20th February 2011
I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I’m a journalism Masters student at Edinburgh Napier.
My query concerns statues (including street sculptures and modern art) in Edinburgh: How many are there? How often are they maintained and renovated/restored? How often are they cleaned? How many staff are available for this and how often? Are they deployed in emergencies, such as after vandalism and graffiti and weather damage? Is there a sustainable programme of cleaning and renovation/restoration, for example once a year? Are specialist techniques and staff used all the time for this? Do they have his training are training sessions held? How can people report damage to a statue, is there a specific programme of looking out for damage? And how quickly will the problem be addressed once discovered? How many are added every year and how many removed- due to damage? Finally, how much money is spent per year in maintenance of statues and sculptures in Edinburgh?
I would be interested in any information held by your organisation regarding my request. I understand that I do not have to specify particular files or documents and it is the department’s responsibility to provide the information I require. If you need further clarification please contact me by phone or email.
I would prefer to receive the information in hard copy please.
If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all non-exempt material. I reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or charge excessive fees.
I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request. I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as outlined by the statute.