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Disposal of land ravenscraig hospital Greenock

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Dear Scottish Housing Regulator,
I submitted a Foi request to the RSL Riverclyde homes on 30th November 2019 and should have received response of some sort by 3rd January 2020. Unfortunately I am yet to receive a response to my question. Nevertheless the information I seek is regarding an RSL request to dispose of land assets it owned to another RSL link group ltd.

I am seeking info regarding the disposal of lands at Ravenscraig Hospital Greenock. The sale of Ravenscraig hospital by the NHS to Link Group Limited and the relationship between the more homes division of the Scottish government, the NHS and Link Group Limited has already been subject to previous FOI requests. The Scottish Governments website confirms this as can be seen by following this link https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-18... reference: FOI/18/02896
Date received: 6 October 2018
Date responded: 8 November 2018
FOI-18-02896 - related documents (part 1)

The sale is assumed to be between the NHS direct to Link Group. However from the information published which consists of an email exchange between link group, the NHS and more homes Scotland it appears River Clyde Homes is also included in this exchange and in the involvement of disposing of the land at Ravenscraig Hospital to link group limited.

Contained within the email exchange someone from River Clyde Homes advises that the Association plans to get approval on 27th February 2018 from the Performance and Services Committee to dispose of the land at Ravenscraig Hospital. It is noted that this is being done in order to gain governing body consent and also to satisfy the guidance on disposals as issued by the Housing Regulator.
This is then confirmed to have happened and been approved and contained within the committee meeting minutes of River Clyde Homes of the 20th March 2018, Section 5.3 of said minutes states 'disposal of land at Ravenscraig Hospital' however, the specific information is contained within the confidential minutes not avalible on riverclyde homes website.
The question I wish to ask is as follows:

1, What land at the Ravenscraig Hospital site did river clyde homes own which they wished to dispose of. Did the land owned include any of the land of the former hospital buildings and was approval granted to dispose of said land by the Scottish Housing Regulator and if so what date was concent granted.

2, When did River clyde homes become the legal land owner of the disposed land, who was the land originally purchased from or succeeded/ donated from and has this ever been registered previously with the registers of Scotland land registry or the Register of Sasines. If so please advise of the title number or Sasines reference.

3, Who did River Clyde homes dispose of the land to? Can it be confirmed that the land was transferred to link group ltd. If not what organisation was this land disposed of to. Additionally what purpose did the Association staye, know or assume the land was to be used for on their application for disposal to the housing regulator. If this was for house building then why did the Association being a social landlord not use the land to build properties of their own on and why would concent be granted by the housing regulator for this purpose for a charitable RSL to give away assets which could benefit or be used for the benefit of their own tenants and satisfying their own waiting lists.

4, What was the purchase price paid of any to Riverclyde Homes from the organisation taking over the land and is this recorded publicly in any official documents. Was a valuation completed prior to sale? What was the land valued at? Was it sold for the valuation price and is the valuation avalible for viewing by the public? Was a valuation of the land and price proposal for the sale of the land included with river Clyde homes application to dispose of said land sent to the housing regulator?

5, What was the reasoning for disposal and how did River clyde homes ensure that charitable assets were not being under sold and having a negative effect on the charitble assests. Has the charity regulator been advised of the said disposal to ensure compliance with regulations? Would this situation require tenant consultation under the housing regulators guidance of that time regarding RSL assets?

6, What was contained within the report sent to the Housing Regulator regarding the proposed use of the land to be disposed of. Did the disposal application state that the land was to form any part of Link Group Limited proposed developed awaiting planning permission with Inverclyde council.

7, Was any environmental or contamination reports regarding the land disposed of completed by Riverclyde Homes during or before its ownership of the land included with their application for disposal sent to the housing regulator. if so are these documents available for viewing by the public.

8, Does the housing regulator consider the land disposed of to be of safe use to build social housing given the contamination of said land and that a proportion of said properties within link group ltds plans are to be for disabled house holds which could mean higher risk of already existing compromised ammune systems.

9, Given the remedial works required to the land which should not form part of any hag grant, does the regulator consider link group ltd to be financially able to complete the development without risking putting the association into financial hardship which could have a detremental effect on its existing tenant's should the development over run and be over budget. Given the risks of this controversial development is the current engagement level with link group ltd satisfactory.

Yours faithfully,

Nicky

Yours faithfully,

Nicky

Scottish Housing Regulator

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Scottish Housing Regulator

Dear Nicky,

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 6 January 2020 under the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for information
regarding the Ravenscraig Hospital Greenock site, River Clyde Homes and
the Link Group.

A request is not valid if it does not, in accordance with section 8(1)(b)
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), state the name
of the applicant. As your request does not state your full name we do not
consider it to be a valid request.  Accordingly, we are not obliged to
respond to it.

However, if you provide your full name we would be able to consider your
request and respond in accordance with FOISA. The Scottish Information
Commissioner provides a full explanation of why details of your full name
are required and provides examples of what may be considered a full name
in a briefing note on its website. I have copied the examples given by the
Commissioner below for ease of reference. The full briefing is available
on their website [1]here:

Requests will normally be valid if they include a surname/family name and
an initial/title. Some examples:

+----------------------+
|Name used |Valid?|
|---------------+------|
|Janice McDonald|ü |
|---------------+------|
|Janice |û |
|---------------+------|
|J McDonald |ü |
|---------------+------|
|Mrs McDonald |ü |
|---------------+------|
|Janice M |û |
+----------------------+

 

In order for us to process your request you need to provide us with your
full name as the Commissioner sets out. The clock will be stopped on your
request as of 8 January 2020 but will be restarted when you provide us
with the necessary information.

 

I hope this information is helpful.

