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One Public Estate project Fitzalan Rd, Littlehampton

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Derrick Chester

Dear West Sussex County Council,

I would like to see the latest viability report into the one public estate project at Fitzalan Rd, Littlehampton which prompted its abandonment for the time being please.

Yours faithfully,

Derrick Chester

westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Derrick Chester

Thank you for your request which has been assigned reference FOI/943

Freedom of Information request - One Public Estate project Fitzalan Rd,
Littlehampton

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westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Derrick Chester,

 

Our reference: FOI/943
 
We are writing regarding your request for information, which we received
on 15/05/2020. In that request, you asked for information on Request for
latest viability report into the one public estate project at Fitzalan Rd,
Littlehampton.

Please would you confirm that the one public estate project concerning
County Buildings, Littlehampton is the one to which your request relates.

In order for us to respond to your request and identify and locate the
information that you have asked for, please could you clarify the above. 
We will not be able to take this matter further without extra information
from you. 

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Yours sincerely

BSD Information Liaison Officers

Derrick Chester

Dear [email address],

Yes it is. The only one public estate project in Littlehampton, and the one mentioned in the report to the finance and performance select committee on 22 May and also subject of a previous FOI to me.

Yours sincerely,

Derrick Chester

Derrick Chester

Dear [email address],

Hi, I am talking about the one public estate project in Fitzalan Road, Littlehampton as referenced in the agenda of the Performance and Finance Select Committee 22 May.

Yours sincerely,

Derrick Chester

westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

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Dear Mr Chester,

I refer to your request dated 15/05/2020, which has been dealt with under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Your request asked for a copy of the “latest viability report into the one
public estate project at Fitzalan Rd, Littlehampton which prompted its
abandonment for the time being please”.

The Authority declines to disclose the information you have requested and
has applied the exemption under Section 36 of the Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA), this relates to the effective conduct of public affairs.  It
is the reasonable opinion of Tony Kershaw, the Director of Law and
Assurance, being the qualified person, that disclosure would be likely to
inhibit the free and frank provision of advice or exchange of views or
would otherwise prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs.  A copy
of the record of the qualified person’s opinion is attached for your
information.

Having applied a qualified exemption the Authority also went on to
consider the public interest test and whether it would nevertheless be in
the public interest to disclose the information requested.

There will always be public interest in disclosure in so far as it
supports the following:

* To further the understanding of, and participation in the debate of
issues of the day.
* To promote accountability and transparency in decision making.
* To promote the accountability and transparency of public authorities
in upholding standards of integrity and ensuring justice and fair
treatment for all
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money and in ensuring fair commercial competition in a mixed economy;
* To allow individuals to understand decisions made by public
authorities affecting their lives and, in some cases, assist
individuals in challenging those decisions;

 

However it is the view of the Authority that the public interest in
maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing for
the following reasons:

• The need to exchange views without the risk of disclosure inhibiting
frankness and candour to maintain the focus and integrity of partnership
and further investigation.

• The need for a “safe space” for government and civil servants to
formulate and debate issues and test proposals away from public scrutiny.

• Disclosure would prejudice the ability of the Authority to perform its
strategic statutory functions and the public interest is served by the
publication of relevant information used to support proposals and
decisions when it is appropriate to be in the public domain.

 

 

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