Tag Archives: FOI

Request for Cambridgeshire Police Board Meeting Papers Deemed Vexatious

Since November 2012, when Police Authorities were abolished and Police and Crime Commissioners introduced, I have been making regular Freedom of Information requests for the meeting papers of Cambridgeshire Police’s Force Executive Board. While the Police Authority was in existence information on proposed significant changes to policing would be pro-actively published online in Police Authority [...]

Asking Cambridge City Council To Routinely Release Results of Food Premises Inspections

I attended Cambridge City Council’s Community Services Scrutiny Committee on the 14th of January 2010. I used the fact the city council allows members of the public to speak at council meetings to ask the Executive Councillor for Community Development and Health, councillor Clare Blair, about how the council makes the results of its inspections [...]

Secrecy Surrounding Contract to Sort Cambridge’s Recycling in Peterborough

New blue bins for mixed recycling are to be distributed in Cambridge next month. Details of the city’s contract for dealing with the recycling have not been made public. On the morning of the 6th of October 2009 I attended Cambridge City Council’s Environment Scrutiny Committee. I used the opportunity for members of the public [...]

Kevin Wilkins Replaces Ruth Joyce as FOI Lead on Cambs Police Authority

Kevin Wilkins, Liberal Democrat County Councillor for West Chesterton in Cambridge, is the Police Authority’s new lead member on Freedom of Information. Unelected appointee Ruth Joyce was removed from her position as the police authority’s lead member for freedom of information during an authority meeting on the 30th of September 2009 . I have been [...]

Cambridge City Council Decide to Make a Huge Leap Forward In Terms of Openness and Transparency

A buffet was provided for councillors and officers during a break in the meeting. I was hungry so I took up an offer of a sandwich. There were no professional press present. I guess I got the sandwich which would have otherwise been offered to them. (Photos of the meeting itsself were not permitted) I [...]

Association of Police Authorities’ Advert for New Chief Exec. Highlights Influence of Organisation Not Subject to FOI

The front page of the appointments section of the Sunday Times on the 5th of July 2009 carried an advert for a new Chief Executive of the Association of Police Authorities (APA). The APA is one of many organisations which are publically funded and have a substantial influence on the way the British state works [...]