Ref: Date of Response: Information Requested: Response: Exemptions:
4958 07.09.17

Completion of National Hate Crime 2017 online questionnaire

Questionnaire completed, where information held

None
4970 08.09.17

A list of all registered HMO properties, including the contact details of the respective landlords and those exempt under Article 4

Information provided to the applicant in accordance with its duty under Section 232 of the Housing Act 2004 and Licencing and under Regulation 11 of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (England) Regulations 2006

None
4973 16.08.17 and 05.09.17

1) The amount collected in fines and for environmental offences like dog fouling and littering in:

a) April 2014- April 2015

b) April 2015- April 2016

c) April 2016-April 2017 

2) Please detail the number of fixed penalties issued for each year 

3) Please give details of the nature of the offence for each fixed penalty notice issued, broken down by year

4) Please detail the number of fixed penalties paid in each year 

5) Please give details broken down by year on how many of the unpaid penalty notices resulted in prosecution and if possible give the result of that prosecution? 

6) Please explain what the money collected in fines is used for

The applicant was provided with the following in response 16 August 2017 (date request received and acknowledged): 

Questions 1, 2, 3 and 4, is published on the Council’s website in the form of datasets which are updated every six months:

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/?ID=B51726BB-93ED-47AD-80F1-3E4AB3A25D63&DS=4005 

The applicant was provided with the following in response 5 September 2017: 

5.This information is currently being manually retrieved in order for it to be collated and presented into a new dataset that we intend to publish and maintain thereafter.  The dataset will contain details of all prosecutions that have been dealt with by the authority for the years as above; however there will be sufficient detail provided to identify which ones relate to environmental offences, as per the request

In accordance with Section 22 (1)(a) the dataset to be ready for publication by the end of October/early November 2017.  Unfortunately the information is not currently held in an electronic format that it can be easily identified and collated and requires two members of staff  within Legal to manually go through files for the years as requested

Applicant to be e-mailed once dataset is published

6. Monies collected in fines goes towards the cost of running the Dog Warden Service and associated enforcement

Sections 16, 21 and 22 of Act
4977 08.09.17

A list of noise complaints made to the Council from 1st Jan 2015 up to, and including, August 2017, broken down into the following categories: 

  • Number of complaints during the specified period of time, broken down by category and month eg. 60 x Out of Hours noise - music from club/pub/restaurant in July 2016
  • List of, and quantity of, all action that has been taken as a result of the noise complaint eg. 10 x warning, 5 x noise abatement order issued, 20 x no action taken
  • Full list of fines issued due to breaks of a ‘noise abatement order’ (broken down by number of fines and monetary value of each fine)
 

Applicant directed to the Council’s website where the information (apart from the details of any associated fines) is published in a dataset:

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/viewblob/?DS=2000&ID=1C574FE4-CB49-4D60-BF03-415EE9447DC6

Environmental Protection team confirms that they hold details of only one Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 that was issued in November 2015 for a breach of a Community Protection Notice that was served regarding noise from a residential premises in Barnstaple, North Devon 

No details of any fines being issued as a result of a breach of a noise abatement notice have been found by the EP team for the period 01.01.15 – 31.08.17

Sections 16 and 21 of Act
4982 04.09.17

The estimated or actual amount of money spent by the local authority on the following items when administering i) the 2016 EU referendum and ii) the 2017 UK General Election? 

  1. Printing ballot papers
  2. Distributing postal votes within the UK
  3. Distributing postal votes abroad
  4. Staff time for

a) manning polling stations

b) counting ballot papers

c) administering postal votes and proxy vote applications

d) processing received postal votes

  1. Promotional material highlighting the date of the vote across the local authority
  2. Pencils at polling stations
  3. Polling booths
  4. Ballot boxes
  5. Tactile voting devices
  6. Training staff (both counting staff and staff manning polling stations)
  7. Signs directing voters to the polling station
  8. Polling station signs
  9. Hiring polling stations
  10. Transporting ballot papers from polling stations to count centres
  11. Storing completed ballot papers after the election
  12. Provision of disabled access at polling stations

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

The registration of electors is governed by the Representation of the People Act 1983 as amended. Under Section 8 of the Act, the Council must appoint an officer of the Council to be the Registration Officer for any constituency or part of a constituency coterminous with or situated in the Council’s area. Mr Mike Mansell is the appointed officer for the registration area of North Devon. Mr Mansell’s appointment as Electoral Registration Officer is separate to his appointment as Chief Executive of North Devon Council and, although appointed by the Council, the Electoral Registration Officer’s responsibilities and duties are personal. An example of this is that the register of electors is deemed to be the property of the Electoral Registration Officer, not North Devon Council

The Electoral Registration Officer does not carry out the duties on behalf of the local authority but in his own personal capacity. A list of public bodies and local authorities that are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act is included in Schedule 1 to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which can be viewed here:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/schedule/1

