[meersbrook-house] Fwd: FOI Response

Liz Nicholas liz.nicholas at blueyonder.co.uk
Thu Jul 17 18:29:13 GMT 2014

Hello All
I've had a swift response to the FoI request, which is good, but the information is incomplete. Before I write back does anyone else have any specific suggestions?
My plan is to say:
Thank you for responding so quickly to my request.  The historical information is very interesting and I will follow it up as you suggest.
In relation to the condition survey, maybe I have used the wrong terminology.  I was working as a school business manager when the CAD plans like the ones you have supplied to me were drawn up.  The plans were accompanied by a detailed list of works needed immediately, within 2 years and within 5 years and our progress against these was monitored and used to inform our budget management.  I am sure this sort of information has been prepared for all council buildings and even if it is 10 years old would provide some idea of how the historic building is standing up to the 21st century.

Please will you supply the latest information available … etc.

Maybe a separate request about repairs undertaken in the last 10 years would reveal something?
I asked for costs of energy consumption and they provided kWh which I will point out but not insist on getting the £.  The breakdown between gas and electricity is helpful.
Liz Nicholas
liz.nicholas at blueyonder.co.uk

07516 401479

Begin forwarded message:

> From: FOI <FOI at sheffield.gov.uk>
> Subject: FOI Response
> Date: 17 July 2014 14:04:30 BST
> To: "'liz.nicholas at blueyonder.co.uk'" <liz.nicholas at blueyonder.co.uk>
> Dear Ms Nicholas,
> Thank you for your email. 
> In response to your questions:
> 1. Floor plans of the building as it is currently used
> Please find attached the current floor plans.  
> 2. Historical plans and elevations of the building over its history from the 18th century to the current day
> I can confirm we hold information about the two historic buildings within Meersbrook Park: Bishops’ House and Meersbrook House (also known as Meersbrook Hall).  Meersbrook house was built around 1759/1760; the first owner was Benjamin Roebuck of Sheffield and the building later housed the Ruskin Museum (1890 – 1950s).
> This information is held by Sheffield Archives and Local Studies. A quick search of the electronic catalogue and card indexes at Sheffield Archives found the following references relating to Meersbrook House (or ‘Hall’):
> ·         ‘Benjamin Roebuck’s purchase’, Meersbrook, 1759 (Fairbank Collection, field books FC FB15, pp.8-9; FC FB16, pp.112-113)
> ·         ‘A plan of certain lands belonging to Benjamin Roebuck and to Samuel Shore’, Meersbrook, 1772 (Fairbank Collection, field book FC FB42, p.7 and plan FC Nort 26 S)
> ·         ‘A plan of the estate of Benjamin Roebuck at Meersbrook in the Parish of Norton and the County of Derby’, 1770.  An earlier note states: ‘The plan shows the old turnpike road to Derby (Derbyshire Lane) running past the house, which is now the Ruskin Museum’ (Fairbank Collection, plan FC Nort 25 S and field book FC FB40, pp.2-3).
> (There are other references within the Fairbank Collection relating to Benjamin Roebuck’s ‘pleasure ground’ and ‘plantation’ at Meersbrook which might also show the house).
> ·         Plans and description of parks and recreation grounds (including Meersbrook Park and Hall), c.1895-1896 (MD7339/1)
> There might also be mention of the house/hall (in relation to the Ruskin Museum) in:
> ·         Sheffield City Council: Ruskin Museum Committee minutes, 1889 – 1933 (CA-RM)
> ·         Sheffield City Council (and predecessor): Minutes of Council and Committees, 1864 – 1986 (CA-MIN)
> These minutes will not contain plans, however.
> We also checked the collection of building and architectural plans at Sheffield Archives and sale plans at Sheffield Local Studies Library and cannot find any further references to plans of Meersbrook House/Hall. 
> Given the information is available for the public to consult at Sheffield Archives and the Local Studies Library, we are not obliged to provide copies of the information and can refuse it under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Section 21 provides information is exempt from the FOI Act if it is accessible to the applicant by other means, which in this case is, because you (or someone acting on your behalf) can consult the material free of charge in the public search rooms of Sheffield Archives or the Local Studies Library.  Details of the opening hours and services available are on the website athttps://www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries/archives-and-local-studies/about-us/visit/opening-hours.html.
> 3. The most recent condition survey of the building(s)
> This information is not held; a survey has recently been commissioned. 
> 4. The most recent energy consumption costs for the building.
> Annual consumption 1/4/13 – 31/3/14 :-
> Gas 227,245 kWh
> Electricity 56,861 kWh
> If you are unhappy with the response you have received in relation to your request, you are entitled to have this reviewed.  You can ask for an internal review by either writing to the above address or by emailingFOI at sheffield.gov.uk.
> If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of your internal review, you can contact the Information Commissioners Office. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF, telephone 0303 123 113, or for further details see their website www.ico.org.uk
> Yours sincerely,
> FOI Support Team
> Moorfoot Level 8 West Wing
> Sheffield S1 4PL
> Tel : 0114 2734567
> E-mail : FOI @sheffield.gov.uk
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