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Environment

View all FOIs for this department below or select a sub-department to narrow down results.

Abandoned Vehicles | Animals | Commercial Waste | Cycle Paths | Dog Fouling | Energy | Environmental Health | Fly Tipping and Litter | Local Plan | Parks | Pest Control | Planning Applications | Public Rights of Way | Bin Collection Days | Waste Removal | Recycling

Details:

Reference Number: 5433
Request Date: 17/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Hareside Primary School:
 
I am looking to retrieve some information under the Freedom of Information act in regards to your energy supply and usage.
 
Q.1 What is your current contract end date for gas?
A.1  31st March 2020
 
Q.2 What is your current contract end date for electricity?
A.2  31st March 2020
 
Q.3 What is your monthly or annual spend on the gas contract?
A.3  £5,236.03
 
Q.4 What is your monthly or annual spend on the electricity contract?
A.4   £16,275.91
 
Q.5 What is your target for consumption reduction?
A.5 N/A
 
Q.6 What steps do you take to reduce energy consumption?
A.6 N/A
 
Q.7 Would you benefit from funding options on energy projects?
A.7 N/A


Details:

Reference Number: 5454
Request Date: 22/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The number of vehicles reported as abandoned within your local authority area broken down by year for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 to date.

A.1 
2013/14 - 55
2014/15 - 155
2015/16 - 359
2016/17 - 510
2017/18 - 507
2018/19 - 433

Q.2 The number of abandoned vehicles removed in your local authority area broken down by year for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 to date.

A.2 Please see attachment.

Q.3 The number of abandoned vehicles destroyed by your local authority broken down by year for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 to date.

A.3 Please see attachment.

Q.4 The amount of money spent by your local authority on removing and destroying abandoned vehicles broken down by year for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 to date.

A.4 Please see attachment.

Q.5 The amount of money in fines distributed by your local authority to people for abandoning their vehicles broken down by year for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 to date.

A.5 
2013/14 - £0
2014/15 - £0
2015/16 - £0
2016/17 - £400
2017/18 - £1200
2018/19 - £400

The attached PDF contains further information.
 


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Details:

Reference Number: 5474
Request Date: 24/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The number of missed bin collections in 2018, broken down by month

Q.2 The number of missed bin collections so far in 2019.

A.1 & A.2 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5495
Request Date: 29/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I would like to be told the number of Fixed Penalty Notices issued by the council for littering for the following years:
 
A.1    
2014/15: 243
2015/16: 375
2016/17: 176
2017/18: ​93​
2018/19: 165
 
Q.2 What was the revenue to the council from the issuing of FPNs for littering for the following years:
  
A.2   
2014/15: No record for this year
2015/16: £4,590.00
2016/17: £8,006.00
2017/18: £12,345.00
2018/19: £10,270.00 (to end of January 2019)
 
Q.3 Could you please specify what the council consider 'littering'? Ie are there separate penalties for dog mess or cigarette butts or do these all come under 'littering'? If there is a breakdown of what constitutes 'littering' please provide it.
 
A.3 Littering constitutes any kind of waste material which includes cigarettes but ​n​ot dog ​fouling ​​​​which is specifically catered for by a separate FPN. There is no breakdown​ by letter type.​
 
Q.4 How much is the fine of Fixed Penalty Notices you issue? 
 
A.4 The current FPN fine is £80 reduced to £65 if paid within 7 days.
 
Q.5 Who patrols areas and issues FPN's for littering on behalf of the council? Are officers directly employed by the council or is monitoring litter subcontracted to a private company? If so, which one? 
 
A.5 Only council staff issue FPN's, the Environmental Enforcement/ Animal Welfare Team and Parking Enforcement Officers. Private firms are not used.
 
Q.6 What was the revenue to a private company, if any, for issuing FPNs for littering on behalf of the council for the following years: 
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17
2017/18
2018/19 - to the most recent available figures.    
 
A.6 N/A


Details:

Reference Number: 5509
Request Date: 30/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The revenue report from the traffic enforcement officer re penalties/fines for dog fouling incidents for 2018.  This is for the Alnwick Area and also the Amble Area. I also would like to obtain a copy of the actual figures re Parking Offences in both areas named above again for 2018.

A.1 There was no revenue received in 2018 from FPNs issued by Civil Enforcement Officers for Dog Fouling in Alnwick or Amble. Below shows the PCN income received between 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018 for PCNs issued in Alnwick and Amble

Alnwick - £68,406
Amble - £12,876


Details:

Reference Number: 5533
Request Date: 04/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Does Northumberland Unitary Authority operate an in-house household waste and/or recycling collection service, either directly or via an arms-length company owned by the Authority?
 
