Bel Royal cycle track changes (FOI)
Bel Royal cycle track changes (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 20 January 2022.
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The Infrastructure, Housing, and Environment Department ('IHE') carried out a public survey into proposed changes to the cycle track at Bel Royal in mid 2021. It has now been announced that the works will go ahead in a format which is, as far as I can see, identical to the original proposals.
The Government has published its own guidelines and Code of Practice on public consultations which can be viewed here
Public consultations and stakeholder engagement (gov.je)
I am trying to understand just how much weight the public consultation had on the final decision so can I please have the following information in relation to the Bel Royal cycle track improvements :
Details of the consultation responses - contrary to Governments own Code of Practice on consultations these do not seem to have been published as at 30 November 2021 despite the public announcement today that the work was going ahead
Notes of meetings between IHE staff and / or Deputy Kevin Lewis between 1 July 2021 and 29 November 2021 where the notes contain the words 'Bel Royal'
Copies of emails between IHE staff and / or Deputy Kevin Lewis containing the worlds 'Bel Royal' between 1 July 2021 and 29 November 2021
I have not seen any costings for the proposals - please let me know the estimated cost of the project
Please advise of any changes to the original proposals which were made as a result of the consultation responses
The work to improve the Victoria Avenue Promenade Cycle Path at Bel Royal is in the planning and feasibility stage and therefore it is not known whether the scheme will obtain permission to go ahead in the layout currently publicised, or indeed at all.
Following on from the public consultation, summary responses are included with the planning application documentation for P/2021/1681. The planning register is located on www.gov.je using the link Planning application search results (gov.je)
Individual responses, redacted where necessary, will be published within 12 weeks of the date of this request and are therefore exempt under Article 36 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 (information intended for future publication).
There are no Ministerial Meeting notes that reference the Bel Royal cycle path alterations between the dates specified. Deputy Lewis has been briefed as part of the wider Sustainable Transport Policy delivery plan. The information is therefore not held as per Article 3 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.
All relevant email correspondence obtained using the search term 'Bel Royal' has been reviewed, redacted according to Article 25 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 (personal information), and is now attached below. The many items outside the scope of this request include references to Bel Royal school, local properties and roads in the Bel Royal area. These have not been released as they are unrelated to this consultation.
Bel Royal Cycle Route Improvement Design and Access Statement
Bel Royal Masterplan
The Bel Royal alterations are part of an ongoing programme of work being undertaken between St Helier and St Aubin, to improve the cycle path. The estimated budget for this part of the scheme has been set at £500,000 and is subject to obtaining planning approval and approval of allocation of budgets once feasibility work has been completed.
There was an overwhelmingly positive public consultation response therefore it was felt that no changes were needed to be made to the scheme before submitting the planning application.
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In the interest of transparency and accountability the results could be released, however in their current format this would breach data protection laws as the department needs time to review the responses and apply redactions where necessary.
Therefore, we consider that it is in the public’s interest for the exemption to be applied at this time and the redacted responses published on www.gov.je within 12 weeks of the date of your request, or sooner if we are able.