Freedom of Information request (no. 3) to the College dated 20 April 2017

(Published at 0752 UK time on 18 May 2017. Copy of email sent on 20 April 2017 to freedomofinformation@bpc.ac.uk, the address at the Bournemouth and Poole College for Freedom of Information Act requests. I received an acknowledgement on 24 April. The requirement to respond within 20 working days means that the response is due – after allowing for the Bank Holiday on 1 May – by the end of Tuesday 23 May at the latest. This post is made on a personal basis, as a member – and until early February 2017 Chairman -of SWYM because of my significant concerns about some aspects of the running of the otherwise excellent Wessex Youth Orchestra, and about recent aspects of the governance of SWYM. Please see https://musicmattersandculture.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/welcome-disclosure-of-interests-terms.html for important background and disclosure of interests).
Email Title: Request under Freedom of Information Act
Dear Mr Roberts
As the Centre for Wessex Young Musicians website still implies (at http://www.cwym-music.com/wyo-membership-guidelines.html) that the Wessex Youth Orchestra rehearsal schedule is confidential to WYO players and their families, in contravention of Jacqui Kitcher (WYO Director Susanna Riddell’s line manager)’s statement to the SWYM Committee last December that she expected the schedules to be published, please would you send me (in electronic form):
  1. A copy of the WYO rehearsal schedule for this term (summer 2017), together with a copy of any associated instructions, and a list of which other organisations (and the roles of the people at those organisations, e.g. head of music at a school) the schedule has been sent to.
  2. In what proportion of Freedom of Information Act responses does the Bournemouth & Poole College claim (as it did in the responses to my two previous requests, contrary to ICO guidance at https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1150/intellectual_property_rights_and_disclosures_under_the_foia.pdf) that copyright would be infringed by publication of the responses?
As before, please would you acknowledge receipt of this request? Thank you.
Yours sincerely
Patrick Lee

3 thoughts on “Freedom of Information request (no. 3) to the College dated 20 April 2017

  1. The Bournemouth and College has delayed their response to this FoIA request and has just informed me that they “do not feel it is appropriate to respond to it”.

    Having not received any response by the deadline under the Act of Tuesday 23 May, I sent the following to the College:

    From: Patrick Lee
    Sent: 24 May 2017 15:08
    To: Freedom of Information
    Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request Ref No. F0086

    Dear Mr Roberts

    I was expecting the College’s response to this FoIA request yesterday as I believe that was the 20th working day (allowing for 1 May being a Bank Holiday) since your acknowledgement of 24 April. Have I miscalculated?

    Kind regards

    Patrick

    Their reply came today:

    From: Freedom of Information [mailto:freedomofinformation@bpc.ac.uk]
    Sent: 25 May 2017 16:20
    To: Patrick Lee
    Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request Ref No. F0086

    Dear Mr Lee

    Further to your email dated 24 May 2017 and our letter from the Principal regarding your concerns dated 10 May 2017, we are currently setting up a process to complete the investigation and we have appointed a senior manager to undertake this, who will contact you shortly to commence this process.

    In the context of the above, we do not feel it is appropriate to respond to your Freedom of Information request reference number F0086.

    Yours sincerely

    Ken Roberts
    Freedom of Information Officer
    Bournemouth and Poole College

    I have just queried whether this complies with the Act:
    From: Patrick Lee
    Sent: 25 May 2017 17:01
    To: 'Freedom of Information'
    Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request Ref No. F0086

    Dear Mr Roberts

    Thank you for your response below. This surprises me given that my Freedom of Information request reference number F0086 is purely asking for answers to questions of fact. Please may I reiterate my request for this information to be supplied without further delay, in line with the Act?

    Kind regards

    Patrick

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  2. The letter from the College Principal to me of 10 May that Mr Roberts refers to in his email of today (25 May) was marked Confidential so I have not referred to it until now. I had replied to that letter pointing out that (as I had done in several previous communications with the College) I reserved the right to publish part of all of my correspondence with the College, particularly given the strong concerns I had about poor governance and reports of excessive pressure/unreasonable demands made of some WYO children.

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  3. Having received no reply to my email of 25 May, I have today (29 May, 1053 UK time) just sent the following to the College:

    From: Patrick Lee
    Sent: 29 May 2017 10:53
    To: 'Freedom of Information'
    Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request Ref No. F0086

    Dear Mr Roberts

    Please may I have your response?

    Kind regards

    Patrick

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