Dear Canterbury City Council,
Please could you provide me with following under the Freedom of
Information Act 2005.
Threadneedle UK Property Trust is the primary lease holder for properties on Cotton Road, Canterbury.
The properties are ultimately owned by Canterbury City Council.
Please can you detail how much money is paid by Threadneedle UK Property Trust to Canterbury City Council annually for the lease for the properties on Cotton Road.
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Dear Mr Millen
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.
Our response is as follows:
Although Canterbury City Council holds the information you have requested,
it is not obliged to give it to you because it is exempt under Section 43
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This is because the figures you
have requested are commercially confidential to the Council and its
contractor/leaseholder. This is particularly so as any negotiations the
Council may enter into with regard to leases would be prejudiced if those
with an interest in this knew what value had been placed upon it before
the negotiations begin.
A commercial exemption under Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act
is not an absolute exemption, which means that the Council must consider
in light of the facts involved whether the public interest in releasing
the information is greater than the interest in maintaining the
exemption. As officers are under a fiduciary duty to look after the
interests of their council tax payers in monetary terms, and are also
under a duty to reach the best outcome possible in negotiations, we
consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption in this
case is greater than its interest in having the information published.
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