As you will see, the Freedom of Information Act does not list any person appointed under the Representation of the People Act 1983. It follows that the Electoral Registration Officer, Returning Officer or any other person appointed under the Act are not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and therefore this authority is not required to respond to this request for information in accordance with the Act 

The Council’s Electoral Services Manager has suggested contacting the Elections Claims Unit (ECU) directly for the requested information: returning.officers@cabinetoffice.gov.uk or they can be contacted by post: 

Elections Claims Unit Cabinet Office

Ground Floor, Rosebery Court

Central Avenue, St Andrews Business Park

Norwich, NR7 0HS

Tel: 01603 704567
Information does not fall under remit of Act
4987 01.09.17  CON29 information relating to a property in EX18 7DD Applicant provided with the information requested by e-mail for fee of £5.42 None
4988 11.09.17

1.Details of the use of a property in Bishops Tawton, EX32 0AU by North Devon Council, between 21 July and 4 August 2017, which was made by the Council and including any correspondence, invoices, purchase orders, memos and e-mails in relation to the booking

2.The number of bookings made by the Council for temporary accommodation with holiday homes, hotels and other premises in 2017

1.Applicant, provided with a copy of the booking of the property.  No other documented information held regarding the booking identified 

2.The Council has not made any other bookings with holiday homes in 2017.  The Council has provided temporary accommodation provision for 105 households between 1 January 2017 to date. The placements include those in self-contained accommodation leased the Council and temporary accommodation; usually Bed and Breakfast provision (including individual establishments in Ilfracombe and Barnstaple and chain hotels – Travelodge and Premier Inn)

None
4989 26.09.17

For 2015/16 and 2016/17 a list of every incident of fly-tipping reported to the Council, providing: 

a) Address, postcode or location

b) Description of type of rubbished dumped

c) Date it was reported/located

Applicant also requested if the Council could indicate (if possible) whether the locations are in a:

a) National Park

b) Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

 

Applicant provided with a list (available on request) as requested detailing in total, 1,287 incidences of reported fly-tipping to the Council. 

Unfortunately information as to whether the locations are in a national park or area of outstanding beauty are not recorded by Environmental Health each time a record is made about a particular location. 

Applicant supplied with the following link which may assist in identifying this information:

http://www.devon.gov.uk/ndabs_flyer.pdf

None
4994  01.09.17  CON29 information relating to a property in EX34 0EH Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations None 
4995 19.09.17

A list of which businesses in the Council’s area have one or more thermal oxidisers installed at their site? Specifically; 

  1. the business name and address of the site which has the Thermal Oxidiser
  2. the type of thermal oxidiser (Regenerative, catalytic, direct fired, etc.)
  3. the flow rate of the oxidiser (Typically in Nm3/h)
  4. the date of installation
  5. the oxidiser manufacturer
  6. a lead contact responsible for the operation of the oxidiser or environmental issues

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

1.Eaton Ltd, Pathfields Business Park, South Molton, EX36 3DW 

2. Burn out Furnace Extraction 

3. This information is not held by the Council 

4. August 2012

5. Katec

6. This information is held by the Council; however it is considered to be exempt under section 40 of the Act as the information constitutes personal data and identifies a living individual. The council does not believe that the individual concerned would have any expectation for the authority to share their personal information and the Council would also be in breach of its Fair Processing Notice if it were to provide

Section 40 of Act
4997 06.09.17 Copy of the licensing agreement between the Council and Tarka Holiday Park, Barnstaple, EX31 4AU Copy of the agreement provided to the applicant None
4998  01.09.17  CON29 information relating to a property in EX36 4FJ Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations None 
4999 13.09.17

1. Number of first-time applications for a dog breeding licence, per year from 2006 – 2016

2. The fee charged for a first-time application, per year from 2006 – 2016 (including and excluding inspection fees)

3. Number of renewal applications for a dog breeding licence, per year from 2006 – 2016

4. The fee charged for a renewal application, per year from 2006 – 2016 (including and excluding inspection fees)

5. Number of applications refused for a dog breeding licence, per year from 2006 – 2016 (with reasons for refusal if possible)

6. Number of dog breeding licences issued, per year from 2006 – 2016

7. Number of dog breeding licensed establishments with quarantine or isolation facilities, per year from 2006 – 2016

8. Number of dog breeding licensed establishments, per year from 2006 – 2016, with majority: A) natural light, B) artificial light, or C) a combination of both

9. Number of dog breeding licensed establishments, per year from 2006 – 2016, with the following accommodation: A) wholly indoors, B) wholly outdoors, or C) a combination of both

10. Number of dog breeding licensed establishment, per year from 2006 – 2016, with the following breeding establishments: A) domestic, B) non-domestic, or C) a combination of both

