Related FOIs

2884 - Housing adaptations

Details:

Reference Number: 2884
Request Date: 01/08/2017

Question:

1. What was your council’s budget for housing adaptations for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

2. What was your council’s total spend on housing adaptations for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

3. What was your council's total spend on Disabled Facilities Grants for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17

4. What was your council's total spend on Disabled Facilities Grants for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

5. How many applications for Disabled Facilities Grants did your council receive in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

6. How many applications for Disabled Facilities Grants were accepted by your council, and how many were rejected, in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

7. How many requests for housing adaptations did your council receive in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

8. How many requests for housing adaptations did your council grant, and how many were rejected, in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

 

Response:

1.

Housing adaptation budget

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

£300,000

£474,000

£784,364

£671,393

£539,000

Note
We have interpreted your request for information about housing adaptations as referring to the work funded from the council’s Housing Revenue Account under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act rather than work funded from DFGs which is included in the questions below.

 

2.

Housing adaptation spend

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

£300,000

£474,000

£627,971

£646,604

£486,090

Note
This table shows information relating to housing adaptations funded from the council’s Housing Revenue Account under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act.

 

3.

Disabled Facilities Grant spend

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

£1,413,558

£1,812,887

£1,635,948

£1,739,584

£1,708,990

Note
We have not answered the duplicated question that follows this one in your original request.

4. Duplicate of Q.3 above.

 

5.

DFG applications (referrals) received

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

See note 1

385 (see note 2)

618

591

706

Notes
1. We do not hold this information for 2009/10. Prior to August 2010 different organisational arrangements dealt with DFGs and information relating to them is not now separately identifiable.
2. This figure records applications received September 2010-March 2011.

 

6.  

DFG applications completed

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

See note 1

328 (see note 2)

363

297

507

Notes
1. We do not hold this information for 2009/10. Prior to August 2010 different organisational arrangements dealt with DFGs and information relating to them is not now separately identifiable.
2. This figure records applications completed September 2010-March 2011.

 

DFG applications not completed

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

See note 1

93 (see note 2)

455

294

507

Notes
1. We cannot provide a meaningful answer to your request for the number of applications “rejected” as it is not a feature of the formal process for DFG application. The table above shows how many applications did not proceed to completion in the years to which your request relates. Applicants may decide not to proceed for a range of reasons related to their personal circumstances (e.g. they may not want to share their financial data, they may not want the physical disruption of the adaptation, their needs may change or they may no longer live at home). We do not hold this information for 2009/10 . In these years different organisational arrangements dealt with DFGs and information relating to them is not now separately identifiable.
2. This figure records applications not completed September 2010-March 2011.

7.

Housing adaptations requests

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Applications received

265

464

896

779

878

  Note

This table shows Housing adaptations funded from the council’s Housing Revenue Account under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act.


8.

Housing adaptations completed

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Ordered

265

464

682

511

878

Note
This table shows Housing adaptations funded from the council’s Housing Revenue Account under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act. Housing adaptation requests are not rejected.



2887 - Fleet and its Manager

Details:

Reference Number: 2887
Request Date: 01/08/2017

Question:

1. The pay grade for the Fleet Manager/person in charge of your fleet of vehicles

2. The number of immediate people reporting to that person

3. The job description for the Fleet Manager/person in charge of your fleet of vehicles

4. The number of vehicles within your fleet and the breakdown between HCV, LCV, Cars, agricultural.

 

Response:

1. BAND 10, £38,042 - £41,616

2. 2

3. Attachment 1

4. Attachment 2

 


2898 - Use of Airbnb

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.


2904 - Service standards - street lighting

Details:

Reference Number: 2904
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

Please can you let me know what standard of service I can expect when reporting a problem with street lighting in Northumberland. In particular, what is the expected response time to give a meaningful reply to an online form submission and are standards of service published on the Council's website?

 

Response:

Our standard response times to different types of fault can be found at
http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Highways/Roads/Lights.aspx

Online reports and telephone calls to our contact centre are not responded to individually as due to the number of calls and reports we receive we simply do not have the resource to respond to each caller. We expect with the current resource available that a specific request for a call back is dealt with within 10 working days.

 


2910 - Fire risk assessments

Details:

Reference Number: 2910
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

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

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

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

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

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

Response:

This request only refers to residential tower blocks owned by the Council.

We can confirm Northumberland County Council don't have any residential tower blocks.

 


2916 - Dirty needles

Details:

Reference Number: 2916
Request Date: 04/08/2017

Question:

How many times Northumberland County Council has been called out to dispose of used and dirty needles since 2010?

I would like the following data to be provided in an Excel spreadsheet and broken down in to the following columns:

Column A: The years from 2010 up until 2017
Column B: The number times the council were called out to dispose of used and dirty needles for that year

On the same spreadsheet, could I have a breakdown for each year by electoral ward where the council was called out to dispose of used and dirty needles?

I would like the following data to be provided in an Excel spreadsheet and broken down into the following columns:

Column A: The list of electoral wards
Column B: The number of callouts for that ward in 2010
Column C: The number of callouts for that ward in 2011
Column D: The number of callouts for that ward in 2012
Column E: The number of callouts for that ward in 2013
Column F: The number of callouts for that ward in 2014
Column G: The number of callouts for that ward in 2015
Column H: The number of callouts for that ward in 2016
Column I: The number of callouts for that ward so far in 2017

 

Response:

See attachment.



Attachments:

2920 - Proposed county hall site in Ashington

Details:

Reference Number: 2920
Request Date: 07/08/2017

Question:

How much money NCC have agreed or already pays the contractors working on the proposed county hall site in ashington. Which is now delightfully being turned into a car park.

