Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Could you please provide me with a list of all Wirral Borough council owned derelict properties.
Commercial & Residential
Dear Mark Trigg
Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
Unfortunately, the Council is unable to provide a list of addresses for
empty buildings. In coming to this decision the Council has relied upon
Section 31 of the Freedom of Information:
Section 31 Law enforcement
(1) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to, prejudice—
(a) the prevention or detection of crime
Section 31 can be viewed in full at this link
The Council has expressly considered whether or not the public interest
in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure
and considers that it does. In particular empty properties: can be
targeted by those intent on criminal damage such as arson and can
therefore expose properties and persons in the vicinity to considerable
danger and risk; may be targeted by squatters, may be targeted for
burglary as empty properties can contain valuable items such as copper
wiring; may lead to persons losing legitimate ownership interests through
fraud or persons squatting. The Council considers that releasing
information of specific addresses increases these risks.
However to assist and advise you in accordance with foia2000 there may be
information of interest on our public website www.wirral.gov.uk at
the following link including the contact detail for the empty property
team who may assist you further with your enquiries:
We can also advise published data on dwelling stock is at the following
, and specifically, Table 16: Live tables on dwelling by local authority
district. Where you may click and search by Local Authorities.
We trust that this is of assistance.
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to ask for an internal review of the refusal of the information requested.
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response to any clarification/review/new enquiries you submit.
We therefore ask for your continued patience and understanding in
relation to these matters.
Information Management Officer
PO Box 290
Email:[Wirral Borough Council request email]
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