Tuesday, July 11, 2006

EXCLUSIVE: Council mulls over FoI requests for PWC Casino report

We've just had word that the Council is consulting the third parties mentioned in the PriceWaterhouse Cooper report on the super-casino before it makes any decisions on the Freeedom of Information requests they have received.

We stress, requests, plural. It seems the Council havn't just had the one Cllr Fletcher said he would be making. As a result, the Council has been forced to make contact with PWC, AEG and Kertzner to get their feedback on releasing the report for everyone to see.

To be perfectly honest we're not surprised there have been multiple FoI requests. In recent days virtually every major newspaper has been reading our stories about the casino report suppression, and Cllr Fletcher's letter to Chris Roberts. We expect the Council is probably not enjoying the attention. Especially - we imagine - if the Council was to find itself a player in the donwfall of a Deputy Prime Minister.


Blogger Plumstead Commoner said...

You shouldn't be too surprised :)

I posted here - http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=26801074&postID=114863023739182899&isPopup=true - that I'd be trying to find out some more info on this. Given that I do FOI pretty much for a living, it's the obvious route to try. I'll keep you informed, of course.

10:05 am  
Blogger greenwich.watch said...

Fair point PC, you did indeed say you'd be digging. Good job too. It's shame that the Council appears to react to national media pressure far quicker than it's direct electorate though.

3:27 pm  
Blogger Plumstead Commoner said...

'Twas ever thus - no different from central Government really :(

9:51 am  
Blogger Plumstead Commoner said...

Hmm...still no answer from Greenwich Council. Which is a bit surprising, given that they promised a response by 17 July or so. Of course, there's no statutory deadline for a response when the public authority's decided it needs an extension to consider the public interest balance, but even so I question whether this is responding "promptly".

10:52 am  

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