11. The number, age and breed of all breeding bitches, in each dog breeding licensed establishment

12. The breed(s) of dog(s) concerned, in each dog breeding licensed establishment

13. Number of kennels, in each dog breeding licensed establishment

14. The total number of dogs kept above 9 months of age, in each dog breeding licensed establishment

15. The number of litters produced, at each dog breeding licensed establishment

16. The total number of puppies born, in each dog breeding licensed establishment

1.2006 = 1

   2007 = 2

   2008 = 1

   2009 = 1

   2010 = 1

   2011 = 0

   2012 = 0

   2013 = 1

   2014 = 1

   2015 = 1

   2016 = 1

 

2.2006 - £60.50

   2007 - £62.00

   2008 - £64.40

   2009 - £66.35

   2010 - £68.00

   2011 - 2016 - £69.70 plus veterinary costs

 

3.2006 – 5

  2007 – 4

  2008 – 7

  2009 – 5

  2010 – 5

  2011 – 6

  2012 – 5

  2013 – 4

  2014 – 3

  2015 – 4  

  2016 – 4

4. New and renewal licence fees are the same. Veterinary costs are calculated by the veterinary practice 

5. In both instances, acceptable standards were not met: 2009 – 1  2012 - 1

6. 2006 – 9

   2007 – 6

   2008 – 7

   2009 – 6

   2010 – 6

   2011 – 6

   2012 – 5

   2013 – 5

   2014 – 5

   2015 – 5

   2016 – 5

7.All licenced establishments have an isolation facility 

8.All establishments have a combination of natural and artificial light 

9.All indoors 

10.N/A

11.Establishment. 1: 2006 - 17, 2008 - 14, 2009 - 16, 2010 - 15, 2011 - 14, 2012 - 9, 2013 - 9, 2014 - 6. King Charles Cavaliers 

Establishment 2: 2013 - 29, Dogue de Bordeaux, Pomeranian, Cavalier King Charles, Pug, Cocker Spaniel, Beagle, Chihuahua, Miniature Pincher, Miniature Schnauzer, Cockapoo, Border Terrier, French Bulldog, Golden Retriever. 2014 - 35, Dogue de Bordeaux, King Charles Cavaliers, Cockers, Min. Schnauzer. 2015 - 36, same breeds as 2014. 2016 – 36, Golden Retriever, King Charles Cavaliers, Cocker Spaniels 

Establishment 3: 2007 - 11, King Charles Cavaliers, Golden Retriever, Old English Sheepdog. 2008 - 14, same as 2007. 2010 - 14, 2011 - 18, 2012 - 18, 2013 - 18, 2014 - 19, 2015 - 19, 2016 - 19, King Charles Cavaliers, Old English Sheepdogs 

Establishment 4: 2006 - 8 Cocker Spaniel, 2007 - 13, 2008 - 8, 2009 - 8, 2010 - 8, 2011 - 8, 2012 - 8, 2013 - 8, 2014 – 6 

Establishment 5: 2008 - 15 Inuits, Czechoslovakian Working Dogs, Labradoodles, Yorkshire Terriers. 2009 - 21, same as 2008. 2010 - 21, Inuits, Czechoslovakian Working Dog, Labradoodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Labrador, Poodles, Saarloos Wolf Dogs, British Wolf Dog. 2011 - 21, Labradoodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Labradors, Wolf Dogs, Poodles. 2012 - 21, same as 2011. 2013 - 21, same plus Cocker Spaniel. 2014 -21, 2015 - 21, 2016 - 21, same breeds 

Establishment 6: 2015 - 7 Cocker Spaniels, 2016 – 13 same breed 

Establishment 7: 2015 – 6 Malamutes, Huskies 

Establishment 8: 2016 - 20 Cocker Spaniels 

Establishment 9: New licence for 2017 

Establishment 10: 2006 - 8 Japanese Spitz, 2007 - 9, 2008 - 10, 2009 - 10, 2010 - 11, 2011 - 12, 2012 - 11, 2013 – 4 

Establishment 11: 2006 - 7, Newfoundland 

Establishment 12: 2006 - 6, Dachshund. 2007 - 10, 2008 - 10 

Establishment 13: 2006 - 5 Collie, Samoyed, Briard 

Establishment 14: 2006 - 6 Labradors, 2007 - 6 Labradors, Chow Chow, 2008 - 6, 2009 - 6, 2010 - 5, 2011 - 6, 2012 - 6 

Establishment 15: 2006 - 35 German Shepherd, Cane Corso, Golden Retriever, Shih-Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier, Cocker Spaniels. 2007 - 27, 2008 - 34, 2009 – 31 same breeds 

Establishment 16: 2006 - 11, Collies, Shih-Tzu, Whippet, Jack Russell 

The ages of the breeding bitches within each establishment are not recorded by the Council 

12 - 16.This information is not recorded by the Council

 
5000  01.09.17  CON29 information relating to a property in EX32 0EX Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal None 
5001 27.09.17

1.a) The number of households living in accommodation provided by the local authority under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s Act at the end of April 2017 

b) (if available) The total number of adults living in these households at the end of April 2017 

c) (if available) The total number of children living in these households at the end of April 2017

