Dear Foi
I attach below a request answered 9 months ago- where I am assured contracts were about to be exchanged on this property, which was as I understand to be let go, once again, at considerable discount to the York Conservation Trust. There have been repeated discussions before that Foi and since that the Trust neither wants it nor has the funds to improve it. Hence we are stuck with a decaying asset in a prime site for years.

1. Please provide all correspondence and internal emails on this matter since April 2018.
2. Please provide the valuation certificate
3. As this is a prime site right next to the Castlegateway then how can officers and members just let it slip like this.
4. Why not put it on the open market and let us have a proper return for once in our assets. No more off market sales.

Dear Ms Swinburn,

Please see the council’s response to your request under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) received on 29 December 2018.

1. Confirm 29a Castlegate remains one of the unsold assets in your portfolio.

29a Castlegate is currently owned by the council and has not been sold.

2. The current status of transaction for 29a Castlegate

The proposed sale of the building has been reported to Executive previously, see weblink below;

https://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocu...

We are assured by the purchaser that they wish to complete the transaction shortly and solicitors are currently instructed to deal with this matter on both sides.

3. The full costs to the public purse of holding the building empty.

The costs incurred by the council through holding this building empty have been £2,565.

4. The legal & rental agreement under which the keys been given to the civic trust to use for meetings and possibly other activities

This information is not held in a recorded form, however to assist with your enquiry I can advise that, the council is to sell to the York Conservation Trust and not the Civic Trust. Keys have been provided to the Conservation Trust for the purposes of inspecting and surveying the building to allow them to work up their proposals.

5. How is the insurance affected for use of these premises with or without formal agreement.

This information is not held in a recorded form, however to assist with your enquiry, the information at point 4 sets out the circumstances of the current access to the building and there is not considered to be any affect on the insurance as a result of this.

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Yours sincerely,

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City of York Council | Customer Complaints & Feedback Team, Customer & Corporate Services

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Dear Ms Swinburn,
 
Please see attached below the response to your enquiry under the Freedom
of Information Act (FOIA) received on 30^th August 2019.
 
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Dear City of York Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of City of York Council's handling of my FOI request '29a Castlegate'.

As the valuation letter you gave me relied heavily on an earlier 2014 valuation, please to complete that part of the request can you provide that.

Further, as all the correspondence clearly cannot be commercial in confidence -which is why we assume you are doing a belt and braces refusal, using the be published exemption ( this means of course that you will publish theses materials and as we doubt you will do that will return to test that exemption). Please instead produce the dates on which the deal fell through. As the property has been empty now for coming up to 4? Years, all at taxpayers expense and blighting that area, it is reasonable for us to understand if the delay was caused by CYC or the now no longer purchasers. We will present an Foi on the full costs including legal and staff time for this saga.

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ]

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/2...

Yours faithfully,

Gwen Swinburn

foi@york.gov.uk, City of York Council

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