 

Response:

The new Council headquarters building in Ashington is part of a wider development project at Portland Park being undertaken by Arch. As such, the Council do not directly pay the contractor, but make stage payments to Arch.

One payment has been made to Arch with respect to the construction of the new headquarters building in May 2017 for site accommodation and set up, site clearance, excavations and piling in the net amount of £402,546.26. VAT on payments has been excluded as this is recoverable by the Council.

Negotiations are continuing with the contractor regarding the final cost of stopping works to the new headquarters building.

 


2925 - Pothole funding

Details:

Reference Number: 2925
Request Date: 08/08/2017

Question:

Please could you let me know if the new £500K local pothole funding is new external funding or if it has been taken out of another budget and if so which one.

Response:

The £500k of Local Pothole Fund is from the Government's National Productivity Investment Fund money that was allocated to Northumberland for 2017/18.


2926 - Electricity consumption

Details:

Reference Number: 2926
Request Date: 08/08/2017

Question:

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) into electrical consumption and public lighting in your authority.

I have broken down the request into four primary sections:

Part 1
a. Please provide a breakdown of the total amount of electricity consumed (in kWh) by your authority (for example, on local authority-owned buildings and services) for the year 2012 through to 2016 (or the most recently available five-year period).

Part 2
a. Please provide a breakdown of the total expenditure (in GBP) on electricity used by your authority (for example, on local authority-owned buildings and services) for the year 2012 through to 2016 (or the most recently available five-year period).
b. Please provide a breakdown of the total expenditure (in GBP) on all energy used by your authority (for example, on local authority-owned buildings and services) for the year 2012 through to 2016 (or the most recently available five-year period).

Part 3
a. Please provide the proportion of the public lighting in your authority that is LED-based? (Please provide as a percentage and, if possible, the total number of LED and non-LED lights across the authority).
b. Please provide the proportion of the public lighting in your authority that is connected LED lighting? By connected we mean lighting that is connected to allow features such as automated or remotely controlled adjustments to the lighting, data collection or integration with other systems in a building or town. (Please provide as a percentage and, if possible, the total number of connected LED lights across the authority).

Part 4
a. Please provide the proportion of the electricity consumed by your authority (for example, on local authority-owned buildings and services) that comes from renewable sources.

 

Response:

Part 1
a. Electricity Consumption last five years, as taken from CRC annual report.

 

Year

kWh

2012/13

52,615,328

2013/14

50,283,460

2014/15

51,404,590

2015/16

53,912,548

2016/17

47,098,169


This includes all NCC buildings, schools and streetlights.

Part 2
a. Please see the attached spreadsheet.

b. Please see the attached spreadsheet.

Part 3
a. Inventory position as at 30/08/2017:
Proportion of public lighting that is LED based = 68.27%.
Number of LED lights = 31,162.
Number of non-LED lights = 14,481.

b. Inventory position as at 30/08/2017:

Proportion of public lighting that is connected LED lighting = Nil.

Part 4
a. We will not be able to provide an answer to part 4 as the data does not exist. We know how much energy we have generated from council building assets however the only way to work out what was used by our assets is to measure how much energy is exported to the grid and minus that from the generation. We do not have any export meters installed, and hence the information does not exist.


2928 - Wheelchair accessible housing

Details:

Reference Number: 2928
Request Date: 08/08/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am submitting the following requests;

1. How many live applications does your Local Authority currently have on your housing list for wheelchair accessible housing?

2. How many wheelchair accessible homes were let to wheelchair users in the years of 2015 and 2017 inclusive in your locality through your general needs housing process?

 

Response:

We do not record this level of detail for our applications or on our properties.

 


2932 - Fire Safety Costs

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.


2942 - Pet policies re social housing and sheltered accommodation

Details:

Reference Number: 2942
Request Date: 10/08/2017

Question:

Local Authority-provided social housing


Including homes managed by ‘Arms Length Management Organisations’ or ‘Tenant Management Organisations’ but not including sheltered accommodation (dealt with in section 3) or homes provided through Housing Associations
 

Question One
Are the social homes your Local Authority provides (excluding sheltered accommodation or homes provided through Housing Associations)…

 

- Managed by one or more Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs)? ☐ All ☐ Some ☐ None
- In your ALMO-managed social homes, is the ALMO responsible for pet policy? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Managed by one or more Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs)? ☐ All ☐ Some ☐ None
- In your TMO-managed social homes, is the TMO responsible for pet policy? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A

 

Question Two
Does your Local Authority have a pet clause in standard tenancy agreements that apply to
social homes?  If yes, please return a copy or link of that agreement and pet clause with your completed FoI form.  If no, please include any guidelines or internal procedures on pet ownership you do give social tenants around owning and keepings pets.
☐ Yes ☐ No

 

Does this pet clause… (tick N/A below if your council does not have one)
- Allow cats to be kept as pets under certain conditions? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require specific written permission for pet cats? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require cats to have access to a garden or private entrance to the property? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Specify a maximum number of cats allowed per property? (If yes, how many?) Number: ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require pet cats to be neutered? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require pet cats to be microchipped? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require pet cats to have up-to-date vaccinations? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Some Local Authorities keep registers of all pets living in their social homes.
- Does your Local Authority keep a pet register? ☐ Yes ☐ No

 