2. a) The number of households provided with accommodation by the local authority under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s Act, in the 12 months to April 2017 

b) (if available) The total number of adults in these households, in the 12 months to April 2017 

c) (if available) and the total number of children in these households, in the 12 months to April 2017
Applicant advised that the Council does not hold this information and to contact Devon County Council for this information: foioffice@devon.gov.uk None
5002  01.09.17  The number of Penalty Charge Notices issued for Marine Drive Car Park, Ilfracombe in respect of Contravention 86 (not parked correctly within markings of bay/space) during the last six months, in comparison to the total issued within the district The applicant was advised that there were 18 Penalty Charge Notices issued in Marine Drive, Ilfracombe and 496 issued within the district under Contravention 86 during the last six months (the district figure includes the Marine Drive figure) None 
5003 06.09.17

1. How many taxi and private hire drivers within the authority area have been fined, prosecuted or had their licences revoked from 6 April 2017 to the present day for being in breach of the newly amended Equality Act 2010, which states taxi drivers will face a fine of up to £1,000 if they refuse to transport wheelchair users or attempt to charge them extra https://www.gov.uk/government/news/law-change-demands-equal-treatment-for-disabled-taxi-users, specifying the action taken and the date on which the action occurred

2. How many complaints have been made to the authority specifically in relation to this legislation from 6 April 2017 to the present day, specifying the nature of the complaint and the date of the complaint 

3. How many complaints have been made to the authority from September 2015 to the present day about drivers on the issues of discrimination against the disabled, overcharging disabled passengers and providing assistance to the disabled, specifying the nature of the complaint and the date of the complaint

The applicant was provided with the following response:

 

  1. None
  2. None
  3. None
None
5004 25.09.17

1.The total discretionary housing payment (DHP) budget available to your local authority for the 2016/17 financial year and including any additional funds granted 

2.The amount spent or committed on DHPs at the end of the year 2016/17 

3. The number of applications for DHP received by your local authority in the year 2016/17

4. The number of applications refused 

5. The average length of time a DHP award was given for in 2016/17 

6. The number of applications received where the applicant had previously received a DHP from your authority 

7. The number of applications refused where the applicant had previously received a DHP from your authority 

8. The number of applications received from applicants who had their benefits reduced by the household benefit cap 

9. The number of applications refused to applicants who had their benefits reduced by the household benefit cap 

10. The number of applications refused to applicants who had their benefits reduced by the household benefit cap and had previously received a DHP award by your local authority (if recorded) 

11. The average length of time a DHP awarded to households affected by the benefit cap was given for in 2016/17 

12. The number of DHPs awarded to households affected by the benefit cap given for the different time periods listed 

a. Less than 4 weeks (includes one-off payments)

b. 4 weeks to 12 weeks

c. Between 12 weeks and 26 weeks

d. Between 26 weeks and 52 weeks

e. More than 52 weeks 

13. The number of applications received where the applicant was impacted by the benefit cap and was a single parent with dependent children aged 0 or 1 years old (if recorded) 

14. The number of applications refused where the applicant was impacted by the benefit cap and was a single parent with dependent children aged 0 or 1 years old (if recorded) 

15. The number of applications refused where the applicant was impacted by the benefit cap and was a single parent with dependent children aged 0 or 1 years old, and had previously received a DHP award (if recorded) 

16.Your most recent Discretionary Housing Payments policy document, setting out the procedures in place for determining DHP awards

The applicant was provided with the following in response;

1.£124,505.00 DWP allocation

£186,758.00 LA contribution

2. £12,505.00

3. 429

4. 188

5. 13 weeks

6. Information not held

7. Information not held

8. 16

9. 10

10. Information not held

11. 13 weeks

12. Information not held

13. Information not held

14. Information not held

15. Information not held

16. Policy not held

None
5005 07.09.17

CON29 information relating to a property in EX31 3FT

Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations

None
5007 08.09.17

CON29 information relating to a property in EX36 3FA

Information provided to the applicant, where held

None
5008 08.09.17

CON29 information relating to a property in EX16 8AA

Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations

None
5010 08.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX33 2EA Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations None
5012 15.09.17

The following information on the authority's use of Community Protection Notices (CPNs) between October 2014 and June 2017 

Applicant particularly interested in how they may have been used to sanction young adults (aged 18-25), so breakdowns of data on who was given a CPN or sanctioned for non-compliance by their specific age: 

1. How many CPN warnings have been issued by the authority in the time period specified?

2. How many resultant CPN have been issued in the time period specified? Please state the subject of these CPNs and provide the text of any notices if available 

3. How many Fixed Penalty Notices, prosecutions, convictions, fines, remedial orders, forfeiture orders and warrants for seizure have been issued for breaches of Community Protection Notices in the time period specified? 

4. Provision of any demographic information about who was given CPN warnings, CPNs and resultant sanctions, particularly the specific ages of each person? 

