Details of Empty Commercial Properties

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Natalie Davis

Dear Sir or Madam

Please can you provide me with the following information under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000:-

(a) addresses and rateable values of empty Commercial properties that are within Merton Borough Council area; and

(b) the names of the owners of those properties referred to in (a)

Yours faithfully

Natalie Davis

Alex Brodie, Merton Borough Council

Dear Ms Davis,

Thank you for your email. Your request is now being considered.

The relevant information will be sent to you within 20 working days of
this email. We will inform you if, in our view, any of the information is
exempt or excluded from disclosure and let you know how you can appeal
against that decision.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any
queries.

Kind regards,

Alex

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Alex Brodie, Merton Borough Council

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Dear Ms Davis,

Your request has now been considered.

Please find attached a spreadsheet containing the addresses of empty
commercial properties in Merton, including the names of the owners. Please
note that the details of properties owned by sole traders have not been
provided. Information on such properties is considered to be exempt under
Section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, by virtue of
subsection (3) (a) (i), as disclosure would breach the first data
protection principle.

The first data protection principle is that personal data shall be
processed fairly and lawfully and it is considered that it would be unfair
to disclose business rates information relating to sole traders, as this
constitutes third party personal data and breaches the owner's right to
privacy. The Information Commissioner has taken the view that information
about the business activities of a sole trader and particularly their
financial liabilities constitutes personal data because those activities
or liabilities and the individual are inextricably linked (in ICO decision
notice FS50072180).

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this email acts as
a Refusal Notice to providing the information requested for properties
occupied by sole traders.

The rateable value of each property listed can be obtained on the
Valuation Office at the following address:

[1]www.voa.gsi.gov.uk

I hope this information will be of use to you. However, should you have
any concerns about the handling of your request or wish to appeal against
the refusal to disclose information related to sole traders, please
contact the Information Governance Manager at
[2][Merton Borough Council request email]

You also have a right of appeal and complaint to the Information
Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone: 01625 545 700
[3]www.ico.gov.uk

Kind regards,

Alex Brodie

Acting Customer Services Officer

Corporate Services Department

London Borough of Merton

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