Freedom of information response

Parks Management

Publication date: 
Monday 21 October 2019
Request: 

1) The name of the department / service area your current parks team sits within eg Neighbourhood Services / Community Services

2) are you an in house or outsourced service

3) the key contact(s) for your parks services eg Head of Parks, Park Managers, Park Officers, Play Officers, Allotments, or otherwise. An email contact would be helpful if GDPR permits this - if not a name would be excellent. I am looking to carry out a major survey of LA parks officers to gauge views on how we may take this initiative forward. Please do pass on to colleagues.

Response: 

1. The parks team sit within the Environment and Highways Department. The operational grounds maintenance function is within the Cleaning and Greening Service and the development work to improve parks and get people active sits within Recreation and Leisure Service.

2. In-house

3. Unfortunately we are unable to provide in full the information you have requested.  We do hold the information but an absolute exemption applies.  Personal Information (Section 40,2)

Personal data of any other person (third party data) is exempt under section 40(2) if disclosure would breach one of the data protection principles. This aspect of Section 40 is an Absolute Exemption and is therefore not subject to the Public Interest Test.

The names of officers working for the Council is personal data specific to them. It is therefore subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act. Information can be withheld if its disclosure would be likely to breach one or more of the Principles of the Data Protection Act. There is no prior expectation on the part of team Managers (or other officers working below the level of Director) that their names and job titles / positions would be published into the wider public domain under FOI. A disclosure made under FOI constitutes a publication to the world at large. We believe that to disclose this would be likely to breach the first Principle of the Data Protection Act by unfairly contravening their right to privacy and confidentiality in the work place.

However, in the interests of transparency we are able to share details relating to senior officers (Director  level and above). For these officers, there is already a greater expectation of openness about their role given their level of accountability for service provision and budgetary decision making.

For your information please see the below link which outlines staff details of Director and above: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/chief-executive-directors-and-services.

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Request reference:
FOI 9429