Occupancy rate at Seymour Court / Janes Court

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Dear Cambridge City Council,

I would like to make an FOI request relating to the occupancy rate of the 50+ warden assisted flats known as Seymour Court through the period 2006-2010, and following the rebuild the occupancy rate of the 22 over 50's 2 bedroom flats from January to March 2014. Can you please confirm the occupancy rate for both the above properties for the periods stated.

In addition I would like to make a 2nd FOI request relating to the naming of the development and access road as Janes Court. Please can you provide copies of all letters and memorandum relating to the naming decision, and any documentation confirming the naming of the access road.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Lythgoe

FOI, Cambridge City Council

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Eleanor Dent

Cambridge City Council

>>> Paul Lythgoe <[FOI #202318 email]> 16/03/2014
18:56 >>>
Dear Cambridge City Council,

I would like to make an FOI request relating to the occupancy rate of the
50+ warden assisted flats known as Seymour Court through the period
2006-2010, and following the rebuild the occupancy rate of the 22 over
50's 2 bedroom flats from January to March 2014. Can you please confirm
the occupancy rate for both the above properties for the periods stated.

In addition I would like to make a 2nd FOI request relating to the naming
of the development and access road as Janes Court. Please can you provide
copies of all letters and memorandum relating to the naming decision, and
any documentation confirming the naming of the access road.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Lythgoe

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Dear Mr Lythgoe

 

Thank you for your request of 16 March, you asked for the following
information:

 

Can you please confirm the occupancy rate of the 50+ warden assisted flats
known as Seymour Court through the period 2006-2010, and following the
rebuild the occupancy rate of the 22 over 50's 2 bedroom flats from
January to March 2014.

 

Occupancy Rate is as follows;

Seymour Court, 2006-2010 - 91.4%

Janes Court, January to March 2014 - 43.2%

 

Please can you provide copies of all letters and memorandum relating to
the naming of the development and access road as Janes Court.

 

As a City Council development the council would have had the opportunity
to suggest street names.

 

According to Cambridge Street Names:  their origins and associations by
Ronald Gray and Derek Stubbings.(pub 2000)  it is uncertain who Seymour
Street was named for, but one possibility was that it was named for Jane
Seymour's brother (Regent to Edward 6th) who was Chancellor of the
University and built the first Senate House.  Accordingly following
discussion with a local historian who agreed that that was a possibility -
and also mentioned that another possibility was that it named for a farmer
who owned land nearby. It was felt that Jane's Court was fine as the claim
for it to be Edward Seymour first Earl of Somerset was reasonable.  It was
also the aim to reduce the confusion caused by having Seymour Street and
Seymour Court. 

 

Ward councillors were consulted on the naming of the development and Janes
Court was proposed.  Cambridge City Council would have then liaised with
Fire Service and Royal Mail. As there were no objections raised the name
was forwarded to Tim .Ward, Executive Councillor for Planning & Climate
Change for approval.

 

Please find attached:

 

1. Letter from Cambridge City Council to Kier Partnership Homes

 

2. Street Naming Application Form from Kier Partnership Homes

 

3. Postal address confirmation letter to Kier Partnership

 

Some information has been redacted from this correspondence as it is the
personal information of third parties, the disclosure of which would be in
breach of the first data protection principle.  It is therefore exempt
from disclosure under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act. 
This is an absolute exemption and there is therefore no requirement to
consider the public interest.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Eleanor Dent

Cambridge City Council

>>> Paul Lythgoe <[FOI #202318 email]> 16/03/2014
18:56 >>>
Dear Cambridge City Council,

I would like to make an FOI request relating to the occupancy rate of the
50+ warden assisted flats known as Seymour Court through the period
2006-2010, and following the rebuild the occupancy rate of the 22 over
50's 2 bedroom flats from January to March 2014. Can you please confirm
the occupancy rate for both the above properties for the periods stated.

In addition I would like to make a 2nd FOI request relating to the naming
of the development and access road as Janes Court. Please can you provide
copies of all letters and memorandum relating to the naming decision, and
any documentation confirming the naming of the access road.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Lythgoe

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Paul Lythgoe left an annotation ()

I asked the question regards the naming of Janes Court to put into the public domain the incorrect assumptions made with regard to the selection of the name.

The use of Gray and Stubbings would be fine except that in the preface to the book it is stated that names in brackets are included when "they are reasonably well connected, or simply interesting" there is no question of just uncertainty. It just happens to be interesting that there is a Cambridge University connection with Jane Seymour.
By contrast the deeds to my Seymour Street property clearly state that the land on which Seymour Street was built was part of 2 acres of land sold by Joseph Sturton to William Seymour, who I believe was a local carpenter, on the 7th November 1879. William Seymour put in the street and planned to build a series of terraces adjoining Vinery Road. In the event only a few of the houses were built, and probably by Thomas Seymour who owned properties throughout Mill Road area. Nonetheless Seymour Street retains the name of the land owner, and local Cambridge working man just as Sturton Street retained the name of the original landowner and chemist. In the heart of the area that was historically known as little Russia, and on a street whose first inhabitants were carpenters, stone masons and other labourers it is a shame that in naming a new street we forget our real history and celebrate speculative royal and university connections. Town once more gives way to gown!

Again perhaps we could have celebrated the successful Ridgeon family, Charles Ridgeon a stone mason and father of Ridgeons founder Cyril lived in 1901 on Seymour Street.