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Details:

Reference Number: 2889
Request Date: 02/08/2017

Question:

Please provide information for 1/4/2016 to 31/03/2017 that relates to your risk assessments of HMOs in your local authority area (including those based on the Housing Health and Safety Rating System {HHSRS} pursuant to Housing Act 2004), specifying:

(a) how many assessments you conducted;

(b) how many of these identified fire hazards (as per no.24 of the HHSRS);

(c) how many of these resulted in enforcement action (specifying if possible what type of action); and

(d) to the extent known, how many of the HMOs at (b) and (c) above were used fully or in part for the purpose of asylum accommodation pursuant to the Home office's 'Compass' contract with G4S for asylum accommodation?

Response:

a) We believe this information is exempt from disclosure under Section 12 (1) of the Act. Section 12 provides an exemption from Northumberland County Council’s obligation to comply with a request for information where the cost of compliance is estimated to exceed the appropriate limit.

The appropriate limit is defined in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Fees and Limits) Regulations 2000. The Fees Regulation state that the appropriate cost limit is £600 for central government, legislative bodies and the armed forces and £450 for all other public authorities.


In estimating whether complying with a request would exceed the appropriate limit, Regulation 4 (3) provides a public authority can only take into account the costs it reasonably expects to incur in:

determining whether it holds the information;
locating the information, or a document containing it;
retrieving the information, or a document containing it; and
extracting the information from a document containing it.

The four activities are sequential, covering the retrieval process of the information held by Northumberland County Council. The Council can take into account the costs attributable to the time that its staff are expected to spend on these activities. Such costs are calculated at £25 per hour per person for all public authorities regardless of the actual cost or rate of pay, which means that the limit will be exceeded if these activities exceed 18 hours.

Section 12 provides that we do not have to make a precise calculation of the costs of complying with a request. Only an estimate is required. The estimate must, though, be reasonable and can only be based on the four activities listed above.

Guidance published by the Information Commissioner suggests where a reasonable estimate has been made that the appropriate limit would be exceeded, there is no requirement for a public authority to undertake work up to the limit

In relation to this part of your request we would need to identify and examine each individual record we hold in relation to the question. We estimate this would take approximately 3 mins per record. As we hold 476 relevant records this would require over 23 hours of work.

This time is required because our computer records are not organised according to type of property. Therefore to enable us to determine whether a particular complaint relates to a HMO, as your request requires, it is necessary for an officer to log onto each complaint individually and read through the text and actions taken.

b) 2016/17 - A total of 7 category 1/2 for fire hazard. None of those properties were HMO's.

c) 5 Improvement Notices, 1 Hazard Awareness Notice and 1 Emergency Prohibition Order. None of which were asylum accommodation.


Details:

Reference Number: 2890
Request Date: 02/08/2017

Question:

Q1 What is the fire brigade overall training budget in the last three years?

Q2 What is the annual budget for purchasing equipment for training for fire and rescue service on average?

Q3 What immersive training tool does the fire brigade use currently? (For example, Hydra System)

Response:

Q1 2015/16 - £1,160,640, 2016/17 - £1,130,320, 2017/18 - £1,027,560

Figures represent the full budget allocated to Learning and Development and include Salaries, NI, Pensions etc.

Q2 Allocated annual budget for equipment for training is £3,260.

This only equates to the specific equipment budget held by Learning and Development. There are additional service budgets for operational equipment which can be drawn on subject to bespoke business cases being approved.

Q3 Fire Studio for Incident Command training/assessment.


XVR currently being trialled as part of a Wildfire project for potential Incident Command training/assessment.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 2892
Request Date: 02/08/2017

Question:

Since 1st August 2015:

1. The number of new and renewed taxi (Hackney Carriage) licenses you have granted.

2. The number of new and renewed Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) licenses you have granted.

3. The number of taxi licences granted to drivers with criminal convictions.

4. The number of PHV licences granted to drivers with criminal convictions.

In the cases of those convicted:

3.i. The nature and date of conviction.
ii. Whether said driver’s conviction was known at the time of the licence being approved.
iii. In each case, the current licence status of the driver.

4. The criteria/policy that is applied when deciding on an application from a driver with a current/spent conviction.

 

Response:

1. New licences granted from 01/08/2016 - 31/07/2017    25
Renewed licences granted from 01/08/2016 - 31/07/2017    406
*Combined number of new licences and renewed licences 01/8/2015 - 31/07/2016     630

 

2. New licences granted from 01/08/2016 - 31/07/2017    121
Renewed licences granted from 01/08/2016 - 31/07/2017    231
*Combined number of new licences and renewed licences 01/8/2015 - 31/07/2016       400

*Figures extracted from computer system. Unable to distinguish between new and renewed licences without going through all files individually.  This would take a minimum of 5 minutes per file and would take in excess of 85 hours.


3 & 4. The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold certain information relating to taxi licences granted to drivers with criminal convictions.

However, the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. It would take approximately 223 hours to get this information together because we currently have 2680 licences and to collect this information we would have to check each individual file at approximately 10 minutes per file.


Exemptions

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to this request is exempt under the following provisions.

• Section 12(1) Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit

Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.


Details:

Reference Number: 2894
Request Date: 02/08/2017

Question:

The FBU are collecting information about rescues made by firefighters in your fire and rescue service. Below is the information we would like to obtain from you under the Freedom of Information Act. The data is likely to be found in returns to government using the electronic incident recording system.

We would like to receive data relating to rescues made by your fire and rescue service between 01 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 at (a) all fires and (b) all other incidents:

1) How many people were rescued with an injury with the assistance of FRS personnel at fires?

2) How many people were rescued uninjured (unharmed) with the assistance of FRS personnel at fires?

3) How many people were rescued with the assistance of FRS personnel at fires (sum of Q1 and Q2)?

4) How many people were rescued with an injury with the assistance of FRS personnel at all other non-fire incidents e.g. floods?

5) How many people were rescued uninjured (unharmed) with the assistance of FRS personnel at all other non-fire incidents e.g. floods?

6) How many people were rescued with the assistance of FRS personnel at all non-fire incidents (sum of Q4 and Q5)?

7) Total rescues from all incidents attended (sum of Q3 and Q6)?

 

Response:

1)  4


2)  2


3)  6


4)  87


5)  83


6)  170


7)  176

 


Details:

Reference Number: 2898
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

1. A list of all Airbnb rentals made by your authority so far in 2017, and for 2016

For each record please provide:

a) the first half of the postcode (e.g. BS1, M4)
b) the dates rented
c) the cost, including any extra charges
d) the purpose of the stay

2. How many Airbnb rentals do you currently have on a retainer?

If you have any, for each one please provide the reason(s) why you have them on retainer.

3. How many reports have you received of Airbnb landlords allegedly letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016?

4. How many fines or other penalties have you levied to Airbnb landlords for letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016?

 

Response:

We do not use Airbnb rentals.


Details:

Reference Number: 2914
Request Date: 04/08/2017

Question:

Following the introduction of the Definitive Guideline for Health and Safety offences, Corporate Manslaughter, and Food Safety and Hygiene offences (the "Guideline"), introduced in February of last year, we would be most grateful if the Council could confirm the following information for the year 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2017:

In respect of each of the requests below, please note we require information only in respect of food safety and hygiene offences prosecuted by the Council.

1. What has been the highest fine imposed under the Guideline?

2. What has been the highest fine imposed for a fatal food incident under the Guideline?

3. What has been the highest fine imposed under the Guideline for a non-fatal food incident?

4. How many fines over £1 million have been imposed?

5. What have been the top 10 highest fines imposed under the Guideline?

6. What is the total sum which has been imposed in fines?

7. How does that compare to the total sum for the equivalent period in the preceding year, i.e. February 2015 to February 2016?

8. Please break down the total sum imposed by sector e.g leisure, retail, etc

9. How many of the fines imposed under the Guideline have been subject to appeal?

10. How many of those appeals have been successful?

11. What proportion of the fines imposed have been imposed on organisations and what proportion have been on individuals?

12. How many custodial sentences have there been for individuals under the Guideline? Please confirm the numbers for both suspended and immediate custodial sentences.

13. What has been the longest custodial sentence imposed under the Guideline? Please confirm the numbers for both suspended and immediate custodial sentences.

14. What has been the average custodial sentence imposed under the Guideline? Please confirm the numbers for both suspended and immediate custodial sentences.

15. How many disqualification orders have been imposed?

16. What proportion of fines imposed have been following a guilty plea and what proportion have been imposed following conviction after a trial?

17. What proportion of the custodial sentences (including suspended sentences) imposed have been following a guilty plea and what proportion have been following a conviction after trial?

18. Have there been any cases subject to the Guideline in which the Court has expressly stated that it has taken into account the financial position of any related group entities?

 

Response:

We have carried out no prosecutions for food safety and hygiene offences between 1 February 2016 and 31 January 2017.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 2923
Request Date: 08/08/2017

Question:

Please would you provide me with all recent Food Inspectors' full reports for the food hygiene ratings in your area? Ideally, I would like every report from the past year.

 

Response:

The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold certain information relating to food hygiene ratings.

However, the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. It would take approximately 102 hours to get this information together because the only way to extract the 1225 inspections would be to access each individual premises record within our electronic system, find the appropriate record and then print the report. It is estimated that it will take a minimum of 5 mins per inspection report.

 

Therefore this is exempt under S12 of the Freedom of Information Act.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 2929
Request Date: 09/08/2017

Question:

Hate Crime Policy

1a Is hate crime included in the council’s current community safety plan? Y/N

1b Does the council have a separate hate crime policy? Y/N

1c If no current plans are available - which year did the last plan end?

1d Can you send a PDF copy of the above documents? info@nationalhcaw.uk

Hate Crime Staffing

2a Does the council have a designated hate crime lead/team? Y/N

2b If 2a= yes, what is the name of the designated hate crime lead/team?

2c Does the council employ designated hate crime officer? Y/N

2d If 2c = yes, how can we contact them?

Hate Crime Reporting

3a Does the council facilitate hate crime reporting in its area? Y/N

3b What methods of reporting does the council support?

Hate Crime Resources

4a Does the council have a designated page on its website for hate crime information? Y/N

4b If 4a = yes - what is its URL website address?

4c Does the council produce any hate crime materials (Posters, Leaflets, Cards, Campaign materials, training resources etc)? Y/N

4d If 4c = Yes - can you send us PDF copies of any of these resources? info@nationalhcaw.uk

Hate Crime Advocacy

5a Does the council provide direct hate crime advocacy services to people affected by hate crime? Y/N

5b If 5a = yes - how many hate crime advocates does the council employ?

5c Does the council refer people affected by hate crime to external hate crime advocacy services? Y/N

5d If 5c = Yes, please can you provide a list of hate crime advocacy services that the council refers people to?

Hate Crime Funding

6a How much did the council budget to tackle hate crime in 2017/18?

6b How much did the council budget to tackle hate crime last year 2016/17?

6c How much did the council budget to tackle hate crime in 2015/16?

6d Can you provide a list of organisations funded by the council to tackle hate crime?

Working with Communities affected by hate crime

7a Does the council facilitate or participate in a hate crime forum? Y/N

7b If 7a = yes - what is the name of the hate crime forum?

7c if 7a = yes - how often does the hate crime forum meet?

7d if 7a = yes - what other local authorities attend the meetings?

7e If 7a = yes - what voluntary sector organisations are represented on the forum?

National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

8a Does the council intend to take part this year? (14th-21st October 2017) Y/N Maybe?

8b If 8a = yes - what is the council planning to do?

8c Which years has the council taken part in #NHCAW? 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. 2016 (please check each year participated)

8d If the council has not participated in #NHCAW before - can you give us a reason why?

 

Response:

1a Yes, although it should be noted the plans are not Council they are Community Safety Partnership Plans (only coordinated by Local Authorities).

1b No.

1c All plans are currently being refreshed.

1d info@nationalhcaw.uk Plans are currently being refreshed so currently unavailable.

Hate Crime Staffing

2a Yes the designated lead is the Strategic Community Safety Manager. However hate crime is a partnership responsibility and is dealt with as such.

2b As above.

2c No.

2d N/A.

Hate Crime Reporting

3a Yes although this is primarily on behalf of the Community Safety Partnership.

3b Online, in person, at safe reporting centres and through our hate crime reporting app.

Hate Crime Resources

4a Yes as part of the Safer Northumberland page and as part of the online reporting.

4b http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Partners/Safer/Safer-Northumberland-Priorities/Hate-crime.aspx

4c Online for public only all training resource is for Council / partners approved use only and is tailored to each session and is the property of each session developer / trainer.

4d info@nationalhcaw.uk please see above.

Hate Crime Advocacy

5a No.

5b N/A.

5c No all reported crimes are generally referred to Northumbria Police as a crime and long term support through Victim Support / Victims First services.

5d N/A.

Hate Crime Funding

6a There is no direct budget it is part of the core work of Strategic Community Safety and the Community Safety Partnership.

6b As 6a.

6c As 6a.

6d As 6a.

Working with Communities affected by hate crime

7a The work is part of our local Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) led by Northumbria Police and is also monitored through our quarterly CONTEST Business Group. It is envisaged that post partnership review in september 2017 a new quarterly forum will be devised specifically for Hate Crime.

7b N/A.

7c N/A.

7d N/A.

7e The IAGs area attended by community leaders and led by Northumbria Police they are a partnership group and not a Local Authority led group.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

8a Yes

8b Plans are not finalised.

8c All but not as NCC but as the Community Safety Partnership.

8d N/A

 


Details:

Reference Number: 2932
Request Date: 09/08/2017

Question:

Q.1 I'd like to know the cost of all work undertaken to check buildings for fire safety, including testing of cladding components, following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14th June 2017.

Where possible, I'd like this to be broken down into costs by type - for example, costs incurred due to sending cladding for testing, costs incurred through inspections and costs incurred through remedial works.

Q.2 If any additional costs have been paid due to relocation of residents (in hotel rooms or other temporary accommodation), please include and specify this as well.

