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Freedom of Information and Health and Safety

This blog is aimed at shaming those who ignore health and safety and those who abuse the Freedom of Information Act out of laziness, corruption or to cover up incompetence.

Even more dangerous Scottish schools

PFI Schools Posted on Fri, April 14, 2017 06:59:53

Email sent – 13/04/17

Scottish Government –

Dear Mr White

..Breaking news that 70 + PFI schools were
damaged in the storm last year, nearly twice the number of reported damaged schools. Furthermore, the Scottish First Minister stated she
would ensure a full investigation into all PFI Projects in Scotland not
just schools. It would appear the Scottish First Minister is paying lip service
to these very serious issues.

The next letter I get from the Scottish Government, I would
like to see the First Minister’s signature on it please.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

FOIA Campaigner and Social Watchdog.

Exeter PFI schools iffy Fire Certificates

PFI Schools Posted on Wed, March 29, 2017 18:55:51

Email sent – 29/03/2017 16:01

Dear Mr Bradshaw MP

In light of the breaking, alarming news about PFI
schools Health and Safety issues nationwide, I really do believe you
should call for a full H&S audit on the 6 Exeter PFI Schools.
Looking through some old records, I note all the Exeter PFI schools
Completion Certificates were signed 4 years ahead of the Fire
Certificates. In layman’s language this is the horse before the cart.

As I am sure you will
appreciate the Completion Certificate should not be approved and signed before the fire inspection has been carried out. Not rocket science, is it Mr
Bradshaw? It is most suspicious that the Exeter City Council claim
they inspected all 6 schools for fire certifcation on the 9th May 2011. It is
physically not possible to conduct a fire inspection on 6 large PFI Schools on
the same day. It should be noted also that the mechanical and electrical sub contractors works on the 6 PFI Exeter schools have admitted to
a number of fire hazards in a number of PFI Schools and hospitals nationwide……

It beggars belief that the Exeter City Council (Building
Controllers) would allow 6 PFI schools to operate without a Fire Certificate
for 4 years. Most Bizarre……

As you are aware, the Upper
Tribunal refused my FOIA hearing last year because they claim my request
was vexatious.

Operating 6 schools without
Fire Certificate is at best remiss and at worst criminally negligent; I
suggest the latter. I call upon my MP to seek an explanation why these
6 PFI schools were not certified for Fire protection some 4years + after the
Completion Certificates.

I would also ask my MP to write to the Upper Tribunal and
ICO and ask them to revisit their vexatious decisions because it would
appear Dransfield’s FOIA request is nowhere near vexatious. There
no doubt in my mind you will not take the needful action, but it will
suffice my records that I have made such a request.

Skeptics might say, there’s no big deal, no fires, no
deaths and no injuries. My brain doesn’t work like that; I want to know why the
Exeter City Council Chief Building Controller Mr Alan Stoke (retired) appears
to have lost his moral compass and allowed school to operate in a legal void for
over 4 years. The Upper Tribunal Judge Wikeley is on record that I was
abusing the FOIA system and manifestly unreasonable and that my request was
without serious purpose or public interest. My response to that is hogwash. If you had any backbone at all you would be kicking doors
down at the DCC and City Council asking for a full inquiry into this
Dransfield Vexatious bullsh*t. These Fire Certicates are further concrete
evidence that my original FOIA request was benign, straightforward and noth in the Public Interest and with serious purpose

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan m Dransfield

PFI school to be demolished

PFI Schools Posted on Sat, March 18, 2017 06:54:10

Email sent – Sat 18/03/2017 01:47

FOI Officer
Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart
Ridley Street
TS10 1TD

Dear Sirs

FOI for South Bank Primary School

Under protection of the FOIA
2000 please provide me with a PDF copy of the As Built Health and Safe File for
the original construction by Mowlem. Please also provide me with a copy of the
Carillion report which confirms the demolition of the school.