5. Confirm whether the data provided only refers to measures and resultant sanctions that the authority issued? ie. does the data include instances where the council issued a CPN but the police shared enforcement responsibility and so issued a sanction for breach? Or similarly, if the Council has a joint case management system, does its data include instances where the police have issued a CPN and also issued the sanction for breach? Applicant requesting the same information from police forces and therefore do not want to double count cases 

6. Apart from the case management system the Council (may) use to monitor and record cases of ASB, what other databases have people issued a CPN or sanction for breach been placed on in the time period specified?

1.59 warning letters issued between October 2014 and June 2017 

2. 27 notices issued:

9 x Accumulation of dog faeces or domestic waste on a private dwelling

4 x dog control

1 x dog barking

1 x waste receptacle offence

2 x bird feeding

8 x Anti Social Behaviour/begging/street drinking

1 x Domestic Noise

1 x Japanese knotweed 

3. 7 Fixed penalty notices, 1 Remedial order for treatment of Japanese knotweed, 1 Prosecution for accumulation of domestic waste, 1 prosecution resulting in a criminal behaviour order

 4. This information is not recorded and therefore not held 

5. Council enforcement on CPNs only 

6. Only use the Council system to monitor CPNs
 
5013  04.09.17  CON29 information relating to a property in EX31 2AT  Applicant provided with the requested information None
5014 11.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX31 4RJ Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal None
5017 11.09.17

1. Who is responsible for sourcing the ITHC testing?

2. When is the ITHC testing usually carried out? (Month/Year)

3. When is the council's PSN submission due? (Month/Year) How much did last year's ITHC testing cost?

1. Paul Shears, Senior Technical Analyst

2. The dates vary – ITHC was May 2017. PSN Submission July 2017

3. £5,650.00, not including expenses and quarterly LITE checks
None
5018  04.09.17  A complete list of all businesses in the Council’s jurisdiction with rateable values of £12,000 or less including any reliefs that they may be in receipt of including for each:

• Property Reference Number
• Occupier/ Business name
• Full Address and postcode
• Full Rateable Value as of 1st April 2017
• Rates payable as at 1st April 2017
• Any reliefs that have been applied
 

Applicant directed to the Council’s open data page where all business rates datasets are published: 

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/?ID=7ED2F924-B000-4771-B16B-181DB316F4E1&DS=4005 

The datasets do not contain the rates payable amounts.  The only way in which this information could be provided would require a manual search through each of the 5,480 accounts and manually collate the information against the appropriate record which would take approximately 60 hours to provide.  This part of the request was refused as to do so, would exceed the cost limit of 18 hours as set under Section 12 of the Act
Sections 12, 16, 21 and 22 of Act
5019  04.09.17  Public Health Funerals since 1 June 2017 to date  

This information is published on the Council’s website monthly: 

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/?ID=6D869870-EF56-455D-8985-3B36CA7B9D34&DS=4005
Sections 16,21 and 22 of Act
5020 07.09.17

The following information in the financial years 2016-17 (full year) and separately 2017-18 (for the period of 1st April 2017 until 31st August 2017): 

1. total number of summons issued in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates) rates 

2. total number of Liability Orders obtained in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates) rates

3. total number of referrals made to Enforcement Officers (Bailiffs) to enforce Liability Orders for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates) rates

The applicant was provided with the following in response:

 

1. 2016/17 = 359, 2017/18 to 31.08.2017 = 173

2. 2016/17 = 266, 2017/18 to 31.08.2017 = 156

3. 2016/17 = 165, 2017/18 to 31.08.2017 = 49

None
5021 18.09.17

1. Out of the planning applications that you have received in the last 5 years featuring use category A5, how many of these applications have been granted planning permission?

2. Out of the planning applications that you have received in the last 5 years featuring use category A5, how many of these applications have been refused planning permission?

3. Out of these refused applications (detailed in question 2), how many have been appealed by the applicant?

4. Out of these applications appealed by the applicant (detailed in question 3), how many of the appeals have been allowed?

5. Does your council currently have a Local Plan Document or Supplementary Planning Document in place, which details the council’s approach to fast food takeaway planning applications?

5a. If YES, when did you release this document? (Please detail the month and year)

5b. If NO, do you have plans to release a document of this description? (Please detail the month and year you expect to release this document)

 
  1. One application for sole use
  2. Zero
  3. Zero
  4. Zero
  5. No supplementary planning document, however there are policies in both the adopted and emerging Local Plans on where A5 uses are acceptable
None
5022 14.09.17

If any North Devon Council serving councillors have council tax arrears. 

For each serving councillor that has council tax arrears, you requested the following information: 

- The name of the serving councillor

- The total amount that they owe [and then, if possible, please provide a breakdown of that figure of how much they owe by financial year]

- If held, the reasons why the serving councillor has council tax arrears

- The action taken by the council to pursue the individual and the outcome

Applicant advised that the Council does not have any Councillors that have Council Tax arrears None
5023  05.09.17  1. Number of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN’s) issues by the Council in the years; 2014, 2015 and 2016, providing a breakdown of what the notices were issued for (littering, anti-social behaviour, breach of Public Space Protection Order etc.) 

