Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
What is the date of the last occasion on which Northumbria Police fined a vehicle for obstruction or illegal parking on Castle Hill Terrace, Haltwhistle? If there is no record of the police ever doing this please confirm that information.
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) guidelines state that:
A public authority must confirm or deny whether it holds the information requested unless the cost of this alone would exceed the appropriate limit.
I can neither confirm nor deny that the information you require is held by Northumbria Police as to actually determine if it is held would exceed the permitted 18 hours therefore Section 12(2) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00.
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.
I have set out the reasons for this below.
We cannot conduct searches back to an indefinite time period. This exercise would far exceed the permitted 18 hour threshold and may not be accurate as records may no longer be retained. Section 12(2) is therefore relevant.
Although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information below, extracted from current recording systems and which go back to 2015. I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.
There are no records held in our current recording system that indicate Northumbria Police have fined a vehicle for obstruction or illegal parking on Castle Hill Terrace, Haltwhistle.