Empty Residential Property List In Middlesbrough

Robert made this Freedom of Information request to Middlesbrough Council

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The request was refused by Middlesbrough Council.

Dear Middlesbrough Council,

I would like to request a list of all Abandoned/ Derelict or unoccupied residential buildings in the Middlesbrough area.

Yours faithfully,

Rob Sygrove

foi, Middlesbrough Council

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Dear Mr Sygrove

 

REF NO: 012386

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry, received on 10/02/2018, in relation
to  abandoned and derelict unoccupied buildings.  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 [2][Middlesbrough Council request email] should you require any further advice or
assistance with this or any other matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Assistant

Organisation and Governance

Performance and Partnerships

Middlesbrough Council

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Dear foi,

I am still waiting a response for my request of a list of empty residential properties in Middlesbrough.

I would like to invest in the area and upgrade these properties.

Yours sincerely,

Robert

foi, Middlesbrough Council

 

Dear Mr Sygrove

 

REF NO: 012386  

 

I am writing to confirm that Middlesbrough Council has now completed its
search for the information you requested on 10 February 2018.  Please
accept my sincere apologies for the delay in responding t your request.

 

In your request you asked for the following information:

 

I would like to request a list of all Abandoned/ Derelict or unoccupied
residential buildings in the Middlesbrough area.

 

Response: The information you have requested in respect of Abandoned/
Derelict or unoccupied residential buildings is exempt under Section
31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act, and is therefore being
withheld.

 

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
[1][Middlesbrough Council request email]. Please remember to quote the reference number
shown above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled you may ask
for an internal review within 40 days of receipt of the response. You
should write to:-

Ann-Marie Johnstone

Corporate Strategy Manager

P.O. Box 500,

Civic Centre,

Middlesbrough.

TS1 9FT

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for an
independent review. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: -

 

Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

 

Steph Robson

Information & Compliance Officer

 

Finance, Governance & Support

P.O. Box 500,

Civic Centre,

Middlesbrough.

TS1 9FT

Tel. 01642 729696

 

Email: [2][Middlesbrough Council request email]

 

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