Council properties in Ropery Street/Twine Terrace

Raphael Clifford made this Freedom of Information request to Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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.

Raphael Clifford

Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

I would like to request the following information to cover the dates from the beginning of 2006 to the present day:

1. All information and documents, including but not limited to emails, minutes, negotiation documents, contract agreements, tender documents, court applications, planning documents, applications for funding relating to the arrangements for the sale and redevelopment of any council owned properties on Ropery Street/Twine Terrace, E3 including anything which relates to arrangements for a Registered Social Landlord or other party to acquire the properties.

2. Details of any negotiations with registered social landlords (RSLs) or other parties to pursue the
development, including any information or evidence of such
agreements or discussions whether currently in place, anticipated or suggested and any correspondence (emails and letters etc.) and minutes of discussions relating to the same.

3. All information and documents relating to squatters in those properties and the council's attempts to have them evicted including but not limited to emails (internal or external), letters, advice, minutes of all discussions and court applications on this topic.

4. Please confirm whether any other documentation or information exists relating to points 1-3 above which I have not already requested.

Please also consider whether this request is best handled under the Environmental Information Regulations as it pertains to substantial development which would have a significant impact on the environment.

Yours faithfully,

R. Clifford

Tahmina X. Begum, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Mr Clifford,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - Request Ref. No: 3028

Thank you for your request made under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

Your request is being considered and if the information is held you will
receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20
working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject
to the information not being exempt.

If the time taken to meet your request is likely to exceed 18 hours, we
will contact you and ask you to amend your request to bring it below
this time limit. We will assist you with suggestions of how this might
be achieved.

We may also contact you if the request needs to be clarified; this is to
ensure that we provide you with the information you require.

Please note that some information you have requested may not be provided
to you; this will only be information that can be withheld by law. In
most cases the reasons will be explained to you along with your copy of
any information that can be released to you.

You can also search our online Disclosure Log for the information you
are seeking. The Disclosure Log provides a list of information that has
been provided in response to previous FOI requests. To search our
online Disclosure Log, please go to the following link

http://www.towerhamletsfoi.org.uk/tracke...

Kind Regards

Tahmina Begum
Information Governance Team
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
6th Floor, Mulberry Place
Clove Crescent
London E14 2BG

Tel : 0207 364 4932
Fax : 0207 364 4804

Email : [email address]
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Jane L Jones, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - IGT_FOI_05_3028_Info on Ropery Street/Twine
Terrace E3_14

The Council has decided that your request for information will not be
processed on grounds of cost.

It is estimated that the cost of locating and retrieving the information
requested calculated according to the government's Freedom of Information
(Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004 would cost approximately 50
(hours) £1250 which is in excess of the upper limit of £450 set in the
Regulations

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this letter acts as
a Refusal Notice.

You may wish to refine and resubmit your request so that it reduces the
cost to below this upper limit. You could for example

be more specific about the time period covered by your request for
correspondence.

I am sorry that your request is not being met on this occasion.

Yours faithfully

Jane Jones

Information Governance Administrative Officer

Legal Services

6th Floor

Mulberry Place

London E14 2BG

0207 364 4736

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You have the right to complain to the Council about this decision. If you
wish to do this please write to:

Corporate Complaints Unit

Tower Hamlets Town Hall

Mulberry Place

5 Clove Crescent

London E14 2BG

If you are subsequently not satisfied with the Council's response to your
complaint you have a right of appeal to the independent Information
Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545 700

[2]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Further information about the operation of the Act is available from the
Council's website [3]www.towerhamlets.gov.uk and the information leaflet
in public reception areas in Council buildings.

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Raphael Clifford

Dear Jane L Jones,

Could you please provide a more detailed breakdown of the costs so that I may be able to make an informed decision about what you would be prepared to supply within the specified costs?

In particular, it would be helpful if you could break it down into the different parts of my request. The time period is specified as being from the beginning of 2006. Is there a cost per year that you are considering for this specific query?