Question Three
Does your Local Authority have a policy / procedure for dealing with cats that have been
abandoned or left behind in one of your properties? ☐ Yes ☐ No
Does your Local Authority offer or promote any kind of low-cost neutering
scheme for cat owners, either yourselves or through an animal welfare charity?
☐ Yes, we offer a scheme
☐ Yes, we promote a charity scheme
☐ No
Multi-Cat households are households where multiple pet cats are causing problems such as noise and unsanitary
conditions (e.g. cat hoarders).
In the calendar year 2016, did your Local Authority intervene to provide help with any
multi-cat households? (Specifically in directly-provided social homes) ☐ Yes ☐ No
If yes, how many multi-cat households did you intervene in? (Specifically in directly provided
social homes) Number: ☐ N/A
Comment

 

Question Four
How many social homes does your Local Authority provide? (not including sheltered accommodation or homes
provided through Housing Associations)
If you don’t know, please provide an estimated or most-recent figure.
Number or Estimate: ☐ None
Comment

 

Section three: Local Authority-provided sheltered accommodation
Including sheltered accommodation managed by ‘Arms Length Management Organisations’ or ‘Tenant Management
Organisations’ but not including housing provided through Housing Associations
Question One
Is the sheltered accommodation your Local Authority provides (excluding sheltered accommodation provided
through Housing Associations)…
Managed by one or more Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs)? ☐ All ☐ Some ☐ None
In your ALMO-managed sheltered homes, is the ALMO responsible for pet policy? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Managed by one or more Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs)? ☐ All ☐ Some ☐ None
In your TMO-managed sheltered homes, is the TMO responsible for pet policy? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Comment

 

Question Two
Does your Local Authority have a pet clause in standard tenancy agreements that apply to
sheltered accommodation?
If yes, please return a copy or link of that agreement and pet clause with your completed
FoI form.
If no, please include any guidelines or internal procedures on pet ownership you do give
social tenants around owning and keepings pets.
☐ Yes ☐ No
Does this pet clause… (tick N/A below if your council does not have one)
Allow cats to be kept as pets under certain conditions? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require specific written permission for pet cats? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require cats to have access to a garden or private entrance to the property? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Specify a maximum number of cats allowed per property? (If yes, how many?) Number: ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require pet cats to be neutered? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require pet cats to be microchipped? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require pet cats to have up-to-date vaccinations? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Some Local Authorities keep registers of all pets living in their sheltered homes.
Does your Local Authority keep a pet register? ☐ Yes ☐ No
Comment

 

Question Three
Multi-Cat households are households where multiple pet cats are causing problems such as noise and unsanitary
conditions (e.g. cat hoarders).
In the calendar year 2016, did your Local Authority intervene to provide help with any
multi-cat households? (Specifically in directly-provided sheltered accommodation) ☐ Yes ☐ No
If yes, how many multi-cat households did you intervene in? (Specifically in directly provided
sheltered accommodation) Number: ☐ N/A
Comment

 

Question Four
How much sheltered accommodation does your Local Authority provide? (not including sheltered accommodation
provided through Housing Associations)
If you don’t know, please provide an estimated or most-recent figure.
Number or Estimate: ☐ None
Comment

 

Response:

See attachment


Attachments:

2943 - Work carried out on "The Peth", Wooler

Details:

Reference Number: 2943
Request Date: 11/08/2017

Question:

At present Northumberland County Council are carrying out work on The Peth, Wooler.
I request the following information.

1. Why is this work being carried out?
2. What exactly is going to be done?
3. What is the cost of this whole project?

 

Response:

1. Due to an over steepened embankment the back of the footpath and railing were failing and becoming unstable.

 

2. New embankment constructed against existing embankment to stabilise the slope. At the top of the new slope the verge and footpath is to be widened and new railing installed.

 

3. The estimated cost for the scheme is between 140k and 150k.

 


2952 - Fly tipping & waste collections

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.

 



2960 - Temporary Accommodation

Details:

Reference Number: 2960
Request Date: 16/08/2017

Question:

1. Please state the amount of money spent by your local authority on temporary
accommodation in each of the following financial years: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16
and 2016/2017

 

2. Please state the number of households placed into temporary accommodation by your local authority into areas outside of your local authority area in each of the following financial years: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/2017

 

3. Please provide a breakdown of the local authority areas that households have been placed into temporary accommodation by your local authority other than your own. Please list the name of the local authority area, and the number of households placed in each, for each of the following financial years: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/2017

 

4. Please state the number of households who are living in Bed & Breakfast accommodation
arranged by your local authority at the time of this request (15/08/2017)


5. Please state the number of households who are living in Bed & Breakfast accommodation
arranged by your local authority at the time of this request (15/08/2017) AND who have been
living in Bed & Breakfast accommodation for six months or more (since 15/02/2017 or before)


6. For households that were living in temporary accommodation arranged by your local
authority at the time of this request (15/08/2017), please state the five longest times that they
had spent in temporary accommodation (including any moves between temporary
accommodation placements, if calculable under the cost limit)

 

Response:

1.

 

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Total

Amount of money spent on temporary accommodation

277,273

239,615

245,846

247,803

210,974

1,221,511

 

2.

 

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Total

Number of households placed into temporary accommodation outside your local authority area

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

3. N/A


4. 0


5. 0


6. 18 weeks, 17 weeks, 14 weeks, 9 weeks, 8 weeks

 


2962 - The Braid at Amble

Details:

Reference Number: 2962
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

Could you please tell me who owns the part of the braid to the front of the houses on Turner street

Response:

The majority of this land is own by NCC or is leased by NCC. There is a small proportion which is privately owned and you will need to contact the Land Registry for that information. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/business-e-services.

Please see map attached.


