Dear Fife Council,

Please kindly provide a list of council-run buildings (including Libraries, Day Care Centres, Community Centres, Schools and Administrative bases) which your Council has had to close since 2010. Please provide the name of the buildings and the postcodes of the buildings.

Such closures would include those where people have to seek the same type of service from a different location* which already exists (or maybe there is no alternative available). * If there are any scenarios where a service provision is not closed but relocated across the road to another council building I don't require information on that.

I require the list to include buildings closed and disposed plus buildings that are re-let following service closures. If there is a scenario where the building is closed but still under council ownership then please include that in the list.

I'm only interested however in the buildings in which you provided a service that you were forced to close due to Government cuts to your budget making it no longer financially viable for you to keep such buildings open.

The reason why I require this information is to get a picture of the effect of any Government cuts to council budgets which in turn is forcing councils to find ways to make savings.

In order to assist the request here is the relevant information from other councils. Please note however I require the postcode besides the name of the buildings if possible:
Example 1 Lancashire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/4f28e56539.pdf
Example 2 Lincolnshire Council (excel file) https://d.pr/14FZr
Example 3 Oxfordshire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/fded63aff2.pdf
Example 4 Herefordshire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/17818cf345.pdf
Example 5 Suffolk Council (excel file) https://d.pr/117FU
Example 6 Milton Keynes Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/6c6384a655.pdf
Example 7 Dorset Council (excel file) https://d.pr/1dQAS
Example 8 St Helens Council (excel file) https://d.pr/cWXt
Example 9 Staffordshire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/7de57618e4.pdf
Example 10 Bedfordshire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/c34d1c5e1f.pdf
Example 11 Gloucestershire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/28ea5b7391.pdf
Example 12 East Sussex Council (excel file) https://d.pr/1hJZK
Example 13 Rutland Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/c7cd375a16.pdf
Example 14 Powys Council (excel file) https://d.pr/1cO7c

Yours faithfully,

Lee Jefferson

Fife Council

Dear Lee Jefferson,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your information request received on 17/10/2016 our ref: 15002. This is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

We are presently assessing your request and may be in touch soon to ask for further clarification or to offer advice and assistance if we are not able to fulfil your request in its present form.

The legislation allows us up to 20 working days from the date that we receive a valid request, including any clarification we require, to make a final response. We will be in touch within 20 working days of receipt of your initial request to provide our response or to seek clarification where necessary. We hope to provide you with the information you are looking for at an earlier date where possible.

Yours sincerely,

S Guthrie

Dear Fife Council,

My request for this information hasn't changed, but as a result of requests of clarification from other UK councils I have 'fine tuned' this request in order to be as helpful as possible. Please therefore find the most up to date wording of this request along with 73 helpful example results from other councils below:

Please kindly provide a list of council-run buildings (including Libraries, Day Care Centres, Community Centres, Schools and Administrative bases) which your Council has had to close since 2010. Please provide the name of the buildings and the postcodes of the buildings.

Such closures would include those where people have to seek the same type of service from a different location* which already exists (or maybe there is no alternative available). * If there are any scenarios where a service provision is not closed but relocated across the road to another council building I don't require information on that.

I require the list to include buildings closed and disposed plus buildings that are re-let following service closures. If there is a scenario where the building is closed but still under council ownership then please include that in the list.

The primary reason I require this information is to get a picture of the effect of any Government cuts to council budgets which in turn is forcing councils to find ways to make savings. If you can't be sure of the reason for closure then kindly provide the information anyway and indicate what is known about the reason for closure (if known).

In order to assist the request here is the relevant information from other councils who have responded thus far which I'm very happy with. Please note I require the postcode besides the name of the buildings if possible.

