FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

27 April 2020

I would like to know about your authority’s role in enforcing coronavirus ‘lockdown’ restrictions in the 5 weeks since 23 March 2020.

 

I would like to know -

 

1. Please state whether your local authority has closed any public spaces or rights of way in response to the lockdown (for example, beach or beauty spots, carparks near beach or beauty spots, footpaths, public parks). Please state the public space that was closed and the reasons for closure.

 

2. Whether your authority has issued fines for Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) since 23 March, to enforce the lockdown (for example, enforcing PSPOs against standing in groups, or using PSPO dispersal powers). Please give the number of PSPO fines issued and the offences for which they were issued; and the number of any dispersal orders issued.

3. Whether any CPNs have been issued since 23 March (for example, requiring someone to stay in their property). Please give the number and nature of CPNs issued, if possible including the CPN text.?

 

4. Whether local authority officers are patrolling to enforce lockdown measures contained in the ‘Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020’ or the ‘Coronavirus Act’. Please give the number and nature of local authority officers patrolling (for example, street wardens); and details of any fines/interventions.

 

5. Please state if the local authority has empowered any private security companies to enforce during the lockdown, for example to fine people for PSPO violations. Please state the company involved and whether any fines have been issued by this company.?



East Herts Council Response

28 April 2020

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.

The Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an assessment of your request and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released.  You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you.  You will be informed if this is the case.

There may be a fee payable for this information, this will be considered and you will be informed if any fees are payable.  In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released.  The 20 working day time limit for the response is suspended until receipt of payment.

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

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

Your personal details will be held within out Information Request case management system, and only used for the purposes of evaluating and processing your request.

While details of your information request may be published on the council website, your personal details will never be published or released to anyone outside the council unless it is required by the Information Commissioners Office.

Thank you for your request.

 



East Herts Council Response

18 May 2020

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

1. Please state whether your local authority has closed any public spaces or rights of way in response to the lockdown (for example, beach or beauty spots, carparks near beach or beauty spots, footpaths, public parks). Please state the public space that was closed and the reasons for closure.

- No

 

2. Whether your authority has issued fines for Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) since 23 March, to enforce the lockdown (for example, enforcing PSPOs against standing in groups, or using PSPO dispersal powers). Please give the number of PSPO fines issued and the offences for which they were issued; and the number of any dispersal orders issued.

- No



3. Whether any CPNs have been issued since 23 March (for example, requiring someone to stay in their property). Please give the number and nature of CPNs issued, if possible including the CPN text.?

- No

 

4. Whether local authority officers are patrolling to enforce lockdown measures contained in the ‘Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020’ or the ‘Coronavirus Act’. Please give the number and nature of local authority officers patrolling (for example, street wardens); and details of any fines/interventions.

- We are unable to comment specifically on intelligence gathering approaches.  

 

5. Please state if the local authority has empowered any private security companies to enforce during the lockdown, for example to fine people for PSPO violations. Please state the company involved and whether any fines have been issued by this company.?

- No

 

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

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

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

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.