Attachments:

2965 - Lost Property

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)

 


2993 - Property Repairs

Details:

Reference Number: 2993
Request Date: 23/08/2017

Question:

For each of the last 5 years, how many repair requests have you have relating to each of the below categories in homes (including in communal areas) owned or managed by the Council or by a TMO or ALMO on your behalf

exposed wiring
dangerous or broken boilers
badly-fitting external doors or problems with locks
damaged fire doors
damaged staircases/steps
excessive cold
leaking roof
mould on the walls or ceiling
rats or other pest or vermin infestation

What the average time for these repairs to be completed was, broken down by each category of repair and by year

For each category, what was the longest time taken to complete a repair of that type

 

Response:

The council does not hold the information in a format that can be retrieved as the current housing management system records details linked to an SOR (schedule of rates) code which does not correspond with the descriptions provided.

 


2998 - Syrian vulnerable persons relocation scheme

Details:

Reference Number: 2998
Request Date: 25/08/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am looking for information on your area's involvement in the Syrian vulnerable persons relocation scheme.

1. How many refugees have been resettled in your local authority area / by your local authority, under the Syrian vulnerable persons relocation scheme, between September 2015 (when the government announced its intention to resettle 20,000 people in the UK by 2020) and the end of August / start of September 2017? Please provide a figure for the number of individuals and also, if appropriate, the number of families resettled. Please break the figures down for each year (Sept 2015 to end of Aug 2016, and Sept 2016 to end of Aug 2017).

2. How many more individuals (and families) are planned to be resettled in your area under the Syrian vulnerable persons relocation scheme, and when?

3. Please provide the most appropriate correspondence (most likely between the local authority and government / national bodies) relating to your area's involvement with the Syrian vulnerable persons relocation scheme, and reasons for the number of refugees resettled.

4. How much has it cost the local authority to resettle these refugees under the Syrian vulnerable persons relocation scheme, since 2015? Please provide any available total figure, and a brief breakdown or explanation as to what this figure most relates to (for example housing / school costs).

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, in order of priority from Question 1 to 4.

 

Response:

1. Total numbers of refugees resettled in N'land currently stands at 45

2015 - Nil
2016 - 4 families = 8 adults / 12 children = 20 in total
2017 to date - 6 families = 11 adults/ 14 children = 25 in total

2. NCC have agreed to take 60 families in total between 2016 and 2012 (approx 240 individuals). This represents 12 families a year over a 5 year period. There are therefore a further 50 families scheduled to arrive.

3. Please see the attached

4. 2016/17 - £134,559

Housing Staff Costs - £82,429
Repairs and maintenance of properties - £15,032
Supply of Furniture - £10,886
Education Support - £11,431
Other - £14,785

 


3003 - S.17 Housing

Details:

Reference Number: 3003
Request Date: 25/08/2017

Question:

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of information Act 2000.

1.
a) The number of households living in accommodation provided by the local authority under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s Act at the end of April 2017

b) (if available) The total number of adults living in these households at the end of April 2017

c) (if available) The total number of children living in these households at the end of April 2017

2.
a) The number of households provided with accommodation by the local authority under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s Act, in the 12 months to April 2017

b) (if available) The total number of adults in these households, in the 12 months to April 2017

c) (if available) and the total number of children in these households, in the 12 months to April 2017

Response:

We are unable to respond to this request as we do not record the information you are requesting.

 


3013 - Lone Workers

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:

3015 - Five Arches Development

Details:

Reference Number: 3015
Request Date: 30/08/2017

Question:

I’d like to see all paperwork referring to conversations and work done on the Five Arches Development in the last five months.

As discussed I also need to know who the local contractor was that did the work on behalf of the Football Club and any paperwork referring to them.

I would appreciate if this was treated as a matter of urgency.

Response:

Please see attached.

We have been advised by the Football Club that the contractor was a Mr Ord. You will need to contact the club for more information as Northumberland County Council had no dealings with Mr Ord.

 


Attachments:

3020 - Repairs to cladding on residential tower blocks

Details:

Reference Number: 3020
Request Date: 31/08/2017

Question:

Please can you tell me if the council or a contractor on behalf of the council or who has installed cladding has had to carry out any repair work to cladding on residential tower blocks (6 storeys or higher) you own or manage.

If yes, please list the number of occasions, details of the work carried out and the date the work was carried out.

Please can you tell me if the council has signed any non-disclosure agreements with contractors / companies who supplied the cladding.

If yes, please tell me the date of the non-disclosure agreement.

Please also tell me the type of cladding installed on your tower blocks.

 

Response:

Northumberland County Council do not own or manage any residential towers 6 storeys or higher.


3023 - Community Protection orders

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.

 


3024 - School Bus Service contracts

Details:

Reference Number: 3024
Request Date: 01/09/2017

Question:

Please can you provide me with the following information under the freedom of information act list of all school bus service contracts with contact number seating required and the current tender price for each contact and renewal date.

Response:

See attachment.


Attachments:

3032 - Off-street car parking provision

Details:

Reference Number: 3032
Request Date: 04/09/2017

Question:

In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000, I would like to make a formal request for the information set out below in relation to off-street car parking provision in your local authority area (Northumberland UA).

According to information published online by the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) in its local authority revenue expenditure and financing section, Northumberland Council generated a total income of £1657,000 from off-street parking in 2015-16 (the most recent figures available on gov.uk).

Please provide the following information:

1. Is this an accurate figure of the total income generated from off-street car parking in 2015-16?

2. Is a 2016-17 equivalent figure now available, and if so, what is it (as DCLG have not yet published this specific data)?

3. How many car parking spaces are currently provided by the local authority to generate this annual income?

4. Does the local authority have any plans to increase its number of off-street car parking spaces, and if so, by how many?