Q.3 In the case of ongoing works please simply include the budget set aside for the project(s).

Q.4 Please include all costs even if the money is to be paid back by or has already been reimbursed from central government (for example, the DCLG).

 

Response:

Q.1 Please see the table below.

 

No of Jobs

Total hours

Cost

RR2017

260

222.28

4062.16

Crew visuals

410

102.5

 

assisted living insp

76

57

 

The inspections have been broken down into the three areas, RR 2017 being those carried out by the FS inspection team, Crew visuals being the checks carried out by crews in the initial phase (worked on an average of 15 minutes per check) and the assisted living visits carried out by crews (worked on an average of 45 minutes per visit. We do not have the costs for the latter two categories as we cannot establish whether crews went out with the appliance or whether they were carried out with lesser numbers in the station van. The RR 2017 visits have been costed accurately by duration and officer pay scale.

No costs have been incurred by NFRS FS department through the testing of external cladding materials or remedial works.

Q.2 No costs have been incurred in this area

Q.3 No additional budget has been identified.

Q.4 We are not sure what the plan is at present regarding the possible claiming back of costs from Central Government.


Details:

Reference Number: 2933
Request Date: 09/08/2017

Question:

Private Hire Drivers, Vehicle Proprietors and Operators, and Hackney Carriage Drivers and Vehicle Proprietors are licensed by your authority, and the licenses held are a matter of public record.

Please can you help me to identify where in your public records I can access the details of each license, including the addresses for each?

Response:

Please see attached the registers we are required to retain.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 2944
Request Date: 11/08/2017

Question:

For the following questions I would like the figures for 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17.

1. Total expenditure on all/any domestic violence services, broken down by each year

2. Total expenditure on Women’s Refuges, broken down by each year

3. Total expenditure on Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA), broken down by each year

4. Total expenditure on Floating Support, broken down by each year

5. Total number of Housing Related Support Units for domestic violence victims for each year, and, if possible, broken down by accommodation type, e.g.: refuge, hostel, BnB place, council owned flat/house, private rented accommodation.

6. For each year:
a. Number of cases explored by the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference
b. Number of cases deemed “high risk” by the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference
c. Number of referrals to refuge accommodation from the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference

7. For each year, as at 1 January (or another marker point of your choice), how many people were employed Full-time equivalent as Independent Domestic Violence Advisors

If time is an issue when working on the response, please focus on questions 1-4.

Response:

1-4. The below table indicates expenditure per year from 2009 to date

Commissioning service

Amount (per annum)

End date

Service

NCC Housing

£77,515

September 2016

Outreach workers

NCC Adults Services

£160,886

January 2018

IDVA

NCC

£130,000

March 2017

Refuge provision

Total

£368,401

   
 

5. 2009/10 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total
 

2010/11 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total
 

2011/12 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 1 x 3 bedroom house and 1 x 2 bed flat 11 units in total (9 Refuge 2 x Social rented)
 

2012/13 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 1 x 3 bedroom house, 2 x 2 bed flat 12 units in total (9 Refuge 2 x Social rented)
 

2013/14 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 1 x 3 bedroom house and 2 x 2 bed flat 12 units in total (9 Refuge 3 x Social rented)
 

2014/15 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total
 

2015/16 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total
 

2016/17 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total

6. This information is held / owned by Northumbria Police as the MARAC lead.

 

7. Northumberland County Council do not employ directly IDVA. However, our commissioned service employ 2.5 Full Time Equivalent posts.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 2948
Request Date: 14/08/2017

Question:

Please can you provide the following information about the fire station / FRS resources on Lindisfarne / Holy Island.

(a) Number (by rank / roles) of person assigned the fire station. Are staff wholetime / retained / volunteer?

(b) A list of all Fire & Rescue Service equipment currently deployed to the island (including registration / make & model of any vehicles)

(c) The running costs of the fire station for each of the past five years (broken down by your budget heading if available)

(d) The number and type of incidents attended in each of the past five years

(e) Number of incidents that outside Fire & Rescue Service resources have been deployed to the island for the last five years.

 

Response:

(a) There are no personnel formally assigned to Holy Island as there is no fire station on the island and only a garage allocated with reduced operational equipment provision.  In the event of a requirement to mobilise to an incident on Holy Island resources are allocated from the closest available station. This would normally be Berwick, Seahouses or Belford or a combination of those stations.

(b) With specific reference to Holy Island, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service considers the provision of information detailing all FRS equipment currently deployed on the island (including registration / make and model of any vehicles) to be exempt under Section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which is outlined below.

 

(c) Running costs for utilities, statutory and reactive maintenance below:

 
 

Electricity

Statutory

Reactive

2012

£36.92

£1,621.64

 

2013

£53.82

£1,447.52

£1,518.38

2014

£54.40

£814.20

£441.53

2015

£554.18

£393.28

 

2016

£256.77

£335.00

 


(d) See attached spreadsheet.

(e) See attached spreadsheet

Exemptions

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information you have requested under part (b) is exempt under the following provisions of the Act;

38. Health and Safety
(1) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to— (a) endanger the physical or mental health of any individual, or (b) endanger the safety of any individual.
(2) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that, compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, have either of the effects mentioned in subsection (1).

 

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service considers the release of information into the public domain describing the type, make and model of fire fighting equipment deployed on the island (including vehicle registration numbers) would, or would be likely to, compromise the security of such equipment as it would make it a potential target for criminal activity. If essential fire fighting equipment were compromised, this would be detrimental to the emergency response service on the island, placing the health and safety of members of the public at significant risk.
 

Public Interest Test Considerations

Section 38 is a qualified exemption which means that the information falling within the exemption still has to be released unless the public interest in disclosure is outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the exemption.

Northumberland County Council recognises that there is a general public interest in information held by public authorities being made available and that it should take place at the earliest appropriate time. This helps towards ensuring the public accountability and transparency of public authorities and promotes public engagement in any debate about the delivery of public services and the use of public funds.

Conversely, it is not in the public domain to release information that would, or would be likely to, undermine the functioning and efficiency of the emergency services in times of need, which exist to protect, the health, safety and well being of the public.
On balance, and in all the circumstances of this particular case, we have concluded that the health, safety and wellbeing of members of the public is of paramount importance and therefore we consider the public interest test under section 2(2)(b) of the Act favours withholding the information requested under part (b) of the request.


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 2952
Request Date: 15/08/2017

Question:

1. How many fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping did the council issue from May 9, 2016 to May 8, 2017, under new powers brought in by the Government on Monday 9 May, 2016? https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-penalties-to-crack-down-on-fly-tipping

2. How much money was collected from the FPNs issued in the first year of the scheme (May 2016- May 2017)? I would like to know the total amount collected by the council, not the face value or discounted value of the FPNs.

3. Does the council charge for bulky waste collections from households? If so, what are the charges?

4. Does the council charge for garden waste collections from households? If so, what are the charges?

5. How frequently does the council collect residual (black bin) waste from households? If collections vary for different households, please specify.

 



Details:

Reference Number: 2965
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

1. What were the top 10 most frequently lost items handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?
libraries
leisure centres
children centres
housing offices
one stop shops
other council buildings

2. What were the top 10 most frequently lost children’s items handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?
libraries
leisure centres
children centres
housing offices
one stop shops
other council buildings

3. How many lost children items were handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?
libraries
leisure centres
children centres
housing offices
one stop shops
other council buildings

4. How many lost items were handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?
libraries
leisure centres
children centres
housing offices
one stop shops
other council buildings

5. Do you keep hold of lost items that have been handed in worth under £50?

6. How long do you keep hold of lost items that have been handed in before discarding?

 

Response:

1.

libraries

Memory sticks, glasses, library card, bookmark, umbrella, school cardigan, hats, gloves, coats and small toys.

leisure centres

Not our information, please contact:  http://www.activenorthumberland.org.uk/contact

children centres

Keys, Wallet, Phone, Umbrella, bottles, hats, soft toys, handbags    Clothing, toys, dummies

housing offices

We don't have Housing Offices as people now do everything at the Library or One Stop

one stop shops

​Bus passes, ​adult hat​s​, adult​ ​gloves, adult​ ​sunglasses​, keys, purse​, diary

other council buildings

umbrella, book, watch, glasses, glasses case, scarf, t-shirt, badge, hairband.

 

 

2.

libraries

Library card, school cardigan, small toys.

leisure centres

Please see Q.1

children centres

Bibs, dummies, bottles, coats, shoes, blankets, comforters. Hats,  gloves, toys

housing offices

Please see Q.1

one stop shops

​Not recorded​

other council buildings

​Not recorded​

 

3.

libraries

Not recorded.  We do not keep track of library cards as they are usually picked up at the next visit, small toys are usually claimed before or at the next visit. Memory cards and glasses are picked up by the next day we are open.Coats , gloves and hats are normally picked up quite quickly

leisure centres

Please see Q.1

children centres

on average x 2 per week

housing offices

Please see Q.1

one stop shops

Not recorded

other council buildings

​Not recorded​

 

4.

libraries

Not recorded.  ​We do not normally keep track of lost items as a whole, however staff are made aware of anything in their branch that has been found/handed in.

leisure centres

Please see Q.1

children centres

on average x 2 per week

housing offices

Please see Q.1

one stop shops

Not recorded

other council buildings

12

 

5. Yes

 

6. 12 months (Fire & Rescue) (Children’s Services)
At least 6 months or longer (Libraries and Info Centres)

 


Details:

Reference Number: 2968
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

1.1 Please confirm how many retail premises have been inspected by you for health and safety compliance within the last three years.

1.2 In respect of the retail premises inspected, in how many did you undertake inspection of these premises of your own volition and how many at the request of other authorities?

1.3 In how many of the retail premises inspected were there found to be a problem regarding the manner in which stock was stored and managed? For example, improperly stacked stock, boxes blocking aisles or fire exits etc.

1.4 In respect of those retail premises for which there were found to be problems regarding the manner in which stock was stored, in how many was formal enforcement action taken? For example, warning letters and statutory improvement and prohibition notices.

1.5 In respect of those retail premises for which enforcement action was taken regarding the manner in which stock is stored, to your knowledge, how many of those retail premises were multi-outlet organisations?

1.6 Of those multi-outlet organisations, how many were subject to enforcement action across multiple outlets in the area for which you are responsible?

1.7 In respect of those retail premises for which enforcement action was taken regarding the manner in which stock is stored, how many criminal prosecutions for that and other offences were undertaken?

1.8 Of those criminal prosecutions, how many senior officials were prosecuted as well as the relevant organisations?

1.9 How many of those criminal prosecutions resulted in a conviction?

 

Response:

 

1.1 21


1.2 Own Volition - 0 / Request from others - 21


1.3 5


1.4 0


1.5 0


1.6 0


1.7 N/A


1.8 N/A


1.9 N/A

 


Details:

Reference Number: 2969
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

1. Please could you provide the full list of noise complaints made to the Council from 1st Jan 2015 up to, and including, August 2017, broken down into the following categories:

Number of complaints during the specified period of time, broken down by category and month e.g 60 x Out of Hours noise - music from club/pub/restaurant in July 2016

 

2. List of, and quantity of, all action that has been taken as a result of the noise complaint e.g 10 x warning, 5 x noise abatement order issued, 20 x no action taken
 

3. Full list of fines issued due to breaks of a ‘noise abatement order’ (broken down by number of fines and monetary value of each fine)

 

Response:

1. See attachment.

 

2. I need to seek clarification as to what actions your question is referring to. Are these the specific actions taken by the authority to actually gather the information in order to conduct an investigation or do mean the final action or outcome?

There are very few cases when no action is taken at all, as the officers are required to adhere to the authority's written Noise Investigation Procedure.

With regards to a noise investigation, if the local authority establishes a statutory nuisance from evidence obtained through incident logs, officer witness, noise recordings etc. The authority has a legal duty to serve an Abatement Notice under Section 80 of The Environmental Protection Act 1990. There is no scope to deviate from this to send a Warning letter, once a statutory nuisance is confirmed. However, in the event that no statutory nuisance is proven the authority will then inform both parties of the findings and offer relevant advice where appropriate.

 

Between the 1st January 2015 to date 37 Abatement Notices were served under Section 80 of The Environmental Protection Act by this authority for statutory noise nuisance

 

3. Only one prosecution was taken within the stated time period for barking dogs where the two defendants were fined £145 each for the first breach of the Abatement Notice, no charge each for the second breach, £75 each for costs and £20 each as a surcharge; giving a total of £480 for two breaches.

 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 2984
Request Date: 21/08/2017

Question:

How many fire incidents your fire services have been called out to in relation to electronic-cigarettes. These would include fires caused by the electronic-cigarettes themselves, their batteries or their chargers.

Can you please separately provide me with data for incidents where your fire services have been called out in relation to mobile phones. This would include fires caused by the phones themselves, their batteries or their chargers.

For both could you please provide the following information:

· How many incidents have occurred in each of the following calendar years: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 to date? If data for all years is not available, please supply the information you have.
· Whether call-outs involved actual fires or were false-alarms.
· Whether any injury or loss of life was sustained as a result of any fire caused by electronic–cigarettes.

