the company that carried out the installation (where this is known). - N/A

11) Where fire tests have been carried out since the Grenfell Tower fire, please state how many residential tower blocks have been found to be cladded with materials found to be combustible? Please state how many people live in these tower blocks and the type of material that was found to be combustible.  - The Borough Council does not hold this information.

12) Please provide a copy of any fire test reports on cladding that have been produced since the Grenfell Tower fire and the results of these tests. - The Borough Council does not hold this information.

13) Please provide a list of all buildings in your area (residential and non-residential, where council managed or not) with ACM cladding and buildings more than 18m high. Please provide a copy of fire rest reports and results on these buildings (see 11). - Please see response to Q5.

14) How many of these buildings are used to house asylum seekers? How many asylum-seekers live in these buildings? - Please see response to Q5.

15) Please provide a copy of any correspondence with the Government about tower block cladding sent or received since 13 June, 2017. - All correspondence sent/received to/from the Government since 13 June 2017 has been generic, preformatted returns issued by DCLG and DfE

16) Please provide a copy of any correspondence sent or received in the last seven years between the council and your local fire brigade and you local coroner about cladding on any buildings in your area. - N/A

17) Please provide a link to any planning applications involving cladding in the last seven years and a copy of any fire safety advice about cladding. - Information in relation to planning applications is  publicly available on our website

25/7/17

 

10841

 

Is Riverside north cladding same as Grenfell tower

Thank you for your request for information about cladding at Riverside North which we received on 22 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The investigation into the Grenfell tower fire is still ongoing and full details have not been made public so it is impossible to give a full response to your enquiry until such time as the investigation has been concluded.  However, preliminary details that have been released would confirm that the cladding material used on the Riverside North development is not the same as that used on Grenfell tower.

18/7/17

 

10842

 

FOI - age assessment numbers 

1.          How many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were supported by your children’s services department in the financial years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017?

2.          As a snapshot figure, how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were supported by your children’s services department as of 31st March 2016?

For the financial years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017:

3.          How many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were referred to your children’s services department?

4.          Of those referred how many had their ages assessed by your children’s services?

5.          Of those whose ages were assessed, how many were:

a)      Accepted to be children?

b)      Accepted to be children and provided with support under section 20 of the Children Act?

c)       Found to be 18 years of age or over?

6.          Of those individuals whose ages were assessed as different to the age they claimed, how many subsequently challenged the assessment by initiating judicial review proceedings?

7.          How many age assessments were overturned as a result of the initiation or pursuit of judicial review proceedings?

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1.       How many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were supported by your children’s services department in the financial years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017?

Answer:

2015/16 = 33

2016/17 = 38

2.       As a snapshot figure, how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were supported by your children’s services department as of 31st March 2016?

Answer:

31st March 2016 = 23

31st March 2017 = 21

For the financial years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017:

3.       How many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were referred to your children’s services department?

Answer:

2015/16 = 27

2016/17 = 14

4.       Of those referred how many had their ages assessed by your children’s services?

Answer: All children referred to Bedford Borough were age assessed by Bedford children’s services.

5.       Of those whose ages were assessed, how many were:

a)             Accepted to be children?

Answer: No data available.

b)             Accepted to be children and provided with support under section 20 of the Children Act?

Answer: All children assessed as under 18 were supported under s.20 of the Children Act.

c)              Found to be 18 years of age or over?

Answer: No data available.

6.       Of those individuals whose ages were assessed as different to the age they claimed, how many subsequently challenged the assessment by initiating judicial review proceedings?

Answer: Suppressed due to low numbers *

7.       How many age assessments were overturned as a result of the initiation or pursuit of judicial review proceedings?

Answer: Suppressed due to low numbers *

*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 exact figure (5 or fewer) or any further information due to low numbers in the cohort and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.

20/7/17

 

10843

 

 

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

Ryswick Road

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

 

 

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:

Click to 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

 

30/6/17

 

10844

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information, for any Service User / Customer Experience feedback surveys and contracts in place within the authority:

1.      Current supplier/s of service user/customer experience feedback surveys.

2.      Areas of associated activity for above supplier contracts (i.e., care home surveys, resident and/or community, customer contact centre surveys etc.).

3.      Value of individual contract/s (please specify whether “including VAT” or “plus VAT”).

4.      Renewal date of current contract/s.

5.      Contact details of officer/s responsible for the contract/s.

6.      Details/description of service provided by current supplier.

7.      Where contracts have been renewed in the last 6 months, please can you also provide a short list of suppliers that bid for each contract.