5. If the local authority holds any information regarding the number of off-street car parking spaces provided in the local authority area by other providers (such as private car parking operators) please advise how many spaces are provided, and by which operator.

6. Are the local authority’s off-street car parking operations run entirely in-house, or are these subject to alternative arrangements, such as a management contract or a partnership agreement with the private sector or another local authority, and if so:

a. What are the current arrangements – i.e. a management contract, a partnership / joint venture or other (please specify);

b. who provides the service to / partners with the local authority; and

c. When is this contract / partnership scheduled to end?

7. Has the local authority given any consideration (and / or made any decision) in the past two years to explore alternative managerial and operational arrangements for its off-street car parking provision (such as private sector involvement) and if so, what?

8. Does the local authority have an up-to-date Parking Strategy? If so, please provide a weblink.

9. Please provide a weblink to your latest Annual Parking Report.

10. As the local authority will have set its budget for the current financial year (and its Medium Term Financial Strategy), has it agreed for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20:
a. any savings to be delivered in the running costs of off-street car parking; and
b. any projected increase in income.
Please provide any figures of savings and income agreed for these years.

11. Likewise, has the local authority allocated any capital funding for expenditure on car parks during the next three years, or identified the need to allocate capital in due course? Please provide figures and details of proposed expenditure.

12. In particular, does the local authority have any plans (or ongoing considerations) about redeveloping, re-configuring and / or consolidating its car park provision, including through the provision of additional or enhanced multi-storey car parks? If so, please advise details.

Response:

1. No, the figure provided by DCLG is the total income generated by the parking service and this includes both on and off-street ticket machine income, penalty charge notices, trading concessions, parking disc sales, etc.

As a public-funded organisation, we have a duty to residents to be transparent in how council tax money is spent, our business operations and outcomes.

On our website there is a link to NCC Transparency information

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Transparency.aspx#transparency

In the section Council Parking we include information on our parking account showing a breakdown of income and expenditure on the authority's on-street and off-street parking accounts.

This contains the most up to date published information.

2. This information is currently published on our website on page 96 of the Council’s draft statement of accounts. It does not however split on and off-street income.

3. On our website there is a link to NCC Transparency information

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Transparency.aspx#transparency
 

In the section Council Parking we include information on parking spaces showing the number of marked out, controlled on and off-street parking spaces.

4. NCC is currently undertaking parking surveys/studies in Alnwick, Berwick, Hexham and Morpeth. These studies will help the authority to consider any requirements to increase parking capacity across the county.

5. The council does not hold this information for Northumberland.

6.

a. NCC off-street car parks are managed in-house.

b. Not applicable

c. Not applicable.

7. No.

8. The council does not have a current Parking Strategy. Following on from the change to the political administration we are in the process of reviewing the NCC Parking Strategy, when available this will be published on our parking web pages.

9. The council have not previously published an Annual Parking Report. We are however in the process of producing a report for 2016/17 and when available this will published on our website.

10. No savings and no projected increase in income have been identified in the running costs of NCC managed off-street car parks. The MTFP is currently under review.

11. The annual budget allocation is £100K.

12. As per response in question 4.


3034 - Street lighting swap outs/LED upgrades/retro fits

Details:

Reference Number: 3034
Request Date: 04/09/2017

Question:

I am contacting you to enquire about the activity within your borough in respect to street lighting swap outs/LED upgrades/retro fits.

I am carrying out some market research on behalf of the Lighting industry association

I was wondering if you would be able to supply me information about the LED refit going on within your borough.

The information I am after is as follows:

1. Has a refit been planned?
2. How much has been carried out
3. Time frame
4. Is this being done via a PFI maintenance contract?
5. Manufacturer of the new luminaires
6. Model of the luminaires
7. Who is dealing with your waste?
8. No. luminaires in your area

 

Response:

1.Yes, we are currently in the process of changing all our street lighting stock to LED.

2. We are broadly 65% through the planned works.

3. The works started in February 2015 and are due to be completed in August 2018.

4. No, it is a 3 year Design and Build Contract with a 12 month maintenance period, at the end all liability reverts back to Northumberland County Council.

5. Thorn ZG & Urbis Lighting.

6. Most luminaires are the Thorn ZG R2L2 and some main roads are being lit using the Urbis Ampera.

7. Galliford Try (as our main contractor)

8. circa 45,643.

 


3040 - Community Protection Notice

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

 


3051 - Service user / customer experience feedback surveys

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.

 


3062 - Penalty charge notices

Details:

Reference Number: 3062
Request Date: 11/09/2017

Question:

1. The number of penalty charge notices issued in each of the following financial years – 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17
2. For each of the financial years above, the number of appeals against penalty charge notices issued within those years
3. For each of the financial years above, the number of the appeals in question 2 that you accepted/upheld (ie that resulted in the PCN being cancelled)
4. For each of the financial years above, the number of the appeals in question 2 that you rejected (ie that resulted in the PCN staying in force)
5. For each of the financial years above, the number of the PCNs in question 1 that you are still chasing for payment
6. For each of the financial years above, the number of the PCNs in question 1 that you have written off (ie that remain in force, but which you have given up chasing for payment)
7. For each of the financial years above, the total income from PCNs. Please provide gross figures and separate net figures, if available, once costs have been taken into consideration.
8. Please state the amount you charge for a PCN and what discount, if any, is applied for early payment and the terms of discount, eg £60, reduced to £30 if paid within two weeks

Response:

See table below for answers to questions 1 - 6 inclusive.

