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This blog is aimed at shaming those who ignore health and safety and those who abuse the Freedom of Information Act out of laziness, corruption or to cover up incompetence.

What you get if you ask the ICO about Grenfell Tower

VexatiousPosted by Sheila Oliver Thu, August 16, 2018 05:36:41

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Date: 15 August 2018 at 10:09:17 BST
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Subject: Complaint to ICO re: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea[Ref. FS50772688]

15th August 2018

Case Reference Number FS50772688

Dear Mr Dransfield

I am writing with regard to your email of 1 August 2018 in which you explain that you wish bring a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) about the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s handling of a freedom of information request.

As you will re-call, we wrote to you earlier this year on 15 March 2018 and explained that we were not prepared to accept any further complaints from you under section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A copy of our letter is attached.

We do not consider the circumstances to have changed since that letter was issued. Therefore, we consider your application to the ICO in relation to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s handling of this request to also be frivolous and/or vexatious for the purposes of section 50(2)(c) of FOIA. We will therefore not be accepting this complaint.

Yours sincerely

The Information Commissioner’s Office

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Yet further illegal action by the Information Commissioner

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, July 29, 2018 08:18:24

Email sent - Thu 26/07/2018 20:17

Attn Karla Bailey Lead Case Officer

Dear Madam

I now wish to elevate my complaint to the next level of the ICO complaints procedure, as I fervently believe the ICO have breached my Information rights by refusing my Subject Access Request ( SAR) on grounds my request is Manifestly Unreasonable.

No person applying a right and proper mind could refuse my SAR under such exemptions.

As you are aware, the ICO has consistently refused my FOI requests under section 14/1 vexatious exemption and now for the first time my SAR has been refused. It is consistently obvious to me that ICO senior managers including Elizabeth Denham are acting in concert to harass me. At best, your refusal decision is a Wednesbury Principled decision, and at worst, a decision to pervert the course of justice. I suggest the latter.

In the event I have not received a response to this letter within 14 days, I intend to pursue a private prosecution commencing at Chester Magistrate Court under protection of The Fraud Act 2006 and the Data Act 98

With thanks

Alan M Dransfield

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More dodgy goings on from the ICO

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, May 13, 2018 08:03:02
Email sent - Sat 12/05/2018 20:39

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham

Dear Madam

As you are aware, the ICO have instructed court bailiffs to recover nearly £4000 legal costs in connection with The Court of Appeal Case C3/1855/ 15th May, Dransfield v ICO.

Are you not aware that a public authority cannot use taxpayers money to seek legal redress?

Therefore, please advise your bailiffs to cease and desist harassing me for such legal costs.

I will take this opportunity in submitting a FOIA request to the ICO for all cases in which the ICO have pursued legal costs against any FOIA complainant/requester since Jan 2013.

with thanks

Yours sincerelylan Dransfield

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Vexatious to ask about too lenient sentences

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Fri, April 06, 2018 18:34:00

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Cambridge Analytica

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, March 25, 2018 08:27:27
Email sent - Sat 24/03/2018 22:58

Elizabeth Denham


Dear Madam

Under protection of the FOIA please provide me with the following information ref the subject title.

1.A copy of the ICO application for the warrant.

2.A copy of the Warrant to search CA.

3.A copy of the Method Statement for the raid

4.A copy of the Risk Assessment for the raid.

5.A copy of the invoice for the combat ICO jackets.

6.A full list of all items confiscated.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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Anglian Water

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Fri, March 02, 2018 18:17:20

Email sent - Fri 02/03/2018 08:52

Ms Elizabeth Denham

Information Commissioner

Dear Madam

Please see the following statement from the Anglian Water Authority, who claims they have no liability for the FOIA 2000.

Such statements are, at best, misinformation and at worst published to circumvent the FOIA 2000. It beggars belief the Anglian Water Authority would publish this statement on their website. To my knowledge all the other water companies are in full compliance with the FOIA 2000. I expect the ICO to issue a heavy fine against the Anglian Water Authority for their willful breach of Section 77 of the said act. Quite frankly, I think the conduct of their CEO Peter Simpson is reprehensible.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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Email to Chairman of the Grenfell Tower Fire Public Inquiry

Grenfell TowerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, January 14, 2018 09:19:50
Email sent - 26/11/2017 13:43

Sir Martin More- Bick Chairman of the Public Inquiry

Mr Sadiq Khan MP and London Mayor

Dear Sirs

I have had more time to digest the Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) written by Mr Carl C Stokes, not dated, not signed and not approved. The FRA was compiled a few months before the cladding was installed on the Grenfell Tower (GT).

This FRA does, in my view, support my claims the fire at Grenfell Tower was foreseeable and preventable. It also supports my claims the GT was unsafe and unfit for purpose owing to serious fire hazards based on the following irregularities:

1.The FRA did NOT include the apartment dwellings.

2. The apartment dwellings' front doors have not been provisioned with fire doors.

3. No mention of the PVC gas main running vertically up the stair wells.

4. Large area of the GT not covered by the FRA.

5. Stay Put Policy Precaution - Page 5.

6. Roof access door permanently locked.

7. No reliance on external rescue eg Fireman's Ladders - page 7.

8. The Fire service will arrange the general evacuation - page 5.

9. General communal doors were only FD30 and should have been FD 60.

10. Risk to Life TOLERABLE page 10.

11. Housekeeping non-existent

12. Storage of flammable material - paint, glue, white spirits etc not considered dangerous.

13. The Lifts CAN Be used in the event of a fire - Page 18.

14. 20th floor door always locked to the roof.

15. The FRA claimed the walls and ceiling were NOT in good condition - page 21.

16. The FRA claims the emergency lighting for the emergency escape routs were N/A - page 22.

17. FRA claims the street lighting would provide adequate coverage - page 27. What happens if the street lighting is switched off at midnight?

18. No smoke alarms in dwellings - page 25

19. No portable fire fighting equipment - page 24.

20. No testing and maintenance of fire equipment - Page 27.

21. No inspection of emergency escape route lighting - Page 27

22. No inspection, testing or maintenance records kept.

23. No periodical inspection of any external Eecape routes - Page 28

24. Fire Extinguishers condemned - Page 28

25. No fire training to residents.


At this juncture there is no amended updated FRA when the cladding refurbishment took place,and there is still no Interim Fire Report. The Grenfell Tower was a CATASTROPHE waiting to happen, as are dozen if not hundreds of other high rise buildings nationwide.

For your information, action and files.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

FOIA Campaigner and Social Watchdog.

Alan M Dransfield

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Information requested on Grenfell Tower

Grenfell TowerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, January 14, 2018 09:13:14

Email sent - Sun 26/11/2017 17:43

Kensington and Chelsea Council

Under protection of the FOIA 2000, please provide me with the following information in PDF format:

1. A copy of the As Built Health and Safety File for the Cladding and Refurbishment programme approx mid 2015.

2. A copy of the amended Fire Risk Assessment post cladding refurbishment.

3. Copies of the invoices paid to Mr CG Stokes for the Fire Risk Assessments between Jan 2010 and to Mid June 2017. I fully realize there may well be some redactment required on this segment of my FOIA request. .=

4. Name and address of the Public Liability Insurance Company for the Grenfell Tower.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Aan M Dransfield

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