Sunday, 06 December 2020

Repeated information requests leave taxpayers with £11k bill

A GORING resident has cost the taxpayer more than £11,000 by making freedom of information requests to the parish council.

Bernard Clucas, of Mountfield, has filed at least seven requests in the past three years and demanded an internal review on several occasions.

This has cost £2,188 in parish clerk Peter Clegg’s time.

He has also appealed seven decisions to the Information Commissioner’s Office so the council has hired a solicitor at a further cost of £3,002. The average appeal to the ICO, the Government’s data watchdog, is said to cost £905 so this adds another £6,335 to the bill.

In 2012, Mr Clucas wrote to the council asking for details of its talks with Streatley Parish Council over the villages’ shared allotments.

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