Empty Commercial properties.

Ashraful Chowdhury made this Freedom of Information request to Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

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The request was refused by Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council.

Ashraful Chowdhury

Dear Sir or Madam

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

Addresses and rateable values of empty Commercial properties
that are within Ashton-in-makerfield including council owned properties.

Also the names of the owners of those properties that can be disclosed legally.

Yours faithfully
Ashraful Chowdhury

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

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Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your request for information. This request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request is outlined below.

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

Addresses and rateable values of empty Commercial properties that are within Ashton-in-makerfield including council owned properties.

Also the names of the owners of those properties that can be disclosed legally.

I am refusing your request for information as set out below.

Section 31(1)(a)

(1) Information which is not exempt information by virtue of section 30 is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice-
(a) the prevention or detection of crime,

The release of the information that you have requested would facilitate the identification of property which may as a result be vulnerable to theft and vandalism. I am of the opinion that its release would be analogous to the release of information about empty properties which was considered by the Information Tribunal in the case of Mr C P England and London Borough of Bexley v Information Commissioner (EA/2006/0060,0066) and in the case of Yiannis Voyias and London Borough of Camden v Information Commissioner (EA/2011/0007). The Tribunal decided that the release of information about empty properties was likely to prejudice the prevention of crime as it would make it easier to identify them thereby placing them at risk of crime.

As section 31 is a qualified exemption I have considered whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. I consider there to be a strong public interest in protecting the prevention or detection of crime and that it outweighs any public interest there might be in terms of transparency and accountability which might result from disclosure. I do not feel that there is a particular public interest argument to be made at all in favour of disclosure in relation to this information and in any event it is outweighed by the public interest in preventing crime.

If you are unhappy with any aspect of this response, an independent senior officer will review this decision. Please let me know if you would like to arrange this.

You can also complain to the Information Commissioner, who is the regulator for Freedom of Information. His website is www.informationcommisioner.gov.uk and his helpline number is 0303 1231113.

His staff may ask you to exhaust our internal complaints procedure if you choose to complain to his office now.

Yours faithfully,

Rita Wood
Admin Assistant

Wigan Council
Resources Directorate - Legal and Risk
Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan WN1 1YN
01942 827468 (Internal Ext. 2468)
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