Payments to Moirai Capital Investments

tim todd made this Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council

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Dear East Devon District Council,

I make this request under the FOI Act and Environmental regs

We have learned from local press reports that EDDC has ended the status of Moirai Capital Investments as preferred partner in relation to the regeneration of Exmouth.

Has council made any payments to Moirai, or any agent on their behalf (JLL?) and if so, what are the details.

What meetings have been held with Moirai or any of it's agents and what officer time or other costs have been incurred. Full details please , to include dates, place of meeting and officers/members meeting.

Is it correct that EDDC has been taking councillors (and any others e.g regeneration panel members) to view Moirai's Swindon operation? Full details please.

When did EDDC decide to end it's preferred partner relationship with Moirai and why? please supply full reasons and dates with copies of reports and decisions .

Please explain what has changed, other than the passage of time, that necessitates a rethink on regeneration proposals.

Please ensure that the fullest details are given in response together with copies of all relevant paperwork, emails etc.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Todd

East Devon District Council

Dear Mr Todd,

Thank you for your request for information. Please find our response below:

Has the council made any payments to Moirai, or any agent on their behalf and, if so, what are the details?
No

What meetings have been held with Moirai or any of its agents and what officer time or other costs have been incurred? Full details to include dates, place of meeting and officers/members meeting

28 August 2014. Meeting with Moirai and JLL. Presentation given to Alison Hayward, Richard Cohen, Cllr Tim Wood, Cllr John Humphries, Cllr Andrew Moulding.
19 September 2014. Meeting with Moirai.
24 Feb 2015. Meeting with Moirai and JLL (agent to EDDC)
24 April 2015. Meeting with Moirai and JLL. Held at JLL offices.
27 May 2015. Meeting with Moirai and JLL. Held at JLL offices
16 June 2015. Meeting with Moirai and WSP (engineering consultants to EDDC).
6 August 2015. Meeting with Moirai and JLL and also a meeting with Moirai .

We do not hold information regarding officer cost.

Details of visit made by EDDC Councillors to view Moirai's Swindon operation
Saturday 3rd October 2015 - A trip was arranged to visit the Oasis Leisure centre in Swindon with 6 Exmouth town councillors.

Details of EDDC's decision to end its preferred partner relationship with Moirai including dates and copies of reports and decisions
There is no information held. Any formal decision will be documented in the minutes of Cabinet which will be available online.

I hope this is helpful.

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Yours sincerely,

Kate Symington
Information and Complaints Officer
East Devon District Council

01395 517417
www.eastdevon.gov.uk

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Dear Kate Symington

Thank you for this part- reply to my request.

You have met my request for full details in some respects but have not included the location of some meetings, nor the persons present, in most. Please address fully and also confirm, or otherwise, whether any meetings were held in Moirai offices or not. (if so where)

In addition I asked for fullest details to include copies of all relevant paperwork and emails etc but no such copies have been provided. As you have not claimed that such documents are exempt, exemption cannot be an obvious protectection afforded to them. Please supply in full as requested.

I also asked about the 'rethink' on regeneration proposals but you say that 'no information is held'. This clearly cannot be so . It may be that EDDC fails to comply with the Ombudsman's decision of 20th January 2004, where he instructs council to keep a writen record of decision making, but there must be some information within the council. May I quote Councillor Phillip Skinner, the new chairman of the Exmouth Regeneration program who, in an interview published in the Journal on 4th August said "we are going to retender, and it doesn't mean to say that Moirai won't come baack into the field and have a crack at it". Either it has always been the intention of EDDC to have a retender (which begs many other questions) or they have had a rethink and EDDC must therefore hold some information.
Please decide which of the options above applies and provide a clear and unambiguous response to my question on the 'rethink'/retender question.
A full and proper response to my initial FOI should have been provided within the time permitted by the Acts. EDDC has had 20 working days to consider and prepare it's response but has failed to provide a complete response. Please expedite the response to my request for full information.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

tim todd

Kate Symington, East Devon District Council

Good morning Mr Todd

Apologies if my earlier response did not provide all of the information you were seeking. Our response in terms of your last question stands as valid and I confirm that no information is currently held. As advised, any formal decision will be taken by Cabinet and detail will then be available through the relevant minutes.

In respect of the meetings held - detail of venue and attendees is included below:
28 August 2014. Meeting with Moirai and JLL. Presentation given to Alison Hayward, Richard Cohen, Cllr Tim Wood, Cllr John Humphries, Cllr Andrew Moulding.
19 September 2014. Meeting with Moirai. Onsite in Exmouth. Alison Hayward.
24 Feb 2015, Meeting with Moirai and JLL (agent to EDDC). Held at EDBC. Alison Hayward attended.
24 April 2015. Meeting with Moira and JLL. Held at JLL offices. Alison Hayward and Brian Wilkes attended.
27 May 2015. Meeting with Moirai and JLL. Held at JLL offices. Alison Hayward and Brian Wilkes attended.
16 June 2015. Meeting with Moirai and WSP (engineering consultants to EDDC). Alison Hayward attended. Held at Ocean, Exmouth
6 August 2015. Meeting with Moirai and JLL. Alison Hayward attended.

I hope this is helpful and should remind you that if you feel dissatisfied with our response to your request, you have the right to request an internal review.

Regards

Kate Symington
Information and Complaints Officer
EDDC
01395 517417

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