RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST
I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request.
Please find below a summary of our findings.
All correspondence with Birmingham City Council since March 2020 regarding low traffic neighbourhoods (LTN) transport schemes?
Please see attached.
Copies of impact assessments carried out and any analysis conducted on LTNs possible effects on West Midlands Fire Service response times.
This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information.
In most cases Council’s propose schemes to reduce accidents and injuries on the roads complements our Prevention workstreams rather than reliance on our operational response. If a proposed scheme raises serious concerns regarding our ability to respond to an incident in a timely fashion these objections are lodged through the reporting channels within the proposal for consideration before the proposal is approved or declined. These judgements can be made from data analysis focussing on the area of the proposal and location of our stations. These judgements are made much harder to determine due to the shift in the nature of our work over the years to incorporate both our Protection and Prevention activities to complement our Response work. This means our resources are far often more mobile within the West Midlands meaning time at station has seen a reduction and therefore making judgements more difficult.
If you have any queries about this Freedom of Information request, please contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.
For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW
Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.