8.      Typical route to tender (i.e., what procurement portal, quote requests/mini competition).

9.      Does the authority own and/or run care homes and if yes, 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. You requested:

1.      Current supplier/s of service user/customer experience feedback surveys. There are no current suppliers providing this service.

2.      Areas of associated activity for above supplier contracts (i.e., care home surveys, resident and/or community, customer contact centre surveys etc.).   N/A

3.      Value of individual contract/s (please specify whether “including VAT” or “plus VAT”). N/A

4.      Renewal date of current contract/s. N/A

5.      Contact details of officer/s responsible for the contract/s. N/A

6.      Details/description of service provided by current supplier. N/A

7.      Where contracts have been renewed in the last 6 months, please can you also provide a short list of suppliers that bid for each contract.  N/A

8.      Typical route to tender (i.e., what procurement portal, quote requests/mini competition).  All tenders are in accordance with the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules.

9.      Does the authority own and/or run care homes and if yes, how many. 

Children’s Services:  2 - Foxgloves and Sunflower House.  They are both short breaks children’s homes for children with a disability.

Adults Services - The authority owns and operates as a Care Quality Commission   provider 7 care homes for adults

4/7/17

 

10845

 

1)      How many social workers have left your organisation in the last twelve months?

2)      How many social workers are currently employed by your organisation, and what percentage of these are from the EU?

 

 

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

Please find the information you requested below and note this includes ASYE Social Workers, Social Workers, Experienced Social Workers and Advanced Social Work Practitioners.

1) Number departed the organisation 14 (13.5 FTE)

2) Number employed 99 (92.4 FTE) of which 5.05% (4.44% FTE) from EU (outside of the UK).

25/7/17

 

10846

 

RE:Anglers Rest pub in Clapham

We would be very grateful, if you could search your archives for any  planning permission.

 

Thank you for your request for information about a caravan site licence at the Anglers Rest, 106 Clapham Road, Bedford which we received on 27 June 2017.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and our response is detailed below:-

Environmental Health and Trading Standards have not received an application for a mobile home license for this site.

Information in relation to planning applications is publicly available on the authority’s website and can be located at the following link here

Please refer to the ‘How to Guides’ before conducting your search.

25/7/17

 

10847

 

, I would be grateful if you would provide the following information in relation to Barton Hills Road, and in particular the section approximately 400 to 800m to the east of the Streatley Roundabout on the A6  

  • Dates of all safety inspections undertaken on the carriageway in the last two years
  • Details of all carriageway defects identified during safety inspections in the last two years
  • Details of how carriageway safety inspections are undertaken, including whether walked or driven, the speed of the inspection vehicle and the number of persons in the vehicle.
  • The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections for this road.
  • Details of all complaints and/or enquiries relating to the carriageway, received in the last two years.
  • The hierarchy classification.
  • The road/section number.
  • The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to the identification of all categories of carriageway potholes
  • The time period(s) adopted between identification and repair (temporary and permanent) of all categories of carriageway defects.
  • Whether or not the authority has formally adopted all or part of the standards contained within the national code of practice for highways maintenance management.
 

 

Thank you for your request for information about Barton Hills Rd which we received on 28/6/17.Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Not held by Bedford Borough Council, Please note this information maybe held by Central Bedfordshire Council They can be contacted at accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk .  However please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

 

 

3/7/17

 

10848

 

I would like to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 regarding Income Manager/Cash receipting software.  Please see below:

1.     What Income Management and Cash Receipting software do the Council currently have in place?

2.     When was this contract signed?

3.     What is the expiry date of this contract?

4.     What are the annual charges associated to this contract?

5.     How many debit and credit card transactions do the Council currently process on an annual basis?

6.     Do the Council have an automated telephone payments system in place? If so, what is the total number of annual transactions processed through this system?

7.     Do the Council utilise a Payroll bureau service or is all Payroll processing conducted in house?

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

 

Please find the information you requested attached.

 

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

 

21/7/17

 

10849

 

Please see below a Freedom Of Information request relating to your local authority's  Adoption and SGO statistics. 

a.         What is the current number of children with plans for Adoption? 

b.         The current number of children with Placement Orders:     

i.          with links       

ii.         without links  

 

c.         The number of children matched with Adopters in the year 2016/17:

i.          through In-house

ii.         through inter-agency 

d.         Total special guardianship orders granted in the year 2016/17 to:

i.          mainstream in-house foster carers

ii.         Independent foster carers

iii.       Connected carers (family and friends)

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. 

