Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data

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Dear Ashford Borough Council,

In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, could you please provide me with a complete and up-to-date list of all business (non-residential) property rates data for your local authority, and including the following fields:

- Billing Authority Code
- Firm's Trading Name (i.e. property occupant)
- Full Property Address (Number, Street, Postal Code, Town)
- Occupied / Vacant
- Date of Occupation / Vacancy
- Actual annual rates charged (in Pounds)

While such data series are often published by local authorities, I have undertaken a thorough search of your website and have not found these. If they are available, as requested, then please - in terms of Section 21 of the act - could you provide a link to the page where the data are published, as well as guidance on the update frequency.

I appreciate that properties owned / rented by individuals are personal information and such personal data (i.e. the Firm's Trading Name) would be excluded from my request in terms of Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In such cases, please provide the remaining information with the Firm's Trading Name either blank or listed as 'individual'.

Please provide this as machine-readable as either a CSV or Microsoft Excel file, capable of re-use, and under terms of the Open Government Licence.

I am compiling a comprehensive time-series database of business activity across the UK and will require the dataset updated on a quarterly basis. Some 20% of local authorities already provide this dataset (and a total of 30% of local authorities provide a subset of these data) on a monthly to quarterly basis on a dedicated page on their websites or on an open data service. I would appreciate it if you could do the same.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Chait

Dear Ashford Borough Council,

My Freedom of Information request of 14 March 2016 remains unanswered and it is now well past the period for response. Please could you, as a matter of urgency, direct your attention towards a response.

For clarity, I repeat my request as follows:

In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, could you please provide me with a complete and up-to-date list of all business (non-residential) property rates data for your local authority, and including the following fields:

- Billing Authority Code
- Firm's Trading Name (i.e. property occupant)
- Full Property Address (Number, Street, Postal Code, Town)
- Occupied / Vacant
- Date of Occupation / Vacancy
- Actual annual rates charged (in Pounds)

While such data series are often published by local authorities, I have undertaken a thorough search of your website and have not found these. If they are available, as requested, then please - in terms of Section 21 of the act - could you provide a link to the page where the data are published, as well as guidance on the update frequency.

I appreciate that properties owned / rented by individuals are personal information and such personal data (i.e. the Firm's Trading Name) would be excluded from my request in terms of Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In such cases, please provide the remaining information with the Firm's Trading Name either blank or listed as 'individual'.

Please provide this as machine-readable as either a CSV or Microsoft Excel file, capable of re-use, and under terms of the Open Government Licence.

I am compiling a comprehensive time-series database of business activity across the UK and will require the dataset updated on a quarterly basis. Some 20% of local authorities already provide this dataset (and a total of 30% of local authorities provide a subset of these data) on a monthly to quarterly basis on a dedicated page on their websites or on an open data service. I would appreciate it if you could do the same.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Chait

Ashford Borough Council

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Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act.

Please find attached.

PLEASE NOTE - IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING RE-USE
AND INTERNAL REVIEW

Receiving information under the Freedom of Information Act and other
information access regimes does not give you an automatic right to re-use
the information. You must make a distinct request to re-use it. A licence
is not required for non-commercial research and private study, but you
will need a licence from the Council for any other form of re-use.
To be valid, a request for re-use of Public Sector Information must:
• Be in writing
• State your name and address
• Specify the document or information which you want to re-use
• State the purpose for which the document or information is to be re-used

The Council can choose to allow re-use under licence, imposing conditions
on the re-use of information to ensure that it is not used in a manner
inconsistent with its copyright. The Council reserves the right to decide
on a case by case basis how it may charge for allowing re-use and in such
cases is allowed to make a ‘reasonable return on investment’.
All requests for the re-use of information must be sent to:
Freedom of Information Manager
Ashford Borough Council
Civic Centre
Tannery Lane
Ashford
Kent
TN23 1PL

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests must be
submitted no later than 40 working days after the date on which you
believe that the Council failed to comply with the legislation and must be
addressed to: Freedom of Information Manager, Ashford Borough Council,
Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL or email
[Ashford Borough Council request email]. The Council's procedure for internal reviews can be
viewed at http://www.ashford.gov.uk/freedom-of-inf....

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF; www.ico.org.uk; Tel. 0303 123 1113.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

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Dear Ashford Borough Council,

Thank you for the data, however, I do intend to use these data commercially.

The purpose of our use of the data requested is in informing entrepreneurs and business seekers about opportunities in empty premises when they are advertised for new tenants. Further details on our activities are available at http://pikhaya.com, but our activity is supported by the Open Data Institute and we have received funding from the EU Open Data Incubator to develop this service.

According to the Information Commissioners Office, "RPSI is intended to encourage re-use of public sector information" - https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui... In addition, organisations "may impose conditions on re-use but the conditions must be as open and non-restrictive as possible. The easiest way to do this is to use the Open Government Licence."

Could you please advise if you are able to release these under the UK Open Government License so that I am able to republish?

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Chait

FOI Requests, Ashford Borough Council

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Good afternoon

 

I have sought advice from our Legal Department with regard to your query.

 

Please be advised to ignore the part of the attachment about re-use and
the information is made available under the Open Government Licence.

 

Yours faithfully

 

B Harvey

Support Officer

Ashford Borough Council

 

 

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