FOI request detail

West ealing liveable neighbourhood

Request ID: FOI-3101-2324
Date published: 26 January 2024

You asked

I would be grateful if you could provide me update about the west ealing liveable neighbourhood. I would be interested in communication between tfl and ealing council officers (or councillors) since january 2023.

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-3101-2324

Thank you for your request which we received on 28 November 2023, asking for communication between TfL and Ealing council officers regarding West Ealing liveable neighbourhood. Your request has been considered under the terms of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs). I can confirm we hold the information you require.

You specifically asked:

I would be grateful if you could provide me update about the west Ealing liveable neighbourhood.

I can confirm the project is currently at concept design stage. Traffic modelling is ongoing for the Lido Junction (Uxbridge Road j/w Drayton Green Road – Northfield Avenue). The project team is preparing project documentation and consultation material to move it on to the next detailed design stage. The London Borough of Ealing is planning to take forward streetscape improvements at Jacob’s Ladder, Green Man Passage and Brownlow Road, although it is still subject to funding availability as to which of these sites can be delivered this financial year.

I would be interested in communication between TfL and Ealing council officers (or councillors) since January 2023.

With regard to your second question, given the extent of the information you are looking for, we are applying Regulation 12(4)(b) as we believe that the request is ‘manifestly unreasonable’ because providing the information you have requested would impose unreasonable costs on us and require an unreasonable diversion of resources.
When we receive requests asking for email communication, we are able to conduct a companywide email search using keywords, dates and email addresses. The more specific a requester can be, the more we can narrow the search and therefore stand a better chance of a more relevant or focused result.

We have carried out a search of the email accounts we know would have had correspondence with Ealing officers, using the most relevant keywords, which identified 307 emails. All of these potentially relevant emails would require a manual review. Some of the emails captured by the search might be duplicates or not even relevant, due to emails being repeated within email chains. Whilst the actual number of emails covered by your request might be a sub-set of the numbers the email search captured, it is the excessive work involved in having to locate and extract those that are relevant and meet your request, that would be burdensome. If you have specific questions relating to West Ealing liveable neighbourhood, we may be more easily able to respond to these than to a request for all communication we’ve had with Ealing officers.

The use of this exception is subject to a public interest test, which requires us to consider whether the public interest in applying the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosure. We recognise that the release of information would promote accountability and transparency in public services and may help address your concerns. However, the time it would take to provide the information you have requested would divert a disproportionate amount of our resources from its core functions and as we have already released a lot of material to you on this matter, on balance we consider that the public interest currently favours the use of the exception.

We will consider your request again, if you are able to narrow its scope so that we can more easily locate, retrieve and extract the information you are seeking. For example, rather than a blanket request for all communication, if you ask for specific documents or have particular questions, we may be able to provide a more helpful response.

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

Yours sincerely

Eva Hextall
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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