We have based the current figures on 31st March 2017, as that is the latest validated data.

a.         What is the current number of children with plans for Adoption? = 36 (17 already in adoptive placement)

b.         The current number of children with Placement Orders: = 28 (17 already in adoptive placement) 

i.          with links = 26      

ii.         without links   = 10

c.         The number of children matched with Adopters in the year 2016/17: = 23

i.          through In-house = 15

ii.         through inter-agency = 8

d.         Total special guardianship orders granted in the year 2016/17 to: = 35

i.          mainstream in-house foster carers = 0

ii.         Independent foster carers = 0

iii.       Connected carers (family and friends) = 35

20/7/17

 

10850

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I was hoping you could furnish me with the following information:

RE: Fleet information

Vehicle Make Model

Leased/Hired/Owned

Leasing/Hire Agent

Lease Start Date

Lease End Date

Cost of Lease

Name of Fleet Contact

Fleet Contact Postal Address

Fleet Contact Telephone Number

Fleet Contact Email Address

Thank you for your request for information about the Council’s Fleet Contract which we received on 28 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Vehicle Make Model – Please see attached report

Leased/Hired/Owned – Please see attached report

Leasing/Hire Agent – Not Applicable

Lease Start Date – Not Applicable

Lease End Date – Not Applicable

Cost of Lease – Not Applicable

Name of Fleet Contact – Stephen Smith, Service Manager, Fleet and Depot Functions

Fleet Contact Postal Address – Bedford Borough Council, Brunel Road, Bedford, MK41 9TG

Fleet Contact Telephone Number – 01234 228339

Fleet Contact Email AddressStephen.smith@bedford.gov.uk

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

14/7/17

 

10851

 

Please see below a Freedom Of Information request relating to the functioning of your local authority's Fostering Service and its capacity. 

Fostering

a.         Total number of Exemptions (Children Act 1989) in place today

b.         Total Temporary Changes of Approval (Care planning regs 2010) in year 2016/17           

c.         Total number of carer households as of today:

         i.Connected Carers (family and friends)

         ii.            Mainstream in-house 

d.         Total number of annual reviews completed in year 2016/17           

e.         Total number of annual reviews overdue as of today 

 

Connected Persons work 

a.         Number of Viability Assessments undertaken in the year 2016/17

b.         Number of Temporary Approvals granted by ADM in the year 2016/17    

c.         Number of full approvals at panel in the year 2016/17        

Placements 

a.         Number of children currently placed with:

        i.  Connected carers

        ii.Independent foster carers

        iii.           Mainstream in-house carers 

b.         Number of children matched permanently or long term with:

        i.  Independent foster carers 

        ii.Mainstream in-house carers 

 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. 

Fostering

a.         Total number of Exemptions (Children Act 1989) in place today = 2

b.         Total Temporary Changes of Approval (Care planning regs 2010) in year 2016/17 = variations - 12 and exemptions - 3

c.         Total number of carer households as of today: = 85

i. Connected Carers (family and friends) = 11

ii. Mainstream in-house = 74

d.         Total number of annual reviews completed in year 2016/17 = 16

e.         Total number of annual reviews overdue as of today = 3

Connected Persons work 

a.         Number of Viability Assessments undertaken in the year 2016/17 = Do not hold this information. Viability assessments are undertaken by childcare social workers in all teams but we do not count these.

b.         Number of Temporary Approvals granted by ADM in the year 2016/17   = 4

c.         Number of full approvals at panel in the year 2016/17    = 1

Placements 

a.         Number of children currently placed with:

            i.  Connected carers = 14     

            ii. Independent foster carers = 83

            iii.           Mainstream in-house carers = 93       

b.         Number of children matched permanently or long term with:

            i.  Independent foster carers = 7       

            ii. Mainstream in-house carers = 13

20/7/17

 

10852

 

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

Unit C

Block C

Broadmead Business Park

Broadmead Road

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

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:

Please click here to 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

 

30/6/17

 

10853

 

1.    How much 1st class mail does the council send annually?

2.   How much 2nd class mail does the council send annually?

3.    Does the council use a downstream access provider (DSA) for sending mail, if so how much do you send annually?

4.    Does the council use a Hybrid Mail solution, if so how much do you send annually?

 