2.Does the Council employ a private company to issue Fixed Penalty Notices on its behalf? If so, what proportion of fines were issued by the private company and whether the company was only employed for part of the period concerned in the request 

3. What is the financial arrangement with the private company? ie. paid hourly, gets to keep a set proportion of the fine.  Applicant requests that the council includes the hourly rate or proportion of fine paid

The applicant was provided with the direct link to the published Fixed Penalty Notice datasets:

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/?ID=B51726BB-93ED-47AD-80F1-3E4AB3A25D63&DS=4005 

Applicant advised that the Council does not currently have any Public Spaces Protection Orders, and that all Fixed Penalty Notices are issued by Council employees
Sections 16 and 21 of Act
5024 13.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX4 8HQ

Applicant provided with the information requested by e-mail for fee of £5.42

None
5025 12.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX34 0PJ

Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations

None
5026 12.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX34 8PX

Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations

None
5027 27.09.17

1) The number of Community Protection Notice (CPN) Warnings issued by the local authority for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 

2) The number of Community Protection Notices (CPNs) issued by the local authority for the time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 

3) Brief details of the circumstances/reasons on why each of the CPNs and CPN warnings were issued 

4) The number of fixed penalty notices issued for breach of a CPN for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to September 2017 or the most recent statistics available 

5) The initial ‘fine’ amount of a fixed penalty notice issued for breach of a CPN

1.  2014/ 2015 = 14 Warning letters 

1 - Domestic noise and ASB

5 - Accumulation on domestic property

2 - Dog Control

1 - Japanese knotweed

2 - Feeding seagulls

2 - begging and ASB

1 - Alcohol and ASB 

2015/ 2016 = 26 warning letters 

1 - Domestic noise and ASB

1 - Accumulation of dog waste at domestic property

1 - ASB urinating in a public place and ASB

8 - Dog control

1 - Waste receptacle offence

1 - Accumulation of dog waste

1 - Noise nuisance

1 - Japanese knotweed

1 - Nuisance behaviour/ASB

1 - Accumulation of domestic waste

1 - Noise and anti social behaviour

1 - Behaviour and defecating in a public place

1 - Drunken and Anti Social Behaviour

1 - Control of roaming dogs

1 - Begging

2 - Dog on dog attack

1 - Dog attack

1 - Abandoning or placing vehicles that are    unroadworthy on a highway 

2016- 2017 =19 warning letters 

8 - Dog Control

1 – Dog Barking

1 - Abandoning or placing vehicles that are unroadworthy on a highway

2 - Accumulation of dog faeces

1 - Accumulation and feeding of pigeons

1 - Cockerel Noise

1 - Feeding pigeons

2 - Accumulation of waste on domestic property

2 - Japanese knotweed    

2. Notices issued:

13/09/2017 – Dog control

06/09/2017 - Accumulation of dog faeces

01/09/2017 - Dog barking

09/03/2017 – ASB and drunken behaviour

01/03/2017 – Abandoning or placing an unroadworthy vehicle on the highway

02/12/2016 – Accumulation of dog faeces

19/08/2016 – Accumulation of waste

17/08/2016 – Accumulation of dog faeces

16/08/2016 – Accumulation of domestic waste

16/08/2016 – Accumulation of domestic waste

26/07/2016 – Japanese knotweed

21/04/2016 – Dog control

18/03/2018 – ASB abusive language and behaviour

26/02/2016 – Dog control

12/02/2016 – ASB begging and associated behaviour

04/02/2016 – Accumulation of dog faeces

15/12/2015 – Accumulation of dog faeces

11/12/2015 – ASB (youth)

16/11/2015 – ASB abusive language and behaviour

21/09/2015 – Waste receptacle offence

29/06/2015 – Domestic Noise

18/06/2015 – ASB begging

25/02/2015 – Accumulation of domestic waste

11/02/2015 – Homelessness and street drinking

13/01/2015 - Feeding seagulls

08/01/2015 - Begging

26/11/2014 - Feeding seagulls

3. As above

4.  2014/15 = 1

    2015/16 = 3

    2016/17 = 3

5. £100

None
5028 26.09.17

1. Details of each Public Spaces Protection Order put forward for consultation by the local authority during the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of what was outlawed under the proposals) 

2.Details of each Public Spaces Protection Order introduced by the local authority for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of each act outlawed under the order) 

3.The number of fixed penalty notices issued for breach of a Public Spaces Protection Order for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to September 2017 or the most recent statistics available 

4. The initial ‘fine’ amount for a fixed penalty notice issued for breach of a Public Spaces Protection Order

 

The applicant was provided with the following in response:

1.Applicant advised that there has been one Public Spaces Protection Order (copy of proposed order provided) been put forward for consultation by the Council initially during 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. The same PSPO had a second public consultation during 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017 