A.1 Yes
 
Q.2 Does Northumberland Unitary Authority operate an in-house service for the collection of commercial waste and/or recycling?
 
A.2 Yes
 
Q.3 Does Northumberland Unitary Authority operate a commercial waste and/or recycling services which has customers located outside your Authority boundaries?
 
A.3 Yes
 
Q.4 Does Northumberland Unitary Authority charge VAT on commercial collection services?
 
A.4 No, we do not charge VAT on commercial waste as the VAT exemption of commercial waste collection was introduced in 2011 on the basis that all waste collection authorities have a duty to arrange for the collection of commercial waste under section 45(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (if requested to do so).
 
Q.5 Does Northumberland Unitary Authority keep separate accounting records, including apportionment of costs, relating both to household collections and commercial collections?
 
A.5 Yes


Details:

Reference Number: 5555
Request Date: 06/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Could you please provide me with details of all food businesses that made an application to be registered with you in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 Article 6(2)  between the 1st November 2018 and the 5th February 2019.

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5570
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I would like to find out how I would establish how many planning applications have been approved recently that will 'incorporate facilities for charging plug-in and other ultra-low emission vehicles' as stated in section 110 in the National Planning Policy Framework 2018? Or as stated in section 105 'the need to ensure an adequate provision of spaces for charging plug-in and other ultra-low emission vehicles' where setting local parking standards for residential and non-residential development. How many times has this been a condition of planning?

A.1   To pull this report together we have done a search on the word "charge" to get the results. Unfortunately we are unable to retrieve any more applications from the system to add to the list, but there will be more applications with this type of condition attached to them.  From the attached list you will be able to search for the planning application references numbers using the public access system to view the associated documents and decision notice. We are unable to provide this information because of the way conditions are added to applications on the system.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5594
Request Date: 12/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   A list with the names of all the textile recycling collectors that currently operate textile recycling banks in Northumberland County Council on council sites and council land. 

Q.2   The number of textile recycling banks placed in Northumberland County Council which are operated by private companies on council sites and council land. 

A.1 - A.2   One collector at the 12 HWRCs in Northumberland - Nathan Wastesavers and Bring sites.

 

Q.3   The number of textile recycling banks placed in Northumberland County Council which are operated by charities on council sites and council land. 

A.3   No separate charity collections on council site or council land.



Details:

Reference Number: 5602
Request Date: 13/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Can the Authority provide the number of bin surveys it has conducted in each calendar year since 2014? If applicable, can the Authority also provide the number of households subject to bin surveys in the same period? For clarity, a bin survey is used to identify the types of rubbish being thrown away by households or which bins are being used, or both.

A.1   The Council have not carried out any of these types of bin surveys in the last 5 years, we are however planning to undertake a compositional analysis of residual waste bins in 2019/20



Details:

Reference Number: 5630
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How much do you spend a year on callouts for pest control ?

A.1   The pest control service costs £150,000 per annum.
 

Q.2   How much does it cost you per visit ?

A.2   Rats, Mice Ants,Cockroaches and Wasps are charged at £50 per treatment. 

Fleas, flies and fumigations are £75 per treatment

Bedbugs are £150 per treatment.
 

Q.3   How much do you spend on pest control equipment annually ? 

A.3   We spend 10,000 per year 

 

Q.4   How many unsuccessful callouts do you have on average (where you visit the trap and the pest hasn’t been caught)?

A.4   None we do not use traps.

 

Q.5   Would you be interested in a device that could simply tell you when a mousetrap has been activated ? 

A.5   No thanks



Details:

Reference Number: 5643
Request Date: 20/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Can you please advise if there are any public rights of ways (byways) that have Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) on them preventing vehicular access.

If yes, can you please provide details, namely 

The identifier for the public right of way. 

If the TRO is permanent, seasonal or temporary. 

if temporary or seasonal, details for the dates when they are open and closed 

Any other details that might be relevant to vehicular users.

 

A.1    The link below will give you the information relating to your request. 

http://map.northumberland.gov.uk/prow/



Details:

Reference Number: 5767
Request Date: 13/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Please provide a copy of the Council’s Enforcement Policy.

A.1.   See link https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/About-the-Council/Corporate-Enforcement-Policy-3-November-2015.pdf

Q.2     Please provide a copy of the Trading Standards Service Plan.