   

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

1

No PCNs Issued

20387

16885

23126

23016

17963

2

No of challenges (appeals) received

4865

4352

4844

4037

2910

3

Total no of PCNs cancelled as a result of a successful challenge (appeal)

2149

2255

961

890

791

4

No of challenges (appeals) rejected

2716

2097

3883

3147

2119

5

No of PCNs unpaid and still being chased

0

0

0

2951

2910

6

No of PCNs written off/unpaid not being chased

6696

4793

3411

561

499


7. As a public-funded organisation, we have a duty to residents to be transparent in how council tax money is spent, our business operations and outcomes.

On our website there is a link to NCC Transparency information (http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Transparency.aspx#transparency)

In the section Council Parking we include information on our parking account showing a breakdown of income and expenditure on the authority's on-street and off-street parking accounts.

This contains the most up to date published information.

8. Lower rate PCN’s are £50, with a 14 day 50% discounted rate of £25
HIgher rate PCNs are £70, with a 14 day 50% discounted rate of £35.


3074 - Services which trade to generate profit

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.

 


3075 - Schools fitted with sprinkler systems

Details:

Reference Number: 3075
Request Date: 13/09/2017

Question:

The number of schools and sixth form colleges (both primary, secondary and further education) in the local authority that are currently fitted with fire sprinkler systems

The number of schools and sixth form colleges (both primary, secondary and further education) in the local authority that are currently NOT fitted with fire sprinkler systems

Please provide the information where you can e.g. if you only hold the information on maintained schools, then please add this caveat in.

Please provide any relevant detail where appropriate.

Response:

Of the schools we maintain, sprinkler systems are installed in the following 4 schools:

New Delaval Primary School
Newsham Primary School

Hexham Priory School
Atkinson House School (has its own specialist provider, however NCC check that it’s being maintained).

There are currently 129 schools within the local authority which do not have sprinklers fitted.

In addition the following two education buildings have sprinkler systems installed:

Fuse Media Centre (Prudhoe)
Kyloe House (Stannington)

It should be noted that academies or PFI buildings (Blyth Quays Trust ,Cramlington Learning Village, Josephine Butler, Bedlington High, Duchess High, Prudhoe High, for example) may have sprinklers, however NCC does not manage or their services.

 


3084 - Seagulls

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.


3121 - Use of bailiffs / enforcement 2016/17

Details:

Reference Number: 3121
Request Date: 22/09/2017

Question:

1) The number of times between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017, or the nearest available twelve month period, that private bailiffs/enforcement agents have been instructed to enforce debts to the local authority relating to each of the following;
a. Council tax
b. Parking
c. Housing Benefit overpayments
d. Business Rates
e. Commercial Rents
f. Any other debt types, including any other overpayments

By “private bailiffs/enforcement agents” we mean those who are self-employed or who work for private companies, including as high court enforcement officers. Please include cases where local authority employees have visited a property to execute a warrant.

2) The number of:
a. Residential properties
b. Business properties
that fall within this local authority area.

3) Do you signpost residents to one or more free debt advice agencies as part of your collections process? (Yes/No) If so, which charities?

4) Have you adopted the Standard Financial Statement (or Common Financial Statement) as a tool for objectively assessing income and expenditure as part of your collections process? (Yes/No)

5) Do you have a formal policy in place for dealing with residents in vulnerable circumstances as part of your collections process? (Yes/No)

6) Do you currently have a policy of exempting recipients of Council Tax Support from the use of bailiff action? (Yes/No)

7) Have you adopted the Citizens Advice/Local Government Association Council Tax Protocol? (Yes/No)

 

Response:

1)

a. Council tax - 4,112
b. Parking - 488
c. Housing Benefit overpayments - 0
d. Business Rates - 250
e. Commercial Rents - 4
f. Any other debt types, including any other overpayments - 0

2)

a. Residential properties - 152,041
b. Business properties that fall within this local authority area - 12,725

3) Citizens Advice, National Debtline, StepChange, AdviceUK, Debt Advice Foundation, The Money Advice Service

4) No

5) Yes

6) No.  Although enforcement agents will only be considered when attempts to engage with customers have been unsuccessful and where there are no alternative remedies available.

7) Not formally.


3124 - Contents of the deeds re school field in Sixth Avenue

Details:

Reference Number: 3124
Request Date: 25/09/2017

Question:

Terms of the deeds when the school field of which Bede academy now stands in sixth avenue was given to the people :-

1/ What can be built on this land including buildings and trees and bushes

2/ Who now owns this land

3/ Who has the final say on what can be erected on this site.

 

Response:

The site was not gifted by the previous owner. The land was exchanged for a site of equivalent value.

1. Under the Deeds there is no restriction on what can be built on the site.

2. The Land is owned by Northumberland County Council. The Council has granted a 125 year lease to Bede Academy.

3. Any development would need Planning Permission which would be decided by the appropriate Council Committee.


3125 - Home adaptations in housing

Details:

Reference Number: 3125
Request Date: 26/09/2017

Question:

For disabled tenants living in your Council Housing stock who need home adaptations, do you operate a grant process equivalent to the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)? Yes / No

1B If ‘No’, how do tenants request / apply for home adaptations?