In the interim, it is now clear to me that part 3 of my request relating to squatters is properly an independent, unrelated and separate FOI request which I shall resubmit separately. Please disregard it for the purposes of this FOI request.

Yours sincerely,

Raphael Clifford

Jane L Jones, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Mr Clifford

Thank you for your email. Please find the breakdown of providing the
information below.

Estimate of work involved in supplying the information

1a). Information relating to the arrangements for sale - tender
documents

I would need to write something to explain the entire history of the sale
process, which started with the original cabinet report in 2006, going
through the first tender process, finding file notes to explain why that
was abandoned, detailing the decision to revise the tender and then moving
on to the eventual decision to offer the properties to sale to Network HA
- 5 hours.

An archive box needs to be retrieved to find the paperwork relating to the
first tender exercise in late 2007, carried out before I joined this team

Time to read through and photocopy relevant documents - 4 hours or more -
unknown amount of information in this archive box.

Time to photocopy relevant documents from my paper files and print
electronic files to provide all the documents relating to the second
tender - 4 hours.

All of the above documents relate to three separate phases of short life
properties. This enquiry refers only to the Ropery Street properties, so
I would also have to go through all documents and manually redact details
relating to the other properties - add another 4 hours.

Photocopying tender returns - these are mostly bound documents - very
time-consuming to photocopy and redact irrelevant details. Presumably the
tender prices are commercially sensitive and would be redacted too. One
tender alone is a 50 page document with drawings etc. Time estimate - 7
hours +.

Additional documents to be found printed and redacted to show the process
involved in getting the Director's approval for amending the price
originally offered for the sale of these properties - 2 hours.

1b). Information relating to the arrangements for sale - applications
for funding

Search through electronic files for all emails exchanged with HCA relating
to the grant funding application by Network HA. This could either be done
quite simply by copy the email (we were sent a draft for approval) which
the HCA should be sending Mr C in answer to his FOI to them on this topic.
(30 minutes) or I could spend 2 or 3 hours going through my email trail on
this topic. Again, there is potentially confidential information in there
relating to a second grant application which is being linked to the Ropery
Street one, in order to bring the overall average grant level down.
Advice required on confidentiality - discussion with HCA - 1 hour

1c) Information relating to the arrangements for sale - planning
applications

These documents are available on the council's website.

1d) Information relating to the arrangements for sale - other documents 1

Finding and printing various correspondences between myself and Network
and their consultants regarding access to properties for the purposes of
pricing the refurbishment works - time needed to redact details relating
to other properties - 3 hours

1e) Information relating to the arrangements for sale - other documents
2.

This could also be construed as requesting that we divulge details of all
the other letters of complaint from neighbours about the slow process of
the sale and my responses to those letters (excluding Mr Clifford's own
letters of course). Would the many Members Enquiry letters be included?
Either 2 hours or 4 hours if MEs included.

1f) Information relating to the arrangements for sale - other documents 3.

This might include my very recent briefing note currently with Jackie
Odunoye, final draft to go to Aman Dalvi for discussion with Lead Member
for housing. This mostly will be redacted, as it deals with the other
short life properties, but there are references to the Ropery Street sale
to Network.

1 hour.

2. Details of negotiation with RSLs

There are probably a number of emails or file notes relating to
discussions with other RSLs before the decision was taken on awarding the
sale offer to Network - 1 hour

Discussions with Network - Most of this has been verbal, so just a few
emails may need to be found -

1 hour.

Details of the arrangement to be made by linking the grant on these
properties to a future grant application - finding and printing various
emails - agreement with HCA that this is information they agree to release
- 3 hours.

3. All information relating to squatters.

I am advised by Roger Emmett that all internal memos between me and him
where he provides legal advice regarding the various court cases against
squatters in Ropery Street can be regarded as privileged information and
omitted.

Photocopying and redacting information from documents submitted to the
court - original court hearings on 3 properties in 2008 - 3 hours for
legal to get out old files, redact and copy.

