Dear Blaby District Council,
Can you please provide me with the following information under the
Freedom Of Information Act 2000:-
Addresses of long term empty residential properties that are within your district.
Dear P Kendall,
Freedom of Information Request – FOI-18-1625
I write in response to your request for information, which was received on 12/10/2018.
We believe this information to be exempt from disclosure under Section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act. Section 31(1)(a) relates to Law enforcement and is used when disclosure of information would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention or detection of crime. We would be able to provide you with the number of empty properties per parish area. We have reached this decision as some postcodes or street names may apply to a very small area, therefore leading to the possible identification of empty buildings, which could lead to vandalism, squatting and criminal actions in respect of those properties.
The public interest test has been applied and although disclosing the information could lead to empty properties being brought back into use, the Council believes that the public interest in preventing crime outweighs the public interest of disclosing this information.
Please let me know if you would like to receive the number of empty properties per parish area.
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Information Governance Officer
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Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,
I have withdrawn my request.