 

Response:

Electronic cigarettes, their batteries or their chargers

2017 YTD = 0
2016 = 0
2015 = 0
2014 = 0
2013 = 0
2012 = 0

 

Mobile Phones, their batteries or their chargers

2017 YTD = 0
2016 = 0
2015 = 1 fire, no injuries as a result of the fire.
2014 = 0
2013 = 1 fire, no injuries as a result of the fire.
2012 = 0

 


Details:

Reference Number: 2989
Request Date: 23/08/2017

Question:

Please can you provide details of the organisation chart for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. Please can you provide it as an list i.e CFO, DCFO, ACFO, AM, GM ,SM with roles to what department and station structure. The one provided previous was inadequate

 

Response:

Chief Fire Officer
Deputy Chief Fire Officer
Area Manager - Fire Support Services
Group Manager - Emergency Response
Group Manager - Fire Safety
Group Manager - Learning and Development
Station Manager - Emergency Response (based at Pegswood Fire Station)
Station Manager - Emergency Response (based at West Hartford Fire Station)
Station Manager - Emergency Response (based at Hexham Fire Station)
Station Manager - Emergency Response (based at Alnwick Fire Station)
Station Manager - Fire Support Services (x3)
Station Manager - Fire Safety (x4)
Station Manager - Learning and Development

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3002
Request Date: 25/08/2017

Question:

1) Over each of the last 5 financial years, what your average incident response time was to incidents, broken down by type of property (i.e. residential, commercial)

a) occurring during day shift hours
b) occurring during night shift hours

2) Over each of the last 5 financial years, what your longest recorded response time was to an individual incident, broken down by type of property (i.e. residential, commercial)

a) occurring during day shift hours
b) occurring during night shift hours

3) Over each of the last 5 financial years, how many injury logs were received regarding injuries to on-duty firefighters, broken down by category of injury

a) occurring during day shift hours
b) occurring during night shift hours

Response:

1) See attachment 1

2) See attachment 1

a) occurring during day shift hours

Dwellings Day Shift Hours - incident details
2016/17 - 201700694_AN 13/02/2017 17:17 Late fire call extinguished before arrival at farm in Alnwick, attendance to provide fire safety advice and fit smoke alarms.

2015/16 – 201506860_AN 05/12/2015 16:45 Attendance to a flooded dwelling in Haydon Bridge. River had burst banks, unable to assist, advice only. Large volume of flooding incidents on this day.

2014/15 – 201404934_AN 20/08/2014 12:02 Fire in pan extinguished before arrival in sheltered housing in Bellingham, inspection only.

2013/14 – 201310329_AN 06/12/2013 16:54 Fire in chimney in castle in Alnwick.

2012/13 – 3179_2012_AN 08/08/2012 14:50 Call to assist Ambulance Service with a 17 stone gentleman in Blyth. Ambulance Service did not require immediate assistance only when arriving from hospital to patient's home address.

Other Residential and Non-Residential Commercial Day Shift Hours - incident details
2016/17 – 201700154_AN 11/01/2017 09:32 Attendance by Fire Investigator following arson incident at Widdrington.

2015/16 – 201506877_AN 05/12/2015 17:50 Flooding at Bellingham Fire Station attended by rescue boat N14T5.

2014/15 – 201501409_AN 17/03/2015 15:08 Incident at Police Station, Bedlington.

2013/14 - 4875_2013_AN 24/10/2013 12:40 Chlorine leak at Ponteland Leisure Centre.

2012/13 – 3129_2012_AN 06/08/2012 17:45 Small quantity of water had entered basement boiler room at Alnwick Police station, external drain cleared.


b) occurring during night shift hours

Dwellings Night Shift Hours - incident details
2016/17 – 201604578_AN 02/09/2016 21:47 Smell from drain, no hazardous chemicals found.

2015/16 – 201506879_AN 05/12/2015 18:05 Flooding at farm in Hexham, advice only. Large number of flooding incidents on this day.

2014/15 – 201407353_AN 31/12/2014 18:36 Chimney fire in Longwitton, Morpeth.
2013/14 201310354_AN 07/12/2013 19:21 Dwelling fire attended on Holy Island.

2012/13 – 4296_2012_AN 25/09/2012 03:58 Water pumped to prevent entry to house in Longhorsley.

Other Residential and Non-Residential Commercial Night Shift Hours - incident details
2016/17 – 201604816_AN 15/09/2016 21:49 False Alarm from telephone mast at Hopealone.

2015/16 – 201600234_AN 13/01/2016 04:49 False Alarm from Lindisfarne Castle.

2014/15 – 201403584_AN 21/06/2014 00:28 False Alarm from telephone exchange at Kielder.

2013/14 – 41010217 07/10/2013 19:12 False alarm from telephone exchange at Blanchland.

2012/13 – 4333_2012 25/09/2012 06:50 False alarm from Blanchland Social Club.

3) See attachment 2


Details:

Reference Number: 3013
Request Date: 30/08/2017

Question:

Please can you supply the following information regarding Local Authority Lone Workers.

Q.1 Does the Authority have a Lone Worker Policy?

Q.2 How does the Authority convey this information to its Lone Workers?

Q.3 How many staff work at the Authority?

Q.4 How many staff are classed as Lone Workers?

Q.5 What is the preferred training method for Lone Workers i.e. tool box talks, webinar, online courses?

Q.6 Are Lone Workers issued with mobile phones, if so are they iphone, Android, Windows, others?

Q.7 Is there an outsourced Lone Worker solution in use, if so what type of device and who supplies it.

Q.8 If there is a Lone Worker Solution in place when does the contract expire?

Q.9 What is the annual spend on Lone Worker Solutions?

Q10. Please provide contact details for the following Department Heads
· Health & Safety
· Social Care
· Highways, Streets & Public Transport
· Enforcement
· Housing
· Planning
· Leisure & Culture

Response:

Q.1 Yes

Q.2 See attachment

Q.3 4209

Q.4 This is dependant on changing circumstances on a daily basis.

Q.5 There is no preferred method. It would be based upon the needs of each service.

Q.6 Not all lone workers are issued with phones as they have access to landlines. However, those lone workers that do have mobile phones are issued with android phones.

Q.7 None

Q.8 None

Q.9  None - in terms of a 3rd party supply as far as we know

Q10  

· Health & Safety - Kelly Angus
kelly.angus@northumberland.gov.uk

· Social Care - Cath McEvoy
cath.mcevoy@northumberland.gov.uk

· Highways, Streets & Public Transport - David Laux
david.laux@northumberland.gov.uk

· Enforcement - Paul Hedley
paul.hedley@northumberland.gov.uk

· Housing - Phil Soderquest (including housing enforcement)
philip.soderquest@northumberland.gov.uk

· Planning - Geoff Paul
geoff.paul@northumberland.gov.uk

· Leisure & Culture
None currently in post


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3022
Request Date: 31/08/2017

Question:

We are seeking information about your authority's use of Public Space Protection Orders between October 2014 and June 2017. We are particularly interested in how they've been used against young adults (aged 18-25), so where possible breakdowns of data on sanctions by specific ages would be ideal.

1. Please give the details of all Public Space Protection Orders currently in place, or that have been in place in the time period specified. Please send the text of the Order as well as any relevant consultation documents.

2. How many Fixed Penalty Notices, prosecutions, convictions and fines have there been for not complying with the terms of these Public Space Protections Orders, including failure to hand over or cease drinking alcohol when requested? Could you break these down by the specific PSPO to which they relate?

3. How many verbal or written warnings have been issued for breach of any of the terms of a PSPO?

4. How many times has alcohol been confiscated under a PSPO?

5. Could you provide any demographic information you might have recorded about who has been given these sanctions, particularly the specific ages of each person sanctioned. Could you break this down by the specific PSPO to which they relate please?

6. Apart from the case management system used to record and monitor cases of Antisocial Behaviour, what other databases have people sanctioned for breaching PSPOs been placed on in the time period specified? E.g. safeguarding, gangs etc.

 

Response:

1. See attached copy of Order.

2. Dog Fouling 40, Dog Exclusion offence 3, Fail to provide details to officer 3

3. N/A

4. N/A

5. 0

6.
We have a spreadsheet to record FPN's issued for dog control offences (breach of CPO) and a database for use by Environmental Enforcement /Animal Welfare staff, Community Enforcement Officer's.
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3023
Request Date: 31/08/2017

Question:

We are seeking information on your authority's use of Community Protection Notices between October 2014 and June 2017. We are particularly interested in how they may have been used to sanction young adults (aged 18-25), so breakdowns of data on who was given a CPN or sanctioned for non-compliance by their specific age would be ideal.

1. How many Community Protection Notice warnings have been issued by your authority in the time period specified?

2. How many resultant Community Protection Notices have been issued in the time period specified? Please state the subject of these CPNs and provide the text of any notices if available.

3. How many Fixed Penalty Notices, prosecutions, convictions, fines, remedial orders, forfeiture orders and warrants for seizure have been issued for breaches of Community Protection Notices in the time period specified?

4. Could you provide any demographic information about who was given CPN warnings, CPNs and resultant sanctions, particularly the specific ages of each person?

5. Could you confirm whether the data you provide only refers to measures and resultant sanctions that your authority issued? I.e. does your data include instances where the council issued a CPN but the police shared enforcement responsibility and so issued a sanction for breach? Or similarly, if you have a joint case management system, does your data include instances where the police have issued a CPN and also issued the sanction for breach? We are requesting the same information from police forces and don't want to double count cases.

6. Apart from the case management system you use to monitor and record cases of ASB, what other databases have people issued a CPN or sanction for breach been placed on in the time period specified?

 

Response:

1. -Environmental Enforcement: 292 CPW's issued
- Community Safety: 29 CPW's issued
- Housing have only been authorised since mid November 2016 to utilise the CPW & CPN powers.  CPWs until end of June 2017 = 13.  Of these 13 served CPWs, 2 hit the age range 18-25.  Twelve are ASB related an 1 is garden related.

2. -Environmental Enforcement: 18 CPN's issued -
13 CPN's for waste accumulations at private residential properties,
2 CPN's in relation to abandoned vehicles and
3 FPN's in relation to open insecure land being used for fly - tipping.

- Community Safety: 7 CPN’s issued -
2 for alcohol related ASB;
2 for Noise and alcohol related ASB;
2 for intimidating and harassing behaviour;
1 for feeding and harbouring feral cats.

- Housing:
CPNs until the end of July 2017 = 3.
Of the served CPNs, 1 hits the age range 18-25.

Housing have provided the CPN text which is specific to behaviours. These are sections 4 to 10. The remaining section are standard wording for every CPN.

CPN:- (24 years)

As such you are an individual responsible for incidents of unreasonable behaviour in that you are:

You and your partner shout and swear in the street and in your property.
Insulting, foul, threatening and abusive language is shouted at neighbours. Namely; adult residents, juvenile residents and visitors to your neighbours’ homes.
Throwing eggs at property.
Throwing objects at a neighbour.
Intimidation towards neighbours.
Gesticulating in a foul and abusive manner towards neighbours and their children. Shouting foul and abusive insults and comments about neighbours whilst in the street. Encouraging your visitors to be abusive towards your neighbours.
Threats of assaults.

The Council is satisfied on reasonable grounds that your conduct is having a detrimental effect, of a persistent or continuing nature, on the quality of life of those in the locality and that such conduct is unreasonable.

You were given a Written Warning by the Council dated 17 March 2017 that a Community Protection Notice would be issued unless you complied with the requirements of that warning.

The Council is satisfied that, despite you having had enough time to deal with the matter, your conduct is still having that effect.

This Community Protection Notice (“CPN”) is now issued against you in accordance with section 43 of the Act.

YOU MUST NOW COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING:

a. Do not act, nor allow members of your household or visitors to act in a manner which causes nuisance or annoyance to any person or to cause any person to be harassed, alarmed or distressed. This includes behaviours within your premises and the neighbourhood around your premises.
b. Stop using foul, threatening and abusive language and to refrain from shouting at your neighbours. This includes, but is not limited to swearing at your neighbours, threatening your neighbours, insulting your neighbours.
c. Stop gesticulating in a foul and abuse manner towards your neighbours. This includes, but is not limited to abusive hand gestures towards your adult neighbours their children and visitors to their homes.
d. Do not, nor allow members of your household or visitors to shout threats of violence towards your adult neighbours, their children and visitors to their homes.

so as to reduce the detrimental effect described in paragraph 4 or to reduce the risk of its continuance or recurrence.

The Council considers that a period of one hour from the date of service of this Community Protection Notice is sufficient to comply with the requirements of paragraph 9 (a) (b) (c) (d) above.

Age (35 years)

As such you are an individual responsible for incidents of unreasonable behaviour in that your are:
Playing extremely loud music in your home.
You shout and swear in the street and in your property.
Insulting, foul, threatening and abusive language is shouted at neighbours. Namely; adult residents.
Shouting abusive insults and comments about neighbours whilst in the street.
Assaults and threats of assaults.
Fighting in the street.
Damage to property not belonging to you. Namely a vehicle & property windows. Demanding cigarettes and money from people waiting for buses in the Alnwick bus station.

The Council is satisfied on reasonable grounds that your conduct is having a detrimental effect, of a persistent or continuing nature, on the quality of life of those in the locality and that such conduct is unreasonable.

You were given a Written Warning by the Council dated 02 June 2017 that a Community Protection Notice would be issued unless you complied with the requirements of that warning.

The Council is satisfied that, despite you having had enough time to deal with the matter, your conduct is still having that effect.

This Community Protection Notice (“CPN”) is now issued against you in accordance with section 43 of the Act.

YOU MUST NOW COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING:

a. Do not act, nor allow members of your household or visitors to act in a manner which causes nuisance or annoyance to any person or to cause any person to be harassed, alarmed or distressed or place any person in a vulnerable or compromising position or be harmed in any way. This includes behaviours within your premises and the neighbourhood around your premises.
b. Not to cause damage or make threats of damage to property belonging to another person, including any damage to any part of a person’s home.
c. Not to cause or to allow noise nuisance to emanate from . This includes, but is not limited to loud music, loud noise from televisions, computers, shouting & screaming.

so as to reduce the detrimental effect described in paragraph 4 or to reduce the risk of its continuance or recurrence.

The Council considers that a period of one hour from the date of service of this Community Protection Notice is sufficient to comply with the requirements of paragraph 9 (a) (b) (c) above.

Aged. (59 years)

As such you are an individual responsible for incidents of unreasonable behaviour namely:

(a) causing intimidation, nuisance and annoyance to neighbouring residents of by you and/or your visitors behaving in a noisy, aggressive, abusive or intimidating manner whilst under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol;

(b) Causing or allowing waste materials to accumulate in those parts of your property which are visible to those in the locality which is adversely affecting the visual appearance of your property and the wider locality.

