Valuation of the Cunard Building

Paul Wiggina made this Freedom of Information request to Liverpool City Council

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

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Liverpool City Council.

Dear Liverpool City Council,

According to recent press reports, the Cunard Building has been valued at £27 million. This is good news.

Please provide a copy of the valuation document.

If no valuation is held, please state this for the avoidance of doubt.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Wiggins

Symm, Kevin, Liverpool City Council

Dear Sir,

Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 states:-

"In this Act any reference to a 'request for information' is a reference to such a request which-

is in writing, states the real name of the applicant and an address for correspondence"

While we have an address for correspondence we do not believe this to be your real name. As such, and in accordance with Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 could you provide us documentary evidence as to your identity.

Until we have this information we will not be proceeding with your request

Regards,

Kevin Symm I Senior Information Officer
Liverpool City Council I Cunard Building I Liverpool I L3 1DS
T: 0151 233 0418 I E: [email address]
Postal address:
Liverpool City Council I Municipal Buildings I Dale Street I Liverpool I L2 2DH

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Mr Symm,

Paul Wiggins is my real name. That is the name I signed my email with.

The WDTK website has me down as Paul Wiggina, and I'm trying to figure out how to correct this, but I clearly signed my request with my own name.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Wiggins

Symm, Kevin, Liverpool City Council

Dear Mr Wiggins

We have reason to believe this is not your real name and, as previously outlined, we require documentary evidence proving otherwise

Until this is provided to the City Council we will not be proceeding with your request

Regards,

Kevin Symm I Senior Information Officer
Liverpool City Council I Cunard Building I Liverpool I L3 1DS
T: 0151 233 0418 I E: [email address]
Postal address:
Liverpool City Council I Municipal Buildings I Dale Street I Liverpool I L2 2DH

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Mr Symm,

Please provide your reason for calling me a liar in a public forum

Yours sincerely,

Paul Wiggins

Gadawodd Katie M. anodiad ()

Hi Paul,
Wow. Your frustration is understandable (especially since this typo clearly happened because the letters S and A are right next to one another......). And in any event, the name you use on WDTK doesn't really matter, as you clearly know ( for instance, I use Katie M, but sign my requests with my real name). And its not as if Paul Wiggins is a made-up sounding name - and, in fact, there are 175 of them on 192.com -:).
Why don't you ring the Information Commissioner's Office - they're very helpful.

Gadawodd Paul Wiggina anodiad ()

To be honest, I'm tempted to go the legal route. Why a public official would insult a taxpayer on a public forum is beyond me.

Symm, Kevin, Liverpool City Council

Dear Mr Wiggins

If you are able to provide the documentary evidence we have requested we will be happy to proceed with your request. Until this is received by the City Council we will not do so.

Regards,

Kevin Symm I Senior Information Officer
Liverpool City Council I Cunard Building I Liverpool I L3 1DS
T: 0151 233 0418 I E: [email address]
Postal address:
Liverpool City Council I Municipal Buildings I Dale Street I Liverpool I L2 2DH

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Gadawodd Katie M. anodiad ()

This is another instance of the Council citing a section of the FOIA and then ignoring the guidance about how to apply it. It's here https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...
And it states:
" if the name provided is not an obvious pseudonym and the public authority has no reason to believe that a pseudonym is being used, the authority should just accept the name provided at face value.
Whilst this may mean that some pseudonymous requests will slip through the net, we would not want to see a situation where authorities routinely carry out checks on requesters’ identities. The Act provides a public right to information, not a right limited to certain individuals."

So at the very least they should state why they think your name is a pseudonym since it is not an obvious pseudonym (unlike the enjoyable Una Bugia, for instance...).
I think this is about shutting down requests they don't want to answer, such as this and, even more so, questions on the KPMG report, because they are running out of excuses, and know it.
They know perfectly well that Julian, me, Jenny, Josie, Audrey etc. are separate people, so they couldn't use this desperate tactic on us, but I wouldn't be surprised if they try to apply it to any new (to them) requester asking hard questions.