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Long term empty property lists within the councils area

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Dear Wirral Borough Council,

I am looking for a list of long term empty property lists within the councils area. Would you be able to supply me with these under the Freedom of Information Act? A spreadsheet will suffice, I require no personal information simply the property address.

Yours faithfully,

Bhadra

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request.

 

In accordance with Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, a
requester should provide their name for a request to be processed (please
see the guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office below):

 

What constitutes a real name?

We consider that a relatively informal approach is also appropriate in
this context. Therefore, title and/or first name with surname satisfies
the requirement for provision of a real name, as does the use by a female
applicant of her maiden name. The prime consideration is whether enough of
a person’s full name has been provided to give a reasonable indication of
that person’s identity.

 

Example:

Mr Arthur Thomas Roberts could satisfy Section 8(1)(b) of the FOIA by
stating his name in a request for information as “Arthur Roberts”, “A. T.
Roberts”, or “Mr Roberts”, but not by stating his name as “Arthur” or
“A.T.R.”

 

In most cases, it will be reasonable for a real name to comprise a name by
which the person making the request is widely known and/or is regularly
used by that person and which is not an obvious pseudonym or fictitious
name.

 

Wirral Borough Council is obliged to ensure that this statutory
requirement is met and would normally require confirmation of your name
prior to dealing with your request. In this case, however, the Council is
unable to provide you with the list of empty properties in any event,
where the owner is a private individual. This is in accordance with an
Information Tribunal Decision resulting from a request made to the London
Borough of Bexley. The full decision can be found here:
[1]http://www.informationtribunal.gov.uk/DB...

 

The Information Tribunal found that the address of the property and the
address or other details of the owner, where the owner was an individual,
was personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998, and fell
within the exemption in Section 40 (Personal Information) of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

 

In addition, the Tribunal also found that for properties owned by
individuals, the Section 31 (Law Enforcement) exemption was engaged and
that the public interest in withholding the information outweighed the
public interest in providing the information.  Whilst it is acknowledged
that there is a public interest in enabling properties to be brought back
into use, we must also recognise the public interest in reducing potential
criminal activity in empty properties. On this basis it is in the public
interest to maintain the exemption.

 

Please be advised that you have the right, under Section 17 of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 to ask for an internal review of the refusal to
supply the information requested. Should you wish to do so, please provide
confirmation of your full name and direct any request for an internal
review to [2][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of any internal review you also
have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner, details of
whom can be found at [3]www.ico.org.uk

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Senior Information Management Officer

Business Services - Digital

 

Wallasey Town Hall

Brighton Street
Wallasey
Wirral
CH44 8ED 

[4]Tel: 0151 691 8201

[5][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

 

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This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to be
protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.   You are free
to use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research you
are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for
example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may
involve licensing and the application of a charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear InfoMgr,

Thank you for your response. Sorry I was not aware of that policy. My fullname is Bhadra Bahadur Ale. I would be grateful for your co-operation on this matter. Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Bhadra

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Bhadra

Thank you for confirming your full name. Unfortunately we are unable to provide the requested information as detailed in our earlier email and refer you to the Information Tribunal Decision: http://www.informationtribunal.gov.uk/DB...

Yours sincerely

Lynette Paterson
Senior Information Management Officer
Business Services - Digital

Wallasey Town Hall
Brighton Street
Wallasey
Wirral
CH44 8ED 
Tel: 0151 691 8201
[Wirral Borough Council request email]

This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.   You are free to use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research you are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may involve licensing and the application of a charge

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