The Council is satisfied on reasonable grounds that your conduct is having a detrimental effect, of a persistent or continuing nature, on the quality of life of those in the locality and that such conduct is unreasonable.

You were given a Written Warning by the Council dated 31st March 2017 that a Community Protection Notice would be issued unless you complied with the requirements of that Warning.


The Council is satisfied that, despite you having had enough time to deal with the matter, your conduct is still having that effect.


This Community Protection Notice (“CPN”) is now issued against you in accordance with section 43 of the Act.

YOU MUST NOW COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING:

Not to behave in a manner that is reasonably likely to cause intimidation, nuisance, annoyance, alarm, harassment or distress to any person in the locality whether by yourself or by any visitors to the Premises.

Compliance period: by 17:00 hours on the date of service of this Notice upon you.

Arrange for all controlled waste (such as household waste etc.) of whatever description, located on or at the Premises, to be cleared and arrange for its proper disposal to an authorised waste disposal site, whether by having it collected as part of your regular waste collection service by the Council or by taking it yourself to such site.

A list of our waste disposal sites may be found at this link:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Waste/Tip.aspx

or you may telephone the Council on 0345 600 6400 for further details.

Compliance period: within 14 days from the date of service of this Notice upon you.

Ensure that all controlled waste kept on or at the Premises is contained within proper waste receptacles provided by the Council for that purpose pending collection by the Council’s waste collection service, or until such time as you otherwise arrange for it to be taken to an authorised waste disposal site, and that such waste is not left in the open air at the Premises at any time.

Compliance period: within 14 days from the date of service of this Notice upon you.

3. -Environmental Enforcement: 2 FPN's resulted from failure to comply with CPN
- Community Safety: 1 CPN was prosecuted, conviction secured and the individual subsequently fined by the court.  1 further CPN has been breached and prosecution is pending the allocation of a court date.
-Housing: Nil

4. - Environmental Enforcement: Unable to provide this information. One of the persons receiving an FPN was in the 18 - 25 age range.
- Community Safety:
4 Community Protection Warnings were issued to young people between 16-18 years, all others were adults.  1 Community Protection Notice was issued to a young person between 16-18 years; all others were adults.  1 adult was convicted of breaching their CPN and one further adult is in the process of being prosecuted.
- Housing:
See recipients listed in question 2 for specific ages.   See question 3 for sanctions.
Regarding demographic information, ASB teams generally do not hold this information.

5. - Environmental Enforcement: The data provided relates only to our authority. We do not have any shared management systems with police or any other agencies.
- Community Safety: Our data refers only to action taken by the Council, although these are usually with the support of the police and police intelligence may have been used for evidential purposes. The Council in all cases have enforced the warnings and notices although police have provided statements of incidents which constituted a breach of notice.
We do not share a database with police therefore these numbers do not include CPW/CPNs issued by police.
- Housing: The CPNs issued to do not include measurements or shared enforcement with any other statutory agencies.

6.   - Environmental Enforcement: The Information is only kept on our case engagement system.
- Community Safety: In addition to our case management system this information is recorded on a secure spreadsheet.
- Housing: On a shared Google Sheet.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3027
Request Date: 01/09/2017

Question:

Could you please provide a list in excel format of all businesses within your coverage area that currently hold one or more of the following:

- Premises licence
- Caravan site licence

Within these results, please include as far as possible the following details:

1. Business name
2. Business type (hotel, restaurant, etc)
3. Mailing address
4. Business manager / representative
5. Email address

Response:

Please find attached spreadsheets containing the information you have asked for. We are not required to keep information relating to business type and business manager details.


Details:

Reference Number: 3029
Request Date: 01/09/2017

Question:

I wish to request the following information relating operational staff in the local Fire & Rescue under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1. How many of your Fire Stations have fitness/gym equipment on site?
2. Are your Wholetime Firefighters afforded time to access the fitness equipment whilst on duty as part of their contract?
3. Are your Retained Firefighters paid to undertake fitness activities similarly to their Wholetime colleagues?
4. What incentives does the service provide their Retained operational staff to maintain their fitness levels?
5. Please supply a copy of the service’s fitness policy.

Response:

1. All of them -15 stations

2. Yes - 1 hour per shift of duty

3. No.

4. None at present but there is currently a review of Firefighter fitness being planned and one area to be specifically covered is RDS fitness - including the possibility of discounted access to Northumberland County Council fitness centres in their areas.

5. Please see attached Physical Training Policy.


Details:

Reference Number: 3038
Request Date: 05/09/2017

Question:

Under the freedom of information act please could you tell me how many fixed penalty notices were issued for by the council for the following years -

2014
2015
2016

1. Please give a breakdown of what these fixed penalty notices were for by group i.e littering, anti-social behaviour, breach of a PSPO?

2. Does the council employ a private company to issue the fines?  If so what proportion of the fines were issued by the private company? Please state if the company was only employed for part of the period concerned in the FOI.

3. What is the financial arrangement with the private company? i.e paid hourly, get to keep a set proportion of the fine. Please include the hourly rate or proportion of fine paid.

Response:

1.
2014 - 330 (Dog Fouling/Control x 114; Littering x 216)

2015 - 457 (Dog Fouling/Control x 110; Littering x 347)
2016 - 285 (Dog Fouling/Control x 102; Littering x 179; Fly-Tipping x 4)

 

2. We do not employ any private companies to do enforcement.

 

3. We do not employ any private companies to do enforcement.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3040
Request Date: 05/09/2017

Question:

Please may I be provided with the following information:

1) The number of Community Protection Notice (CPN) Warnings issued by the local authority for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017;

2) The number of Community Protection Notices (CPNs) issued by the local authority for the time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017;

3) Brief details of the circumstances/reasons on why each of the CPNs and CPN warnings were issued;

4) The number of fixed penalty notices issued for breach of a CPN for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to September 2017 or the most recent statistics available;

5) The initial ‘fine’ amount of a fixed penalty notice issued for breach of a CPN.

If you are unable to provide details behind each individual CPN Warning and CPN due to exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, please place the circumstances of each CPN Warning and CPN issued under broad categories such as ‘allowing dog to escape/severely overgrown garden/fly tipping in garden,’ alongside the number issued for that offence.

 

Response:

1)
Community Safety:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 15
1 October 2016 to 12 September 2017 = 14

Environmental Enforcement:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = N/A did not start using them till Jan 2016
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 230
1 October 2016 to 12 September 2017 = 74

Housing:
​1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 0
1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 = CPW = 19

2)
Community Safety:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 4
1 October 2016 to 12 September 2017 = 3

Environmental Enforcement:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = N/A did not start using them till Jan 2016
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 14
1 October 2016 to 12 September 2017 = 8

Housing:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015. 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. 0
1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017. CPN = 3

3)

Community Safety:
CPN warnings:
Harassing & Intimidating Behaviour = 17
Alcohol related ASB = 3
Noise and alcohol related ASB =4
Waste/improper use of bins = 1
Feeding/harbouring feral cats = 1
Premises in a dilapidated condition = 1
Not keeping dog under control = 2

CPNs:
Harassing & intimidating behaviour = 2
Alcohol related ASB = 2
Noise and alcohol related ASB = 2
Feeding/harbouring feral cats = 1

Environmental Enforcement:
The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold certain information relating to the circumstances/reasons on why each of the CPNs and CPN warnings were issued.

However, the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. It would take approximately 22 - 28 hours to get this information together because the information requested is not held in a format that can be easily be retrieved. There are currently 336 records and to check each file would take a minimum of 4 -5 mins each to check.

Housing:
Brief details of the circumstances/reasons on why each of the CPNs and CPN warnings were issued;

CPW 1) Such conduct includes:
driving at speed particularly on the Estate including driving on footpath, swerving and targeting pedestrians on those footpaths
the unnecessary revving of engines and the screeching of tyres on the Estate
playing extremely loud music in your home
shouting and using foul, threatening and abusive language

CPW 2) Such conduct includes:
shouting and swearing in the street and in your property.
shouting hate related abuse.
fighting in the street.
indecent behaviour and shouting obscenities in the street.
banging on the dividing wall of your neighbours.
playing extremely loud music in your home.
making excessive noise in your home.

CPW 3) Such conduct includes:
Your premises has been advertised on social network as a venue for underage drinking and illegal drug usage.
Your premises has been the venue whereby large numbers of youths attend and engage in underage consumption of alcohol and taking of illegal drugs.
Your premises has been used to supply alcohol to persons under 18 years of age.
Your premises has been used to supply illegal drugs.
Playing extremely loud music in your home.
Shouting & swearing has been emanating out of your home.

CPW 4) Such conduct includes:
Your premises has been advertised on social network as a venue for underage drinking and illegal drug usage.
Your premises has been the venue whereby large numbers of youths attend and engage in underage consumption of alcohol and taking of illegal drugs.
Your premises has been used to supply alcohol to persons under 18 years of age.
Your premises has been used to supply illegal drugs.
Playing extremely loud music in your home.
Shouting & swearing has been emanating out of your home.

CPW 5) Such conduct includes:
You and your partner shout and swear in the street and in your property.
Insulting, foul, threatening and abusive language is shouted at neighbours. Namely; adult residents, juvenile residents and visitors to your neighbours’ homes.
Throwing eggs at property.
Throwing objects at a neighbour.
Intimidation towards neighbours.
Gesticulating in a foul and abusive manner towards neighbours and their children.
Shouting foul and abusive insults and comments about neighbours whilst in the street.
Encouraging your visitors to be abusive towards your neighbours.
Threats of assaults.
CPN for breach of CPW.

CPW 6) Such conduct is allowing household waste, old building material, cycle frames, cycles tyres, car tyres, gas cannister, broken/unused garden planters, mattresses, easy chair, paint tins, wood furniture etc., to be strewn around your rear garden. Also, your dogs enters your neighbours’ gardens and defecates.

CPW 7) Noise, ASB - CPN for breach of CPW.

CPW 8) ASB

CPW 9) Such conduct includes:
Playing extremely loud music in your home.
You shout and swear in the street and in your property.
Insulting, foul, threatening and abusive language is shouted at neighbours. Namely; adult residents.
Shouting abusive insults and comments about neighbours whilst in the street.
Assaults and threats of assaults.
Fighting in the street.
Damage to property not belonging to you. Namely a vehicle & property windows.
Demanding cigarettes and money from people waiting for buses in the bus station.
CPN for breach of CPW.

CPW 10) Such conduct includes:
Playing extremely loud music in your home.
You, members of your family and your visitors shout and swear in the street.
Members of your family and your visitors enter neighbours’ gardens without permission.
Shouting threatening and abusive words.
Assaults.
Your premises has been the venue whereby youths attend and engage in underage consumption of alcohol.

CPW 11) Such conduct includes:
You, members of your family and your visitors shout and swear in the street.
Members of your family and your visitors enter neighbours’ gardens without permission.
Members of your household and your visitors play football in the street whereby the ball enters people’s gardens and hits off your neighbours’ cars and houses.
Shouting threatening and abusive words.
Assault and threats of assault.
Threatening and abusive language is shouted at neighbours.
Shouting abusive insults and comments about neighbours whilst in the street.

CPW 12) Such conduct includes:
You, members of your family and your visitors shout and swear in the street.
Members of your family and your visitors enter neighbours’ gardens without permission.
Members of your household and your visitors play football in the street whereby the ball enters people’s gardens and hits off your neighbours’ cars and houses.
Shouting threatening and abusive words.
Assault and threats of assault.
Threatening and abusive language is shouted at neighbours.
Shouting abusive insults and comments about neighbours whilst in the street.

CPW 13) Such conduct includes:
Playing extremely loud music in your home. This is often late at night and into the early hours of the morning.
Singing loudly in your premises.
You and your visitors shout and swear in your premises and in the street.
You and your visitors fight in your premises and the street.
Assault.
Making excessive noise in your home.

CPW 14) Such conduct includes:
Playing extremely loud music in your home.
You, members of your family and your visitors shout and swear in the street.
Members of your family and your visitors are riding motorcycles at speed particularly on the estate and surrounding estates. This including driving on footpaths and swerving dangerously through traffic.
You, members of your family and your visitors shout threatening and abusive words.
Assault and threats of assault.
Your premises has been the venue whereby youths attend and engage in anti-social behaviour.
Members of your household and your visitors play football in the street whereby the ball enters people’s gardens and hits off your neighbours’ cars and houses.

CPW 15) Such conduct includes:
Playing extremely loud music in your home.
Members of your household and your visitors are shouting and screaming in your flat, in the communal stairwell and other areas.
Members of your household and your visitors are littering by leaving their empty alcohol cans and alcohol bottles in the car park.
Fighting in the communal areas.
Your premises has been the venue whereby youths attend and engage in anti-social behaviour.
Members of your household and your visitors are damaging Council property; namely, a door window and fire hose doors.
Members of your household and your visitors are smoking in the communal stairwells area of the block.
Members of your household and your visitors are slamming and banging your property doors and the communal block door.
Members of your household and your visitors are making excessive noise when going up and down the block’s communal stairs.

CPW 16) Such conduct includes:
You shout, swear and scream in your property.
You shout, swear and scream in the street.
Fighting in the street.
Your dog barks and howls for long periods of time during the day and night.
Having your television volume on high in your home.
You are slamming and banging your property internal and external doors.
You make excessive noise when going up and down your stairs.
You have provided your neighbours’ addresses to taxi drivers and have alighted the vehicle without paying.

CPW 17) Such conduct includes:
You shout, swear and scream in the premises.
You shout, swear and scream in the street.
Fighting in the street.
Your dog barks and howls for long periods of time during the day and night.
Having your television volume on high in the premises.
You are slamming and banging the premises internal and external doors.
You make excessive noise when going up and down the premises stairs.
You have provided your neighbours’ addresses to taxi drivers and have alighted the vehicle without paying.

