Dear Wigan Borough Council,
I am looking for a list of long term empty property lists within the councils area. Would you be able to supply me with these under the Freedom of Information Act? A spreadsheet will suffice, I require no personal information simply the property address.
I am emailing to confirm the receipt of your recent FOI request to Wigan
We will respond as soon as possible, and in any case, no later than 7th
April 2010, which is 20 working days after the receipt of your request.
If you have any comments or questions in the meantime please direct them
to [Wigan Borough Council request email], or at Wigan Council, Town Hall, Library
Street, Wigan WN1 1YN.
Legal Team Support Officer
Ext 01942 827668
I refer to your freedom of information request received by email on 10th
March 2010 and apologise for the delay in responding to you which has been
due to the large volume of FOI requests received recently. I would like to
request some clarification of your request before I begin work on it.
You have asked for a list of long term empty properties within the
Council's area. Please could you advise specifically what you mean by
'long term' ie: what time period does your request cover?
Once you have provided me with this clarification, I will be able to start
work on your request. Please be aware that the 20 working days do not
begin until we have received your clarification.
I look forward to hearing from you.
GILLIAN KNOWLES - Licensing Solicitor
Business Support Services
Tel 01942 827128 (internal 2128)
Please note that I work on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
I am looking for a list of empty residential properties withing the councils area. I live and work in Wigan and am looking for my first house with my partner. Unfortunately there are many outside of our price range or 'to good to be true'. I am hoping to find a property that has been vacant for more than 6 months or has been abandoned for a long time.
My plan is then to letter drop the ones we like and contact the land registry for property details. Hopefully we will be able to find a fixer upper for a reasonable price.
By long term I mean properties that have been vacant fr more than six months. That should exclude those houses that are part of normal turnover.
Dear Wigan Borough Council,
I would like a list of properties that have been vacant for more than 6 months both residential and commercial.
I am writing to respond to your freedom of information request which was
received on 10th March 2010.
Your request was as follows:
"I am looking for a list of long term empty property lists within the
councils area. Would you be able to supply me with these under the Freedom
of Information Act? A spreadsheet will suffice, I require no personal
information simply the property address".
The Council subsequently asked you for clarification on what you meant by
long term and you explained that you wanted information in respect of
properties that had been vacant for more than 6 months or had been
abandoned for a long time.
I attach a list of long term empty properties - that is those properties
that have been empty longer than 6 months and where Council Tax is being
charged, the person liable to pay Council Tax is not an individual.
Properties where the Council Tax is paid by an individual have not been
included in the list, pursuant to Section 40 of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 which relates to personal information. I consider the information
requested, (where it relates to an individual) is the personal information
of that individual and to disclose it publicly as a result of a request
made under the Freedom of Information Act would breach the Council's
obligations to protect the privacy of individuals, as required by the Data
Protection Act 1998. I am of the view that the individuals concerned would
not expect this information to be disclosed publicly, and to do so would
breach the first principle under the Data Protection Act of processing
information fairly. This decision reflects the ruling by the Information
Tribunal in the case of England v London Borough of Bexley (EA/2006/0060 &
If you are unhappy with any aspect of this response, an independent senior
officer will review this decision. Please let me know if you would like to
You can also complain to the Information Commissioner, who is the
regulator for Freedom of Information. His website is
www.informationcommisioner.gov.uk and his helpline number is 0303 123
1113. His staff may ask you to exhaust our internal complaints procedure
if you choose to complain to his office now.
I apologise for the long delay in responding to this request, this was due
to the volume of requests that are currently being received and the fact
that the Council's Data Protection /Freedom Of Information Officer left
the employment of the Council. As an interim measure other staff members
have been carrying out the work in addition to their normal duties and on
occasions this has lead to a delay. The post has now been filled and
hopefully this situation will not arise again.
If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate in contacting
Patricia Anderson - Licensing Solicitor
Business Support Services
Legal and Democratic Services
The Town Hall
Tel 01942 827104
E mail [email address]
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