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Trap streets

Request for information – FOI13369

Thank you for your e-mail of 15 March 2013, requesting:

If Ordnance Survey maps do contain trap streets, I would like to ask whether it would be possible to be made aware of some of their locations.

In response to your question, we advise that Ordnance Survey does not hold the information you have requested.

The reason this information is not held, is because as the national mapping authority of Great Britain, Ordnance Survey does not deliberately incorporate incorrect information within our authoritative mapping such as ‘trap streets’. Therefore we are unable to provide you with the location of such streets.

Under the duty to provide advice and assistance, Section 16 of the FOIA, we detail a link to Cabinet magazine which may be of interest to you, and re-confirms the position of Ordnance Survey and trap streets within.

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FOI Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
Southampton
SO16 0AS

E-mail: foi@ordnancesurvey.co.uk

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

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The Information Commissioner’s Office
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Wilmslow
Cheshire
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You may e-mail the ICO at: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk or telephone their helpline: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 for advice, Monday to Friday.

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