CPW 18) Such conduct is allowing household waste to be stored in your garden, your dog defecates in your garden and it isn’t cleansed, wood is strewn around your garden and your garden is overgrown.

CPW 19) Such conduct includes:
Members of your household and your visitors are shouting, swearing and using foul and abusive language in your flat, in the communal stairwell and other areas.
Fighting in the communal areas.
Your visitors are damaging Council property; namely, a door and a wall.
Members of your household and your visitors are slamming and banging the communal block doors.
Members of your household and your visitors are smoking cannabis in your property.
Numerous visitors your property are disturbing your neighbours by shouting, swearing, fighting, threatening neighbours, banging on your neighbours’ windows, whistling loudly up to your flat, banging their bicycles off walls and stair railing. This behaviour can also be into the early hours of the mornings.

4)
Community Safety:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 0
1 October 2016 to 12 September 2017 = 0

Environmental Enforcement:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = N/A did not start using them till Jan 2016
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 1
1 October 2016 to 12 September 2017 = 1

Housing:
FPNs issued = 0

5)

Community Safety:  £100

Environmental Enforcement:  £100 is the amount for breach of a FPN reduced to £80 if paid within 7 days.

Housing:  Not applicable - please see Q.4

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3041
Request Date: 06/09/2017

Question:

Please can I have as much of the following information:

Registration number
Make
Model
Licence to
Licence from

Of all vehicles registered as a hackney carriage or for private hire from 20/02/2017 to 4/09/2017.

Response:

See attachments.


Details:

Reference Number: 3048
Request Date: 06/09/2017

Question:

Please may I be provided with the following information:

1) Details of each Public Spaces Protection Order [PSPO] put forward for consultation by the local authority during the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of what was outlawed under the proposals);

2) Details of each Public Spaces Protection Order [PSPO] introduced by the local authority for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of each act outlawed under the order);

3) The number of fixed penalty notices issued for breach of a PSPO for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to September 2017 or the most recent statistics available;

4) The initial ‘fine’ amount for a fixed penalty notice issued for breach of a PSPO.

 

Response:

1. 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015;
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1

The proposed PSPO will have substantially the same effect as the existing Dog Control Orders, these effects being:

 

The fouling of land by dogs
To make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog which defecates on any land which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access to (with or without payment) including any land which is covered but which is open to the air on at least one side to fail to remove the faeces from the land forthwith.

The exclusion of dogs from land
To make it an offence for any person in charge of a dog to take or allow that dog into any area it is excluded from, namely:

all enclosed children’s play areas within the administrative county of Northumberland at any time;

The area of beach at Newbiggin by the Sea as shown hatched black on a plan annexed to the proposed PSPO at any time from 01 May to 30 September inclusive;

The area of beach at Blyth as shown hatched black on a plan annexed to the proposed PSPO at any time from 01 May to 30 September inclusive;

Dogs on leads
To make it an offence for any person in charge of a dog to fail to keep that dog on a lead of not more than 1.5 metres in length at all times on any land which is:

used as a memorial, burial ground, cemetery or garden of remembrance together with any forecourt, terrace, yard or walkway providing access, and together with adjoining verges, landscaped areas and gardens; or

a designated carriageway (A or B classified roads) together with the adjoining footpaths and verges of such carriageways.

Dogs on leads by direction
To make it an offence for any person in charge of a dog to fail to put and keep that dog on a lead of not more than 1.5 metres in length when directed to do so by an authorised officer or agent of the Council or by a police officer in respect of any land which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access to (with or without payment) including any land which is covered but which is open to the air on at least one side and

Any such direction may only be given if restraint of the dog is necessary to prevent a nuisance or behaviour by the dog likely to cause annoyance or disturbance to any other person on any land to which the PSPO applies or the worrying of any animal or bird.

The effect of the PSPO will further make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog and who appears to be in breach of any provision of the PSPO to:

fail to confirm their full name, address and date of birth when asked to do so by an authorised officer of the Council or by a Police officer; or knowingly make any misstatement to the officer requesting such information.

October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of what was outlawed under the proposals); 0

2) 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 0
1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of each act outlawed under the order); 1 (PSPO attached )

3) 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 0
1 October 2016 to September 2017 or the most recent statistics available; 55

4) Fine is £100 (reduced to £80 if paid within 7 days)

 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3051
Request Date: 07/09/2017

Question:

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

1. Current supplier of service user/customer experience feedback surveys (This may be more than one. For example, one supplier may be providing a survey solution for community feedback whilst a different supplier may provide a survey solution for feedback within care homes and another supplier for contact centre surveys. Please provide details of supplier contracts for all).
2. Value of individual contract(s). Please specify whether “including VAT” or “plus VAT”.
3. Renewal date of current contract(s).
4. Contact details of officer(s) responsible for the contract(s).
5. Brief description of service provided by current supplier.
6. Where contracts have been renewed in the last 6 months, please can you also provide a shortlist of suppliers that bid for each contract.
7. Typical route to tender (i.e., what procurement portal or individual quote requests etc.).
8. Does the authority own and/or run Care Homes and if yes, how many.

 
 

Response:

1.
(a) The survey form that is provided as part of the google operating system/software package.
(b) Picker Institute Europe    
(c) National Highways and Transport Network

2.
(a) no charge
(b) £13,200 (including VAT)
(c) Annual fee = £8700.00

3.

(a) not applicable
(b) 2018
(c) No contract in place. Annual membership

4. Not applicable

5.

(a) & (b) Not applicable
(c) Annual Customer Service Satisfaction survey for Highways and Transport

6. Not applicable

7. Dependent upon value of term as to route. Any quotes or tenders would be published through ProContract. ProContract is widely used across the Public Sector. ProContract can be access using the following Council Link https://procontract.due-north.com/Login or Google.

8. The authority has two in–house care homes.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3063
Request Date: 12/09/2017

Question:

Illegal car clocking/ vehicle mileage adjustment is in the news at the moment as such could you answer the following questions.

1) How many cases of car clocking has your council investigated in the last 5 years?

2) Of those cases, how many were dealt with by prosecuting the suspected offenders?

3) How many of those prosecutions were successful?

4) In total, how many vehicles were involved in the successfully prosecuted cases?

5) What is your council’s policy for alerting innocent members of the public and motor trade to vehicles the council has successfully proven have been "clocked"?

6) Can you provide confirmation in respect of question 5 of the type of action you have taken to warn people about the vehicles you have discovered to have been clocked?
For example, publishing ‎vehicle details, alerting Auto Trader or other specialist publications; registering data with HPI and other mileage data services.

7) Has the council or trading standards department seized any "clocked" vehicles ‎over the past five years and subsequently destroyed them?

 

Response:

1) 2 on-going

2) See 1 above

3) See 1 above

4) See 1 above

5) Press Releases are put out.

6) See 5 above

7) No


Details:

Reference Number: 3074
Request Date: 11/09/2017

Question:

1. Which of your services trade to generate profit (please include services delivered through arms-length companies or similar bodies)?

2. How many staff are employed in each of the service areas listed in your answer to question 1 (please break you answer down into: senior managers [i.e. Head of Service or above], middle managers and supervisors, front line operatives including team leaders?

3. Of the staff listed for question 2, how many of them are subject to some form of performance related pay incentive?

4. What performance areas are targeted by the performance related pay incentives identified in your response to question 3?

5. How have the performance areas detailed in your answer to question 4 performed over the past 3 years (or since the performance related pay was introduced if it has been in place for less than 3 years)?

6. If your answer to question 5 identifies that the performance of any areas has not improved, has your authority identified any reasons why the performance related pay has not delivered the desired result?

Response:

1. Within Learning & Development, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service has two service areas generating profit;
Commercial Training
Driving School

2. Commercial Training x 1 full time staff member and Driving School x 1 full time member of staff

3. Neither are subject to performance related pay.

4. Not applicable.

5. Not applicable.

6. Not applicable.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3084
Request Date: 15/09/2017

Question:

1. How many complaints did the council receive about seagulls in each of the following years – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?

2. In each of the years referred to in Question 1: (i) what measures, if any, were taken by the council directly against seagulls (for example, egg or nest removal or installation of roof spikes) and (ii) how much did each measure cost?

3. In each of the years referred to in Question 1, what measures, if any, were taken by the council either directly against members of the public in relation to feeding seagulls (for example, anti-social behavioural measures or fines) or to deter members of the public from feeding seagulls (for example, public education, such as leaflets or street signage about bird-feeding)?

4.
(i) What measures, if any, have been taken by the council so far this year (up to 31 July 2017) in relation to seagulls, and
(ii) how much has each measure cost?


5.
(i) Has the council introduced any Public Space Protection Orders relating to seagulls (for example, prohibiting people from feeding seagulls within a defined area) under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014? If so,
(ii) what is the specified offence relating to seagulls, and
(iii) how many fixed penalty notices have been issued in relation to it since its introduction?
(iv) If the council has not introduced any Public Space Protection Orders for this purpose, has it discussed and/or consulted on doing so?


6.
(i) Has the council introduced any Public Space Protection Orders relating to the feeding of any other birds (for example, pigeons) under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014?
(ii) If so, what is the specified offence, and
(iii) how many fixed penalty notices have been issued in relation to it since its introduction?


7.
(i) Has the council issued any Community Protection Notices under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 in relation to the feeding of seagulls or the feeding of any other birds?
(ii) If so, how many such Notices have been issued, and for what specific reason (with a breakdown please – in relation to seagulls/other birds)?

 

Response:

1.

2010 there was 2 seagull complaints
2011 there was 4 seagull complaints
2012 there was 8 seagull complaints
2013 there was 16 seagull complaints
2014 there was 11 seagull complaints
2015 there was 9 seagull complaints
2016 there was 7 seagull complaints
2017 to date have been 7 seagull complaints

2.

(i) In 2016 we took the following action:
Bird spikes on the roof were reinforced as the seagulls were taking them off and throwing them to the ground -
(ii) cost £2484
Gull Bird net was installed on the flat roof. This would prevent the gulls access to the roof in question and nesting in this area -
(ii) cost £1897.50

3. Informal letters are sent to persons feeding birds in their homes. No fines have been imposed or actions taken under The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 by this authority.

4.

(i) No measures have were taken against the seagulls but complainants have been advised in all cases either by telephone, an e-mail or a letter.
(ii) No cost incurred.

5.

(i) The Council has not introduced any Public Space Protection Orders for seagulls.
(ii) None.
(iii) None.
(iv) Not at present.

6.

(i) The Council has not introduced any Public Space Protection Orders for feeding of birds.
(ii) None.
(iii) None.

7.

(i) No Community Protection Notices have been issued in relation to feeding seagulls.
(ii) None.


Details:

Reference Number: 3107
Request Date: 20/09/2017

Question:

For Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and in respect of the policy your organisation has in relation to replacement of vehicle tyres.

This might be on fleets directly managed or fleets managed on behalf of the organisation by an external provider or relate to the guidance or instruction given to employees or contractors in the event of a personal vehicle being used for a work purpose.

Specifically I am interested to learn:

1. What is the number of vehicles is owned by your organisation (vehicle fleets both directly managed by the organisation or by an external organisation)?

2. What are the types of vehicle owned by your organisation (e.g. car, small delivery van, larger delivery vehicle, 4x4, special purpose vehicle etc.)?

3. Is there a minimum tread depth at which tyres must be replaced? This might be at a tread depth greater than the 1.6mm legal minimum or it might be that drivers are reminded of the legal minimum.

4. If an instruction is not in place, is there advice or guidance given and if so, what is that guidance?

5. If the organisation has vehicles that provide an emergency response and/or have to contend with specific conditions, e.g. sometimes operate off-road, as well as vehicles involved in routine journeys, please provide details if there a variance between the instruction and/or advice given.

6. If some or all of the vehicles used for a work purpose are managed by an external provider, please detail whether the policy on tyre replacement is that of your organisation or something in place from that provider.

7. Please provide details of any related instructions and/or guidance related to tyres - for example (though not exhaustive) how regularly tyre checks (tread, wear, inflation, damage) should happen? whether winter tyres and summer tyres are used during the appropriate seasons? and so on.

8. Please provide details if tyres used on vehicles for a work purpose have to be from an identified list of manufacturers or might be recommended to be from an identified list of manufacturers or whether there is more general guidance, e.g. 'only premium tyres should be fitted' or 'budget tyres are not advised'. Please provide this information covering vehicles that might be directly managed or managed by an external provider or in the circumstance of a private vehicle being used for a work purpose - identifying any variance on the requirement or advice in every instance.

Response:

1. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service have 89 vehicles which are owned by Northumberland County Council.

2. The type of vehicles and number in brackets owned by Northumberland County Council (Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service) are as follows;

Dennis Sabre appliance (12)
Volvo appliance (16)
MAN prime mover (2)
Vauxhall Corsa car (3)
Vauxhall Vivaro crew van (5)
Vauxhall Vivaro van (2)
Vauxhall Movano van (1)
Mercedes Benz Sprinter 4x4 van (5)
Ford Ranger 4x4 pickup (20)
Ford Transit minibus (1)
Kia Sportage car (1)
Nissan Qashqai car (2)
VW Tiguan car (1)
Kia Sportage KX1 car 4x4 (2)
Kia Sportage KX2 car 4x4 (1)
Kia Sportage KX4 car 4x4 (2)
Nissan Qashqai car 4x4 (4)
Hyundai IX35 car 4x4 (1)
Volvo XC60 car 4x4 (6)
Vauxhall Mokka.car 4x4 (2)

3. The minimum tread depth at which tyres on non Fire Appliance vehicles are replaced is 1.6mm.

The minimum tread depth at which tyres on Fire Appliance vehicles are replaced is 3mm.