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.            How much 1st class mail does the council send annually? 44,370 for period 01.04.16 to 31.03.17

2.            How much 2nd class mail does the council send annually? 621,817 for period 01.04.16 to 31.03.17

3.            Does the council use a downstream access provider (DSA) for sending mail, if so how much do you send annually? No

4.            Does the council use a Hybrid Mail solution, if so how much do you send annually? No

4/7/17

 

10854

 

 I hereby request a list of current unpresented business rates refund cheques that meet the following criteria:  
·         Refund cheques that remain unpresented 3 months after date of issue.
·         Refund cheques that are out of date.  
I would request that the list contains the following information:  
·         Ratepayer name (Information is only requested where the ratepayer is a company and not an                individual as I appreciate this is limited by the Data Protection Acts).
·         Address of property concerned (if known).
·         The date the refund cheque was issued.
·         Amount of the refund. 

 

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested attached. 

Please contact

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

25/7/17

 

10855

 

Q1         Please can you list the names of the tower blocks and other buildings (please give address if necessary) in the council’s area that have had exterior cladding for better thermal insulation and/or improved appearance added to them since 2000.

Q2          a) For each building please give the name of the contractor who undertook the cladding work (i) and, if they further subcontracted the work the name of the company that actually carried it out (ii). 

               b) For each building please indicate in which year the cladding took place.

               c) For each building please list the manufacturer (i) (e.g. Reynobond) and type (ii) (e.g PE / FR) of cladding used.

               d) For each building please list the cost of this cladding work (if part of a wider contract please estimate the cost of the cladding work within the larger contract).

               e) For each building please indicate whether the cladding has been tested since the Grenfell Tower disaster (i) and what the results of that test were - if known (ii).

               f) For each building please indicate whether the cladding has been/is being/will be removed.

               g) For each building please indicate the cost of the removing the cladding (i) and whether the council is seeking to recover that money from central government (ii).

               h) For each building please indicate if the council is considering sprinklers (i) and if so when sprinkler installation is likely to take place (ii).

               i)  For each building where sprinklers are being considered please indicate the estimated cost of adding sprinklers to the building (i) and whether the council is seeking to recover the money for installing sprinklers from central government (ii).

Thank you for your request for information about cladding which we received on 29 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Since 2000 Bedford Borough Council has not re-clad any of its properties that are 4 storeys and over. 

However, since 2000 some of the high rise buildings in our area have undergone conversions which have included an element of recladding.  Unfortunately these conversions have been supervised by Approved Inspectors and not the Council so we do not hold the information that you have requested on these properties.

Listed below are the properties in question along with the Approved Inspector that has or is still dealing with the works for your information.

Heron House, 49-53 Goldington Road, Bedford, MK40 3LL

Conversion of office to 78 Flats

NHBC - NHBC House, Davy Avenue, Knowhill, Milton Keynes, MK5 8FP

Portman House, 59-63 Goldington Road, Bedford, MK40 3QL

Conversion of office to 31 flats

London Building Control - International House,1-6 Yarmouth Place, Mayfair,

W1J 7BU

Zurich House, 6-8 Goldington Road, Bedford, MK40 3NF

Conversion of office to 31 flats

BBS Building Control - Teaselwood Barn, Lamberhurst Vineyard, Furnace Lane, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8LA

29/6/17

 

 10856

 

 

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

Woodpecker Close

Great Barford

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

Search Plans page 

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

 

30/6/17

 

10857

 

 

RE: Hudson Road, Bedford,

  • Is registered as contaminated land or if it is listed as a priority for review. 
  • Do you have any particular concerns regarding pollution (former pollution incidents etc) or statutory nuisance relating to the property.
  • Details of any Pollution Prevention and Control Act records / other permits or licenses held for the property.
  • Do you hold any site inspection, investigation, remediation/validation reports for the site or in close proximity (and is it possible to obtain copies?)
  • Information relating to known landfills or infilled ground within the vicinity of the site. 
  • Private water supply records.
  • Groundwater abstraction and discharges to ground via soakaway.

