Dear Lewisham Borough Council,
Please provide the budget agreed at the closed part of the Mayor and Cabinet meeting on the 12th December 2018 to start buying freeholder and leaseholder property in the Achilles Street area.
Please also include any other budget / costs agreed at the closed part of the Meeting on the 12 December 2018 relating to the Achilles Street area ‘redevelopment’ proposals to include the budget agreed to carry out a ballot in the Achilles Street area including extra staff, consultation.
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Please provide the budget agreed at the closed part of the Mayor and
Cabinet meeting on the 12th December 2018 to start buying freeholder and
leaseholder property in the Achilles Street area.
Please also include any other budget / costs agreed at the closed part of
the Meeting on the 12 December 2018 relating to the Achilles Street area
‘redevelopment’ proposals to include the budget agreed to carry out a
ballot in the Achilles Street area including extra staff, consultation.
In response we apply Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
'Commercial interests', to your request.
Section 43 states:
(1) Information is exempt information if it constitutes a trade secret.
(2) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any
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is released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, it is considered
released to the wider public. This information included budgets set out
for conducting entirely voluntary purchases of private land interests on
the Achilles Street estate, that includes both commercial and residential
property. To make public these budgets puts the Council at a competitive
disadvantage, when it comes to purchasing these private interests, and
therefore would result in achieving less value for public money.
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