Justice CommitteeWritten evidence from Peter Silverman

I run the Clean Highways campaign (www.clenhighways.co.uk) and use the FOI legislation to obtain relevant information.

Here are two examples showing how this has helped my campaign:

Meophan Station, Gravesend; and

Kent—responsibility for cleaning clarified.

Mr Brian Reynolds a rail commuter had complained to both Network Rail and Gravesend Council about the littered state of the road leading to the station and its forecourt. Neither side made it clear as to their respective responsibilities. To assist him I made an information request to Gravesend Borough Council which can be seen at:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/approaches_to_meopham_station

asking where the councils cleaning responsibilities ended and those of Network Rail began. They supplied a map which can be seen at:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/87991/response/222785/attach/3/20111025083223641.pdf

This has enabled Mr Reynolds to pursue both bodies with a clear understanding of their respective responsibilities.

Department of Transport—Misinformation Exposed

In a letter letter to Nick Hurd MP of 31 March Mike Penning, the Under-secretary of State for Transport, commenting on my report “Our Littered Motorways” said that “Highways Agency has been in discussion with many of its managing agents with a view to improving the appearance of motorway verges and slip roads, to ensure that the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 are met across the network”.

I made an information request to the Highways Agency for copies of any documents relating to these discussions. My request and the documents supplied can be seen at this link.

The documents provided recorded only low grade communications and I was able to report back to the Minister that he had ben misadvised about these discussions.

January 2012

Prepared 25th July 2012