Find and printing memos relating to requesting bailiff action against 14
Ropery (the one adjacent to Mr C's property) in May to July 2009 - 1 hour

Find and printing memos relating extending time period for validity of
possession orders against other 2 properties - 1 hour

Photocopying and redacting information from documents submitted to the
court for second court hearing against 14 Ropery - second set of squatters
- 1 hour for legal to get out old files, redact and copy.

Find and printing memos relating extending time period for validity of
2^nd possession order against 14 Ropery - 1 hour

Paperwork relating to evictions carried out at 10, 12, 20 Ropery Street in
Jan 2010 - 1 hour

Paperwork relating to eviction carried out at 14 Ropery Street in May 2010
- 1 hour

Going through and redacting several file notes detailing my contact with
squatters over various issues - 2 hours.

Yours sincerely

Jane Jones

Information Governance Administrative Officer

Legal Services

6th Floor

Mulberry Place

London E14 2BG

0207 364 4736

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Jane L Jones, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

Thank you for your email.

Your request is being considered and if the information is held you will
receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20
working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to
the information not being exempt.

If the time taken to meet your request is likely to exceed 18 hours, we
will contact you and ask you amend your request to bring it below this
time limit. We will assist you with suggestions of how this might be
achieved.

I may also contact you if the request needs to be clarified; this is to
ensure that we provide you with the information you require.

Please note that some information you have requested may not be provided
to you; this will only be information that can be withheld by law. In
most cases the reasons will be explained to you along with your copy of
any information that can be released to you.

Yours faithfully,

Jane Jones

Information Governance Administrative Officer

Legal Services

6th Floor

Mulberry Place

London E14 2BG

0207 364 4736

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Raphael Clifford

Dear Jane L Jones,

I would like to request an internal review with the following comments.

First, I am now only requesting information relating to points 1, 2 and 4 of my original request, having realised that point 3 is independent, separate and unrelated (it has now been submitted independently).

Second, I shall go through the time schedule point by point. However first I should comment that time to redact documents may not be taken into account, as explained at http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l... . Please remove all times relating to redaction from the time estimates.

1a) I do not regard five hours of additional time as necessary to explain the history of the sale process. One additional hour would seem more than sufficient.

"Time to read through and photocopy relevant documents - 4 hours or more -
unknown amount of information in this archive box.

Time to photocopy relevant documents from my paper files and print electronic files to provide all the documents relating to the second
tender - 4 hours.

All of the above documents relate to three separate phases of short life
properties. This enquiry refers only to the Ropery Street properties, so
I would also have to go through all documents and manually redact details
relating to the other properties - add another 4 hours.
"

The time for determining which documents are relevant may be appropriate but the photocopying time appears excessive. How many pages per hour are you allowing for in this estimate? In relation to printing documents, it is not clear to me why this needs to occur at all as they can be handled electronically and in any case, the time is simply that of issuing the print instruction, not that of the printer.

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Photocopying tender returns - these are mostly bound documents - very
time-consuming to photocopy and redact irrelevant details. Presumably the
tender prices are commercially sensitive and would be redacted too. One
tender alone is a 50 page document with drawings etc. Time estimate - 7
hours +.

Additional documents to be found printed and redacted to show the process
involved in getting the Director's approval for amending the price
originally offered for the sale of these properties - 2 hours."

Please provide an estimate without the cost of redaction and also quote the number of pages per hour you are accounting for when photocopying. Please bear in mind this is not to include time when the photocopier can be unattended.

1b) I do not require any emails/documents already provided to me by the HCA. Also, time to discuss confidentiality should not be included in the time estimate. Please remove these from the calculation.

1d) Again it is not clear to me why printing is mentioned. Also please again remove time for redaction.

1e) I am not clear what Member Enquiry letters are. Could you please explain? In any case, I don't understand where the estimate of 2-4 hours comes from. If photocopying is really needed, again how many pages per hour are you allowing for and can the photocopier be left unattended while this is happening?

