Freedom of information response

Leisure & Culture

Publication date: 
Monday 7 October 2019
Request: 

1a. How many libraries were run and staffed by your council in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19

b. How many libraries, that were once part of your council’s statutory provision, were run exclusively by volunteers in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19

c. How many parks and open/green spaces were serviced by your council in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19

2. Children’s and Youth Services
a. How many children’s centres and family hubs operated by your council were closed in the periods
i. 2010/11 - 2014/15
ii. 2015/16 - 2018/19

b. How many youth centres previously operated by your council were closed in the periods
i. 2010/11 - 2014/15
ii. 2015/16 - 2018/19

c. How many young people were supported by your youth services in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19

d. How many youth workers and youth support workers were directly employed by your council in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19

3. Trading Standards
a. How many members of staff were employed by your trading standards service in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19

b. How many enforcement visits were carried out by your trading standards service in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19

c. How many prosecutions were commenced by your trading standards service in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19

4. Environmental Health
a. How many members of staff were employed by your environmental health service in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19

b. How many enforcement visits were carried out by your environmental health service in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19

c. How many prosecutions were commenced by your environmental health service in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19

5. Refuse services

a. How many households received weekly refuse collections in
i. 2010/11
ii.  2015/16
iii. 2018/19?
6. Public toilets

a. How many public toilets were maintained by your council in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19
Q7. Supported bus services

a. How many supported bus service routes were cut or completely withdrawn in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19
b. How many supported bus service routes were partly or completely subsidised by the council in
i. 2010/11
ii. 2015/16
iii. 2018/19

Response: 

Your Request & Our Response

Q1. Leisure & Culture 

How many libraries were run and staffed by your council in

2010/11  -9 Libraries

2015/16  -9 Libraries

2018/19  -9 Libraries

How many libraries, that were once part of your council’s statutory provision, were run exclusively by volunteers in

2010/11 -0

2015/16 -0

2018/19 -0

How many parks and open/green spaces were serviced by your council in

2010/11 –24 sites are classified as parks and gardens, 102 amenity greenspace

2015/16 -24 sites are classified as parks and gardens, 102 amenity greenspace

2018/19 -24 sites are classified as parks and gardens, 102 amenity greenspace

Q2. Children’s and Youth Services

How many children’s centres and family hubs operated by your council were closed in the periods

2010/11 - 2014/15 -6 Children’s Centres were closed although some buildings still deliver early childhood services through Early Education and Childcare Settings

2015/16 - 2018/19 -6 Children’s Centres were closed although some buildings still deliver early childhood services through Early Education and Childcare Settings

How many youth centres previously operated by your council were closed in the periods

2010/11 - 2014/15 -2

2015/16 - 2018/19 – 1 session relocated to new venue in 2019 (Ockendon)

How many young people were supported by your youth services in

2010/11 -573

2015/16 -841

2018/19 –1024, Numbers exclude outdoor education

How many youth workers and youth support workers were directly employed by your council in  

2010/11 –unable to answer pre 2013 as this information has been destroyed as per the retention schedule.

2015/16 -28

2018/19 -24

Q3. Trading Standards

How many members of staff were employed by your trading standards service in

2010/11 -unable to answer pre 2013 as this information has been destroyed as per the retention schedule.

2015/16 –Trading Standards x5 , Trading Standards Animal Welfare x2

2018/19 -Trading Standards x5 , Trading Standards Animal Welfare x2

How many enforcement visits were carried out by your trading standards service in

2010/11 - 20

2015/16 - 507

2018/19 - 520

How many prosecutions were commenced by your trading standards service in

2010/11 - 2

2015/16 - 6

2018/19 - 3

Q4. Environmental Health –

How many members of staff were employed by your environmental health service in

2010/11 -unable to answer pre 2013 as this information has been destroyed as per the retention schedule.

2015/16 -Environmental Health Food Safety x 5, Environmental Protection x 9, Private Housing and Adaptation Services x 3, Environmental Enforcement x 5

2018/19 -Environmental Enforcement x 3 , Environmental Health Food Safety x 5 , Environmental Protection x 9, Private Housing and Adaptation Services x 2

How many enforcement visits were carried out by your environmental health service in

2010/11 – In issuing our response the council have applied S12 of the Freedom of Information Act. This means that the council does not have to comply with your request if the cost of doing so exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’, which for local authorities is 18 hours. The information is not stored in a way which can be easily extracted.

2015/16  - In issuing our response the council have applied S12 of the Freedom of Information Act. This means that the council does not have to comply with your request if the cost of doing so exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’, which for local authorities is 18 hours. The information is not stored in a way which can be easily extracted.

2018/19 – In issuing our response the council have applied S12 of the Freedom of Information Act. This means that the council does not have to comply with your request if the cost of doing so exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’, which for local authorities is 18 hours. The information is not stored in a way which can be easily extracted.

How many prosecutions were commenced by your environmental health service in

2010/11 -In issuing our response the council have applied S12 of the Freedom of Information Act. This means that the council does not have to comply with your request if the cost of doing so exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’, which for local authorities is 18 hours.  The reason why is our case management system records when a file was opened that might not be when a prosecution was commenced. To ascertain that would take over 18 hours. Also our records only go back to 2012 so they wouldn’t cover 2010/11

2015/16 –In issuing our response the council have applied S12 of the Freedom of Information Act. This means that the council does not have to comply with your request if the cost of doing so exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’, which for local authorities is 18 hours.  The reason why is our case management system records when a file was opened that might not be when a prosecution was commenced. To ascertain that would take over 18 hours. Also our records only go back to 2012 so they wouldn’t cover 2010/11

iii.   2018/19 - In issuing our response the council have applied S12 of the Freedom of Information Act. This means that the council does not have to comply with your request if the cost of doing so exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’, which for local authorities is 18 hours.  The reason why is our case management  system records when a file was opened that might not be when a prosecution was commenced. To ascertain that would take over 18 hours

Q5. Refuse services

How many households received weekly refuse collections in

2010/11  –63,678

 2015/16 –65,449

2018/19? –68,226

Q6. Public toilets

How many public toilets were maintained by your council in

2010/11 -0

2015/16 -0

2018/19 -0

Q7. Supported bus services

How many supported bus service routes were cut or completely withdrawn in

2010/11 –none

2015/16 –6 services went commercial, 1 went commercial with De Minimus payment, none was withdrawn completely

2018/19 -none

How many supported bus service routes were partly or completely subsidised by the council in

2010/11 - 9

2015/16 - 3

2018/19 - 3

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Request reference:
FOI 9364