Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywViran Patel mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.

Property and Assets and Buildings

We're waiting for Viran Patel to read recent responses and update the status.

Dear Organisation,

I would like to know a full list of Vacant Properties held by your organisation and any of its subsidiaries.

If possible their market value for sale or to let, whether they would be considered for a community asset transfer, if not then whether they are for sale or to let. In a clear and easy to read format. It would be supportive if the property is for sale or to let that it is listed on here too: https://e-pims.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/gove... and that you inform us of this intention or such listing in the request.

In the previous case in Voyias v IC and LB Camden (EA/201v1/0007), the requesters asked for substantially similar information, and the judge favoured disclosure. I appreciate the circumstances here are quite different, but the same principles should apply.

I understand there is a risk that your empty properties would be targeted by squatters should this the list of empty properties be public, but this is a very slim risk. The prejudice to law enforcement should be real, likely and substantial, as per Hogan v the ICO and Oxford City Council. I can assure you that my request is not sent in order to cause trouble for the authority, it is predominantly for my own research, with publication as part of campaigning materials. I am concerned at the sale of public assets, not a not an advocate for their illegal occupation. I would also say that I cannot imagine the disclosure of this list of properties to significantly affect a squatting problem that pre-existed my interest in the organisation. Overall the prejudice to law enforcement is very slim, and not severe. Since 12 months will be the time that this information will be released onto this site, unless others request this information separately. The requester is not liable for any issues that may arise in between or after.

It is in the public interest and transparency that this information is made publicly available under the public sector duty under the equality act allowing people to know of this information and make use of it under the Community Asset Transfer scheme and under the Human Rights Act Article 11 enabling the community to gather and make decisions on the allocation of such assets.

Yours faithfully,

Viran Patel

Southend FOI requests, Southend on Sea Borough Council

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Dear V Patel,

 

Thank you for your request received on 06.08.18 for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your request should receive a reply by
04.09.18.

 

If you have any queries please get in touch quoting the FOI reference
number FOI 07515.

 

Kind regards,

 

Dominic Sexton – Corporate Freedom of Information Team – Southend-on-Sea
Borough Council

Creating a Better Southend

( 01702 534929 (Direct) | * [Southend on Sea Borough Council request email] |8 [2]www.southend.gov.uk

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Floor 2 Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, SS2 6ER

    

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Dear Southend on Sea Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Southend on Sea Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Property and Assets and Buildings'.

I am still awaiting a response

Yours faithfully,

Viran Patel

Southend FOI requests, Southend on Sea Borough Council

Dear Viran Patel,

Thank you for your request for review regarding your Freedom of Information request. I am sorry that a response was not sent within the statutory timescale.

I understand that a response will be sent to you shortly.

If once you have the response you require further review, please do let me know.

Kind regards,

Val Smith

Val Smith Knowledge and Information Manager Policy, Engagement and Communication Floor 2 Civic Centre
Creating a Better Southend

01702 212572 (Direct) | [email address] | www.southend.gov.uk

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Southend FOI requests, Southend on Sea Borough Council

Dear V Patel,

 

Re: Freedom of Information Request

 

I am writing regarding your request for information, which was received on
06.08.18. I apologise for the delay in sending this information back to
you.

 

In that request you asked us for information regarding vacant properties
held by our organisation or any of our subsidiaries, as well as their
market value for sale or to let, whether they would be considered for a
community asset transfer, and if not then when they were on sale or to
let.

 

I can confirm that the search for the information you requested has been
completed and I can advise you of the following:

 

Information supplied under the Freedom of Information Act is released to
the world at large and made public.

 

Providing the type of data you are requesting we believe would, or would
be likely to, encourage the identified locations to be a target of crime,
for example squatters, vandalism and street crime.

 

Because of this, under Section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act
2000, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is unable to supply the requested
information.

 

We have considered the public interest, however we are of the opinion that
any benefit arising from disclosure is outweighed by the real and
substantial risk of harm, arising from criminal activities, which would
likely to follow the disclosure of information in relation to empty or
vacant properties.

 

Information that may be useful to you is our Social Housing Asset Values,
which can be found on our website here:

[1]https://www.southend.gov.uk/downloads/fi...

 

Our list of Assets of Community Value can be [2]viewed on our website as
can the process for nominating an asset for inclusion.

 

If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to request a review of our response, you should write to
the Group Manager – Policy, Engagement and Communication, Department of
the Chief Executive, PO Box 6, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue,
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ER.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your review, you can make a
complaint under the Council’s complaints process by writing to Corporate
Complaints Officer, Department of the Chief Executive, PO Box 6, Civic
Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ER.

 

You can also apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a
decision although generally the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted the Council’s complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner
can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Dominic Sexton

Knowledge Support Officer

Corporate Freedom of Information Team

 

 

Dominic Sexton – Corporate Freedom of Information Team – Southend-on-Sea
Borough Council

Creating a Better Southend

( 01702 534929 (Direct) | * [Southend on Sea Borough Council request email] |8 [3]www.southend.gov.uk

Policy, Engagement and Communication l Southend-on-Sea Borough Council |
Floor 2 Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, SS2 6ER

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Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywViran Patel mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.