1f) Once the time for redaction and taking advice is removed, this section accounts for minutes at most.

2. Details of negotiation with RSLs

The first three points are quoted as requiring 1, 1 and 3 hours. This should only include the time to retrieve and extract the information (not for example the time to discuss the issues with the HCA) and as a result, seems excessive for the same reasons as set out above.

Yours sincerely,

Raphael Clifford

Jane L Jones, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Mr Clifford.

In order for our Complaints team to proceed with the internal review that
you have requested, they will require a postal address. This is in
accordance with our standard Complaints procedure.

Yours sincerely

Jane Jones

Information Governance Administrative Officer

Legal Services

6th Floor

Mulberry Place

London E14 2BG

0207 364 4736

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Raphael Clifford

Dear Jane L Jones,

I believe an email address is that all that is required for an internal review. I would also like to confirm that you have understood my request for an internal review to be a formal part of the normal Freedom of Information request process and not a general "complaint" as the term would normally be understood. There is guidance on how to carry out internal reviews at http://www.ico.gov.uk .

Here are the main references for why an email address is all that is required for an internal review.

First, Section 8.1.b of the FOI Act asks for an "address for correspondence", and so I believe that email address you are using is sufficient.

The Ministry of Justice has guidance (http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/foi-p...) on this – "As well as hard copy written correspondence, requests that are transmitted electronically (for example, in emails) are acceptable [...] If a request is received by email and no postal address is given, the email address should be treated as the return address."

Further, the Information Commissioner's Hints for Practitioners (http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...) say "Any correspondence could include a request for information. If it is written (this includes e-mail), legible, gives the name of the applicant, an address for reply (which could be electronic), and includes a description of the information required, then it will fall within the scope of the legislation."

Yours sincerely,

Raphael Clifford

Jane L Jones, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Mr Clifford

Thank you for your email. Section 17 (7) Refusal of request- of the
Freedom of information Act 2000, requires a public authority to provide
details of their internal complaints procedure in order for the applicant
to appeal an FOI decision. The act does not specify a separate FOI
specific complaints procedure for internal reviews.

In addition the Section 45 Code of Practice issued by the Secretary of
State for Constitutional Affairs' provides guidance to public authorities
on the handling of FOI requests.

Below is the recommended practice for internal reviews/complaints
procedure for public authorities as stated in the Section 45 Code Of
Practice-

VI Complaints procedure

1. Each public authority should have a procedure in place for dealing
with complaints both in relation to its handling of requests for
information. The same procedure could also usefully handle complaints in
relation to the authority's publication scheme. If the complaints cannot
be dealt with swiftly and satisfactorily on an informal basis, the public
authority should inform persons if approached by them of the details of
its internal complaints procedure, and how to contact the Information
Commissioner, if the complainant wishes to write to him about the matter.

2. When communicating any decision made to refusing a request, in
reliance on an exemption provision, public authorities are obliged, under
section 17(7) of the Act notify the applicant of particulars of the
procedure provided by the public authority for dealing with complaints (or
to state that it does not have one). In doing so, they should provide full
details of their own complaints procedure, including how to make a
complaint and inform the applicant of the right to complain to the
Commissioner under section 50 if he or she is still dissatisfied following
the authority's review.

3. Any written reply from the applicant (including one transmitted by
electronic means) expressing dissatisfaction with an authority's response
to a request for information should be treated as a complaint, as should
any written communication from a person who considers that the authority
is not complying with its publication scheme. These communications should
be handled in accordance with the authority's complaints procedure, even
if, in the case of a request for information under the general rights of
access, the applicant does not expressly state his or her desire for the
authority to review its decision or its handling of the application.

4. The complaints procedure should provide a fair and thorough review
of handling issues and of decisions taken pursuant to the Act, including
decisions taken about where the public interest lies in respect of exempt
information. It should enable a fresh decision to be taken on a
reconsideration of all the factors relevant to the issue. Complaints
procedures should be as clear and simple as possible. They should
encourage a prompt determination of the complaint.