Thank you for your request for information about Hudson Road, Bedfordwhich we received on 29th June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. I have reviewed the records held by the Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department, and have responded to your query as follows:

 

Please click here for the information on Hudson Rd

 

 

25/7/17

 

10858

 

 Please can you provide me with details of the number of planning applications received over the last three years together with confirmation of the number of neighbour consultation letters sent out for the corresponding three years

 

Thank you for your request for information about planning applications and neighbour consultation letters sent which we received on 29 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Information in relation to planning applications is publicly available on the authority’s website and can be located at the following link here

Details of consultation letters can be found by checking against the consultation list of any application after 14 November 2016.  Our system is unable to produce a list prior to this date.

4/7/17

 

10859

 

RIDDOR forms from 1995 to present :

·         Report of an injury

·         Report of a dangerous occurrence

·         Report of a case of disease

 

We would like to request the following information for those:

Report of an injury form

·        Form ID number

·        Organisation name

·        Organisation Address

·        Incident location  

·        Dates

·        Incident time

·        Under which local authority

·        In which department did the incident happened?

·        What types of work was being carried out?

·        Kind of accident

·        Work process involved

·        Main factor involved

·        Description of what happened

·        Severity of the injury

 

Report of dangerous occurrence

·        Form ID number

·        Organisation name

·        Organisation Address

·        Incident location  

·        Dates

·        Incident time

·        Under which local authority

·        Type of dangerous occurrence

·        Summary description of event

 

Report of a case of disease

·        Form ID number

·        Organisation name

·        Organisation Address

·        Incident location  

·        Dates

·        Incident time

·        Under which local authority

·        Disease category diagnosed

·        Specified diagnosed disease

·        Detail of the work activity that led to the disease

·        Summary description of event

 

Sought clarification

 

 

10860

 

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

Palgrave Road

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

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

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

Search the 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

 

7/7/17

 

10861

 

 

Could you please provide the following information around your current substance misuse community-based services (drug and alcohol) for both adults and young people:

 

a)         Contract/s Name (including whether it is adult or young people or both)

b)         Provider/s

c)         Contract end date

d)         Anticipated Re-commissioning date

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

Could you please provide the following information around your current substance misuse community-based services (drug and alcohol) for both adults and young people:

a) Contract/s Name (including whether it is adult or young people or both)

    i.     Integrated Adult Drug &Alcohol Service

   ii.     Children’s and Young People’s Drug & Alcohol Service

b)   Provider/s

i.     ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust)

 ii.     Aquarius

c)   Contract end date

  i.     31 August 2020, with an option to extend for up to 2 years

ii.     31 March 2018, with an option to extend for 6 months

d)  Anticipated re-commissioning date

 i.     Not yet known

ii. Currently going through tender selection process -  this contract has been integrated into the Community Health Services 0-19 contract, led by Bedfordshire CCG

6/7/17

 

10862

-10863

 

 

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

 

RE: Baker Drive, Kempston, Bedford,

RE: Foster Way, 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. 

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

7/7/17

 

10864

 

 Are the results of fire risk assessments carried out on your buildings published publicly? If so where can I find them

 

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

No the results of fire risk assessment are not published publicly.

Please note that Bedford Borough Council does not own or manage any high residentail housing stock. They were transferred to a housing stock in 1990.

 

24/7/17

 

10865

 

 

-          The number of permanent school exclusions in your authority between September 2016 and 30 June 2017

-          The number of permanent school exclusions in your authority for the equivalent period in the 2015-16 academic year

-          The percentage of children permanently excluded in the school year 2015-16 for whom your authority was able to arrange suitable full-time education

-          The percentage of children permanently excluded in the school year 2016-17 for whom your authority was able to arrange suitable full-time education.

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:

·                  The number of permanent school exclusions in your authority between September 2016 and 30 June 2017

·                  The number of permanent school exclusions in your authority for the equivalent period in the 2015-16 academic year

·                  The percentage of children permanently excluded in the school year 2015-16 for whom your authority was able to arrange suitable full-time education

·                  The percentage of children permanently excluded in the school year 2016-17 for whom your authority was able to arrange suitable full-time education.

 

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

1.                 States that this is exempt information.

2.                 Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (information accessible to applicant by other means) and Section 22 (Information intended for future publication) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

 

An explanation follows below.

The Statistical First Release (SFR) entitled “Permanent and fixed-period exclusions from schools: 2015 to 2016” is due for release on 20th July 2017.

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The data for this academic year (2016-17) will not be released until this time next year.

With regards to the final two questions – we as the Local Authority always meet our obligations to permanently excluded pupils by arranging suitable full-time education for all of them.

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