Council assets

Gareth Davies made this Freedom of Information request to Oxford City Council as part of a batch sent to 353 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was successful.

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

DAVIES Merilyn, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Davies,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

I can confirm this request is being considered and will be dealt with within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

If in the meantime you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at:

[email address]
Freedom of Information
Oxford City Council
St Aldate's Chambers
109 St Aldate's
Oxford, OX1 1DS

If you are not satisfied with how your request is being dealt with, then please contact:

Anita Bradley
Director of Governance
Oxford City Council,
St Aldate's Chambers
109 St Aldate's
Oxford, OX1 1DS
[email address]

If you wish to make a complaint about how your request has been dealt with then you should complain in writing to:

Gordon Mitchell
Chief Executive
Oxford City Council,
St Aldate's Chambers
109 St Aldate's
Oxford, OX1 1DS

Yours sincerely,

Merilyn

Merilyn Davies | Freedom of Information and Complaints Officer| Law and Governance | Oxford City Council – Normal working hours Monday to Friday 09:30 – 14:30

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Ms Davies,

I have not yet received a response to my FOI request, entitled Council Assets, dated 31 July 2018.
By law the council should have responded promptly and by 30 August 2018.
Could you provide an update as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Gareth Davies

DAVIES Merilyn, Oxford City Council

Thank you for your email. I am now not in the office until Monday 3
September.

 

Please direct all Freedom of Information requests to
[Oxford City Council request email]. For all other emails, I will reply as
soon as I can on my return.

 

Many thanks,

 

Merilyn

DAVIES Merilyn, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Davies,

Please accept my apologies for the delay. I have chased the relevant department for this information and will provide it as soon as I receive it.

Best wishes

Merilyn

Merilyn Davies | Freedom of Information and Complaints Officer| Law and Governance | Oxford City Council – Normal working hours Monday to Friday 09:30 – 14:30

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Dear Oxford City Council,

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

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

I am requesting this review because the council has not responded to the FOI and it is now significantly beyond the 20-working day limit the authority is legally obliged to adhere to.

I submitted the request on July 31, 2018, and it is now October 31, 2018. That means I have been waiting for a response for three months. This is a clear breach of the FOIA.

Please provide me with the results of this internal review at the earliest opportunity as I do not believe it is fair to expect me to wait a further 20 working days (or longer).

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Davies

DAVIES Merilyn, Oxford City Council

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Dear Mr Davies,

I'm very sorry for such a long delay. I'm afraid I wrongly marked your case file as closed. Please accept my apology for this error.

I have attached the information requested and I hope this is still of use to you.

If you would still like us to conduct an internal review of your request, please do let me know, and I will forward this to our monitoring officer.

Best wishes and sincere apologies again,

Merilyn

Merilyn Davies | Freedom of Information and Complaints Officer| Law and Governance | Oxford City Council – Normal working hours Monday to Friday 09:30 – 14:30

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