Correspondence between LOD, Deputy Kevin Lewis and IHE (FOI)
Correspondence between LOD, Deputy Kevin Lewis and IHE (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 19 July 2021.
Prepared internally, no external costs.
Please include correspondence from the Bailiff, Deputy Bailiff, Law Officers Department, Deputy Lewis and the Infrastructure department since 1 March 2021 in respect to the following:
In addition, any further correspondence both external and internal making reference to bicycles, cycles, cyclists, planters, cycle routes, cycle lanes, scooters and traffic lights.
Neither the Bailiffs Chambers nor the Law Officers Department are Scheduled Public Authorities and are not covered by Freedom of Information legislation. We have therefore only been able to search records between the Minister for Infrastructure and Officers of the Infrastructure, Housing and Environment (IHE) Department.
The following key words were used as requested; Royal Square, Royal Square Road, Hill Street and Halkett Place and the search was run from 1 March 2021 to the date of the interrogation of our records, 6 July 2021. Particular attention was paid to looking for documents that related to your other key words ‘bicycles, cycles, cyclists, planters, cycle routes, cycle lanes, scooters and traffic lights’
Copies of the resulting documents which mostly relate to the Pilot Cycle Scheme in Hill Street are attached. Personal information has been redacted in accordance with Article 25 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.
01 Att 1 Project Plan_Redacted
02 Min Meeting 25 June SR_Redacted
05 Hill St Pilot Contraflow SR_Redacted
05 Att 1 DS Hill Street Pilot NR
10 Press Release SR_Redacted
11 Att 1 Hill St cycle lane NR
11 Hill St SR_Redacted
13 Hill Street - Project Plan SR_Redacted
18 Broad St Prop SR_Redacted
113 Att 1 walking, cycling, bus travel and parking NR
114- Att 1 P.79 NR
114 Writtten Question 193 SR_Redacted
133 oral question 122 SR_Redacted
P.28-2021 Amd NR
Documents relating to the Pilot Cycle Scheme in the Royal Square and / or Royal Square Road have been withheld, at this point in time, in accordance with Article 35 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2002, as the proposals are still under development.
Article 25 - Personal information
(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2005.
(2) Information is absolutely exempt information if –
(a) it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2005; and
(b) its supply to a member of the public would contravene any of the data protection principles, as defined in that Law.
Article 35 - Formulation and development of policies
Information is qualified exempt information if it relates to the formulation or development of any proposed policy by a public authority.
In applying this article, the following considerations were taken into account.
Public interest considerations favouring disclosure
disclosure of the information would support transparency and promote accountability to the general public, providing confirmation that the necessary discussions have taken place
disclosure to the public fulfils an educative role about the early stages in policy development and illustrates how the department engages with parties for this purpose.
Public interest considerations favouring withholding the information
in order to best develop policy and provide advice to Ministers, officials need a safe space in which free and frank discussion can take place – discussion of how documentation is presented and provided is considered as integral to policy development as iterations of documents are demonstrative of the policy development process.
the need for this safe space is considered at its greatest during the live stages of a policy
release of the information at this stage may generate misinformed debate. This would affect the ability of officials to consider and develop policy away from external pressures, and to advise Ministers appropriately
premature disclosure of documentation relating to this matter may limit the willingness of parties to provide their honest views and feedback. This would hamper and harm the policy–making process not only in relation to this subject area but in respect of future policy development across wider departmental business.