4. Not applicable.

5. There is no variance.

6. The policy on tyre replacement is that of our organisation.

7. Guidance on daily, walk-around checks is outlined in the attached Driver Compliance Record (Driver’s Handbook).

8. Premium tyres.  Fire appliances keep the tyre type and specification that they passed the EN specification with.


Details:

Reference Number: 3118
Request Date: 21/09/2017

Question:

As of 1st September 2017:
Dangerous wild animal (DWA) licences:
1) How many DWA licences are currently issued in your area?
2) How many of these DWA licences are issued for big cats( tigers, lions, jaguars, and leopards, big cat hybrids)?
and please indicate for each of the above licences, the big cat species and the number of animals per species?
3) If tigers are licensed, please indicate if any restriction is placed on the breeding of the animals. If there are no restrictions, would the current licence cover the offspring?
4) How many DWA licences are issued for bears and please indicate for each of these licences, the bear species and the number of animals per species?
5) How many applications for licences to keep wild animals under the DWA Act have been refused in your area in the last 12 months?
And on what grounds were they refused?
6) If there are big cats or bears licensed in your area, please provide copies of all licences, and the most recent relevant veterinary and inspection report(s) for each licence (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured). If no written reports are available, please indicate the date on which the most recent report was conducted and the outcome of the visit.

Zoo licences:
1) How many zoo licences are currently issued in your area?
2) How many zoo licences are issued for/ cover big cats and please indicate for each of these licences, the big cats species and the number of animals per species?
3) How many zoo licences are issued for/ cover bears and please indicate for each licence, the species and the number of animals per species?
4) If there are big cats or bears licensed in your area, please provide copies of all licences (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured).

Travelling circus licences:
1) How many licences are issued ( as of the 1st of September 2017) to operate a travelling circus in your area?
2) What animals do these licences cover?

 

Response:

DWA licences
1. 4
2. 0
3. 0
4. 0
5. 0
6. 0

Zoo Licensing
1. 4
2. 0
3. 0
4. 0

Travelling Circus
1. 0


Details:

Reference Number: 3122
Request Date: 25/09/2017

Question:

Please could you let me know how many times in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016, the fire service has responded to emergency calls made about fireworks being posted through letterboxes at (i) residential and (b) commercial properties.

 

Response:

Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service responded to emergency calls made about fireworks being posted through letterboxes at residential (domestic) properties as follows.

(a) 2014 = 2
(b) 2015 = 0
(c) 2016 = 0

There have been no incidents of this nature at any commercial properties.


Details:

Reference Number: 3130
Request Date: 27/09/2017

Question:

I am writing to request the information specified in the enclosed table under the 2000 Freedom of Information Act.  The questions addressed to local authorities refer to housing standards enforcement.

 

The answers are requested across the following financial years:  2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17.  If the information is/was held but is not available or accessible insert N/A in the appropriate cell.  If the information is/was not kept inset N/K in the relevant cell.  If questions cannot be answered because the cost of doing so is deemed to be unreasonable, please provide answers up until this point in the order they have been asked.

 

For Question 2, please provide the number of each type of hazard across the given categories of accommodation for all three years:

 

(e.g. 2a. Social Housing, 2014/15: F: 25 EC: 10 DM:13...etc)

 

1

a. How many staff were employed (directly or indirectly) by the Local Authority to inspect properties?

b. Of these, how many were qualified Environmental Health Officers?

c. Of these, how many were other staff?

 

2. In each of the following categories of accommodation (both single households and houses in multiple occupation/HMOs), specify the number of each type of Category 1 hazard assessed using the key:  Fire=F, Excess Cold=EC, Damp and Mould=DM, Falling Hazards=FH, Carbon Monoxide (and products of Combustion)=CM, Crowding and Space=CS, Other=O

 
  1. Social Housing

  2. Private Renter Sector

  3. Owner-occupier

 

3.  How many of the following actions were taken under Part 1 of the 2004 Housing Act, whether for Category 1 or Category 2 hazards (s.11 &/or s.12)?

 
  1. Improvement Notice (including suspended notices)

  2. Prohibition Order (including suspended notices)

  3. Emergency Remedial Action

  4. Emergency Prohibition Order

  5. Hazard Awareness Notice

  6. Other

 

4. In how many of the above instances (Q3) was the person having control a registered provider (Housing Association)?

 

5. Of the actions at Q3, how many were related to single household dwellings?

 

6. How many prosecutions were there for offences under Part 1?

 

7. On how many occasions was ‘work in default’ of compliance with an Improvement Notice carried out (including by agreement)?

 

8.

  1. Does the local authority have additional licensing or selective licensing for any of the years YES/NO

  2. Whether or not there has been additional or selective licensing, how many units or accommodation have been improved by conditions attached to licences under Part 2 or Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004?


Response:

See attachment

 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3141
Request Date: 29/09/2017

Question:

1. How many licences have been granted for a Licence to keep Dangerous Wild Animals in each of the following years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (in financial or calendar years, however this information is held)?

1 a): how many people currently have a valid licence to keep dangerous wild animals?

2. Please can you provide a breakdown as to what dangerous wild animals were included in the granting of the licence in those same years requested in question 1.

3. If possible, please could you provide how many licences have been revoked in those same years as requested in question 1 and the reasons given?

 

Response:

1.

2013 - 0
2014 - 1
2015 - 1
2016 - 1
2017 - 1

1a): 2

2.

2014 - 1, Cayman Croc
2015 - 1, Cayman Croc
2016 - 1 Cayman Croc. 1 f1 Serval
2017 - 1 Cayman Croc. 1 f1 Serval

3.

2013 - 0 revoked
2014 - 0 revoked
2015 - 0 revoked
2016 - .0 revoked
2017 - 0 revoked

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3157
Request Date: 02/10/2017

Question:

The number of vegan restaurants operating in the North East in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Please specify if any vegan restaurants have opened in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

 

Response:

We do not hold this information so are unable to provide any figures.


Details:

Reference Number: 3158
Request Date: 02/10/2017

Question:

What food rating do the kitchen's in the prisons in your area have?
 

What were the food ratings for those kitchens in 2016, 2015 and 2014?

 

Response:

We have one prison within Northumberland County which currently has as 'Food Hygiene Rating Scheme' score of 5. It has maintained its 5 score rating throughout the time periods requested.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3169
Request Date: 03/10/2017

Question:

In the calendar years April 2017 to October 2017 & April 2016 to October 2016:

The number of:

1. Fixed Penalty Notices issued for littering

2. Fixed Penalty Notices paid for littering

3. Prosecutions made for non-payment of Fixed Penalty Notices for littering

(Please include FPNs issued for other offences such as dog fouling separately)

4. Litter Abatement Notices under S92 of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) issued

5. Street Litter Control Notices (EPA S93 & 94) issued

6. Litter Clearance Notices (EPA S92A) issued.

 

Response:

1.

April - October 2016 = 111
April - October 2017 = 49

2. April - October 2016 = 81
April - October 2017 = 45

3.

April - October 2016 = 30
April - October 2017 = 4

 

(April - October 2016 Dog Fouling FPN's 52, April - October 2017 Dog Fouling FPN's 33)

4. None

5. None

6. None

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3175
Request Date: 04/10/2017

Question:

Relating to the following three premises:

· Coach and Horses, 32 Priestpopple, Hexham, NE46 1PQ.
· County Hotel, Priestpopple, Hexham, NE46 1PS.
· Falcon Inn, Eastwood Terrace, Prudhoe, NE42 5DN.

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.

 

Response:

We have no record of any enforcement action or issues concerning the above premises, over the last 2 years, which resulted in or may result in any proceedings being brought under the Licensing Act 2003 or review of the Premises Licence in respect of noise or environmental issues.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3178
Request Date: 05/10/2017

Question:

1) What was the gross cost of operational training in your fire service in the previous ten financial years? (please separate by financial year: 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17)

2) How many a) full time fire fighters and b) retained firefighters were employed in the previous ten financial years (please separate by financial year: 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17)

3) How many days did a) full time fire fighters and b) retained firefighters spend on operational training in the previous ten financial years? (please separate by financial year: 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17)

 

Response:

1) The gross cost of operational training in Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service for the years which we have financial information available is outlined below:

 

Year

Amount

2016/17    

£181,634

2015/16    

£184,941

2014/15    

£159,711

2013/14    

£172,904

2012/13    

£251,001

2011/12    

£242,272

2010/11    

£243,684

2009/10    

£304,207


2)

 

Year

Full time Firefighters

Retained Firefighters

2007/08

205

215

2008/09

Data is not available

Data is not available

2009/10

205

194

2010/11

202

206

2011/12

165

206

2012/13

167

216

2013/14

161

210

2014/15

144

214

2015/16

142

192

2016/17

142

185

2017/18

142

162


3) In order to ascertain the annual operational training time, NFRS Learning & Development have had to interrogate the Redkite training database. The system does not allow and is not set up to report solely on operational training en masse as a group and therefore our Redkite Administrator had to conduct a search and report on an individual's record.

Because of the differences in frequency of training between Wholetime and Retained personnel, we interrogated a firefighter from both areas, the following are the average timings from each step of the process, this is then multiplied by the actual number of operational personnel within the organisation to give a time which it would take to find the total for all staff.

This piece of work took an average time of 23 minutes per record, the overall total of operational staff = 291 and with no means of verifying the data, manual interrogation is needed.


Details:

Reference Number: 3181
Request Date: 05/10/2017

Question:

Please could I have a copy of the Food Safety officer’s report for the following premises?

The Schooner Hotel
8 Northumberland Street Alnmouth Northumberland
NE66 2RS

Response:

Please see attached the requested Food Hygiene Inspection Report.


Details:

Reference Number: 3197
Request Date: 09/10/2017

Question:

Please could you provide the following figures, for each year since 2007:

1. How many full time-equivalent Fire Safety Officers have been employed by the fire service in each year?

2. How many on-site inspections were carried out by the fire service in each year?

3. How many enforcement notices were issued by the fire service each year?

4. How many prosecutions were brought by the fire service each year?

 

Response:

 
 

How many full time-equivalent Fire Safety Officers have been employed by the fire service in each year?

How many on-site inspections were carried out by the fire service in each year? (* see note)

How many enforcement notices were issued by the fire service each year?

How many prosecutions were brought by the fire service each year?

2007/2008

11

2178

18

2

2008/2009

11

2634

8

0

2009/2010

11

3185

12

0

2010/2011

11

2783

14

1

2011/2012

9

2809

4

0

2012/2013

9

2523

5

0

2013/2014

9

2986

3

0

2014/2015

9

2916

0

0

2015/2016

7

2364

2

0

2016/2017

7

3211

4

1

2017/2018

6 (part year to 12/10/2017)

1640 (part year to 12/10/2017)

0 (part year to 12/10/2017)

0 (part year to 12/10/2017)

 

* The total number of jobs will include some statutory consultations that did not involve a ‘site visit’ by an officer, but will have involved work in relation to the consultation.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3199
Request Date: 09/10/2017

Question:

Please release the following information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. In 2016 and 2017 which restaurants received poor food hygiene ratings, and a breakdown of the reports.

Response:

See attached redacted pdf of restaurant food inspections (0 to 2* rating) 2016-2017.


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3217
Request Date: 12/10/2017

Question:

1. How many disabled people have you victimised, harassed or abused?

2. How many times have you been notified of victimisation, harassment or abuse but ignored it?

3. How many prosecutions for misleading prices offences have you taken? (per year since 2004)

4. How many times have you attempted to discipline anyone for doing too much/extra work?

5. How many times have you commenced disciplinary action against an employee without telling the subject of those proceedings what they were alleged to have done wrong?

6. How many times have you failed to make reasonable adjustments as required by law to assist disabled employees?

7. How many times have you deliberately set about to orchestrate the dismissal of a dedicated, decorated, diligent if disabled employee?

8. How many times have you, or any of your officers, lied to a court of law?

9. How many times have you prosecuted anyone for telling the truth?

10. How many episodes of abuse have you condoned?

 

Response:

1. None

2. None

3. None

4. None

5. None

6.None

7. None

8. None

9. None

10. None

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3252
Request Date: 23/10/2017

Question:

1. How many complaints were there in 2016 about neighbours having noisy sex?

2. How many of these complaints were investigated?

3. What was the total cost of these investigations?

4. How many of these resulted in a conviction?

Response:

1. One complaint was received in 2016

2. One complaint was investigated in 2016

3. No such records are kept

4. No investigation resulted in a conviction

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3255
Request Date: 23/10/2017

Question:

1) The number of vehicles reported as abandoned within your local authority area in 2017 (to date), 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

2) The number of abandoned vehicles removed by your local authority in 2017 (to date), 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

3) The number of abandoned vehicles destroyed by your local authority in 2017 (to date), 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

4) The amount of money spent by your local authority on removing and destroying abandoned vehicles in 2017 (to date), 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

5) The amount of money in fines distributed by your local authority to people for abandoning their vehicles in 2017 (to date), 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Response:

1)
2012/13 - 45
2013/14 - 55
2014/15 - 157
2015/16 - 361
2016/17 - 510
2017/18 April - September - 281

2)
2012/13 - 4
2013/14 - 6
2014/15 - 5
2015/16 - 24
2016/17 - 55
2017/18 April - September - 26

3)
2012/13 - 4
2013/14 - 6
2014/15 - 5
2015/16 - 24
2016/17 - 55
2017/18 April - September - 26

4)
2012/13 - £1532.57
2013/14 - £1441.90
2014/15 - £270.00
2015/16 - £1809.30
2016/17 - £4448.18
2017/18 April - September - £1986.80

5) Fines issued:
2012/13 - None
2013/14 - None
2014/15 - None
2015/16 - None
2016/17 - 2 x fines totaling £400
2017/18 April - September - 4 x fines totalling £800

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3258
Request Date: 24/10/2017

Question:

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for information relating to Pet Shops and dog breeders.

For all pet shops that are currently licensed to sell puppies from the premises:

1. Please can you provide the current licenses for 2016/17 including number of puppies permitted to be stocked at any one time on the premises and licence conditions.

2. Please can you provide inspection reports for 2015, 2016 and 2017 if available.

3. If held, please can you supply details of where puppies are sourced from.

4. Please can you advise if the licensee holds an Animal Transportation Certificate and if so, have any inspections of vehicles and transports been made since 2015.

