FOI request answer 1 – 16.01.12

Mr Simon Bonsor
@bonsors (via Twitter)

Dear Sir or Madam,

Your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The path was funded as part of an extension to and a carry-over of £147,000 from the Chepstow Safer Routes funding.

Our original Safe Routes in Communities bid for Chepstow included the upgrading of the footpath between Chepstow and St Arvans, into a joint cycleway/footpath.  The footpath in question is a part of that route.  That element was not originally awarded funding from the Welsh Government when it announced the results of the bidding process.

However, as we implemented the rest of the Chepstow Safe Routes in Communities project, savings were made and we then looked to implement the Chepstow to St Arvans footpath upgrade.  This was the subject of a cabinet member report back in December 2010.

http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/498/individual_cabinet_member_decisions

Safe Routes in Communities is designed to improve facilities for the whole of the community.  Specifically to the St Arvans to Chepstow footpath upgrade, use of this will obviously be made by residents of the village and visitors, and not just schoolchildren.

We do not hold any information regarding how many children use the path.

Can you please clarify exactly what information you require to answer your last question “No more free buses to St Arvans?”?  We will be unable to provide further information without clarification, and this part of your request will be suspended in the meantime.

If you are dissatisfied with the way the council has handled your request for information, you can request a review by writing to the Council’s Chief Executive, Paul Matthews at County Hall (PaulMatthews@monmouthshire.gov.uk). If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
Telephone: 08456 306060 or 01625 54 57 45 Website: http://www.ico.gov.uk

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Trigg,
Performance Monitoring Officer

UPDATE 18/01/12: FURTHER CORRESPONDENCE

Mr Simon Bonsor

@bonsors (via Twitter)

Dear Sir or Madam,

Your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I asked you to clarify your question “No more free buses to St Arvans?” and you replied “If a route is deemed safe to walk, should school buses still be provided for that area?”.

This question, however, asks for opinion rather than information, and the Council does not hold any information relevant to your request.

However, I note the point which you make and have passed a copy of this letter to Mr Mark Youngman of our Highways department.

If you are dissatisfied with the way the council has handled your request for information, you can request a review by writing to the Council’s Chief Executive, Paul Matthews at County Hall (PaulMatthews@monmouthshire.gov.uk). If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office,

Wycliffe House, Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
Telephone: 08456 306060 or 01625 54 57 45 Website:

www.ico.gov.uk
There is no charge for making an appeal. 

Yours sincerely,

Mike Trigg,
Performance Monitoring Officer

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