5. Where the complaint concerns a request for information under the
general rights of access, the review should be undertaken by someone
senior to the person who took the original decision, where this is
reasonably practicable. The public authority should in any event undertake
a full re-evaluation of the case, taking into account the matters raised
by the investigation of the complaint.

6. In all cases, complaints should be acknowledged promptly and the
complainant should be informed of the authority's target date for
determining the complaint. Where it is apparent that determination of the
complaint will take longer than the target time (for example because of
the complexity of the particular case), the authority should inform the
applicant and explain the reason for the delay. The complainant should
always be informed of the outcome of his or her complaint.

7. Authorities should set their own target times for dealing with
complaints; these should be reasonable, and subject to regular review.
Each public authority should publish its target times for determining
complaints and information as to how successful it is with meeting those
targets.

8. Records should be kept of all complaints and of their outcome.
Authorities should have procedures in place for monitoring complaints and
for reviewing, and, if necessary, amending, procedures for dealing with
requests for information where such action is indicated by more than
occasional reversals of initial decisions.

9. Where the outcome of a complaint is a decision that information
should be disclosed which was previously withheld, the information in
question should be disclosed as soon as practicable and the applicant
should be informed how soon this will be.

10. Where the outcome of a complaint is that the procedures within an
authority have not been properly followed by the authority's staff, the
authority should apologise to the applicant. The authority should also
take appropriate steps to prevent similar errors occurring in future.

11. Where the outcome of a complaint is that an initial decision to
withhold information is upheld, or is otherwise in the authority's favour,
the applicant should be informed of his or her right to apply to the
Commissioner, and be given details of how to make an application, for a
decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of Part I of the Act.

I hope this answers your query. Please go to the following link for
details on the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Complaints procedure-

[1]http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgsl/351-...

In order for our Complaints team to proceed with the internal review that
you have requested, they will require a postal address. This is in
accordance with our standard Complaints procedure.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at: [Tower Hamlets Borough Council request email] or
[2][email address] if you have any further queries.

Yours sincerely

Jane Jones

Information Governance Administrative Officer

Legal Services

6th Floor

Mulberry Place

London E14 2BG

0207 364 4736

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Raphael Clifford

Dear Jane L Jones,

I have just now confirmed by telephone with the ICO's office that although your internal complaints procedures may preclude email communication, the FOI Act does not and it is the FOI Act that is relevant here. Further as you have already handled the initial query by email, it is perverse to refuse to handle the internal review in the same way.

They have invited me to make a formal complaint to the ICO about your refusal to handle the internal review within the law. However, in the meantime, if you were willing to call the ICO office on 0303 123 1113, they would be happy to confirm the situation with you informally. This would clearly save a lot of time and bother for all parties.

Yours sincerely,

Raphael Clifford

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You may wish to read (or direct the Council to) the Fees Regulation Guidance at http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...

Of particular relevance here are the fact that an authority cannot charge for time involved in redacting information (whether in considering whether it should be redacted or not, or in the redaction process itself), nor can they charge for time related to 'communication costs' - e.g. printing or photocopying. They can charge for the actual expenses incurred in the copying, but not for any time involved in the process.

Removing both of those costs from the estimate provided should make a significant difference.

Tim Rodgers, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Mr Clifford,

I am writing in response to your email and the ongoing matter of
the Refusal Notice we issued in response to your request.

As our email clearly shows, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 permits us
to use our corporate complaints procedure in the event of an applicant
disputing a Refusal Notice issued under Section 50. You are challenging
our Refusal Notice and the time quoted in the follow up enquiry. We
informed you of our complaints procedure in our Refusal Notice in
accordance with Section 17 of the Act. Whilst happy to confirm that
redaction should not be included in the calculation, the costs of
location, collation and supply still appear to be well in excess of what
would be appropriate under the Act.

