Do Southwark Council think they own this website?

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Thursday 23 October 2008 10.38am
This is so absurd I couldn't resist sharing it...

Someone recently made a Freedom of Information request for a copy of the travel plan for the Blue Fin Building in Southwark Street:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/blue_fin_building_travel_plan

In this context a travel plan is a document setting out measures to be taken by the occupier of an office building to encourage staff to use alternatives to the car to get to/from their workplace.

So what do Southwark Council do?

They reply with a link to the listing on this website for The Refinery bar with a map showing the building's location:
Southwark Council wrote:
The information you requested is available on Southwark Council's website
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/restaurants/info/687/the-refinery

Read the full response here

Words fail me.

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Thursday 23 October 2008 11.08am
Well James, I suppose it's a back handed compliment on your superior ways of giving information...
Thursday 23 October 2008 11.08am
How cheeky. Obviously someone is not doing their job correctly!
Thursday 23 October 2008 11.44am
That's hilarious!
Thursday 23 October 2008 12.16pm
That's wonderful.

I assume you're now sending all your invoices for running costs to the Council now?

...if you press it, they will come.
Thursday 23 October 2008 12.30pm
Exactly. I will not pay any council tax bills till I hear from JAMES.
Thursday 23 October 2008 1.34pm
No doubt S.C. when their i.t. system gets sorted will print a front page apology in south london press!
Thursday 23 October 2008 1.47pm
BJFAN - of course ... and I'm delighted that we get a considerable amount of traffic from Southwark Council and many officers and councillors are helpful to us in a variety of ways.

I was just expressing mild amusement (note: not anger or annoyance) about the totally muddled response to that guy's FOI request - and the notion that a picture and map of a wine bar was somehow a relevant response to a request for a formal document prepared as part of the planning process.

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Thursday 23 October 2008 1.50pm
BJFAN wrote:
If it wasnt for the council you would have nothing to report.

There are much more interesting things on this website than Southwark Council, I can assure you!
Thursday 23 October 2008 2.49pm
Do you think that SC were trying to say: "it's a right headache trying to get an FOI request through. Why not just go and sit in a bar instead?"

...if you press it, they will come.
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