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

Mr Richard Howson, CEO Carilion, over to you.

PFI Schools Posted on Fri, March 17, 2017 17:47:00

Email sent – Fri 17/03/2017 07:55

Carillion Construction PLC

Mr Richard Howson CEO

Dear Mr Howson

Further to my earlier email ref PFI irregularities and
anomalies at your Exeter PFI Schools, it would appear there are which
confirms Carillion are demolishing a brand new PFI School in Middlesborough.

If my memory serves me correctly in my old age, Mowlem built
the 6 PFI schools in Exeter as well.

May I suggest/recommend that ALL PFI schools built by Mowlem
(now Carilion) should be subjected to a H&S audit.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

PFI school demolished – not fit for purpose

PFI Schools Posted on Fri, March 17, 2017 17:40:48

Email sent – Fri 17/03/2017 08:21

Dear Mr Bradshaw MP

Please see the following link which refers to a new PFI
school in Middlesborough being demolished because it wasn’t fit for purpose. Owing
to the fact it was the same contractor who built the 6 PFI schools in Exeter,
do you not agree with me that a full Health and Safety audit should be conducted at the
Exeter Schools.

I do hope you don’t think this letter is too vexatious.

Yours in disgust


How can Sodexco be paid for 3 schools funded by the Government?

PFI Schools Posted on Sun, March 12, 2017 07:20:14

Devon County Council have awarded a £20 million, 5 year
contract to Sodexco for the maintenance contract of their 6 PFI schools.
However, 3 of these PFI schools are now Academy schools; hence they get direct
funding from Central Government.

£1.5 trillion in debt

PFI Schools Posted on Thu, March 09, 2017 18:43:23

Email sent – Wed 08/03/2017 13:34

Dear Mr Bradshaw MP

According to the Chancellor of
the Exchequer we are one trillion pounds in debt. I think you will find it
is £1.5 trillion because the PFI/PPP contracts Plus a multi
Million Pound repair bill for schools which collapsed in the breeze)

No doubt the Shadow
Chancellor will correct him of this minor arithmetic error soon
enough. I also note with a wry smile an additional 17% is being given to the
DFID Mafia for overseas aid.

With thanks

Alan M Dransfield

Mr Bercow, Mr Bradshaw MP will still not act

PFI Schools Posted on Sat, February 11, 2017 08:54:32

Email sent – Sat 11/02/2017 08:15

c.c. Louise Mottershead <>; Richard Bailey <>; Elizabeth Truss <>;;; Adminappeals <>; <>;;

Dear Mr Bercow and Mr Bradshaw

The safety and welfare of the schoolchildren attending the
20+ Private Finance Initiative schools in Edinburgh has been compromised, despite the recent
publication of Mr John Cole’s report which I sent to you earlier
today. I say this with the greatest of confidence because Mr John
Cole’s report page 128 para 8.2.9 to 8.2.13 confirms that all these PFI schools
are devoid of any As Built Health and Safety Files (ABHSF)at this juncture.

It would appear from page 128 that Mr John Cole MBE is not
conversant with the correct terminology of As Built Health and Safety Files as
defined in law, i.e., the Construction Management Design (CDM 2004/07).

It is a statutory obligation for all PFI Schools to hold a copy of the ABHSF on the premises. It would
automatically follow the recent remediation works ref wall ties and wind posts were not carried out in accordance with Building Regulations and the

I have purposely addressed this message to both of you
because I know Ben Bradshaw will throw this message into the trash box and John
Bercow will ignore it, but I am on record bringing this paramount evidence of wrongdoing on UK PFI schools.

I would suggest/recommend you elevate this matter to the
appropriate oversight management please.

For you information action and

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

No doubt the Exeter PFI Schools are also devoid of any ABHSF
and that’s why they connived and colluded with the ICO to return a
vexatious exemption by the FTT EA/0152/2011.

Oh what a web we weave when we set out to deceive.

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