Given the disparity in your calculation and ours, it also seems completely
appropriate for the corporate complaints procedure to be used. This will
be investigated by senior officers outside of the Information Governance
Team (as per paragraph 5 of the quoted section of the Code of Practice)
who can review our calculations. Given that such calculations would need
to be upheld by the Information Commissioner in the event of a request for
their adjudication, it seems perfectly sensible for this review to take
place.

We will not proceed with such a review, however, until you have provided a
postal address. Should you be concerned about placing your address in the
public domain through the What Do They Know website, then please feel free
to email myself, or [1][Tower Hamlets Borough Council request email]

Thanks,
Tim Rodgers
Information Governance Manager
Legal Services
Chief Executives Department
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Phone: 0207 364 4354
Fax: 0207 364 4804
E-mail: [2][email address]
Website: http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
6th Floor, Town Hall, 5 Mulberry Place,
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Raphael Clifford

Dear Tim Rodgers,

Following our recent phone conversation, I have now sent you my home address. I have also communicated to you that I have made a formal complaint to the ICO about your requirement to have a postal address in order to perform an internal review of the handling of a FOI request.

I am grateful for your reassurances that the home address is only required by the council as a formality and that any further communication in relation to my FOI request or the internal review can take place via this email address.

Yours sincerely,

Raphael Clifford

Raphael Clifford

Dear Tim Rodgers,

I have today received an email from you to my personal email address suggesting that much of the information I have requested is soon to be released. I am very grateful for this.

I have asked your permission to reproduce the email here, but in the meantime, I would like to take the opportunity to make a comment that may assist in your final decision making.

I understand you are concerned about making the address of empty properties public. I would direct you to the reasoning in the ICO decision http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/d... , Sections 4 and 5.1. In particular, the conclusion in paragraph 5.1 is

"The Commissioner is not satisfied that disclosure of a list of the addresses of empty properties in the Council area would, or would be likely to prejudice the prevention or detection of crime under section 31(1)(a). The Commissioner does not accept, therefore, that the exemption at section 31(1)(a) of the Act is engaged in respect of the requested information. His decision is, therefore, that the Council has not dealt with the complainant’s request in accordance with the requirements of Part 1 of the Act because it failed to communicate to the complainant requested information to which he was entitled."

In our particular case, the argument against not releasing the addresses is even stronger for further reasons which I can set out in more detail if required.

I also understand that you may apply further exemptions but I can not comment on these until a formal reply is given.

I have also asked again that all future communication in relation to FOI requests is carried out via the whatdotheyknow email address provided.

Yours sincerely,

Raphael Clifford

Tim Rodgers, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

I am out of the office on leave. I will deal with your email on my return
to the office on the morning of 24th June.

If you need to contact me urgently please call 0796 770 5102

If you wish to make an FOI or EIR request, please email
[Tower Hamlets Borough Council request email]. If you wish to make a request under the Data
Protection Act 1998, please email [email address]

Tim Rodgers

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Dear Mr Clifford,

Further to your revised request received 8 June 2010, I enclose copies of
our correspondence with individuals in Ropery Street along with internal
notes. Where the dates have printed incorrectly on the correspondence, I
have manually added the actual date of the document.

We have redacted some material from the disclosed documents, the
information being exempt under Section 31(1)a of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. I have discussed on the telephone the reason for
this exemption - primarily to avoid disclosing information which would
prejudcial to the prevention of crime. The application of this exemption
is subject to a public interest test, however this is best served by not
potentially encouraging criminal activity through disclosures of this
sort.

The legal files concerning the eviction are exempt under Section 42 of the
Freedom of Information Act as they are information which would be covered
by legal professional privilege. Again the application of this exemption
is subject to a Public Interest Test, which is best served by upholding
the principle of LPP.

This email, therefore, constitutes a Refusal Notice under the Act, and
your attention is drawn to the complaints process below.

