Dear Middlesbrough Council,
I am looking for a list of long term empty property list within the councils control you will be able to supply me with these under the freedom of information act.i am looking for a residential property in the middlesbrough area as I have noticed many properties and feel it is such a shame for the to lay empty when they could make good homes
Dear Mr Graham
REF NO: 012953
Thank you for your recent enquiry, received on 12/06/2018, in relation to
empty residential properties. I can confirm that your enquiry is
receiving attention and a response will be provided within 20 working days
following receipt of your enquiry as allowed under the Freedom of
Information Act legislation.
In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know the likely charges before proceeding.
Please do not hesitate to contact me direct on (01642) 729696/729698 or
email [Middlesbrough Council request email] should you require any further advice or
assistance with this or any other matter.
Public Information Officer
Finance Governance & Support
Performance & Partnerships
Dear Mr Graham
I am writing to confirm that Middlesbrough Council has now completed its
search for the information you requested on 12^th June 2018, in relation
to empty homes list.
In your request you asked for the following information:
I am looking for a list of long term empty property list within the
councils control you will be able to supply me with these under the
freedom of information act. I am looking for a residential property in
the Middlesbrough area as I have noticed many properties and feel it is
such a shame for the to lay empty when they could make good homes.
Response: The information you have requested in respect of empty
residential properties is considered to be exempt from disclosure under
Section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act.
Section 31 is a qualified exemption and therefore the “public interest
test” was applied. The Council’s decision is that the release of the
information into the public domain would be likely to prejudice the
prevention of detection of crime. Whilst the Council accepts there are
indeed some advantages in the release of the information to the public at
large, I am not satisfied that this outweighs the public interest in
withholding the information for the following reasons:
· The risk that publication would prejudice the prevention of crime, as it
could lead to the likely targeting of those empty properties by those
engaged in vandalism, theft or other anti-social behaviour.
· The risk that publication would lead to increased anxiety and fear of
crime amongst occupants or adjacent residential and commercial properties,
as a result of the likely targeting of the empty properties by those
engaged in criminal and antisocial behaviour.
· The risk that publication could undermine efforts by the Council and
commercial property owners to bring empty properties back into use, in
order to improve local communities and reduce crime and vandalism in the
area around empty properties.
If you have any queries about this response, please do not hesitate to
contact me direct on (01642) 729696/729698 or email
[Middlesbrough Council request email]. Please remember to quote the reference number
shown above in any future communications.
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Finance, Governance & Support
Performance and Partnerships
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