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Hoylake Golf Resort ('Celtic Manor')

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

I request copies of communication (including emails) between members of the Senior Leadership Team ('SLT') of Wirral Borough Council since October 2016 regarding the ownership, title, registered interest or designation of the land for the proposed Hoylake Golf Resort (since rebranded 'Celtic Manor').

Yours faithfully,

Cllr. Ian Lewis

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Yours sincerely,

Chelsea Dalton
Information Management Officer
Business Management - ICT
Treasury Building
Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH
Tel: 0151 666 5201
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InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Councillor Lewis

 

We write further to your online request for information regarding Celtic
Manor.  Your request for information has been dealt with under the
provisions of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs) as the
information requested is considered to be ‘environmental information’
under Regulation 2(1) (c) of the EIRs, which provides that information on
activities, measures etc. affecting or likely to affect the elements of
the environment will be environmental information.

 

In your request you sought the following:

 

"I request copies of communication (including emails) between members of
the Senior Leadership Team ('SLT') of Wirral Borough Council since October
2016 regarding the ownership, title, registered interest or designation of
the land for the proposed Hoylake Golf Resort (since rebranded 'Celtic
Manor')."

 

Please be advised that pursuant to Section 12(4)(e) EIRs, the Council is
entitled to except disclosure of internal communications. When applying
this exception, we are obliged to consider the public interest in
disclosing such internal correspondences and we have done so. This
exception is designed to allow private space to think and reach decisions
without interference and correspondence can be withheld if it is believed
that disclosure would harm the way an organisation makes decisions.
Correspondence between members of the senior leadership team should be
excepted from disclosure in that it permits discussions to take place and
decisions to be reached appropriately, with freedom to discuss all
options. Disclosing such discussions would clearly have the potential to
stifle this free exchange of ideas.

 

In favour of disclosing the information

 

o May improve transparency by allowing the public to understand how and
why decisions have been taken;
o May reassure the public that decision makers have been properly
advised and all aspects considered;
o Where the subject of a request relates to an issue which is of
significant local interest and is likely to involve significant public
expenditure.

 

In favour of withholding the information

 

o the Council relies on the factor of ‘safe space’ for thinking
privately about how a project will move forward in its development;
o that disclosure would undermine the process of collective policy
formulation in agreeing the way forward with this and other projects;
and
o the damaging effect of disclosure on the commercial viability of this
project.

 

Further, the Council has already published information in the public
domain about the scope of this project, its viability and how it will be
developed.  It is this Council’s position that the public interest in
maintaining this exception outweighs the public interest test in
disclosure.   The Council therefore declines to disclose any information
held under Regulation 14 EIR 2004, relying upon the exception contained in
Regulation 12 (4) (e) of the legislation.

 

You have the right to make representations under Regulation 11 of the
Regulations, which should be sent to [1][Wirral Borough Council request email].
If you are dissatisfied with this response to your request for
information, you have the right to complain to the Information
Commissioner, but would normally be expected to make representations
before complaining to the Commissioner. The Information Commissioner’s
Office can be contacted at [2]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

Business Management - ICT

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

 

Tel: 0151 691 8201

[3][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

 

 

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