(The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent authority set up to "uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies, and data privacy for individuals".)
"On behalf of Bestway Holdings [cash-and-carry owner on A5 Edgware Road], I am formally complaining to the ICO again, and ask that the ICO investigate this matter as promptly as possible, as attached.
"We have had nothing but poor and bad performance, and a thoroughly poor attitude from officers generally, from the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and London Borough of Barnet, and other parties involved with this matter. Our original information request will be a year old on Jan 6th 2012, and we urgently need this information.
"We stand to lose a vital site, and the reasons given are not true and correct at all. This will destroy many jobs, and will greatly affect our business, let alone the trade of several thousand local independent shops. Bestway cannot replace this location, as there are no sites available in this part of London, for B8 employment locations.
"As things stand, the NLWA, Barnet Council, and the Brent Cross developers have co-operated, to try to take our site, by way of a Compulsory Purchase Order. They are most certainly unclear as to the reasons, so we desperately need this information.
"Bestway attended the LB Barnet 'Core Strategy' Examination in Public (EiP) inquiry this past week, and had to listen to 'half-truths' regarding this matter. The missing information would have assisted us, yet we are being obstructed. Furthermore, there is another EiP, with a different Planning Inspector, for the North London Waste Plan in spring 2012, and it is not fair that we can't have this open information now, is it?
"We need your assistance to determine this complaint and, assuming that you will again agree that we am due thesaid information, AND to allow time for the NLWA to perhaps further delay complying with your decision, we need to get before a Tribunal before late Feb 2012, for the outcome to be of use to us at the Waste EiP.
"We have tried to hold our costs down here, by not using our retained Leading Counsel, namely, Mr. Philip Coppel QC. However, we expect we will need to refer this matter to him again, unfortunately, before it is concluded. Incidentally, we cannot see how, for such a massive request, that there could ever be only just 82 documents - our request was pretty extensive, and over a two-year period.
"We have worked so hard on this matter for so long now, and have been slapped down by the NLWA and LB Barnet so many time - Please therefore, help to turn this one around as fast as possible.
"Wishing all at the ICO a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year."