Example 1 Lancashire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/4f28e56539.pdf 1,187 mi²
Example 2 Lincolnshire Council (excel file) https://d.pr/14FZr 2,646 mi²
Example 3 Oxfordshire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/fded63aff2.pdf 1,006 mi²
Example 4 Herefordshire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/17818cf345.pdf 842 mi²
Example 5 Suffolk Council (excel file) https://d.pr/117FU 429 mi²
Example 6 Milton Keynes Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/6c6384a655.pdf 34.36 mi²
Example 7 Barrow in Furness Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/d77a34c716.pdf 4.672 mi²
Example 8 Dorset Council (excel file) https://d.pr/1dQAS 1,024 mi²
Example 9 St Helens Council (excel file) https://d.pr/cWXt 5.3 mi²
Example 10 Staffordshire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/7de57618e4.pdf 1,047 mi²
Example 11 Bedfordshire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/c34d1c5e1f.pdf 477 mi²
Example 12 Gloucestershire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/28ea5b7391.pdf 1,216 mi²
Example 13 East Sussex Council (excel file) https://d.pr/1hJZK
Example 14 Rutland Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/c7cd375a16.pdf 147.5 mi²
Example 15 Powys Council (excel file) https://d.pr/1cO7c 2,000 mi²
Example 16 Kent Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/d38becbbd4.pdf 1,442 mi²
Example 17 Stockport Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/6499ac30fe.pdf
Example 18 Norfolk Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/e1028b6905.pdf 95.98 mi²
Example 19 Hertfordshire (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/87d2eb2242.pdf 634 mi²
Example 20 Telford & Wrekin (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/088336242d.pdf 112.1 mi²
Example 21 Surrey Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/3694ad78f3.pdf 642 mi²
Example 22 Sunderland Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/b63afdf6e7.pdf
Example 23 Wiltshire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/66cf0059b2.pdf 1,346 mi²
Example 24 Bridgend Council (excel file) https://d.pr/160HZ 2.51 mi²
Example 25 Brent Council (excel file) https://d.pr/cNcv 16.7 mi²
Example 26 Warwickshire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/b6c0ac9a2d.pdf 763 mi²
Example 27 Durham Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/493c4eb3f6.pdf 108.3 mi²
Example 28 Buckinghamshire Council (pdf file) https://d.pr/1bcVb 724 mi²
Example 29 Ards & North Down Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/955d2f1285.pdf 228 mi²
Example 30 Derry City & Strabane Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/b3c38fda87.pdf 149 mi²
Example 31 Causeway Coast & Glens Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/dc3dd3be9e.pdf
Example 32 Merton Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/fc6e673dd7.pdf 14.52 mi²
Example 33 Bury Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/28d961a136.pdf 493 mi²
Example 34 Aberdeenshire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/a2f2d17b10.pdf 2,437 mi²
Example 35 Sefton Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/cf55238424.pdf 59.1 mi²
Example 36 Caerphilly Council (excel file) https://d.pr/dJtM 3.734 mi²
Example 37 City of York Council (excel file) https://d.pr/AsSe 105 mi²
Example 38 Torfaen Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/100310d874.pdf 48.65 mi²
Example 39 Solihull Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/55a0f3f3eb.pdf 68.84 mi²
Example 40 Mid Ulster Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/727b2bf729.pdf
Example 41 Trafford Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/0f39f385d8.pdf 40.94 mi²
Example 42 East Riding of Yorkshire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/f704ebcfac.pdf 930 mi²
Example 43 Slough Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/0e903eab33.pdf
Example 44 Sheffield Council (excel file) https://d.pr/w39T 142.1 mi²
Example 45 Selby Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/56c18de9ab.pdf 370 mi²
Example 46 Denbighshire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/91edf3c8f2.pdf 325.9 mi²
Example 47 Cheshire West & Chester Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/5471f29fb5.pdf 940 mi²
Example 48 Peterborough Council (excel file) https://d.pr/Gw9g 132.58 mi²
Example 49 Northumberland Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/94ffc0922b.pdf 2,018 mi²
Example 50 Belfast Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/a15077a7c1.pdf 44.4 mi²
Example 51 Isle of Anglesey Council (excel file) https://d.pr/1azFs 275.7 mi²
Example 52 Derbyshire Council (excel file) https://d.pr/17hUL 1,014 mi²
Example 53 Newcastle Upon Tyne (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/3311485ad7.pdf 139 mi²
Example 54 Devon Council (excel file) https://d.pr/kl88 2,590 mi²
Example 55 Leicestershire Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/4ed5d3187f.pdf 832 mi²
Example 56 Calderdale Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/b35241c9c5.pdf 140.5 mi²
Example 57 Blaenau Gwent Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/b7543a7976.pdf 42.09 mi²
Example 58 Kirklees Council (excel file) https://d.pr/3puj 157.8 mi²
Example 59 Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/69a679ce1e.pdf 76.61 mi²
Example 60 Cumbria Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/024157ebab.pdf 2,613 mi²
Example 61 Wolverhampton (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/27f1343187.pdf 26.81 mi²
Example 62 Sutton Council (excel file) https://d.pr/MCC1 16.93 mi²
Example 63 Moray Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/d0211899ab.pdf 864 mi²
Example 64 Barnet Council (excel file) https://d.pr/xxmh 33.49 mi²
Example 65 Bolton Council (excel file) https://d.pr/q6BU 21.34 mi²
Example 66 Highland Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/318b637778.pdf 11,838 mi²
Example 67 Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/2113a15228.pdf 554 mi²
Example 68 Cornwall Council (excel file) https://d.pr/11ICV 1,376 mi²
Example 69 Wigan Council (excel file) https://d.pr/JRR 72.66 mi²
Example 70 Conwy Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/88b4a714e2.pdf 435 mi²
Example 71 Rotherham Council (excel file) https://d.pr/2BRq 111 mi²
Example 72 Essex Council (pdf file) http://freepdfhosting.com/fa354958c8.pdf 15.95 mi²
Example 73 Northamptonshire Council (excel file) https://d.pr/Xboj 913 mi²

Yours faithfully,

Lee Jefferson

Gemma Harrison, Fife Council

Dear Mr Jefferson,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

 

I refer to your information request dated 15^th October 2016 and received
17^th October 2016, our reference: 15002. I apologise for my late
response.

 

Fife Council Property Services collated a list of all asset closures and
disposals since January 2010. However the Service confirmed that none of
the asset closures and disposals were due to budget reductions applied by
the Government, therefore the information does not fall in scope of your
request. Fife Council’s response to your request is nil.

 

I trust this meets your requirements.  

 

I would like to draw your attention to the copyright situation in relation
to the material.

 

The council holds the copyright for all of the material provided and it
may be reproduced free of charge in any format or media without requiring
specific permission. This is subject to the material not being used in a
derogatory manner or in a misleading context. The source of the material
must be acknowledged as Fife Council when being reproduced as part of
another publication or service.

 

If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request, you
have the right to request a review of the decision. Please write to: Head
of Legal Services, Finance & Corporate Services, Fife House, North Street,
Glenrothes, KY7 5LT or e-mail to [email address]. The law provides
for you to make this request up to 60 working days from when we received
your enquiry or 40 working days from when you receive this correspondence
whichever is the later date. Where the outcome of the review fails to
resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction you have the right to
apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision.

 

Fife Council will consider and seek to resolve any request to the Head of
Legal Services that falls outside these time scales.

 

Regards, 

 

Gemma

 

Gemma Harrison

Information Management & Requests
Fife Council

 

                

 

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Dear Gemma Harrison,

Thanks very much for the information - it is greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Lee Jefferson

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