Freeman's Reach Request

Johan Briggs made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Durham County Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

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Dear Durham County Council,

1. Please provide a copy of the development agreement entered into by Durham County Council,the Homes and Community Agency and the consortium led by Carillion Developments, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP to develop the derelict former Durham Ice Rink.

My interest is in the terms of the agreement. I have no problems with annexes containing commercial information being removed or before the document is published.

2. Was any funding provided to the consortium by Durham County Council for the development? If so, how much?

3. Did any law firm represent Durham County Council on this matter? If so, which firm and how much was the total sum billed for this work?

Yours faithfully,

Johan Briggs

Freedom of Information, Durham County Council

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

This letter is our acknowledgement of your request received 12-MAY-2014. Please note the reference number and refer to it in any future correspondence.

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The Information Management Team
Durham County Council
Assistant Chief Executive’s Office
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County Hall
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Email: [Durham County Council request email]
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Yours sincerely,

The Information Management Team

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Freedom of Information, Durham County Council

Dear Johan,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT – RESPONSE TO REQUEST

We refer to your to your request for information on former Durham Ice rink received on 12-MAY-2014. We regret that we have been unable to provide the information requested within the 20 day deadline.

Rest assured that every effort is being made to provide the information and we shall endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible. We shall, however, keep you updated at regular intervals and you will be notified of any further delays.

In the meantime, please accept our sincere apologies and please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss this matter further.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience.

Our contact details are

The Information Management Team
Durham County Council
Assistant Chief Executive’s Office
Room 4/140
County Hall
Durham
DH1 5UF
Tel: 0191 3728371
Email: [Durham County Council request email]

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Officer

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Dear Durham County Council,

When will the information requested be provided?

Yours faithfully,

Johan Briggs

Freedom of Information, Durham County Council

Dear Mr Briggs,

Please provide the reference number of your request and we will look into this for you. If you don't know/can't remember, please state when you first submitted your request.

Regards,

The Information Management Team
Durham County Council

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Freedom of Information, Durham County Council

Please accept our sincere apologies for the late response to your request
for information, received 12-MAY-14.

 

Regards,

 

The Information Management Team

Durham County Council

 

 

 

 

Reference Number: FOI20141655JB 03-Jul-14

 
Date Received: 12-May-14
You Requested: Requestor: Johan Briggs

 
 

1. Please provide a copy of the development agreement entered into by
Durham County Council,the Homes and Community Agency and the consortium
led by Carillion Developments, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons
Capital LLP to develop the derelict former Durham Ice Rink.

 

My interest is in the terms of the agreement. I have no problems with
annexes containing commercial information being removed or before the
document is published.

 

2. Was any funding provided to the consortium by Durham County Council for
the development? If so, how much?

 

3. Did any law firm represent Durham County Council on this matter? If so,
which firm and how much was the total sum billed for this work?  

 
Our Response:

 

1. Durham County Council was not party to the agreement

 

 

2. No – DCC were involved in the procurement process with One NE / HCA via
a competitive dialogue to appoint the preferred developers as a strategic
partner and landowner

 

3. Dickinson Dees represented DCC and One NE with respect to the
procurement and legal contracts.  The total amount billed was £89,716.00. 
This was funded in full by single programme funding from One NE NOT DCC
finance.  DCC have not contributed any financial contribution to the
scheme.

 

 

 

 
Attachments:

 

 

 
Exemptions Applied: 

 

 
The Public Interest Test:

 

 
Review Procedure

I hope that this information is of assistance. However, if you are
dissatisfied with the handling of your request, please contact: The
Information Management Team [1]Tel:03000268034 Email: [2][Durham County Council request email]

 

After you have exhausted our internal appeals procedure, you also have a
right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at: Telephone: 01625 545
745 Email: [3][email address]
Lawrence Serewicz

Principal information management officer

Information Management Team

Durham County Council

 

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