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Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route snagging: EIR release

Published: 13 Aug 2019

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Published:
13 Aug 2019
Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route snagging: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/19/01701
Date received: 15 Jul 2019
Date responded: 12 Aug 2019
Information requested

• All reported snagging on AWPR, broken down by type
• A timetable for completion of snagging work
• The projected cost of snagging works

Response

As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.

This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

Please find listed some of the information you requested:

  • All reported snagging on AWPR, broken down by type

A table of snagging/unfinished works associated with the AWPR/BT project is noted below:

  • Completion of accommodation works
  • Remediation of two temporary project office areas and associated planting
  • Completion of small section of project fencing
  • Completion of road markings and traffic signs to side road
  • Commissioning of Intelligent Lighting Control System
  • Completion of remedial works to earthworks drainage ditches and remedial works to existing watercourses within AWPR site limits.

Please see Annex A for a map that shows the extents of the Operating and Maintenance area for this project.

  • A timetable for completion of snagging work

The snagging works are scheduled to be completed in Summer 2019 however it might be useful to note that the timing of completion of the snagging items is dependent on a number factors including weather, arranging traffic management and co-ordinating the works to minimise any impact on road users.

  • The projected cost of snagging works

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. Therefore we are refusing your request under the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs – information not held. Due to the nature of the Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) contract the cost of snagging works cannot be disaggregated from the monthly payment which is based on availability of the roads connected with the AWPR/BT project.

This exception is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exception. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exception. While we recognise that there may be some public interest in information about the value of the installation of lighting clearly we cannot provide information which we do not hold.

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FOI-19-01701 - Annex A

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Contact

Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

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