This PSPO was approved at committee 12 July subject to the finalisation of plans for suitable fire route from the Queens Theatre and Guildhall to the Pannier Market. Applicant referred to the published North Devon Council committee minutes of 12 July 2017 (page 15) 

At this time, there is no set date as to when the order will come into force 

2. None

3. N/A

4. This would not exceed £100

None
5029 12.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX32 9LA

Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal

None
5030 18.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX32 8NG

Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal

None
5031 18.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX34 0BT

Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations

None
5032 07.09.17

1. Current supplier of service user/customer experience feedback surveys (This may be more than one. For example, one supplier may be providing a survey solution for community feedback whilst a different supplier may provide a survey solution for feedback within care homes and another supplier for contact centre surveys. Please provide details of supplier contracts for all).

2. Value of individual contract(s). Please specify whether “including VAT” or “plus VAT”

3. Renewal date of current contract(s)

4. Contact details of officer(s) responsible for the contract(s)

5. Brief description of service provided by current supplier

6. Where contracts have been renewed in the last 6 months, please can you also provide a short list of suppliers that bid for each contract

7. Typical route to tender (ie., what procurement portal or individual quote requests etc.)

8. Does the authority own and/or run Care Homes and if yes, how many

The applicant was advised that the Council does not have any contracts in place, this is dealt with in-house. 

The Council does not owned or run any care homes; applicant directed to Devon County Council for this information: foioffice@devon.gov.uk

None
5034 18.09.17

CON29 information relating to a property in EX32 8BJ

Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal

None
5035 22.09.17

CON29 information relating to a property in EX34 9HG

Applicant provided with the information requested by e-mail for fee of £5.42

None
5037 21.09.17

CON29 information relating to a property in EX31 3GB

Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations

None
5038 29.09.17

Information relating to an accident at North Devon Leisure Centre in 2013

Information fully withheld as it contains personal information

Section 40 of Act
5041 22.09.17

The following information for each of the following financial years: 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17; 

  1. the number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued in each of the following financial years
  2. the number of appeals against penalty charge notices issued
  3. the number of the appeals in question 2 accepted/upheld (ie. that resulted in the PCN being cancelled)
  4. the number of the appeals in question 2 rejected (ie. that resulted in the PCN staying in force)
  5. the number of the PCNs in question 1 that you are still chasing for payment
  6. the number of the PCNs in question 1 that you have written off (ie. that remain in force, but which are no longer being chased for payment)
  7. the total income from PCNs providing gross figures and separate net figures, if available, once costs have been taken into consideration
  8. the amount charged for a PCN and what discount, if any, is applied for early payment and the terms of discount, eg. £60, reduced to £30 if paid within two weeks

Applicant provided with the information for all of the years, apart from 2012/13 as the information is incomplete (Parking were required to delete some of the records, in accordance with data retention regulations, where the last action taken on it 42 months prior to the first process), therefore they do not hold all of the records for 2012/13

Applicant also provided with the direct link to the net totals sought under 7:

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/viewblob/?DS=2000&ID=49C192D5-40F0-4839-8871-D23B02892894

Sections 16 and 21 of Act
5042 18.09.17
  1. How many vehicles does the council currently lease? *
  2. What is the council’s yearly budget for leased vehicles?
  3. How many vehicles does the council currently have on Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)?
  4. What is the council’s yearly budget for vehicles on PCP?
  5. How many vehicles does the council currently have on Hire Purchase (HP)?
  6. What is the council’s yearly budget for vehicles on HP?
  7. How many vehicles does the council currently own on other types of finance (not leasing, PCP or HP)?
  8. What is the council’s yearly budget for vehicles on other types of finance (not leasing, PCP or HP)?
  9. How many vehicles does the council currently own outright?

What is the council’s vehicle purchase budget for the past 10 years?

 

Operational Services (Waste and Recycling, Parking): 

  1. 0
  2. 0
  3. 0
  4. 0
  5. 0
  6. 0
  7. 0
  8. 0
  9. 68
  10. 2007/08 = 442,177

           2008/09 = 778,045

           2009/10 = 659,811

           2010/11 = 274,088

           2011/12 = 331,764

           2012/13 = Zero

           2013/14 = 11,000

           2014/15 = 2,409,696

           2015/16 = Zero

           2016/17 = 1,084,610

           2017/18 (budget) = 905,390

Environmental Health own three vehicles; two purchased in August 2016 costing £12,655.53 each and one vehicle purchased in February 2011 costing £6,912.50

None
5044 13.09.17  A copy of the Council’s current Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) register with their current landlord/owner details and guidelines/regulations

Information provided to the applicant in accordance with its duty under Section 232 of the Housing Act 2004 and Licencing and under Regulation 11 of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (England) Regulations 2006 

Applicant provided with a link to the Council’s website where the Council’s HMO policy and guidance documents are published:

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/housing/private-rented-housing/houses-in-multiple-occupation/

