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Dear Organisation,

I would like to know a full list of Vacant Properties held by your organisation and any of its subsidiaries.

If possible their market value for sale or to let, whether they would be considered for a community asset transfer, if not then whether they are for sale or to let. In a clear and easy to read format. It would be supportive if the property is for sale or to let that it is listed on here too: https://e-pims.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/gove... and that you inform us of this intention or such listing in the request.

In the previous case in Voyias v IC and LB Camden (EA/201v1/0007), the requesters asked for substantially similar information, and the judge favoured disclosure. I appreciate the circumstances here are quite different, but the same principles should apply.

I understand there is a risk that your empty properties would be targeted by squatters should this the list of empty properties be public, but this is a very slim risk. The prejudice to law enforcement should be real, likely and substantial, as per Hogan v the ICO and Oxford City Council. I can assure you that my request is not sent in order to cause trouble for the authority, it is predominantly for my own research, with publication as part of campaigning materials. I am concerned at the sale of public assets, not a not an advocate for their illegal occupation. I would also say that I cannot imagine the disclosure of this list of properties to significantly affect a squatting problem that pre-existed my interest in the organisation. Overall the prejudice to law enforcement is very slim, and not severe. Since 12 months will be the time that this information will be released onto this site, unless others request this information separately. The requester is not liable for any issues that may arise in between or after.

It is in the public interest and transparency that this information is made publicly available under the public sector duty under the equality act allowing people to know of this information and make use of it under the Community Asset Transfer scheme and under the Human Rights Act Article 11 enabling the community to gather and make decisions on the allocation of such assets.

Yours faithfully,

Viran Patel

Mid Ulster Info, Mid Ulster District Council

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Philip Moffett, Mid Ulster District Council

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Dear Mr Patel

Thank you for your information request submitted with Mid Ulster District
Council on 05/08/2018 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act)
for Property and Assets and Buildings. I apologise for the delay in a
response being issued to you by the council.

The council has considered your request and provides you with a response
as detailed within the attached.

I hope this is of assistance. However, under the Freedom of Information
Act, if you are not happy with the way in which your request has been
handled, you have the right to ask for an internal review. An internal
review should be requested within 2 months of the date of this response
and should be sent to:

Chief Executive
Mid Ulster District Council
Dungannon Office
Circular Road
DUNGANNON BT71 6DT

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you can
ask the Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether the Council
has complied with its responsibilities under the Act. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office (Northern Ireland)
3rd Floor
14 Cromac Place
BELFAST BT7 2JB
If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact
me.
Regards
Philip
______________________________
Philip Moffett
Head of Democratic Services
Mid-Ulster District Council
T: 03000 132 132
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Eileen Forde, Mid Ulster District Council

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Dear Mr Patel

Thank you for your request dated 6 August 2018  under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding Property, Assets and Buildings.

It has now been passed to the relevant council officers and a response
will be issued to you in accordance with the Act, as soon as a response
becomes available.

Yours sincerely,

 Eileen Forde 

Mid Ulster District Council

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may be subject to legal professional privilege. Only the intended
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Council”) unless otherwise clearly stated. The sender (including the
Council) cannot guarantee that this message or any attachment is virus
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Nyasha Duri left an annotation ()

This message above was initially incorrectly delivered to another request. Upon being notified of that a while after the final message had already been sent, we then moved it to the right place. This is why the last two responses show up in that switched order.

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