What a state of affairs....
The county council publishes a monthly 'newsletter' to town and parish councils which it 'expects' to be distributed by clerks to PCs (we already know how some people treat 'knowledge as power' and the inefficiency that exists in distribution of information in some organisations.)
A request to the county council to be added to the automated email distribution list for the town and parish newsletter resulted in the following response:
"...Thanks for your email. Please could you let me know which parish or town council you represent? And whether you are a clerk or a councillor..?"
Reasonable enough.... Replied:
"...Candidate for May PC election..."
Which garnered the response:
"...Thanks for clarifying that. The Town and Parish Council Newsletter is sent to town and parish council clerks for distribution to their councillors. We’ll be updating the mailing list after the elections and can add you to the list at that point if you have been elected and still wish to receive a copy direct from Cornwall Council. In the meantime, you might like to sign up to our residents’ newsletter if you haven’t already..."
So here we go again:
"...Thank you for your reply. I will re-state my request to be added to the mailing distribution list (with immediate effect) for the Town and Parish Council Newsletter which I presume is fully automated and has no particular administrative or financial implications. The alternative of course would be to submit a request for copy through the FoI process which - obviously - would have administrative and financial implications. I already subscribe to the “residents” newsletter. Appreciate your further attention…"
What is it with people trying to keep (what should be) open source information as a closely guarded secret?