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Property and Assets and Buildings

Viran Patel made this Freedom of Information request to North Wales Community Health Council as part of a batch sent to 500 authorities

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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

Admin (CHC-North Wales CHC),

Dear Viran Patel

Thanks for your email dated 6 August 2018. With regard to your enquiry, I can confirm that as an organisation we do not have any vacant properties. We are a statutory body, supported by the Welsh Ministers and established under primary legislation. Our leases are signed for on behalf of the Welsh Ministers. If you wish to make further enquiries in this respect I suggest that you contact Carl Waskiewicz, Property Surveyor, NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership - Specialist Estates Services, via [email address], as he has oversight of all property for our organisation.

Yours sincerely
Sue Irlam

Cyngor Iechyd Cymuned Gogledd Cymru / North Wales Community Health Council
11 Llys Castan/Chestnut Court, Ffordd y Parc, Parc Menai, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4FH
Ffôn/Tel 01248 679 284 est/ext 3 neu/or 01341 422 236


Os ydych angen yr wybodaeth yma ar ffurf wahanol cysylltwch â 01248 679284 est 3 neu [email address].
If you need this information in an alternative format please contact 01248 679284 ext 3 or [email address].

Sylwer y gellid mynnu, o dan delerau Deddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 2000, bod y Cynghorau Iechyd Cymuned yn gwneud cynnwys unrhyw e-bost neu ohebiaeth a dderbyniwyd yn gyhoeddus.
Please be aware that, under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Community Health Councils may be required to make public the content of any emails or correspondence received.

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