Dear Ashford Borough Council,
In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, and subject to section 40(2) on personal data, 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 Property Reference Code (linking the property to the VOA database reference)
- 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)
If you are unable to provide an absolute “Occupation / Vacancy” status, please provide the Exemptions and / or Reliefs that a particular property may be receiving.
Please provide these data as machine-readable as either a CSV or Microsoft Excel file, capable of re-use, and under terms of the Open Government Licence (meaning reuse for any and all purposes, including commercial).
I last requested this data three months ago, and this is a request for an updated and current dataset.
I'm sure you get many requests for business rates and responding and managing these FOIs must be costly for you. Could I request that - as 71% of local authorities now do - you update and release this dataset via a dedicated page on your local authority website or on an open data service. I can recommend approaches for you to consider, and you should find that this reduces the time and cost of this request process.
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Tenterden and a large network of surrounding villages.
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facilities and play areas and processing council tax, business rates and
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parking around our borough.
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Dear Gavin Chait, FOI ref 8965 Thank you for your Freedom of information
request with regards to business rates in the authority. We receive a
number of very similar requests weekly and answering these on an
individual basis has proven to be a huge drain on resources. With this in
mind and to try and answer requests as quickly as possible, we produce a
standardised set of reports on a quarterly base. Any requests which are
received in that quarter will receive the same standardised reports as
answers. Kind regards Freedom of Information Team If you believe the
Council has not complied with the Freedom of Information Act in relation
to 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....
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications. 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, SK9 5AF; www.ico.org.uk; Tel. 0303 123 1113.
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