A.2.   Copy attached

Q.3    Please provide a copy of the Food Law Service Plan. 

A.3.   See link   http://committeedocs.northumberland.gov.uk/MeetingDocs/38640_M9117.pdf

Q.4     How many Primary Authority Partnerships do the Trading Standards Department have? 

A.4.    1

Q.5     How many Primary Authority Partnerships do the Trading Standards Department provide food standards cover?

A.5.    0

Q.6    Other than Primary Authority Partnerships, do the Trading Standards Department provide paid for food standards business advice (i.e. pay-as-you-go)?

A.6.    No

Q.7    If the Trading Standards Department provide paid for business advice (i.e. pay-as-you-go), what year did the Service start providing this option?

A.7.    See above

Q.8    If the Trading Standards Department are not currently providing paid for business advice (i.e. pay-as-you-go), is this a potential avenue in the future?

A.8.    Yes

Q.9    Do the Trading Standards Department conduct joint working with Environmental Health on food standards issues?

A.9.     Yes
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5783
Request Date: 18/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many pest control callouts did the council receive in 2018 for rat-related requests?

A.1    576 requests were received for rat related treatments.

Q.2   Can I have this data for rat-related callouts in 2018 broken down by postcode and listed below in descending order?

Q.3   Could you list in descending order the 10 streets which the council received the most rat-related call-outs for in 2018?

A.2 & A.3 Attached is a sheet listing all postcodes for that year relating to call outs for rats. We do not collate this information by street name.
 


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Details:

Reference Number: 5787
Request Date: 18/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015

Q.1    How many microchip enforcement notices did you issue in 2018?

A.1    In 2018 we issued 24 notices within Northumberland

Q.2    How many of those notices resulted in full compliance by the keeper?

A.2    18 of the notices were updated by the owner with no further action

Q.3    How many of those notices resulted in a prosecution?

A.3    6 of the notices resulted in prosecution through Bedlington magistrates 

Q.4    How many of those prosecutions resulted in a conviction?

A.4    6 of the notices resulted in convictions 

Q.5    For those convictions, what penalties were imposed by the court?
A.5. 
2 conditional discharges and costs 
2 resulted in £350 fines 
2 resulted in £559 fines
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5890
Request Date: 05/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many children’s playgrounds were managed by the local authority in each year from 2009-10? 

A.1   16

Q.2   How many children’s playgrounds  have been closed in each year since 2009-10? 

A.2   None

Q.3   How many children’s playgrounds  have been opened in each year since 2009-10? 

A.3   None

Q.4   How much local authority money has been spent on children’s playgrounds in each year since 2009-10? 

A.4   Children's playgrounds are managed through the use of multidisciplinary grounds maintenance and cleansing  teams. It is not possible to disaggregate the money spent on play areas alone.

Q.5   How many children’s playgrounds are proposed for closure within the next year (ie 2019-20)? 

A.5   None

Q.5   How much do you propose to spend on children's playgrounds in 2019-20?

A.5   See response to Q.4 above.

Q.6   How many children's playgrounds have been sold off to private buyers since 2009-10, who were the buyers and how much were they sold for?

A.6   None

NB Following local government reorganisation in 2008 most children's play areas other than in larger parks were transferred to Town and Parish Councils. The answers given above relate only to County Council assets.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5952
Request Date: 16/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

 Q.1     Have you used the new Equine Microchipping Legislation which started in October 2018 (other than for Licensing) ?
  
A.1    Not yet used - The Equine Identification (England) Regulations 2018.

Q.2     Does the Council have a Animal Welfare Officer or Officer Appointed to deal with Horse-related issues     For your County?
 
A.2   All Environment Enforcement Officers and Animal Welfare Officers have been appointed as Inspectors under the above Regulations.

Q.3     Does the Council have a Horse Issue Protocol in place ?
 
A.3    No separate policy in place - equine enforcement is conducted in accordance with the corporate enforcement policy.

Q.4     Does the Council have access to an Equine Green Yard or Equine Bailiff service ?
 
A.4    Green Yard - no, although this is under discussion regionally via the North East Equine Group.  Bailiffs - yes, GRC Equine Bailiffs based in Bristol.

Q.5     Does your Council web page have information for the public to access on Equines – particularly Tethering, Flygrazing, Welfare Concerns, Equine ID & Microchipping ?
 
