FOI request detail

Information relating to 11 Milner Square

Request ID: FOI-1638-1920
Date published: 19 September 2019

You asked

Hello, Under the FOI Act I would like to provided with all documents or other information held which: - Refers to or features property at 11 Milner Square N11TL London - Refers to or features any property at Milner Square N11TL London - Relates to a compliant made regarding tube noise levels effecting property between Highbury & Islington station and Kings Cross Station on the Victoria line - Contain any reference to a [xxxxxxxx] - Contain any reference to an [xxxxxxxx] - Contain any reference to a [xxxxxxxx] - Contain any reference to a [xxxxxxxx] Thank you

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-1638-1920

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 2nd September 2019 asking for documents and other information held in relation to Milner Square, London N1.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.

Unfortunately, to answer your questions as asked would exceed the costs limit for responding to FOI cases as set out in section 12 of the FOI Act. Under section 12 of the Act, we are not obliged to comply with a request if we estimate that the cost of determining whether we hold the information, and then locating, retrieving or extracting it from other information, would exceed the appropriate limit. This is calculated at £25 per hour for every hour spent on the activities described – equivalent to 18 hours work.

There is no easy way for TfL to locate the information you have requested. There is no timeframe provided and therefore, as worded, your request covers the entirety of TfL’s existence since we were established in the year 2000. Furthermore, your request is very broad in nature, covering “all documents or other information”, and in any format – whether in hard copy or electronic – making any search for material harder still. While it is difficult to estimate how long it would take to locate and retrieve all of the information that falls within the scope of your request, we believe it would be well in excess of the 18-hour threshold.

To help bring the cost of responding to your request within the £450 limit, you may wish to consider narrowing or reframing its scope - to focus on the material that is of most importance to you - so that we can more easily locate, retrieve and extract the information you are seeking. If you do choose to submit a reframed request, I would ask that you consider the guidance provided by the Information Commissioner on how best to access information from a public body, and in particular the table of “dos and don’ts” found on their website here:

As you can see, the Commissioner advises that applicants be as specific as possible, and that they should not send “catch all requests” nor “fish for information”. The Commissioner also suggests that it may be helpful to explain the purpose behind the request.

Notwithstanding the above points, you should also note that section 40(2) of the FOI Act provides an exemption to the disclosure of information where it relates to an identifiable third party (such as a named individual other than yourself), and where the release of such information would be unfair on that individual. It is questionable, therefore, whether we would be able to release the information in relation to your last four questions even if it could be located within the costs limit.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely,

David Wells

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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