Sections 16 and 21 of Act
5045 25.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX34 8JX

Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal

None
5046 25.9.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX36 4JE

Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal

None
5047 27.09.17

How the Council distributes discounts for Council Tax on dwellings which are empty and how the Council has been applying the ‘empty home premium’ since the legislation was introduced in April 2013 

1) The number of dwellings which have been in receipt of a Class C discount (vacant dwellings) to their Council Tax charge in each month since April 2013 

2) The number of dwellings which have been charged the additional 50 percent empty home premium in each month since April 2013 

3) The average time (mean and mode, if possible) for which a dwelling is 

a) in receipt of a Class C discount

b) being charged the additional empty home premium 

4) The number of dwellings granted a Class C discount to their Council Tax because they were uninhabitable in each month since April 2013 

5) a) the sum total of Class C discounts

b) the average (mean) amount of discount each property received

c) the average (mean) percentage of discount that each property received 

in GBP for each month since April 2013 

If a monthly breakdown is not possible, the applicant requests the information to be provided to the closest approximation possible

Applicant advised the applicant  that it does hold this information but not in a monthly format as requested. Revenues can provide the data at the end of the financial year – 31 March 

The Council has two levels of discount for Class C 

  • Empty and unoccupied for up to 3 months – 100 percent discount awarded
  • Empty and unoccupied for more than 3 months but less than 2 years – 0 percent discount awarded 

Properties empty and unoccupied for 2 years or more are charged an additional premium (levy) of 50 percent

Q1. Number of properties in receipt of Class C discount at the end of the financial year 

31.3.2014 – 100 percent - 391 0 percent - 700

31.3.2015 – 100 percent - 429 0 percent - 667

31.3.2016 – 100 percent - 329 0 percent - 698

31.3.2017 – 100 percent - 364 0 percent - 604 

Q2. Number of properties charged an additional premium (levy) of 50 percent at the end of the financial year 

31.3.2014 – 137

31.3.2015 – 135

31.3.2016 – 148

31.3.2017 – 150 

Q3. a) not held

      b) not held

Q4. not held

Q5. a) Class C

31.3.2014 – 58,821.64

31.3.2015 – 60,709.55

31.3.2016 – 55,020.31

31.3.2017 – 58,076.18 

Additional Premium (Levy)

31.3.2014 – 69,616.84

31.3.2015 – 71,767.32

31.3.2016 – 74,257.66

31.3.2017 – 76,023.90 

b) not held

c) not held

None 
5049 25.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX33 1PZ

Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal

None
5050 22.09.17

1. When will the council publish the draft budget for the 2018/19 financial year? 

2.Where on its website will the budget documents be published? 

3.At what meeting and on what date will the draft budget be up for discussion/approval? 

4.Where on the council’s website will the final budget documents be published?

The Council's Finance team confirms that the date have not been confirmed yet but the draft budget is likely to go to Executive committee, 5 February 2018, this budget will then be approved by Full Council, 21 February 2018 

A summary of these will be uploaded to the website. (These dates are currently open to change if required)

A copy of the budget book and further documentation will be available at:

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/council/performance-and-spending/budgets-and-spending

None
5052 25.09.17

CON29 information relating to a property in EX31 3GS

Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations

None
5053  15.09.17  Public Health Funeral info from 1 July 2017 to date  

Information which is published on the Council’s website monthly:

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/viewblob/?DS=2000&ID=FED1E21E-358B-4F7A-A8F3-D3FF4B76F9A6

Sections 16, 21 and 22 of Act
5054 26.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX31 3FJ Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations None
5055 18.09.17 Processing of Freedom of Information (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulation (EIR) requests: staffing, numbers of requests etc Information provided to applicant, where held None
5056 26.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX35 6AQ Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations None
5058 28.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX34 8NE Applicant provided with the information requested by e-mail for fee of £5.42 None
5059 21.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX33 2AR Information provided to the applicant None
5060 28.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX31 3FR Applicant advised that there was no information to reveal None
5065 22.09.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX32 0QN Applicant advised that there was no information to reveal None
5074 29.09.17 A full list of business, limited companies and charities that have become responsible for business rates between 15 and 30 September 2017, and including for each; the business name, address, property type, rateable value and the date the liability began

Applicant advised that the Council is unable to provide the information sought in the format requested 

The reporting element that is used by Revenues is only able to extract information on the day that a report is run, which then provides a snapshot as to how the accounts stand on that specific day.  The system does not allow the team to select specific historic/past dates back over the years to run reports on to see which premises became liable for NDR.  The system used by Revenues is a live system that is continually being updated 

Instead, a comparison can be made between the datasets that are published on the Council’s website which provide a snapshot of the accounts held with the authority as at 13 April 2017 and 1 July 2017, which are the dates that the reports were run by Revenues

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/?ID=7ED2F924-B000-4771-B16B-181DB316F4E1&DS=4005

Applicant advised that that the datasets will be updated during October 2017

Sections 16, 21 and 22 of Act