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It beggars belief

Devon County CouncilPosted by Sheila Oliver Mon, May 04, 2015 07:06:54

Email sent - 27 April 2015 08:04

Justice Select Committee

Dear Sirs

Please see the latest FOI decision from the Devon County Council (DCC) which supports my claims the DCC are knowing and willfully breaching the FOIA 2000 by sending out such FOIA/EIR decisions.

This particular school is the subject to a £7million pound high court claim, hence, passes the public interest test. It therefore beggars belief the DCC can attempt to rely on EIR Regs 12(4)(b) manifestly unreasonable.

The DCC claim context and history of my FOIA requests being Health & Safety. However, this is a brand new request, and hence cannot be context and history.

They also rely upon "The Burden of Compliance" which is neither section 14(1) of the FOIA or section 12 of the EIR. If they wish to rely on a cost exemption they should apply the proper exemption.

This attached letter from the DCC is a tool to assist the passage of fraud and Deception by the DCC.

Please add this letter from the DCC to my list of complaints against the ICO & DCC.

For your information, action and files

With thanks

Yours etc

Alan M Dransfield

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Still, let's not be vexatious and mention this, eh.

Devon County CouncilPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, April 26, 2015 08:46:04

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How is this "manifestly unreasonable"?

Devon County CouncilPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, April 26, 2015 07:21:55

Email sent - 26 April 2015 06:54

Rt Hon Erick Pickles Minister for Local Government and Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP for Exeter.

Dear Mr Pickles and Mr Bradshaw

I received 4 FOIA responses yesterday Sat 25th Apr 2015 and no one of them was refused under section 14(1) vexatious. Wow, I am impressed with the New FOIA Officer Mr Simon Osborne.

They were:

1. Ref 2733697 Dartington School. Refused under EIR 12(4)(b) which is still vexatious in any language.

2.Ref 2733499 Chumliegh School. Refused. Do not hold information.

3.Ref2733996.Moretime required ref DCC credit cards.

4.Ref2733698. Full response ref DCC Legal Fee ref Dartington School legal fees.

However, I am still not satisfied with the Devon County Council because I now have to write another letter and hand carry or send it by snail mail owing to the lifetime email ban against me as I wish to seek a DCC review on their FOIA decisions in 1/4 above. I am also debarred using the DCC on-line complaint form.

Ref the item #1 above , the DCC exemption yesterday was in response to my FOIA request for information on Dartington Eco School, which I remind you is the new £7 million Eco School currently before the High Court which is unsafe and unfit for purpose.


My response to that is hogwash, we have a situation where a £7 million pound school is unsafe and unfit for purpose and is currently before the High Court which has cost the DCC £64K(so Far) in Legal Fees and the DCC claim EIR section 12 (b)(4).

In a nutshell section 12(4)(b) of the EIR is a GET-OUT-OF-JAIL-FREE-CARD and is in essence the bastard brother of section 14(1) vexatious.

It beggars belief the DCC have now claimed section "MANIFESTLY UNREASONABLE" for this particular school which is unsafe and unfit for purpose.

The public interest and public openness and transparency far outweighs the DCC need for secrecy.

In the event you are re-elected at the General Election Mr Bradshaw, you need to kick down some doors are ask the DCC why they are consistently abusing the FOIA 2000 & EIR 98. The DCC is still knowingly and willfully abusing both Acts. Mr Pickles, in the event you are re-elected you also need to kick the doors down and check the fuse boxes in the DCC transparency, accountability and security (TAS) department because I claim the TAS lights have been turned off for the last 5 years ref DCC FOIA .

For your information action and files

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield.

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240 Devon County Council Compromise Agreements

Devon County CouncilPosted by Sheila Oliver Sat, April 04, 2015 19:07:03
Email sent - 04 April 2015 07:33

Dear Mr Bradshaw

Please see the BBC URL link which shows the Devon County Council have used over 240 compromise agreement aka gagging orders.

This press report also claims you were very concerned about the use of such agreements.

What did you actually do about it, Mr Bradshaw...?

In the event you get selected as MP for Exeter again .... you need to kick some doors down at the DCC and demand some answers to your (my) questions.

These compromised agreements are little short of gagging orders.

