Achilles Street area

Jacqueline Utley made this Freedom of Information request to Lewisham Borough Council

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The request was refused by Lewisham Borough Council.

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.

Yours faithfully,
Jacqueline Utley

Foi, Customer, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Jacqueline,

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000

Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Reference No: 2141465

 

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Rahman, Davina, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Jacqueline

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information held by London Borough of
Lewisham. I have included below a copy of your request, followed by the
Council’s response.

 

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
person (including the public authority holding it).

(3) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that,
compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, prejudice
the exemptions mentioned in subsection (2).

 

This acts as an exemption notice. We have applied this exemption as
Section 43 (2) because the information relates to intellectual property
i.e. trade secrets and/or commercially sensitive information. We confirm
that the information is held.

 

This is a qualified exemption and requires the consideration of a public
interest test. In this case we have considered that the public interest
favours non-disclosure. It is important to remember that when information
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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Yours sincerely

                                       

Corporate Complaints and Information Governance

 

 

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