2 Is the provision of home adaptations for your tenants costing more than £1,000, means tested? Yes / No

3 Are adaptations for your tenants generally funded from your Housing Revenue Account? Yes / No

4 In 2016/17 how much did you spend on adaptations to your Council Housing stock £

5 From initial request / referral, on average how long did it take to complete each adaptation costing more than £1,000
weeks

6 Are all requests / applications for adaptations costing more than £1,000, assessed by an Occupational Therapist? Yes / No

7 Do you keep a register of the adapted / accessible homes in your Council Housing stock? Yes / No

8 For 2016/17 how many home adaptations costing more than £1,000 did you provide for Council Housing tenants:
Aged under 20
Aged 20 to 65
Aged over 65

9 For 2016/17 how many home adaptations did you provide for Council Housing tenants that costed:
Between £1,000 and £5,000
Between £5,000 and £15,000
Over £15,000

10 For 2016/17 how many requests / referrals for home adaptations for Council Housing tenants were refused?

Response:

1. No


1B. Recommendations are made by Occupational Therapists. A tenant can request an assessment for an adaptation by contacting Social Services.
 

2. No
 

3. Yes


4. £487,000
 

5. 6-8 Weeks


6. Yes


7. No
 

8. We don't capture this information
 

9.

Between £1,000 and £5,000 = 133
Between £5,000 and £15,000 = 3
Over £15,000 = 0

10. None


3128 - Rubble

Details:

Reference Number: 3128
Request Date: 26/09/2017

Question:

What precisely is a carload?

do the charges vary by how tightly or loosely packed the rubble, etc is packed?

how much was the council paid in the 2016/17 financial year for selling rubble to use as hardcore?

How much did it cost to provide disposal points including staffing and staff training for rubble, etc, over the same period?

 

Response:

Charging policy for rubble, plasterboard, soil and ceramic kitchen and bathroom fittings at Northumberland Household Waste Recovery Centres (HWRCs)

A car load is by definition ‘as many things as a car can carry’ - however we would also add - as much weight as a car can carry within the current law.  The site attendant is trained to look at the load and to make an assessment as to whether the rubble / chargeable items make up ¼, ½. ¾ or a fully loaded vehicle and thus calculate a fair charge on a pro-rata basis. There is no variation in charge for a tightly packed load versus a loosely packed load.

The Council got paid nothing for selling rubble as hardcore in 16/17. There are 3 costs associated with the collection and processing of rubble: the container hire, the haulage which is dependent on the proximity of the site to the processor, and the processing cost. The amount of rubble collected at the HWRCs has reduced by approximately 70% compared to the volumes collected prior to the charge. The reduced volume has reduced our costs of providing the service by ~£45,000 per annum.

The cost of providing the Household Waste Recovery Centres through the waste Private Finance Initiative (PFI contract) with SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd in 16/17 was £1.7 million. This includes the provision of the staffing, staff training, insurance, containers, haulage and disposal of materials that are at a cost eg rubble, wood and green waste which is partly offset by the income generated from materials such as paper, cardboard and glass.
I hope that this now answers all of your outstanding questions and thank you for taking an interest in waste and recycling.


3130 - Housing standard enforcement

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:

3131 - Tweedmouth Amateur football club

Details:

Reference Number: 3131
Request Date: 27/09/2017

Question:

I wish to make a request for a copy of the Lease/agreement that Tweedmouth Amateur Football Club and Berwick Borough/Town Council held from 1998-2005.

The lease/agreement was to allow Tweedmouth Amateur Football Club to occupy a playing field in Tweedmouth that is referred to as "5 Arches Playing and Recreation Park" postcode TD15 2XF.

 

Response:

See attachment.


Attachments:

3143 - Waste collection contract

Details:

Reference Number: 3143
Request Date: 29/09/2017

Question:

Where relevant to your Council, can you please provide a copy of your local authority’s full waste collection and cleansing contracts and any Invitation to Tender documentation that can be released.


Response:

We undertake all our kerbside waste collections and street cleansing operations in house.

The only element of waste collection provided by a contractor is the collection and disposal of hazardous household waste from residents properties. Please see the attached document.


3146 - Parking Tickets - Blyth

Details:

Reference Number: 3146
Request Date: 29/09/2017

Question:

Can you please tell me how many parking tickets have been issued for illegal and dangerous parking on Cowpen Road and Craigmill Park Blyth near Greggs Shop, in Kitty Brewster Council ward since September 2016?

Can you also tell me how many times Northumberland County Councils warden services have attended Greggs Site on Cowpen Road at peak times, pre 09:00 and Lunch-Time period since September 2016

Response:

There have been no PCNs issued on Cowpen Road, Blyth since September 2016.

When a Civil Enforcement Officers carries out a patrol of an area they select the location from an inventory held on their handheld device. This gives detailed enforcement information, to street level, of enforcement activity.

The table below shows a breakdown by hour of the number of recorded enforcement visits to Cowpen Road, Blyth. Between 1st September 2016 and 30th September 2017.

 

Time of visit

No of visits

08:00 to 09:00

34

09:00 to 10:00

50

10:00 to 11:00

24

11:00 to 12:00

9

12:00 to 13:00

10

13:00 to 14:00

16

14:00 to 15:00

29

15:00 to 16:00

19

16:00 to 17:00

23

17:00 to 18:00

8

Total no of visits

222



3154 - Complaints re late bus services

Details:

Reference Number: 3154
Request Date: 02/10/2017

Question:

Which bus services have attracted the most complaints for late arrivals in each of the previous three years (2015, 2016 and 2017)?

Response:

We have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council. Complaints for late arrivals go direct to the bus operator


3156 - Recycling bins

Details:

Reference Number: 3156
Request Date: 02/10/2017

Question:

1. How many recycling bins have been refused in your area in the years 2014-2017?

2. What is the most common reason for a recycling bin refusal?

3. Which street appears to be the worst for recycling?

Response:

1.
2014/15 - 3968
2015/16 - 4843
2016/17 - 6742

2. Food Waste, Glass and Dog Waste.

3. Our data is not recorded or held in a format that will enable us to provide an answer to this question.


3179 - Temporary Accommodation (inc children)

Details:

Reference Number: 3179
Request Date: 05/10/2017

Question:

1. Who is responsible for carrying out inspections of temporary accommodation which house families in your local authority?