5. Please can you advise the number, nature and outcome of any complaints made since 01/01/2015.

6. Please can you also provide the following for all Licensed Dog Breeders, including those also licensed as pet shops:

a. The two most recent inspection reports.

b. Licence details.

c. Number of breeding bitches permitted under the licence (if not stated in the inspection report and licence details).

Response:

See attached licences and inspection reports


Details:

Reference Number: 3261
Request Date: 24/10/2017

Question:

How many fines has your local authority levied on letting agents for breaches of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 since it came into force?

 

Response:

0


Details:

Reference Number: 3290
Request Date: 30/10/2017

Question:

1. Between November 2 2016 and October 30 2017 how many fire deaths has your fire service recorded where emollient/paraffin-based cream was listed as a factor?
Please could you provide details of each incident, including the date it happened, the age of the victim and a brief description of the circumstances.
For example if the victim was in a bed and lit a cigarette which caused emollient skin cream to catch fire, please state that.

2. Between November 2 and October 30 2017 how many fire incidents were you called to in which a person was injured but did not die, where emollient/paraffin-based cream was listed as a factor.
Again could you please provide details.

3. Could you please state whether your incident reporting system contains a category specifically for reporting the presence of emollient/paraffin creams?

 

Response:

1. Zero.

2. Zero.

3. There is no option on our incident reporting system to record this.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3292
Request Date: 30/10/2017

Question:

Can you please give me some more guidance on the CPN warning and the CPN for the feeding/harbouring of feral cats?

Who was it issued to? What were the circumstances? It is a little vague at the moment.

 

Response:

Please find enclosed a copy of the CPW and CPN which we hope will provide the information you require.  Please note personal information regarding the recipient of the notice has been redacted.

 

In the present case the County Council takes the view that some information is exempt under section 40, on the basis that it is personal information. In this case the Authority relies on sections 40(2) and (3a).

Section 40 - Personal information .

(1) Any information to which a request for information relates is exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the data subject.

(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also exempt information if- (a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1), and (b) either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.

(3) The first condition is- (a) in a case where the information falls within any of paragraphs (a) to (d) of the definition of "data" in section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene- (i) any of the data protection principles, or (ii) section 10 of that Act (right to prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress), and (b) in any other case, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene any of the data protection principles if the exemptions in section 33A(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (which relate to manual data held by public authorities) were disregarded.

(4) The second condition is that by virtue of any provision of Part IV of the Data Protection Act 1998 the information is exempt from section 7(1)(c) of that Act (data subject's right of access to personal data).

(5) The duty to confirm or deny- (a) does not arise in relation to information which is (or if it were held by the public authority would be) exempt information by virtue of subsection (1), and (b) does not arise in relation to other information if or to the extent that either- (i) the giving to a member of the public of the confirmation or denial that would have to be given to comply with section 1(1)(a) would (apart from this Act) contravene any of the data protection principles or section 10 of the Data Protection Act 1998 or would do so if the exemptions in section 33A(1) of that Act were disregarded, or (ii) by virtue of any provision of Part IV of the Data Protection Act 1998 the information is exempt from section 7(1)(a) of that Act (data subject's right to be informed whether personal data being processed).

(6) In determining for the purposes of this section whether anything done before 24th October 2007 would contravene any of the data protection principles, the exemptions in Part III of Schedule 8 to the Data Protection Act 1998 shall be disregarded.

(7) In this section-

"the data protection principles" means the principles set out in Part I of Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998, as read subject to Part II of that Schedule and section 27(1) of that Act;

"data subject" has the same meaning as in section 1(1) of that Act;

"personal data" has the same meaning as in section 1(1) of that Act.

Public Interest Test Considerations

Section 40(2) is a qualified exemption which means that the information falling within the exemption still has to be released unless the public interest in disclosure is outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the exemption.

The reasons why the public interest favours withholding the information (OR declining to confirm or deny that it is held) are in the present case Northumberland County Council takes the view the information you have requested is exempt from disclosure under Section 40 of the Act. Section 40 of the sets out various exemptions to the right of access for information that is protected by the Data Protection Act 1998. The full text of Section 40 is appended to this letter.


Your request for information includes personal data within the meaning of Section 40(7) of the Act and Section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998. The personal information held by the Council falling within the scope of your request includes the personal data of third parties.
The term “personal data” is defined in the Data Protection Act as amended by the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 defines personal data as meaning data which relates to a living individual who can be identified from those data, or from those data and other information which is in the possession of, or is likely to come into the possession of, the data controller, and includes any expression of opinion about the individual and any indication of the intentions of the data controller or any other person in respect of the individual.


Section 40(2) and (3)(a)(i) of the Act provide personal data are exempt information if the disclosure of the information would contravene any of the eight data protection principles defined in Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act 1998.


Where disclosure by a public authority of the personal data sought would contravene any of the eight data protection principles it is absolutely exempt from disclosure

The First Data Protection Principle states:
Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and, in particular, shall not be processed unless-
(a) at least one of the conditions in Schedule 2 is met, and
(b) in the case of sensitive personal data, at least one of the conditions in Schedule 3 is also met
The first data protection principle is designed to ensure that any disclosure of personal information is fair and lawful.

We have carefully considered whether the third party personal data held by the County Council and falling within the scope of your request can be disclosed to you under the first data protection principle.

As to the concept of fairness, we have carefully considered the following factors in determining whether or not the disclosure of third party personal information would be fair to the individuals concerned.

    Whether the information is sensitive personal data as defined by Section 2 of the Data Protection Act 1998.
    The possible consequences of disclosure on the individual concerned
    the reasonable expectations of the individual, taking into account: their expectations both at the time the information was collected and at the time of the request
    the nature of the information itself and the circumstances in which it was obtained;
    whether the information has been or remains in the public domain
    the Freedom of Information principles of transparency and accountability
    Any legitimate public interest in the public having access to the information and the balance between these and the rights and freedoms of the data subjects.

The County Council has concluded it would be unfair to the individuals concerned to disclose their personal information into the public domain. Disclosure under the Act is to the word at large. The third party personal information held by the County Council is not in the public domain. Furthermore, we do not have the consent of the data subjects to disclose their personal information. The County Council considers the data subjects would have a reasonable expectation of privacy regarding personal information provided to it in confidence, and that such information would not be made public or be released in response to a Freedom of Information request.
The consequences of disclosure of the third party information are likely to be significant for the data subjects concerned. Disclosure of the information would constitute an unwarranted interference with the privacy of the individuals.

Moreover, the County Council considers there is no legitimate public interest in the disclosure of the third party personal information. The public interest in the context of Act means the public good, not what is of interest to the public, and not the private interests of the requester.
Note that you are not obliged to explain why an exemption applies or why the balance of the public interest favours non-disclosure if to do so would involve the disclosure of exempt information).

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3295
Request Date: 30/10/2017

Question:

I request a copy of an email sent to the council with regards to a blockage of the right of way at farm Black Hall by a car.


Response:

See attachment


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3299
Request Date: 01/11/2017

Question:

Can you please provide the following information drawn from the UKFSS database for 2015 and 2016:

i) Details of all meat and meat products, game and poultry that were submitted for sampling analysis by you (the local authority).

Please include at the minimum:

- The date of the test
- The premises type
- The level 4 category description
- The food description
- The nature of the product (raw, processed, ready to eat, etc)
- The type of hazard tested for
- Whether it passed
- Any enforcement action
- Any post-enforcement follow up action and its findings

ii) Details of all meat and meat products, game and poultry that were subject to food labeling checks by you (the local authority).

Please include at the minimum:

- The date of the test
- The premises type
- The level 4 category description
- The food description
- The nature of the product (raw, processed, ready to eat, etc)
- Whether the product was compliant with labeling rules
- If non-compliant, the specific labeling fault (eg nutritional declaration, allergen declaration etc)
- Any enforcement action
- Any post-enforcement follow up action and its findings

 

Response:

Please see the attached excel spreadsheet which includes information requested in section i) however, we are unable to provide 'enforcement action' or 'post enforcement follow up' as this information is not recorded on UKFSS.  Please note that for the information requested in section i) we have listed all the tests carried out, this includes where multiple tests have been carried out on the same sample.

We are unable to provide the information requested in section ii), this information is not recorded on UKFSS.


Details:

Reference Number: 3313
Request Date: 06/11/2017

Question:

1) The Government guidance states: "Whilst LAs are under no specific legal obligation to maintain a list under section 167, the Government recommends strongly that they do so. Without such a list the requirements of section 165 of the Act do not apply, and drivers may continue to refuse the carriage of wheelchair users, fail to provide them with assistance, or to charge them extra."
Please can you indicate whether you do now have a list of wheelchair accessible taxis under your powers set out in Section 167 of the Equality Act 2010, and/or a list of wheelchair accessible private hire vehicles?

2) If you do now have such a list, please provide information in response to the following questions 2a) to 2j):
2a) On what date was it put in place?
2b) The statutory guidance states "The Government therefore recommends that a vehicle should only be included in the authority’s (S167) list if it would be possible for the user of a “reference wheelchair” to enter, leave and travel in the passenger compartment in safety and reasonable comfort whilst seated in their wheelchair."
Is this the definition you have used for a taxi or PHV to be considered wheelchair accessible for the purposes of the list?

2c) The statutory guidance states: "Before drivers can be subject to the duties under section 165 of the Act, the LA must first publish their list of designated vehicles, and clearly mark it as ‘designated for the purposes of section 165 of the Act’. LAs should ensure that their designated lists are made easily available to passengers, and that vehicle owners and drivers are made aware. Lists should set out the details of the make and model of the vehicle, together with specifying whether the vehicle is a taxi or private hire vehicle, and stating the name of operator."
Have you published your list? Is it marked "designated for the purposes of Section 165 of the Act"? Is the make and model of each vehicle listed? Is each vehicle identified as a taxi or a private hire vehicle? Is the name of the operator of each vehicle given in the list? Have you made owners and drivers of vehicles on the list aware that their vehicle has been listed?

2d) The guidance states: "it would also be helpful to include information about the size and weight of wheelchair that can be accommodated, and whether wheelchairs that are larger than a “reference wheelchair” can be accommodated."
Does your list include information on each vehicle as to the size and weight of wheelchair that can be accommodated, and whether wheelchairs larger than a "reference wheelchair" can be accommodated?

2e) The guidance states: "We encourage LAs to provide drivers of taxis and PHVs who are not exempt from the duties with clear guidance on their duties with respect to the carriage of passengers in wheelchairs, either as part of existing driver-facing guidance, or as supplementary communication."
Have you provided non-exempt taxi/PHV drivers with such guidance?

2f) The guidance states: "We recommend that licensing authority rules for drivers are updated to make clear when a meter can and cannot be left running".
Have you updated such rules to make this clear?

2g) The guidance states: "Section 172 of the Act enables vehicle owners to appeal against the decision of a LA to include their vehicles on the designated list. That appeal should be made to the Magistrate’s Court, or in Scotland the sheriff, and must be made within 28 days of the vehicle in question being included on the LA’s published list."
Please tell me how many such applications have been made to the Magistrates Court, and how many have been successful.

2h) How many drivers has the authority prosecuted for discriminatory behaviour contrary to S165 of the Act? How many such prosecutions were successful? What were the sentences?

2i) How many drivers licensed by yourselves have been prosecuted by other people or bodies for failure to comply with S165 of the Act? How many such prosecutions were successful? What were the sentences?

2j) Where drivers have been prosecuted under S165 of the Act, thus affecting their standing as a "fit and proper person", what resultant disciplinary action have you taken in respect of their taxi or private hire vehicle drivers' licenses?

3) If you do not have a S167 list or lists now, please indicate if you still intend to produce such a list.

4) If you don't have a S167 list but do intend to produce one, please provide information in response to questions 4a) and 4b) below.
4a) Please indicate when you intend to have the list in place.
4b) Where you have already made relevant decisions, please indicate whether you intend to comply with the elements of the statutory guidance set out in 2b) to 2f) above.

5) Irrespective of whether you have created a list or not or indeed whether you intend to create such a list, since 2010 you have been obliged to process applications under Section 166 of the Equality Act for driver medical exemptions from the duty to transport and not discriminate against wheelchair users. The Guidance states; "the Act allows LAs to grant exemptions from the duties to individual drivers. These provisions are contained in section 166, and were commenced on 1st October 2010."

5a) How many exemptions have you granted under S166 of the Equality Act 2010?

5b) The guidance states: "We understand that some licensing authorities have already put in place procedures for accessing and exempting drivers, and as an absolute minimum, we think that the evidence provided should be in the form of a letter or report from a general practitioner."
Do you accept or require a letter or report from a GP to process applications for driver exemption under S166?

5c) The guidance states: "The Government’s view is that decisions on exemptions will be fairer and more objective if medical assessments are undertaken by professionals who have been specifically trained and who are independent of the applicant. We would recommend that independent medical assessors are used where a long-term exemption is to be issued, and that LAs use assessors who hold appropriate professional qualifications and who are not open to bias because of a personal or commercial connection to the applicant"
Have you appointed independent medical assessors to determine applications for medical exemption under S166?

5d) Please provide a copy of your application form for driver exemption under S166.

5e) The guidance states: "Section 172 of the Act enables drivers to appeal against the decision of a LA not to issue an exemption certificate. That appeal should be made to the Magistrate’s Court, or a sheriff in Scotland, and must be made within 28 days beginning with the date of the refusal."
How many appeals against refusal to issue S166 exemptions have been heard?

5f) How many appeals against refusal to issue S166 exemptions were successful?

6) The guidance states: "We would therefore recommend that LAs also publish a list of vehicles that are accessible to passengers in wheelchairs who are able to transfer from their wheelchair into a seat within the vehicle. It should be made clear however that this list of vehicles has not been published for the purposes of section 165 of the Act and drivers of those vehicles are therefore not subject to the legal duties to provide assistance."
Do you currently publish a list of vehicles that are accessible to passengers in wheelchairs who are able to transfer from their wheelchairs into a seat within the vehicle?

