Aberdeen's UK City of Culture Bid (for 2017), dated 2013

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Dear Aberdeen City Council,

Are you able to share the original submission for Aberdeen's failed UK City of Culture bid from 2013 please? I am part of a team of public volunteers facilitated by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce to look into what we can do to submit a successful bid in future. There is no evidence of the original bid online, so I am requesting your release of the document as it would greatly help in understanding areas of improvement.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

A. Pease

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Pease,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-17-1494.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 16
October 2017.   

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 13 November 2017.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Salomeh Kheyri Rad

Information Compliance Officer

 

 

Information Compliance Team
Customer Service
Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
3rd Floor North

Business Hub 17
Marischal College
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

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Dear A Pease,

 

Thank you for your information request of 16 October 2017.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested.

 

Are you able to share the original submission for Aberdeen's failed UK
City of Culture bid from 2013 please? I am part of a team of public
volunteers facilitated by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce to
look into what we can do to submit a successful bid in future. There is no
evidence of the original bid online, so I am requesting your release of
the document as it would greatly help in understanding areas of
improvement.

The submission is available on the Council website at the following link:

 

REV-13-0673 – City of Culture Bid:

[1]http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/nmsruntim...

 

Further information is also available at the following links:

 

FOI-13-0675 – City of Culture Bid:

[2]http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/nmsruntim...

 

FOI-13-0849 – City of Culture Bid:

[3]http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/nmsruntim...

 

Please note commercial information has been redacted (blacked out) from
the attached document. ACC is unable to provide you with this information
in the copy of Aberdeen's unsuccessful submission for City of Culture 2017
bid as it is exempt from disclosure.  In order to comply with its
obligations under the terms of Section 16 of the FOISA, ACC hereby gives
notice that we are refusing your request under the terms of Section
33(1)(b) - Commercial Interests and the Economy - of the FOISA.

 

In making this decision ACC considered the following points:

 

Do commercial interests exist in relation to the information?

ACC believes that the commercial interests of all the companies involved
would be damaged by the release of this information. Their interests are
with regards to artistic production. ACC would also argue that its own
commercial interests could be damaged.

 

Please describe how disclosure of the requested information would cause
the level of harm required for this exemption?

In the bid document ACC provided speculative programming for Aberdeen’s
year as UK City of Culture in 2017. The document gave details for events
where the production was in the early stages of negotiation between
Aberdeen City Council and potential artistic partners. By releasing this
information ACC would adversely affect the ability of the companies
mentioned to sell their intellectual property.

 

ACC also strongly believes that by releasing this information it would
damage ACC’s ability to negotiate the best deal with companies mentioned.

 

Where does the public interest lie in relation to the information?

The exemption claimed by ACC is a non-absolute exemption. Where a
non-absolute exemption applies, ACC is required by Section 16(2) of FOISA,
to inform you as to why in all the circumstances of the case, the public
interest in maintaining this exemption outweighs the public interest in
disclosing this information to you.

 

ACC recognises that there is a clear public interest in maintaining a
level of transparency around public finances. However, ACC also believes
that there is public interest in allowing normal market forces to operate
in a competitive environment and engage in a fair and transparent process.
ACC believes that disclosure of the requested information could prejudice
commercial relationships and the trading activities of the businesses
involved. 

 

Therefore, on balance, ACC believes that in this case, the public interest
is best met by applying the exemption and that the information highlighted
above should not be disclosed.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDLING OF YOUR REQUEST

 

ACC handled your request for information in accordance with the provisions
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please refer to the
attached PDF for more information about your rights under FOISA.

 

 

Information Compliance Team

Customer Service

Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
3rd Floor North

Business Hub 17
Marischal College
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

[4][Aberdeen City Council request email]

Tel 03000 200 292

 

*03000 numbers are free to call if you have ‘free minutes’ included in
your mobile call plan.

Calls from BT landlines will be charged at the local call rate of 10.24p
per minute (the same as 01224s).

[5]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This e-mail (including any attachment to it) is
confidential, protected by copyright and may be privileged. The
information contained in it should be used for its intended purposes only.
If you receive this email in error, notify the sender by reply email,
delete the received email and do not make use of, disclose or copy it.
Whilst we take reasonable precautions to ensure that our emails are free
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this email and recommend that you subject any incoming email to your own
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opinions expressed in this email are those of the sender and they do not
necessarily constitute those of Aberdeen City Council. Unless we expressly
say otherwise in this email or its attachments, neither this email nor its
attachments create, form part of or vary any contractual or unilateral
obligation. Aberdeen City Council's incoming and outgoing email is subject
to regular monitoring.

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