FOI in­ves­ti­ga­tions need to go fur­ther

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Thank you for pub­lish­ing the de­tails of my Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion (FOI) re­quest in the ar­ti­cle on page four (‘SEPA did not ad­vise coun­cil’, The Oban Times, Fe­bru­ary 16).

I have just sub­mit­ted an­other FOI re­quest to Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil ask­ing for:

1. The names of the Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil of­fi­cers who sup­pos­edly spoke to SEPA em­ploy­ees.

2. The dates th­ese con­ver­sa­tions took place.

3. The names of the SEPA em­ploy­ees they spoke to (the coun­cil of­fi­cers have to ask for some­one at SEPA by name).

4. De­tails of the full re­port by coun­cil of­fi­cers stat­ing that it was safe to im­ple­ment the three-weekly gen­eral waste bin col­lec­tion ser­vice.

At the Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil meet­ing on June 30 (https://www. ar­gyll-­ern­gov/doc­u­ments/g7140/ Printed%20min­utes%20 Thur sday% 2030 - Jun- 2016% 20 10.00%20Ar­gyll%20and%20Bute%20 Coun­cil.pdf?T=1), where un­der Item 18 the re­port by the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, who I as­sume is Pippa Milne, has con­ve­niently been hid­den from view and it should make in­ter­est­ing read­ing.

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil has a poor track record when it comes to sup­ply­ing the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion to FOI re­quests.

A coun­cil tax­payer from Tayin­loan re­cently re­ceived in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing his FOI about re­pairs at Tayin­loan pier and I re­ceived a pack of lies re­gard­ing a FOI re­quest I made sev­eral years ago re­gard­ing street light­ing re­pairs on Is­lay. Dou­glas W Tott, Is­lay.

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