2. How regularly is temporary accommodation which houses families (including that which is privately leased) inspected by you or another body you contract your services to?

3. What measures do they take to ensure that properties are safe and suitable for children?

4. Do you have a safeguarding policy that applies when transferring children from local authority accommodation to private rental temporary accommodation? Yes/No

5. Do you have a safeguarding policy that applies when placing families in B&Bs and/or temporary accommodation? (Please specify which one) Yes/No

6. Do you seek advice from your Local Authority’s safeguarding service when you place families in B&Bs and/or temporary accommodation? (Please specify which one) Yes/No

 

Response:

 

1. The authority’s temporary accommodation is subject to statutory inspection by the fire service.


A regime of service contracts which involve on site inspections are in place for each accommodation unit.

2. All essential health and safety equipment such as fire detection/fire fighting/gas fired heating systems are maintained via annual service contracts.

Fire alarms are tested on site by competent staff.

Each accommodation unit is inspected on a weekly basis by staff on site.

3. No specific measures are in place relating to the safety of children in premises.
Annual/weekly inspections assess health and safety risks for both vulnerable residents and children at the accommodation e.g. ensuring hazardous cleaning materials are safely locked in cleaners cupboard.

4. No

5. No

6. No

If we are involved we would be carrying out any assessments in line with the appropriate safeguarding assessments (e.g. children and families assessment or Section 47 investigations) considering/assessing all types of accommodation for a family as part of the overall assessment and not specifically in relation to these types of accommodation

 


3182 - School Buildings

Details:

Reference Number: 3182
Request Date: 05/10/2017

Question:

For each calendar year from 2007 to present, how many new school buildings in the council’s area (for which the council holds information) were built
a) With a sprinkler system included
b) Without a sprinkler system included?

For clarity, by sprinkler system, I am referring to a fire safety system, as described for example in the Building Bulletin 100 guidelines, as opposed to any other kind of sprinkler.

In your reply, please could you specify whether the figures you provide include academies and free schools as well as local authority controlled schools. If the council holds the relevant information for free schools and academies, I would like it to be provided, but if not, please could you make it clear these are not included. Likewise, if they are included, please make this clear as well.

Response:

It has been assumed that the FOI request refers to completely new schools and not extensions to schools within Northumberland.

Of the schools Northumberland County Council maintain, sprinkler systems are installed in the following 3 new-build schools since 2009:

New Delaval Primary School (2009 New-build)
Newsham Primary School (2009 New-build)
Hexham Priory School (2009 New-build)


Atkinson House School (2010) (has sprinkler systems maintained by their own specialist provider, however NCC check that its being maintained).


In addition, Fuse Media Centre, (education building in Prudhoe) was built in 2011 and has a sprinkler system installed.

There have been no completed new-build schools built within the last 7 years without sprinkler systems installed which NCC are responsible for.

It should be noted that academies or PFI buildings (Blyth Quays Trust ,Cramlington Learning Village, Josephine Butler, Bedlington High, Duchess High, Prudhoe High, for example) may have sprinklers, however NCC are not responsible for these services and therefore hold no accurate records.


3184 - Byway open to all traffic (BOAT)

Details:

Reference Number: 3184
Request Date: 06/10/2017

Question:

Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT), reference 401/031, Parish of Belsay
and
Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT), reference 427/011, Parish of Whalton

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (2000), could you please provide me with any information you hold regarding:

1. Any reports of Road Traffic Collisions and/or Incidents on the two aforementioned BOAT
2. Any reports concerning Mechanically Propelled Vehicles and the two aforementioned BOAT
3. Any reports of conflicts between different users on the two aforementioned BOAT

 

Response:

1. NONE​
2. NONE​
3. ​NONE​


3189 - Medical assessment forms for Homefinder

Details:

Reference Number: 3189
Request Date: 06/10/2017

Question:

1. How many applicants to home finder have submitted medical assessment forms since the home finder system began.

2. How many of these applicants were placed into band 1

3. How many applicants for housing that submitted medical assessment forms had their medical information assessed by the Vulnerable persons assessment and registration officer.

4. How many applicants that had their medical assessment forms that were assessed by
the Vulnerable persons assessment and registration officer were subsequently placed in band 1.

Response:

1. We are only able to provide figures from 2013 to present. We have had 7812 applicants who have submitted medical assessment forms between 2013 to present

 

2. Out of the 7812 forms submitted 1773 applicants have been awarded band 1.

 

3. We are unable to provide this information as the information is not recorded in a manner that it can be broken down to individual officers. Over the years the Vulnerable persons assessment and registration officer has not had sole responsibility of medical assessments.

 

The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold certain information relating to How many applicants for housing that submitted medical assessment forms had their medical information assessed by the Vulnerable persons assessment and registration officer.

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 fifty nine hours.to get this information because it is not possible to undertake an electronic search of the 1773 records. It would be necessary to retrieve from an associated database, holding details of applicants who have submitted a medical assessment, details of the applicant and Homefinder reference number to enable a manual search to be undertaken of each record to identify details of the officer who undertook the assessment. It is estimated that each search and subsequent recording of the relevant data would take approximately two minutes, thereby allowing thirty records to be searched per hour. It is therefore estimated on the basis of 1773 divided by 30 that the process would take 59.1 hours.

 

4. Unable to quantify due to reasons given in question 3.