Council assets

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To the information officer,

I am emailing to request the following information from the council under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

Note: This request does not relate to social housing stock

1) A list of building, land and heritage assets disposed of (i.e. the council no longer owned the asset) by the council between 2014/2015 and the date on which you received this request, including:

- Name of the asset
- What type of asset is it - building, land or heritage?
- Address (if applicable)
- Postcode (if applicable)
- UPRN (if possible)
- The date it was disposed of
- The type of disposal (for example sale, community asset transfer, etc)
- The valuation of the asset at the point it was classified as an asset held for sale (both lower amount and fair value less, if possible)
- How much it was sold for? (if applicable)
- Who it was sold to?
- How it was disposed of (open market, auction, etc)

2) A list of building, land and heritage assets acquired by the council between 2014/2015 and the date on which you received this request, including:

- Name of the asset
- What type of asset is it - building, land or heritage?
- Address
- Postcode
- UPRN (if possible)
- The date it was acquired
- Who was it acquired from?
- How much did it cost?
- Is it now classed as an investment property?

3) How many land, building and heritage assets did the council have as of
a) the beginning of 2014/15
b) the date on which you received this request

I would like to receive this information electronically a spreadsheet, with the points above as the column headers.

If the decision is made to withhold some of this information using exemptions in the Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

Please note the questions:
Who it was sold to?
Who was it acquired from?

In response to test FOIs some local authorities declined to release this information relating to these questions, arguing it was exempt under Section 40 - Personal information.

The definition of personal data referred to in the FOIA is that used by the Data Protection Act. This states that, for data to constitute personal data, “it must relate to a living individual, and that individual must be identifiable”. As a result, unless the response relates to a person (or a sole trader) it cannot be exempt under Section 40.

If you need clarification please contact me at this email address. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way before the 20th working day.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Thank you for your time,

Gareth

Freedom of Information, Elmbridge Borough Council

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Elaine Rowlands, Elmbridge Borough Council

Mr G Davies

 

 

Dear Mr Davies,

 

 

On behalf of Elmbridge Borough council, I am advised that the Borough has
not sold anything since 2014/15.

 

The Borough Council does not have a record but estimates in the region of
92 properties/land now.

 

 

The Council operates a presumption of openness in its access to
information.  It provides much information outside the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act and it will continue to do on a “business as
usual” basis.  Persons do not need to engage the statutory provisions to
access all reasonable information about the Council and its services.

 

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submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
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Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, Surrey KT10
9SD. 

 

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Kind regards

 

E Rowlands

 

Asset Management & Property Services (AMPS)

Elmbridge Borough Council

The Civic Centre, Esher Surrey, KT10 9SD

 

 

Elmbridge Borough Council Contact Centre 01372 474474

 

 

 

 

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Ms Rowlands,

Thank you for your response to my FOI request.

You say that the councils has not sold anything since 2014/15, but the second part of my request was whether the council had acquired anything. Did it acquire any assets and, if so, can you provide details of those?

Yours sincerely,

Gareth Davies

Dear Elmbridge Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Elmbridge Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Council assets'.

You provided a response to the FOI which said the council had not sold any assets since 2014/15, but this only answered one of my questions.

I immediately sent a follow up email asking for clarification as to whether the council had purchased assets during the period in question.

My understanding from government figures is that the council did buy assets (according to government data is spent £32.5 million on land and buildings in 2017/18).

I asset that my request was dealt with incorrectly and should be reviewed,

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Davies

Freedom of Information, Elmbridge Borough Council

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Guy Huddleston, Elmbridge Borough Council

Dear Mr Davies,

 

I have been asked to conduct an internal review of our response to your
Freedom of Information Request dated 31^st July 2018.

 

On first appraisal our response appears inadequate for which I apologise.
I will need to work with colleagues to collate the information that should
have been provided. I anticipate this will take two days and would intend
to have a more comprehensive response to you by Monday 5^th November 2018.

 

I hope this is satisfactory.

 

Regards

 

 

Guy Huddleston

Elmbridge Borough Council

Facilities & Contracts Manager

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Dear Mr Davies,

 

Further to my email to you dated 31^st October 2018.

 

I have now had an opportunity to review your original request and have
collated the following response.

 

 1. No building, land or heritage asset has been disposed of by the
council between 2014/2015 and the present day.

 

 2. A list of buildings, land and heritage assets acquired by the council
between 2014/2015 and the present day is:

 

 

 

3) How many land, building and heritage assets did the council have as of

a) the beginning of 2014/15

b) the date on which you received this request

 

It has not been possible to identify the position at the beginning of
2014/15 but currently the Council Asset Register shows the following
assets:

 

Buildings:             53

 

Land:                     112

 

Heritage Assets 16

 

o “The Council operates a presumption of openness in its access to
information. It provides much information outside the provisions of
the Freedom of Information Act and it will continue to do on a
“business as usual” basis. Persons do not need to engage the statutory
provisions to access all reasonable information about the Council and
its services.

 

If, for whatever reason, you are unhappy with our response, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to Head of Legal Services,
Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, Surrey KT10
9SD.

 

Should you then remain dissatisfied at the outcome of that process, you
are entitled to appeal against the decision by contacting:

The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Telephone: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545 745

Website: [1]www.ico.gov.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.”

 

 

I trust this information meets your needs and again I am sorry that our
first response to you was less than satisfactory.

 

Regards

 

 

Guy Huddleston

Elmbridge Borough Council

Facilities & Contracts Manager

01372  474221

07925892536

 

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