Calls for investigation into ‘insidious cover-up culture’ at Highways England | New Civil Engineer
Internal emails sent between senior Highways England officials and members of the organisation’s Freedom of Information (FOI) team show deliberate attempts to obfuscate the FOI process, according to MPs and campaign groups.
In the emails – released to MPs and seen by NCE – Highways England officials discuss ways of “closing down the FOI/EIR [environmental information request] route in the future”.
The emails relate to an FOI request submitted by MP for Sefton Central Bill Esterson and campaign group Rimrose Valley Friends (RVF) in relation to the controversial A5036 Port of Liverpool access scheme that would demolish the 3.5km Rimrose Valley Country Park in Merseyside.
Specifically, Esterson had requested meeting notes between Highways England and stakeholders involved in the Port of Liverpool scheme.