A.5    No, the entry reads as follows;

"Our dedicated enforcement officer can deal with horses illegally tethered or straying on public authority land. However, horses running loose or causing a nuisance should be reported to the police. 
If you are concerned about the welfare of a horse please report to animal welfare."
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5965
Request Date: 23/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

The information is sought on behalf of Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline welfare charity.  The information is sought from your Council department responsible for street cleaning or if the cleansing of roads is contracted out then please ensure the information is obtained from the contracting company/arms-length external organisation (ALEO). The questions relate to CATS involved in road traffic accidents (RTAs) on the roads that your council is responsible for cleaning.

Q.1   Does the Authority (or ALEO) scan cat RTA victims collected for a microchip and record the chip number? 

A.1   Yes 

Q.2   If yes do you inform the relevant microchip database company (eg by phone) that you have found the deceased cat so that they can contact the cat owner?

A.2   Yes and an Animal Welfare Officer will contact the cats owner. 

Q.3   If yes do you inform your local branch of Cats Protection?

A.3   No

Q.4   If your Authority (or ALEO) does not scan cat RTA victims please tick which of the following statements are relevant - you can tick multiple answers. 

Not thought about it 
Do not have scanners 
Too time consuming to scan 
Don’t know what to do with information that appears on scanner 
Other – please specify 

If your Authority (or ALEO) does not scan cat RTA victims – please answer the following question. 

If scanners were provided free of charge together with information about how to report the cat’s details to the relevant microchip database company from the information appearing on the scanner would you (or ALEO) consider scanning cat RTA victims? 

Please circle the relevant answer: 

        Yes / No / Don’t know 

A.4  N/A

Q.5   Authority (or ALEO) disposes of the cat carcass immediately when it is returned to the Council/ALEO depot. 

A.5   No 

Q.6   Authority (or ALEO) logs descriptive details of the cat carcass, cat’s appearance, with a description of when and where it was found etc. 

A.6   Yes a log of relevant information is kept.  

Q.7   Authority (or ALEO) keeps the cat carcass in a freezer for a set period so it can inform enquirers if they contact the authority that they have collected a cat resembling that “lost” by the owner. Other – please specify 

A.7.  Cats are kept in freezer for at least 2 weeks, lost cat reports are checked and owners are contacted if we think we may have their pet.

Q.8   How many cat Road Traffic Accident (RTA) carcasses have been collected in each of following years? If this data is not recorded but you can provide an estimate this is acceptable but please clarify it is an estimate. 

2016
2017                                   
2018

Completed by:
Name of Local Authority:
Name of person completing FOI:
Job title: 
Contact e-mail: 
Contact Phone number: 

A.8   We do not record this information but we estimate the number varies between 12 and 18 cats a year -  of these around 25% - 30% are microchipped.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5972
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I’m seeking details of enforcement action taken by your authority’s planning team in relation to properties offered for short-term lets via platforms such as Airbnb. 

Q.1   The number of planning enforcement notices issued by your authority in relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to 2018/19.

A.1   The Enforcement register from 2011-2019 is attached, this includes all enforcement Notices & Breach of condition Notices served throughout the County. 

Q.2   The number of planning contravention notices issued by your authority in relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to 2018/19.

A.2   The register of PCN's are attached.

Q.3   If available, please also provide the number of informal warnings issued by your authority’s planning team in relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to 2018/19.

A.3   From 2011-2019 we received 10,126 reports of  alleged planning breaches. The subject of the breach i.e if it is a short-term let is not always recorded. A search of the system by "holiday-let" has found 28 cases which include the word holiday-let received between 2011-2019.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6017
Request Date: 03/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many Exotic, Dangerous or Wild Animals Licenses did the council issue in the period between 1st May 2018 and 30th April 2019 (inclusive)?
 
A.1   1
 
Q.1a) For each of these licenses, please state the species for which the license was issued.  
 
A.1a)   African Serval F1 Savannah

Q.2   How many Exotic, Dangerous or Wild Animals Licenses did the council issue in the period between 1st May 2017 and 30th April 2018 (inclusive)?
 
A.2    1
 
Q.2a) For each of these licenses, please state the species for which the license was issued.  
 
A.2a)  Dwarf Caiman
 
Q.3    In the period between 1st May 2018 and 30th April 2019 (inclusive), please provide a list of the animals (naming the species in each case) which have been dealt with by your Environmental Health department AND which are included amongst those species for which owners are required to hold a license (under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act). 
 
A.3)    0

Q.3a) In each of these cases, please state how the animal was discovered by your Environmental Health department - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: Was a sighting reported by a local resident; was the discovery made whilst your Environmental Health team were carrying out other routine work etc). 
 
