FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

12 October 2018

 1. What is the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area, and what was the figure in 2009/10? 

 

 2. What is the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves in your local authority area for which members of the public are charged to access (including spaces which only charge for access on particular days of the year or for certain events), and what was the corresponding figure for each in 2009/10? 

 

 3. What is your local authority’s total budget allocation for spend on a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves in your local authority area for 2017/18, and what was the total budget allocation for each in 2009/10? 

 

4. How many staff are employed by your local authority to maintain or manage a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves, in your local authority area in the year 2017/18, and how many were employed for each in 2009/10? 

 

5. What is the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area which have limited opening hours, and what was the figure in 2009/10?

 

6. What is the current total area in km2 of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area, and what was it in 2009/10? 

 

7. What was the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area for which the management or services are provided by an outside organisation rather than the local authority, and what was the corresponding figure for each in 2009/10?  



East Herts Council Response

15 October 2018

I am writing to acknowledge your written request for information.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

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East Herts Council Response

08 November 2018

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

1. What is the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area, and what was the figure in 2009/10?
a) Total Number of Parks – 73 (including 60 play areas).  There are also numerous smaller spaces provided by the Council across the District (mostly less than 0.5 Ha) such as grass spaces around residential areas that are not of an adequate size as to list as an Open Space.
b) Village Greens – The district council are not responsible for any formerly dedicated village greens.
c) Community Gardens – 0
d) Woodlands – 20
e) Allotments – 3
f) Nature Reserves - 0

The Council does not have corresponding data recorded for 2009/10 but can advise that there has been no removal of publicly accessible open spaces since that year.
There are open spaces within these categories in the local area which are not owned and managed by the Council.  The Council cannot provide information on land for which it is not responsible.

 2. What is the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves in your local authority area for which members of the public are charged to access (including spaces which only charge for access on particular days of the year or for certain events), and what was the corresponding figure for each in 2009/10?
The total number of publicly accessible parks and open spaces for which members of the public are charged to access is zero.  There is a nominal fee to rent an allotment.
The Council does not have corresponding data recorded for 2009/10.

 3. What is your local authority’s total budget allocation for spend on a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves in your local authority area for 2017/18, and what was the total budget allocation for each in 2009/10?
The Council does not allocate individual budgets to these categories and so cannot itemise spending in these areas.  The total budget allocation for the maintenance of parks and open spaces for 2017/18 was £1,240,840.   The total budget allocation for 2009/10 was £1,141,365.
4. How many staff are employed by your local authority to maintain or manage a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves, in your local authority area in the year 2017/18, and how many were employed for each in 2009/10?
The Council employs a varying range of contractors to maintain its parks and open spaces and woodlands each year but does not employ any direct labour for this purpose.  Council officers employed to manage these contracts also undertake duties relating to other areas of service so it is not possible to answer this question accurately.
5. What is the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area which have limited opening hours, and what was the figure in 2009/10?
 All parks and open spaces owned and managed by the Council are open 24hrs a day without restriction with the exception of one ornamental park in Hertford town centre which is closed at night.
6. What is the current total area in km2 of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area, and what was it in 2009/10?
The total area of the open spaces referred to above (Total Number of Parks – 97) is 1.985 km2.  The Council has not reduced the size of these open spaces since 2009/10. The Council does not have data to provide total areas for the other categories. 
7. What was the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area for which the management or services are provided by an outside organisation rather than the local authority, and what was the corresponding figure for each in 2009/10? 
A section of one ornamental park in Hertford is maintained on behalf of the District Council by the Town Council.  A section of an open space in Bishops Stortford is leased to a local football club who maintain the grass.  An open space in Buntingford is maintained on behalf of the District Council by the Town Council and is therefore not included in the numbers above. The total number of publicly accessible spaces for which the management or services are provided by an outside organisation rather than the local authority is therefore three but not in their entirety.  The number for 2009/10 was one but not in its entirety.

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

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Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

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Thank you for your request.