Investigation into alleged embezzlement - Property Guardianship

Currently waiting for a response from Surrey County Council, they should respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

William R. Chapman

Dear Surrey County Council,

This FOI is in the public interest as it relates to the protection provided by property guardians of property owned by the Surrey County Council that has been funded by the taxpayer.

The Surrey County Council employed the services of a property guardian provider. It is an established fact that the property guardian provider in question has made an attempt to charge former property guardians against their deposits for certain services claimed to have been rendered to the Surrey County Council.

The Surrey County Council is directly involved in this matter as the material issues pertain to services claimed to have been provided at the properties concerned whilst it appears that such services have not been rendered and the Council has knowledge of such fact.

Details are requested from the Surrey County Council pertaining to properties defined as former residential care homes that are or were placed under property guardianship in Chertsey, Camberley, Cobham and Farnham regarding whether new replacement locks have been fitted to the doors previously allocated to property guardians and whether clearing was required by the property guardian provider.

It is known that the properties in question are to be boarded up, demolished or completely revamped and require no new locks.

As it is known that the Surrey County Council decided that these vacated buildings (excluding Brockhurst) had been cleared of debris sufficiently enough to require no further clearance services by the Property Guardian Provider, such detail should be available in the final reports pertaining to the termination of the guardianship.

Yours faithfully,

William R. Chapman

FOI/COR/SCC, Surrey County Council

Dear Mr Chapman


Thank you for your request for information received on the 15 March 2019. Your request reference is as above.

We will respond to your request promptly and in any event within 20 working days from the date of receipt of your request. If you wish to contact me to discuss the progress of your request, please use the contact details given below and quote the reference number given above.  


Helen Gilbert
Commons Registration Officer
Legal & Democratic Services

Corporate Information Governance Team (Room 138) |  Democratic Services  | Surrey County Council | County Hall | Penrhyn Road | Kingston upon Thames | Surrey | KT1 2DN
Tel: 020 8541 8935 | Email: [email address] |

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