The fraudulent contract between the DCC and NPS is beginning to make sense now. The main aim of the DCC/NPS "Project Agreement" is to cut down the existing DCC staff to a bare minimum, bring in a management team, treat the general public as a mushroom farm ,i.e keep them in the dark and feed them b******t.

For you information, action and files.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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Will Devon declare these requests vexatious?

Devon County CouncilPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, March 29, 2015 08:05:00
Email sent - 28 March 2015 21:43

Dear Mr Bradshaw

Please see the response from the Devon County Council ref my latest 4 Freedom Of Information requests and I must say I am very impressed at their speedy response.

I would prophetise the DCC will refuse these requests under section 14/1 vexatious exemptions.

Time will tell.

For your information and files.

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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No Project Asset Management plans for individual projects?

Devon County CouncilPosted by Sheila Oliver Mon, March 16, 2015 08:32:57
Email sent - 14 March 2015 08:37

Dear Mr Bradshaw MP

Ref your letter dated 12th March 2015 attached to the letter from Kris Hopkins at the Department of Communities and Local Government. To be frank with you Mr Bradshaw, it may possibly be that you are both painted with the same incompetent/negligent brush.

How on earth can Devon County Council achieve value for money, transparency, accountability and security without any Project Asset Management Plans for individual projects?

No wonder the Devon County Council has put me on a lifetime email ban and no wonder they declare all my freedom of information requests as vexatious because it might appear that they are hiding multi million pound fraud.

In the event they do not hold individual Project Asset Management Plans their overall AMP are a worthless scrap of paper.

You need to withdraw your ostrich head from the sand and so do your shadow Government buddies riding the capital budget gravy train and wake up to the fraud in the PFI & PPP.....

Wakey wakey Mr Bradshaw MP.

In the event the Devon County Council does not hold any Project Asset Management Plans they are incapable of fiscal accountability or security.

Yours in disgust


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Shockingly vexatious and unreasonable requests - not!

Devon County CouncilPosted by Sheila Oliver Mon, February 23, 2015 20:37:35
Email sent - 23 February 2015 06:47

Dear Mr Bradshaw

In the event the Court of Appeal rule against me in the subject title, I intend to appeal to the Supreme Court or the ECHR and I am now preparing my skeleton argument.

As you are aware the Information Commissioner's Office & Devon County Council legal argument is solely reliant on the context and history of my FOIA requests.

Please see the DCC list of their vexatious or manifestly unreasonable exemptions/refusals. This list contains 55 of my FOIA requests between 11/4/11/ and 7/3/12.

Each and every one of my FOIA requests in this letter is straightforward and benign and holds serious purpose and public interest. Not one single request from the attached list is either vexatious or manifestly unreasonable. On the contrary, they have been made in the interest of health and safety issues concerning the general public and in the interest of the public purse.

There is no doubt in my mind that it is the DCC and the ICO who have been vexatious not me.

I invite my MP to read each of my 55 FOIA requests and then advise me if you think my requests are either vexatious or manifestly unreasonable. I appreciate your view must be face value but as MP for Exeter, you do have first hand knowledge of a couple of items namely:

1. Millions of tonnes of contaminated cement were sold to the West Country in 2005 from Lafarge Cement Company. Both the DCC and the ICO claim it was a batch of contaminated cement, which is hogwash. It was a batch of cement all right which contained over a million tonnes of the stuff which the DCC and City Council turned a blind eye to.

2. St Peters NEW PFI school was provided with bottled water for 6/7 years because the drinking water was contaminated.

Would it be possible to book an appointment at your Friday night Surgery to discuss these FOIA requests please?

With thanks

Yours sincerely.

Alan M Dransfield

By the way, it is now approx 11/12 years since the contaminated cement was raised in the first instance by myself and I would envisage that we will now start to encounter serious structural failures/ collapses of Buildings and Structures which contains hundreds of tonnes of contaminated cement (including the 6 PFI schools), which will no doubt be further cost to the public purse. As a long standing MP of Exeter you have first hand knowledge of such dangers but have chosen to ignore them.

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And Devon County Council won't allow scrutiny from council taxpayers either

Devon County CouncilPosted by Sheila Oliver Tue, February 10, 2015 20:55:51

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