 

Regards,

 

Lauren O’Kane

Regulation Analyst

 

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Dear Scottish Housing Regulator,

Many thanks for your prompt response. The details you are requesting are as follows:
Nicky, A

Yours faithfully,

Nicky, A

Scottish Housing Regulator

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working days. 
 
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and follow their formal complaints procedures.  If you have completed
these and are unhappy with the outcome please contact the [1]Scottish
Public Services Ombudsman who can check if your landlord has made a
decision about your complaint properly.  You can call them on 0800 377
7330. 
 
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own portal administrator first for help, if they cannot help, please check
the portal login page for known issues and information on how to access
help from SHR.
 
 
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Scottish Housing Regulator

Dear Nicky A,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Unfortunately the name details you have provided do not meet the criteria
set out by the Scottish Information Commissioner provided in my previous
email. I have copied this information again below:

 

Requests will normally be valid if they include a surname/family name and
an initial/title. Some examples:

Name used Valid?
Janice McDonald ü
Janice û
J McDonald ü
Mrs McDonald ü
Janice M û

 

As you can see from the examples set out by the Commissioner ‘Nicky A’
does not include the necessary surname/ family name details for your
request to be considered as valid. Accordingly we are not obliged to
respond to your request.

 

If you provide us with your full name, in a way that meets the criteria
outlined by the Commissioner, then we will be happy to respond to your
request in full. Until we receive the necessary details from you the clock
remains stopped on your request as of 8 January 2020.

 

Further information on making a request under FOISA is available on the
Scottish Information Commissioner’s website [1]here

 

Regards,

 

Lauren O’Kane

Regulation Analyst

 

***PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: lauren.o’[email address] ****

 

Scottish Housing Regulator │0141 242 5571 │[mobile number]  │Buchanan
House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow, G4 0HF

Lauren.O’[email address]  

[2]www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk

 

I work: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:45 – 2 pm; Tuesday & Thursday:
9:45 – 4 pm.

 

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Dear Scottish Housing Regulator,
I apologise however from the way your example is shown on the website I am using to send this message appears to show Nicky,A as an exeptable format. Perhaps you would view the link and understand what I mean. For the avoidance of doubt I do not have a title such as Mr,Mrs Ms or Miss as I do not conform to binary gender stereotypes. Therefore my name is Nicky. The A is representative of a surname and is my chosen prefix simply as it's the first letter. Unfortunately I do not have a family name which I believe is personal information and do not feel comfortable disclosing such on this public forum. It is disappointing that an agency representing the Scottish Government and providing a public sector service on their behalf should insist on these most archaic and discriminatory binary terms. From this I assume the buzz words used pon your site regarding equality and diversity to be just that 'buzz words' which you clearly have not taken up in practice. The public sector equality duty finds another organisation Willing to expose it's loop holes for its own personal and predujice self preservation.

Yours faithfully,

Nicky

Scottish Housing Regulator

Thank you for your email.  We will aim to respond to you in within eight
working days. 
 
If you have a complaint about your landlord, please contact them directly
and follow their formal complaints procedures.  If you have completed
these and are unhappy with the outcome please contact the [1]Scottish
Public Services Ombudsman who can check if your landlord has made a
decision about your complaint properly.  You can call them on 0800 377
7330. 
 
If you are a landlord experiencing a problem with our portal, contact your
own portal administrator first for help, if they cannot help, please check
the portal login page for known issues and information on how to access
help from SHR.
 
 
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Scottish Housing Regulator

Dear Nicky,

 

I am sorry that you are unhappy with our response.

 

The Commissioner provides examples in their briefing note ([1]here) of
what is considered valid name information for the purposes of FOISA. I had
copied this table of examples in my prior correspondence but perhaps this
has not come out clearly. I apologise if this has been the case. I will
provide this information again in a different format and hopefully this
will be clearer.

 

Examples of valid name information are illustrated by the commissioner
using the example name ‘Janice McDonald’.

 

Valid name information for ‘Janice McDonald’ would be: Janice McDonald; J
McDonald; Mrs McDonald.

Invalid name information for ‘Janice McDonald’ would be: Janice; Janice M.

 

Unfortunately the information you have provided, Nicky A, is not
considered to be a valid full name for the purposes of FOISA.

 

Please note that it is not necessary to provide a title, this is entirely
optional.

 

If you wish to provide your full name privately i.e. through direct email,
you can absolutely do so and we will be happy to process your request. If
you have concerns regarding how the Scottish Housing Regulator collects
and uses personal information please see our [2]privacy policy

 

Your right to request a review

 

If you remain unhappy with our response, and wish to request a review of
this decision, please write to:

 

Iain Muirhead

Director of Digital and Business Support

Scottish Housing Regulator

Buchanan House

58 Port Dundas Road

Glasgow

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Email: [3][email address]

 

Your review request should explain why you are dissatisfied with this
response, and should be made within 40 working days from the date  you
received this email.  We will complete the review and tell you the result,
within 20 working days from the date when we receive your review request.

 

If you are not satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the
right to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner.  More detailed
information on your appeal rights is available on the Commissioner’s
website at:
[4]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR....

 

Regards,

 

Lauren O’Kane

Regulation Analyst

 

***PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: lauren.o’[email address] ****

 

Scottish Housing Regulator │0141 242 5571 │[mobile number]  │Buchanan
House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow, G4 0HF

Lauren.O’[email address]  

[5]www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk

 

I work: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:45 – 2 pm; Tuesday & Thursday:
9:45 – 4 pm.

 

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us direct by
using [6]contactSCOTLAND-BSL

 

Please see our [7]privacy policy to find out why we collect personal
information and how we use it

 

 

 

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