Tim Rodgers
Information Governance Manager
Legal Services
Chief Executives Department
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Phone: 0207 364 4354
Fax: 0207 364 4804
E-mail: [1][email address]
Website: http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
6th Floor, Town Hall, 5 Mulberry Place,
London E14 2BG

You have the right to complain to the Council about this decision. If you
wish to do this please write to:

Corporate Complaints Unit

Tower Hamlets Town Hall

Mulberry Place

5 Clove Crescent

London E14 2BG

If you are subsequently not satisfied with the Council's response to your
complaint you have a right of appeal to the independent Information
Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545 700

[2]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

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Mr Clifford,

Please find attached additional document concerning the squatters, with my
apologies for not including in the original bundle

Thanks,
Tim Rodgers
Information Governance Manager
Legal Services
Chief Executives Department
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Phone: 0207 364 4354
Fax: 0207 364 4804
E-mail: [1][email address]
Website: http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
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London E14 2BG

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Raphael Clifford

Dear Tim Rodgers,

Thanks for this. You have accidentally replied to the wrong FOI request however. Would you mind replying with the complete bundle to the http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/sq... email address please? This way other people will be able to follow what the response was.

Yours sincerely,

Raphael Clifford

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I have been informed by telephone that the information will now be ready by the 16th of July with it all being posted a few days later.

Raphael Clifford

Dear Tim Rodgers,

I am writing to ask about the status of this request. When do you expect to be able to release the information?

Yours sincerely,

Raphael Clifford

Tim Rodgers, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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Mr Clifford,

The material is being scanned in at present. We have scanned in the attached files already but, as you will appreciate, this matter has had a long history and a lot of material which requires redaction prior to placing it into the public domain given the amount of personal information therein. Whilst not incorporated within the time limit of the request, it is still an activity which requires completion.

The remainder of the material has been reviewed, redacted and now requires scanning in before being placed up on this website.

Thanks,
Tim Rodgers
Information Governance Manager
Legal Services
Chief Executives Department
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Phone: 0207 364 4354
Fax: 0207 364 4804
E-mail: [email address]
Website: http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
6th Floor, Town Hall, 5 Mulberry Place,
London E14 2BG

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Raphael Clifford

Dear Tim Rodgers,

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Yours sincerely,

Raphael Clifford

Tim Rodgers, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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Mr Clifford,

Please find attached the remaining material concerning the properties in
Ropery Street. With regards to the tender documentation we have
concentrated on the Phase 2 properties of which Ropery Street was part.
Where information has been redacted this has been to protect personal
data, which is exempt under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. This email, therefore, constitutes a Refusal Notice under the
Act. Should you wish to query any aspect of this disclosure, you can
append the appropriate issues to your existing complaint to our Corporate
Complaints team.

Tim Rodgers
Information Governance Manager
Legal Services
Chief Executives Department
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Phone: 0207 364 4354
[mobile number]
Fax: 0207 364 4804
E-mail: [1][email address]
Website: http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
6th Floor, Town Hall, 5 Mulberry Place,
London E14 2BG

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Raphael Clifford

Dear Tim Rodgers,

Thank you for this.

I would like to confirm that the only material redacted is personal information (although I do notice in passing that my own name has not been redacted from some of the documents). On page 24 of tenderprocess3.pdf, for example, it appears that a large section of the top of page has been whited out. Was this deliberate and if so, could you please double check that it is entirely personal information that has been redacted as it does not appear to be from what I can tell.

Yours sincerely,

Raphael Clifford

Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Mr Clifford,

I can confirm that the only exemptions applied are for personal data. As you might appreciate with a requirement to publish personal complaints into the public domain, I did not want to specify everytime we applied Section 40(2).

Material "whited out" refers to Phase 1 of the process and a different series of properties. This was not requested.

Tim Rodgers
Tim Rodgers
Information Governance Manager
London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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Raphael Clifford

Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

Thank you very much for the information that has been provided in response to parts 1,2 and 4 of the original FOI request.

Yours faithfully,

Raphael Clifford