A.3a)   n/a

Q.3b) In each of these cases, please state where the animal was discovered - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: If the animal was found in a garden, please state whether this was a public space or someone's private garden at their home).
 
A.3b)   n/a

Q.4    In the period between 1st May 2017 and 30th April 2018 (inclusive), please provide a list of the animals (naming the species in each case) which have been dealt with by your Environmental Health department AND which are included amongst those species for which owners are required to hold a license (under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act). 
 
A.4)    0

Q.4a)  In each of these cases, please state how the animal was discovered by your Environmental Health department - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: Was a sighting reported by a local resident; were your Environmental Health team carrying out other routine work etc). 
 
A.4a)   n/a

Q.4b) In each of these cases, please state where the animal was discovered - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: If the animal was found in a garden, please state whether this was a public space or someone's private garden at their home).
 
A.4b)  n/a

Q.5    In the period between 1st May 2018 and 30th April 2019 (inclusive), please provide a list of the non-native species (naming the species in each case) which have been dealt with by your Environmental Health department.
 
A.5    0
 
Q.5a)   In each of these cases, please state how the animal was discovered by your Environmental Health department - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: Was a sighting reported by a local resident; was the discovery made whilst your Environmental Health team were carrying out other routine work etc). 
 
A.5a)  n/a

Q.5b)  In each of these cases, please state where the animal was discovered - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: If the animal was found in a garden, please state whether this was a public space or someone's private garden at their home).
 
A.5b)   n/a

Q.6   In the period between 1st May 2017 and 30th April 2018 (inclusive), please provide a list of the non-native species (naming the species in each case) which have been dealt with by your Environmental Health department.
 
A.6    0

Q.6a) In each of these cases, please state how the animal was discovered by your Environmental Health department - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: Was a sighting reported by a local resident; was the discovery made whilst your Environmental Health team were carrying out other routine work etc). 
 
A.6a)   n/a
 
Q.6b) In each of these cases, please state where the animal was discovered - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: If the animal was found in a garden, please state whether this was a public space or someone's private garden at their home).
 
A.6b)   n/a
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6053
Request Date: 10/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The address including postcode of operational paddling pools located in publicly maintained open space.

A.1   One only, at Carlisle Park, Morpeth. Operated by Morpeth Town Council.  NE61 1YD

Q.2   The number of operational drinking fountains located in publicly maintained open space

A.2   One only, currently being installed at Ridley Park, Blyth   NE24 3AZ
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6056
Request Date: 13/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please tell me for the financial year 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 the total income from the charges imposed at Northumberland Waste Management Centres.

I am aware that these sites are managed by private companies that will inevitably retain a portion of this revenue stream. I want to know the revenues flowing back to NCC during these two financial years.

A.1   The Council received £68,000 in 2017/18 and £67,000 in 2018/19 from charging residents to deposit soil, rubble and plasterboard at 12 Household Waste Recovery Centres (HWRCs). The Council has no obligation to accept non household waste free of charge at its HWRCs, some Councils chose not to accept this material at all. Northumberland County Council seeks a contribution from residents towards its costs of accepting this material, in order to continue to provide a low cost and convenient means of disposal for residents with small quantities, and to encourage residents with larger quantities to seek out viable alternatives eg dumpy bag collection service, skips, and private waste contractors.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6069
Request Date: 14/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   What is your policy on managing stray dogs in your local authority area?

A.1   Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Northumberland County Council is obliged to deal with stray dogs.   Animal Welfare Officers respond to stray dog reports from 0700 to 1700 hrs Monday to Friday. We collect any stray dogs that have been secured by members of the public or capture stray dogs that are straying. All stray dogs are checked for microchip, i/d tags and lost dog reports are checked, we will endeavour to return dogs to their owner as soon as possible. If an owner cannot be found at this stage the stray would be transported to our holding kennels. If a dog required veterinary treatment the dog would be taken to the vets. If we were unable to identify the owner of a stray dog then the dog would be kept at rescue centre/holding kennels for a period of at least 7 days (to give the owner the chance to come forward) before it could be rehomed. When an owner comes forward for a stray dog that is not microchipped (as they are required to be by law) we will offer to microchip the dog on its return. If this is refused, a 21 day notice will be issued for the owner to have their dog chipped, failing to have the dog microchipped within the 21 days will result in prosecution in the courts. A 21 day notice will also be issued to the owner of a dog that is chipped but the details are not up to date (ie wrong phone number etc). Northumberland County Council also provide (via a 3rd party) an out of hours stray dog collection service.

