News of a CSE related FOI


I have been very interested reading your blog and discovering news in relation to the Rotherham grooming scandal that isn’t generally reported in the wider press. Really is an excellent site. I have been attempting to establish whether or not … Continue reading

Lets have a party!


Stuart Thornton gets a response to his Freedom of Information request and makes the following observations. It seem as though Dazza gets the Town hall for free to run the interviews for the Labour Party selection process. Dazza is not … Continue reading

Ship of fools?


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This weeks edition of the Rotherham Advertiser, takes Rotherham Council to task on the debt issue. This eye watering debt mountain, will become much more onerous for us to bear, when interest rates rise towards 5% over the next few … Continue reading

FOI Chris Longley – Day 30 Refusal Finally Arrives!


Day 30 of my FOI Request to RMBC and the refusal has arrived. Here is the full text: RMBC letter reads thus: “Dear Mr Longley, I refer to your recent request for information regarding all the agendas, minutes and reports … Continue reading

Freedom of Information Request 247 Another Pantomime, Now Farce?

Dear “NigelHancock”

Further to my e-mail response to you on Tuesday, 21 August, 2012, 15:35 I have further information to report to you on the same matter which leads me to believe that the Manager of MySpace Rotherham has completely disregarded whatever communication you may have had with them.

Please see the attached picture taken on today’s date, 3 September 2012 at 15:03 hrs which clearly shows that there are four signs still in-situ on the MySpace building, and all clearly visible to the public from the footpath and also the busy road junction at St Ann’s Roundabout. I am of the opinion that such signage so near to a busy traffic roundabout may be likely to distract drivers and thus pose a risk to pedestrians crossing the road at that point.

I now wish you to clearly inform me what your next steps will be in this matter to ensure that absolute compliance with the law is observed by MySpace, or failing that what legal course of action you intend to pursue against the MySpace organisation and those tasked with the responsibility of running it.

Surely you must agree with me that for a society and a community to remain cohesive it is incumbent on everyone, i.e. citizens, statutory organisations and businesses, to comply with the exact letter of the law however much of a burden that may prove to be or however much ones own personal points of view are at variance with the law.

Perhaps you will pursue your actions against MySpace with the same relentless vigour and determination as that which RMBC chose to employ when they took enforceable action against veteran citizen, Arthur Newey Esq of Dalton, or Mr C.Hamby of Whiston, when RMBC eagerly took those individuals through the Courts to secure full compliance with the law.

Or failing any of the above, perhaps you can clarify just exactly which civil and criminal laws I am at liberty to ignore without incurring any legal penalties or enforcement action from RMBC.

I require you to provide me with a detailed response in relation to the above concerns which I have again raised with you.

Perhaps you would be so kind as to supply me with an electronic redacted copy, minus any personal details, of the communication you sent to the Manager at MySpace?

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton


Freedom of Information Request 247 Another Pantomime?

The final instalment in the saga that is FOI 247: Dear “Hancock, Nigel” Thank you for your courteous and informative response. I trust, and indeed hope, that the RMBC Planning Department will pursue an equally vigorous line with the … Continue reading →

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FOI’s too expensive? The eternal complaint, even in the land of the free!

Well spotted by Don Buxton. Thanks to him, we can bring you this story from across the pond.

From the Bangor Daily News, Maine, USA:

Democracy or a burden? Towns inundated with information requests.

Scrutiny of democracy is alive and flourishing in my beloved Maine, and those same jobsworths in Town Hall Towers here in Rotherham have cousins in Maine towns and believe that townspeople just shouldn’t be asking them so many questions and demanding answers, cos it takes them away from their core task – of serving the public, ROFLOL O:-) angel

Don Buxton

Rotherham Salt Store Row – Opposition Explodes into Action!

Our wonderful local newspaper the Rotherham Advertiser last week alerted the residents of Rotherham to yet another hair brained, crackpot scheme.

This time to build a salt store igloo in a prominent position adjacent to junction 1 of the M18 at Hellaby/Bramley.

The Advertisers report click here has alerted local residents that are reportedly furious at the proposal to build this monstrosity on a gateway route into Rotherham.

Opposition to this ridiculous development has swung into action, local residents are getting organised for the fight to stop this considerable eyesore from going ahead.

It would appear that, as usual in Rotherham, procedural problems exist with this proposal and will inevitably result in much difficulty as RMBC attempt to progress this against a torrent of opposition.

Want to know more? Want to object? Want to help stop it? Then contact them!

Rob Foulds; Phone 01709546778 Mobile 07990664710

Neil Fulcher: click here Neil Fulcher.


Further Information.

Text of Freedom of Information request by Councillor Neil Fulcher on behalf of his constituents:

“Under the Freedom of Information Act of Parliament and as Duly Elected Councillor acting in the interests of my constituents I require you provide me the following information:

1.       The minutes of the RMBC council meeting were the debate to purchase the land at Junction 1 M18 for the new Rotherham Town salt store took place?

2.       The expert preparatory information that was supplied to RMBC to form a rational as to whether this site geology, geographically and environmentally was suitable for the purpose to which it is been put?

3.       The sale price paid for the land from the public purse?

4.       The date the land was purchased on behalf of the people of Rotherham?

5.       The existing planning permission from the previous owner of the site which RMBC employee Karl Battersbey said did not need changing on the BBC radio Sheffield interview he gave.

6.       The cost of ground works to prepare the site for the Salt store?

7.       The total build cost of the salt dome and the infrastructure?

8.       The ground works contactor?

9.       The date and a copy of the RMBC order which was given for the ground works to start?

10.   The environmental flora and fauna impact report for the site?

11.   The air pollution impact report for this site and the pb10 = pb6 concentrations for Junction 1 – M18

12.   The community impact report for the site?

13.   The road traffic impact report showing the suitability of road infrastructure for heavy lorry’s to ingress and exit the site onto Bawtry Road.

14.   The public consultation replies / conclusions for the site?

15.   Copies of consultation documentation sent to Bramley Parish Council / Maltby Town Council and Thurcroft Parish Council.

16.   The total amount of salt to be stores on this site?

17.   The principal political councillors responsible the oversight of this project?

18.   The RMBC officers responsible the oversight of this project?

Under the Freedom of Information Act of Parliament I require you to acknowledge receipt of this FOI request allocate it a reference number and answer the points I have raised in numerical order, supplying the information in electronic format in the allotted FOI allotted time.”

Councillor Neil Fulcher