It’s taken Kirklees almost 4 months to answer a simple FOI relating to the proposed PSPO on Ramsden Road/Yateholme Lanes. The legal limit under legislation is 20 working days.
Answers contained in the FOI release seem to contradict the Council’s previously stated position that access to Ramsden Road/Yateholme Lanes “will be managed on the councils behalf”. The recent omnishambles of a public consultation led members of the public and the Parish Council to understand that a 4×4 representative group would undertake this role with only its members being eligible for a permit.
The Foi answers are as follows –
- Information on how members of the public can obtain a license to drive a vehicle in the exclusion area and what the cost of such a license will be.
A licence will be obtainable, free of charge, by contacting Kirklees Council. Information will appear on the website once it is made available.
- The costs to Kirklees Council of administering the license system and/or the costs to Kirklees Council of using a third party to administer the license system.
The cost is within the service and is not separately identifiable.
- Any correspondence or information held on negotiations with third parties in drawing up the licensing scheme.
The Scheme is in house.
Have the council moved away from a third party group with a few thousand members administering the scheme in favour of throwing the doors open to the 30 odd million registered vehicles in the UK and administering the permit scheme itself? I think we should be told.