 

Response:

1) No

2) N/A

3) Yes

4)
4a) 14 December 2017
4b) Yes

5)
5a) 0
5b) Yes
5c) No
5d) Attached
5e) 0
5f) 0

6) No


Details:

Reference Number: 3315
Request Date: 06/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am looking for information on the fire safety of your high-rise buildings and schools.

1. Please detail when the last three fire risk assessments were completed for each of your high-rise buildings and schools.

2. Please provide a copy of the most recent fire risk assessment completed for each of your high-rise buildings and schools.

3. Please detail whether each of your high-rise buildings and schools has sprinklers installed.

If it is not possible to provide all of the information within the time limits, then please explain why - but provide that which is available within the time limits, focusing on high-rise buildings first, then schools.

Response:

1 & 2.  Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service as an enforcing agent of the Local Fire Authority do not carry out the fire risk assessment for premises in the Service area. The Fire Risk Assessment should be carried out by the premises responsible person or a person appointed by the responsible person. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service assess whether this Fire Risk Assessment is suitable and sufficient and if not take action to rectify this.

Northumberland County does not contain any residential premises that qualify under the definition of a highrise premises (over 18m or 6 storeys).

3. High rise - N/A
A list of the schools that have sprinklers installed is detailed in the attached PDF document.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3381
Request Date: 20/11/2017

Question:

I would like to request the following information:

Operational Delivery Area 2 Fires - 2014/15 total and 2016/2017 total.

I would also like to ask for information on 2nd pump and 3rd pump attendance times within area 2.

 

Response:

Operational Delivery Area 2 Fires - 2014/15 = 677
Operational Delivery Area 2 Fires - 2016/17 = 769

All Fires (hh:mm:ss)

Second    Third    
2014/15    00:13:22    00:15:49    
2016/17    00:13:37    00:17:23


Details:

Reference Number: 3385
Request Date: 20/11/2017

Question:

I am writing to make a request for all the information that I am entitled to under the Freedom of Information Act (2000). Please send me the following information held in relation to the implementation of the Zoo Licensing Act by your authority:

For all licensed premises, a copy of the current zoo license, showing all conditions.

For all licensed premises, a copy of all zoo inspectors’ reports (Formal, informal and special) produced since 2011, with dates completed.

For all premises a copy of all reports produced by your officers since 2011 during their annual zoo inspections, and dates completed.

For all exempted premises (as approved under 14.1.a of the zoo licensing act) a copy of their most recent inspection report, with date, by your officer and a copy of the original letter submitted requesting their exemption under 14.1.a.

Response:

1-3 The documents are available upon request.

4.  We currently do not have any zoo’s with an exemption.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3397
Request Date: 21/11/2017

Question:

1. How many pigeons have you have rescued in the last five years? This number may also include other wild birds such as ravens, pigeons and magpies.

2. Where have the birds been rescued from?

3. How much has been spent in total on the rescue of pigeons or other wild birds?

 

Response:

1.

Number of Wild Birds Rescued
2012 to 2016 = 21
2017 as at 28/11/2017 = 4

2.

Descriptions 2012 to 2016
Starling stuck in chimney.
Young gull stuck in gutter.
Seagull stuck in netting on shop roof.
Crow stuck on ariel.
Seagull caught on television ariel on roof.
Injured seagull stuck on roof.
Seagull stuck by wing on ariel on roof.
Seagull removed from caravan roof.
Seagull rescued from rooftop.
Pigeon stuck in netting above shop.
Bird trapped on telegraph pole.
Seagull trapped at height.
Small gull trapped.
Seagull stuck on chimney spike.
Bird stuck in netting outside second floor of shop.
Bird rescued from net.
Swan on water's edge.
Land owner clearing pond and swans stuck in mud (3).
Seagull rescued from wire on side of building.

Descriptions 2017
Swan with broken wing rescued from water.
Pigeon trapped in netting.
Seagull released from netting roof.
Dove stuck in netting on roof

3. Estimated Cost
2012 to 2016 = £9609.00
2017 as at 28/11/2017 = £2400.00


Details:

Reference Number: 3422
Request Date: 27/11/2017

Question:

How much did your authority spend on trading standards during trading years 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, what is the expected allocation for authority spending on trading standards for 2017-2018, and how many FTE members of staff have been working on trading standards over the same period?

Response:

For 2010/2011 the cost includes Animal  Health and can not be separated.

 

Year

FTE

Trading Standards only

2010/11

18.92

£1,044,206

2011/12

18.82

£802,245

2012/13

14.00

£721,484

2013/14

13.26

£605,208

2014/15

13.18

£669,284

2015/16

11.18

£469,406

2016/17

10.18

£391,184

2017/18

9.78

£377,213



Details:

Reference Number: 3430
Request Date: 28/11/2017

Question:

1) How much money is spent by the council, or by contracted caterers, on disposable plastic-lined coffee cups, and how much did these purchases cost? I would like this information broken down by year for the past three financial years (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17).

2) How much money is spent by the council, or by contracted caterers, on disposable plastic cutlery, and how much did these purchases cost? I would like this information broken down by year for the past three financial years (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17).

3) Does the council intend to continue purchasing disposable coffee cups and plastic cutlery?

4) Does the council have recycling facilities in its district that have the capability to recycle the specific coffee cups and plastic cutlery purchased?

Response:

We are unable to answer questions 1 and 2 of this request for the Council as a whole as to enable us to retrieve this information would take well in excess of 18 hours. This is because there is no single code that would identify plastic cups and plastic cutlery and there is no purchasing category for these items.

Therefore we would have to do a manual trawl of all our invoices back to 2014/15 which involves 100,000s of invoices to check to see if they included plastic cups or cutlery.

Our Fire & Rescue Service have been able to identify the following:

 

Units

Cost

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

               

Plastic Forks

0

1000

1000

 

£0.00

£6.05

£6.05

Plastic Knives

0

0

1000

 

£0.00

£0.00

£6.05

Plastic Spoons

0

1000

0

 

£0.00

£6.05

£0.00

               

9oz premium water cups

0

8 pk

0

 

£0.00

£318.80

£0.00


3) Our restaurant and Fire & Rescue service have changed to disposable paper coffee cups rather than plastic. We also have biodegradable takeaway boxes. Our Fire & Rescue Service have advised that they have priced biodegradable cutlery for consideration once existing stocks are finished.

4) Our waste is separated into general waste and paper, cardboard and plastic for recycling


Details:

Reference Number: 3433
Request Date: 29/11/2017

Question:

I would like to have data on the number of fires your forces attended where the ignition source of the fire is recorded as 'white goods'.

I need to have the table in an excel format and broken down by Local authority and figures covering the last two financial years.

Response:

The number of fires Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS) attended where the ignition source of the fire is recorded as ‘white goods’ in 2016/17 and 2015/15 is outlined below;

2016/17
92 incidents
10 injuries
0 fatalities

2015/16
88 incidents
8 injuries
0 fatalities


Details:

Reference Number: 3451
Request Date: 05/12/2017

Question:

a. How many domestic emergencies have you responded to in the past year which have been caused by an electrical fire.
 

b. How many domestic emergencies have you responded to in which a gas leak has been reported.
 

c. How many domestic emergencies have you responded to which have been caused by a faulty gas appliance

Response:

a. There have been 29 domestic fires involving electricity, 1 of which involved an electric fire.

b. There has been 1 incident.

c. There have been no incidents.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3463
Request Date: 08/12/2017

Question:

I am trying to understand the number of suppliers the Fire Service purchases from so please can you send me a list of all suppliers you purchase goods or services from and the annual value you bought from them in your last financial year.

Response:

The attached Excel spreadsheet outlines the number of suppliers, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) purchased goods and services from including the annual value in the last financial year (2016/17).


Details:

Reference Number: 3467
Request Date: 11/12/2017

Question:

The number of incidents you have responded to where "YouTube", "You Tube" or "utube" was mentioned on the callout record as part of the incident, in each calendar year from 2013 to 2016 inclusive, broken down by calendar year.

Response:

2013 = 0
2014 = 0
2015 = 0
2016 = 0
Year To Date 2017 = 0

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3470
Request Date: 12/12/2017

Question:

Please can you provide me with the figures below:

1· The number of tanning salons which have been inspected, detailing if the inspections were (i) in response to a complaint; or (ii) from proactive compliance checks for the financial years:
a. 2014-15
b. 2015-16
c. 2016-17

2· The number of complaints against tanning salons received for the financial years:
a. 2014-15
b. 2015-16
c. 2016-17

3· The number of tanning salons found to be operating with sunbeds operating above the maximum UV output of 0.3W/m2 for the financial years:
a. 2014-15
b. 2015-16
c. 2016-17

4· The number of tanning salons found to have allowed entry to customers under the age of 18 for the financial years:
a. 2014-15
b. 2015-16
c. 2016-17

5· The number of times ‘test purchasing’ (secret shoppers) has been used to test entry to customers under the age of 18 in tanning salons for the financial years:
a. 2014-15
b. 2015-16
c. 2016-17

Response:

a. 2014-15- 0
b. 2015-16- 35
c. 2016-17- 0

All visits from proactive compliance checks

a. 2014-15- 3
b. 2015-16- 1
c. 2016-17- 0


a. 2014-15- 0
b. 2015-16- 16
c. 2016-17- 0

a. 2014-15- 0
b. 2015-16- 0
c. 2016-17- 0

a. 2014-15- 0
b. 2015-16- 0
c. 2016-17- 0

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3478
Request Date: 14/12/2017

Question:

Please provide a list:

a.) the number of drivers currently holding a taxi/PH licence

b.) the number of drivers who hold a licence who hold a criminal conviction. Please detail the offence, and the date of the offence. Please detail whether the licence was awarded at original application, or on appeal.

c.) please provide the number of drivers who were refused licences due to criminal convictions in 2017. please detail the type of offence, and whether this was a new application or a renewal.

(The drivers do not need to be named or identified in any of these cases.)

Response:

a.) 1567
b.) See below
c.) 0

Duty to confirm or deny

The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold certain information relating to  the number of drivers who hold a licence who hold a criminal conviction and details of the offence and date of the offence and whether this was awarded at original application or on appeal.

However, the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. It would take approximately 130 hours to get this information together because we would have to manually look through 1567 files at 5 minutes per file.

Exemptions

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to your request is exempt under the following provisions.

• Section 12(1) Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit

Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.


Details:

Reference Number: 3500
Request Date: 20/12/2017

Question:

I would like to know how many dangerous animal licenses you have issued under the Dangerous Wild Animal Act 1976 between 2006 and 2016. Including the species, the licenses is issued to would also be incredibly useful.

Response:

2007 - 1 Licence for a Malamute/Wolf Hybrid.
2008 - 1 Licence for a Malamute/Wolf Hybrid.
2009 to 2013 - 0
2014 - 1 Licence for a Dwarf Cayman Crocodile
2015 - 1 Licence for a Dwarf Cayman Crocodile
2016 - 2 Licenses 1 for a Dwarf Cayman Crocodile, & 1 for a f1 Serval.


Details:

Reference Number: 3502
Request Date: 20/12/2017

Question:

1. Does the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service use the Vision system in the Control Room to assist staff with mobilising fire appliances?

2. If so, for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017, how many faults with the Vision system have occurred, that affected mobilising a fire appliance? Please could you provide separate data sets for the three years.

3. For the years 2015, 2016 and 2017, how many times have crews raised a query or debrief, saying that the wrong appliance was sent to an incident as a result of the Vision system. (for example, that the closest available fire engine was not sent, or anything else that went wrong as a result of Vision). Please could you provide separate data sets for the three years.

Response:

1. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service does not use the Vision system and have never had this system.

 

2. N/A

 

3. N/A

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3504
Request Date: 22/12/2017

Question:

All callouts to unregistered schools since January 1st 2014. These sites are premises which are not formally registered as a school. Please detail:

a/ the type or nature of the callout (e.g. oven fire etc.),

b/ the month and year the callout occurred,

c/ the name and address of the premises,

d/ details of any injuries sustained where known,

e/ and the deployment for the callout (i.e. two fire engines etc.).

Response:

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) are not aware of any unregistered schools in the Northumberland area.


Details:

Reference Number: 3509
Request Date: 27/12/2017

Question:

1. the amount of money the local authority gave to domestic violence refuges in each financial year since 2010/11;

2. the total number of domestic violence refuges or any other form of accommodation-based support located within the local authority, as at the end of each financial year since 2010/11;

3. the total number of domestic violence refuges located within the local authority that have been closed since 2010/11; and

4. whether the local authority bid for funding from the VAWG Service Transformation Fund and, if it did, when the bid was successful and confirmation of whether the Government released the funds yet.

In relation to the requests above, domestic violence refuges includes any other accommodation-based support for victims of domestic violence. The total amount of money should include any funding provided by the local authority to domestic violence refuges, where such places are commissioned through multi-agency working.

Response:

1.Table indicates expenditure per year from 2009 to date

Commissioning Service

Amount (per annum)

End date

Service
 

NCC Housing

£77,515

September 2016

Outreach Workers

NCC Adults Services

£160,886

January 2018

IDVA

NCC

£130,000

March 2017

Refuge provision

Total

£368,401

   
 

2.

Refuge:
2009 - to date: 1 Refuge 9 bed spaces

Other:
2009/10 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total
2010/11 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total
2011/12 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 1 x 3 bedroom house and 1 x 2 bed flat 11 units in total (9 Refuge 2 x Social rented)
2012/13 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 1 x 3 bedroom house,
2 x 2 bed flat 12 units in total (9 Refuge 2 x Social rented)
2013/14 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 1 x 3 bedroom house and 2 x 2 bed flat 12 units in total (9 Refuge 3 x Social rented)
2014/15 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total
2015/16 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total
2016/17 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total
(Information as supplied by NCC Housing)

3. Nil.

4. No bid was submitted.