Council assets

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

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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

FOI, Slough Borough Council

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_FreedomOfInformation, Slough Borough Council

Please accept this email as receipt of your FOI request which is now receiving attention.

SBC, FOI Officer

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_FreedomOfInformation, Slough Borough Council

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Dear Gareth

 

Please see responses below in red and attached spreadsheet.

 

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

 

 

 

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From: Gareth Davies[SMTP:[email address]]

Sent: 31 July 2018 14:08:17

To: FOI

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Council assets

Auto forwarded by a Rule

 

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)

 

Attached is a schedule of land sales for the years 2014 to 2015. This list
covers freehold disposals only.

 

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?

 

Whilst the Council holds records of acquisitions it does not record a
completion date next to these acquisitions. To the best of my knowledge
the Council only completed 1 acquisition during 2014 and 2015

 

Land rear 58 Travic Road

Land

Windsor & District Housing Association

£5,000

 

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

a) the beginning of 2014/15: our Asset Register is a live system and we
are unable to give you the number of assets on it at a particular time in
the past.

b) the date on which you received this request: as at the 02/08/2018 the
Council has 912 assets on its Asset Register

 

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

 

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Dear _FreedomOfInformation,

Thank you for your reply to my FOI request.

However, I believe there may have been an error.

The request asked for asset sales and acquisitions by the council between 2014/2015 and the date on which you received this request, rather than just 2014/15 which is it appears I have been supplied with.

Could this be revisited?

Yours sincerely,

Gareth Davies

Ward Jane, Slough Borough Council

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Dear Gareth

 

Please see amended response.

 

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

 

 

 

 

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From: Gareth Davies[SMTP:[email address]]

Sent: 31 July 2018 14:08:17

To: FOI

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Council assets

Auto forwarded by a Rule

 

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)

 

Attached is a schedule of land sales for the years 2014 to present. This
list covers freehold disposals only.

 

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?

 

Whilst the Council holds records of acquisitions it does not record a
completion date next to these acquisitions. It is therefore difficult to
provide complete information in light of the period you are requesting
information for. I can advise that the Council have made a number of
investment acquisitions (approx. £47m) in and out of the Borough during
this period and have acquired the former Thames Valley University Site
(£9m)and the Travis Perkins site (£1.9m) for housing development.

 

 

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

a) the beginning of 2014/15: our Asset Register is a live system and we
are unable to give you the number of assets on it at a particular time in
the past.

b) the date on which you received this request: as at the 02/08/2018 the
Council has 912 assets on its Asset Register

 

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

 

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Please use this email address for all replies to this request:

[FOI #504326 email]

 

Is [Slough Borough Council request email] the wrong address for Freedom of Information requests
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Thank you for the additional information.

There was one final question not addressed in the response - can you include the post codes of the assets (where applicable)?

_FreedomOfInformation, Slough Borough Council

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See attached

 

From: Ward Jane
Sent: 03 August 2018 10:57
To: '[email address]'
Subject: FW: Freedom of Information request - Council assets- 295887

 

Dear Gareth

 

Please see amended response.

 

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

 

 

 

 

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From: Gareth Davies[SMTP:[email address]]

Sent: 31 July 2018 14:08:17

To: FOI

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Council assets

Auto forwarded by a Rule

 

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)

 

Attached is a schedule of land sales for the years 2014 to present. This
list covers freehold disposals only.

 

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?

 

Whilst the Council holds records of acquisitions it does not record a
completion date next to these acquisitions. It is therefore difficult to
provide complete information in light of the period you are requesting
information for. I can advise that the Council have made a number of
investment acquisitions (approx. £47m) in and out of the Borough during
this period and have acquired the former Thames Valley University Site
(£9m)and the Travis Perkins site (£1.9m) for housing development.

 

 

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

a) the beginning of 2014/15: our Asset Register is a live system and we
are unable to give you the number of assets on it at a particular time in
the past.

b) the date on which you received this request: as at the 02/08/2018 the
Council has 912 assets on its Asset Register

 

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

 

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Please use this email address for all replies to this request:

[FOI #504326 email]

 

Is [Slough Borough Council request email] the wrong address for Freedom of Information requests
to Slough Borough Council? If so, please contact us using this form:

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the internet. Our privacy and copyright policies:

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be delayed.

 

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manager to link to us from your organisation's FOI page.

 

 

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Dear _FreedomOfInformation,

Thank you for the amended answer.

I note you response to question 2. If the issue is with the completion dates, can you provide the list of acquisitions (including the requested additional information) without the completion dates?

Yours sincerely,

Gareth Davies

_FreedomOfInformation, Slough Borough Council

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Dear Gareth

Further to your recent emails please see attached list of all land purchases recorded on our Terrier.

With kind regards, SBC FOI Officer

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