EDDC Subside or Payment to Viewing W Ferris Wheel Exmouth Seafront

tim cope made this Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council

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Dear East Devon District Council,
Would you please inform if the Ferris Wheel on Exmouth Seafront Pays rent or is actual paid to be operated on Public Owned land? Is their any Business Rates charged to the operating company? Is this paid for by EDDC or even subsided by them?
What is the actual termination date for the Ferris wheel to stop operating on the Public Land and who will be responsible for making good the damage to the land that it occupies

Yours faithfully,

TIM COPE

East Devon District Council

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Thank you for submitting a request for information. We will respond to your request as quickly as possible, within the 20 working day statutory deadline under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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East Devon District Council

Dear Mr Cope,

Thank you for your request for information. Please find the response to your query below.

Would you please inform if the Ferris Wheel on Exmouth Seafront pays rent or is actually paid to be operated on Public Owned land? - They pay for the use of the space
Is there any Business Rates charged to the operating company? - Not by us
Is this paid for by EDDC or even subsidised by them? - N/A
What is the actual termination date for the Ferris Wheel to stop operating on the Public Land and who will be responsible for making good the damage to the land that it occupies - The Wheel is closing for business on the 2nd September and due to be off site on the 6th September. We have a deposit for any damage, but we expect some normal wear and tear to the grass. StreetScene will rectify any damage as appropriate.

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Yours sincerely,

Sara

Ms S Harvey
Information and Complaints Officer
East Devon District Council

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Dear East Devon District Council,
Thank you for an exceptionally quick and informed reply.
Are you saying that the wheel operates with no Exmouth business rate liability?
Is there no subsided payed at all from EDDC to the ferris wheel company either in money or rental dicount for the land ?

Yours faithfully,

tim cope

FOI EDDC, East Devon District Council

Dear Mr Cope,

Thank you for your email. Yes I confirm that no business rates are charged and no subsidy or discount has been given to the operator. Standard rates for operational days (days when the wheel is taking customers) and non-operational days (when they are just on site) have been used to calculate their charges, based on our 'Events fees and charges' tariff. However we are not permitted to disclose the charges as that information is commercially sensitive and exempt under Section 43 of the FOI Act 2000.

Kind regards,

Sara

Ms S Harvey
Information and Complaints Officer
East Devon District Council

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Dear FOI EDDC,

I am surprised with comments about different rates for operation and no-non-operational dates and would like to be sure you understand the arrangement correctly.

Is there any other party getting different rates for operational and non-operational dates?

I have experience in the local tourism industry and am not aware of this practice applying to any other businesses that is why I find it strange. Does it only apply to temporary rents?

Does the roundabout and swings enjoy similar terms?

Is any other private business in the tourism industry in East Devon, getting different rates for their use of EDDC property, based upon what days are operational and what days are non-operational. If no other such business benefits from such an arrangement, it might appear that the wheel operator is getting special treatment and is effectively partly subsidised.

I don’t think it right for you to use the Section 43 exemption, do you mean Section 43 (2), which relates to Prejudice to commercial interests. The Information Commissioner points out in her guidance to the use of the exemption, that the public authority must show that it would be prejudicial, and then apply the public interest test. May I ask for an explanation of why you think you can apply the Sec 43(2) exemption, how you pass the prejudicial and public tests.

“Can you advise when last year’s accounts will be available for inspection under the Act?”

Yours sincerely,

tim cope

East Devon District Council

Thank you for submitting a request for information. We will respond to your request as quickly as possible, within the 20 working day statutory deadline under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Dear Mr Cope,

Thank you for your query. I will log this as a formal FOI request as you have asked for further information. You should receive a response within the next 20 working days.

Yours sincerely,

Sara

Ms S Harvey
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East Devon District Council

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Dear East Devon District Council,

Yours faithfully,

tim cope

East Devon District Council

Mr Cope

Thank you for your request for information. Please find our response below.

Is there any other party getting different rates for operational and non-operational dates?
The Council hires out its parks, gardens and recreation land for temporary events and this does include the flexibility of charging for operational / non-operational days ? see link to the pricing schedule at section 5 http://eastdevon.gov.uk/organising-an-ev.... Other hirers, such as fun fairs do benefit from these different fee rates. There is no link between these charging rates and the application (or otherwise) of business rates, which is dealt with by a different department from the hiring of our land.

I have experience in the local tourism industry and am not aware of this practice applying to any other businesses that is why I find it strange. Does it only apply to temporary rents?
Yes

Does the roundabout and swings enjoy similar terms?
An annual fee is charged.

Is any other private business in the tourism industry in East Devon, getting different rates for their use of EDDC property, based upon what days are operational and what days are non-operational. If no other such business benefits from such an arrangement, it might appear that the wheel operator is getting special treatment and is effectively partly subsidised
Should you require information regarding businesses who are in the tourism industry who are leasing EDDC land (as opposed to temporarily hiring it) and whether they benefit from different rates, this will require a complete analysis of our leasehold property portfolio, the types of businesses being operated and their lease rents and would exceed the reasonable time and cost limits as specified under the Freedom of Information Act.

I don't think it right for you to use the Section 43 exemption, do you mean Section 43 (2), which relates to Prejudice to commercial interests. The Information Commissioner points out in her guidance to the use of the exemption, that the public authority must show that it would be prejudicial, and then apply the public interest test. May I ask for an explanation of why you think you can apply the Sec 43(2) exemption, how you pass the prejudicial and public tests
We are charging £151.80 per operational day and no charge on non - operational days.

"Can you advise when last year's accounts will be available for inspection under the Act?" ?
Last years accounts are published on our website here http://eastdevon.gov.uk/council-and-demo...

I hope this information is helpful but, if you feel dissatisfied with the way we have responded to your request, please contact our Monitoring Officer, Mr Henry Gordon Lennox, to request an internal review [email address]

You may also approach the Information Commissioner for advice at www.ico.org.uk

Regards

Sara Harvey
Information and Complaints Officer
East Devon District Council

01395 517417
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