This service operates from 1700 hrs to 2200 hrs Monday to Friday and 0800 to 2200 Saturday and Sunday this is only for collection of stray dogs that have been secured by members of the public. At all other times when not covered by Animal Welfare or out of hours we provided a 24hr reception point where stray dogs can be handed in to be collected by Animal Welfare staff the next working day. When charges are incurred by NCC due to the out of hours collection or kenneling fees, this cost will be charged to the owner of the stray dog when they claim the dog back. The Animal Welfare team have been awarded a Gold Footprint award by the RSPCA for the last 7 years. This is in recognition of the excellent stray dog service we provide.

Q.2   How many stray dogs did your local authority take responsibility for in 2018?
a) How many were then adopted?
b) How many went to animal rescue?
c) How many were euthanized?
d) What happened to any dogs who did not fall into the above categories?

A.2  771 stray dog reports
a) We do not offer an adoption service. Dogs are normally rehomed through our rescue centres
b) 52
c) None
d) 719 dogs returned to owner

Q.3   What is your policy on managing stray cats in your local authority area?

A.3      Cats are not subject to the same legislation as dogs.  Under UK law it is acceptable to allow a cat to roam freely, therefore we could not say a cat was a 'stray'. Our Animal Welfare team will respond to reports of injured cats or welfare concerns for cats. We would also investigate reports of abandoned cats. We record lost cat reports and we scan any cats, found dead, for a microchip, so we could then inform the owner. Any dead cats without a microchip would be kept in a freezer for at least 2 weeks to give the owner a chance to come forward.

Q.4   How many stray cats did your local authority take responsibility for in 2018?
a) How many were then adopted?
b) How many went to animal rescue?
c) How many were euthanized?
d) What happened to any cats who did not fall into the above categories?

A.4    None
a) We would not ask anyone to adopt a cat as it probably would belong to someone who allows it to roam.
b) No strays, but we have helped people rehome cats
c) None
d) N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6090
Request Date: 20/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   For each year from 2005/6 to 2018/19 could you please tell me the total number of w.t.e (whole time equivalent) dog wardens you employ?

A.1   Northumberland County Council was formed in 2009 and since 2009 we have always employed 5 dog wardens (Animal Welfare Officers) and 1 Senior Animal Welfare officer employed totalling 6 whole time equivalents.
 
Q.2    For each year from 2005/6 to 2018/19 How many Commercial Breeding Establishments are there for dogs?

A.2     
2006 = 1

2007 = 1
2008 = 1
2009 = 1
2010 = 1
2011 = 1
2012 = 1
2013 = 1
2014 = 4
2015 = 4
2016 = 9
2017 = 8
2018 = 8
2019 = 11
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6147
Request Date: 30/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please provide me with the following information produced/held by the Council since 1st January 2015:
Q.1a   A list of accidents and near misses in school science laboratories and prep rooms.
Q.1b   For each accident and near miss disclosed in response to (a) above:
- The date the incident occurred.
- The school the incident occurred at (or if that cannot be done for reasons of anonymity, at least indicate whether it was a first, middle, high, primary or secondary school).
- Whether anyone was injured, or suffered loss or damage as a result of the incident and if so their relationship to the school in question (e.g. staff member, student, visitor).
- Brief circumstances of the incident

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response. Please note, the data requested is stored across two databases; the older system is more difficult to extract specific data so there may be a few incidents which haven't been picked up on the search
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6148
Request Date: 30/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The amount of capital spending by Northumberland County Council on new cycling infrastructure in each of the last two financial years (2017/18, and 2018/19): examples of infrastructure would include on-road cycle lanes, separated cycle lanes, and signage and lighting specifically for cycling provision. These figures should be broken down into the South, Central and North areas of administration, wherever possible.

Q.2   The revenue budget allocated by Northumberland County Council, towards the hosting of Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain in September 2019.

A.1 & A.2   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.


Details:

Reference Number: 6153
Request Date: 30/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   In mid-2016, the NCC's planning application 16/02705 for a salt barn at the NCC's Depot in Shilburn Road, Allendale, was approved. This salt barn was never built (see below) but could you please tell me what was the total budget - to the nearest £10,000 would be sufficiently precise.

A.1   £250,000

Q.2   In January 2019, the NCC's planning application 18/03728/VARCCD for a salt dome at the same depot was approved. The dome is currently under construction. Please could you me what is the total budget - to the nearest £10,000 would be sufficiently precise.

A.2   £250,000