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Property and Assets and Buildings

Viran Patel made this Freedom of Information request to West Glamorgan Regional Partnership Board 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

Mabula, Rachel, West Glamorgan Regional Partnership Board

Dear Viran

 

We have received your FOI request dated 06/08/18.

 

Under Section 14(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, a public authority
does not have to comply with a request which is identical, or
substantially similar to a previous request submitted by the same
individual, unless a reasonable period has elapsed between those requests.
A public authority may only apply Section 14(2) where it has either:

•             previously provided the same requester with the information
in response to an earlier FOIA request; or

•             previously confirmed the information is not held in response
to an earlier FOIA request from the same requester

 

Therefore, under Section 14(2), we are not responding to this request as
we are still processing your initial request, which in our view is
identical to this one.

 

If you believe that this request is substantially different to your past
request dated 29^th July 2018, please contact us.

 

 

 

Many Thanks

Information Governance Unit/Uned Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth

City & County of Swansea/Dinas A Sir Abertawe

 

 

 

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Dear Western Bay Regional Partnership Board,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Western Bay Regional Partnership Board's handling of my FOI request 'Property and Assets and Buildings'.

I did not make a request to you in July.

Please do action this request:
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

Yours faithfully,

Viran Patel

Western Bay Programme Office, West Glamorgan Regional Partnership Board

Dear colleague

Thank you for your email below. I have passed your request on to FOI colleagues as Western Bay do not hold this information.

I am sure the relevant team will contact you shortly.

Kind regards
Western Bay Programme Office

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Davies, Jan, West Glamorgan Regional Partnership Board

Good Afternoon,

Thank you for your email which has been passed to the Complaints Manager who will conduct a review of the case.

Regards,

Jan Davies
Swyddog Cwynion
Complaints Officer
01792 637548
[email address]

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Nicholas-Humphreys, Julie, West Glamorgan Regional Partnership Board

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Good Morning,

 

Please see response as attached.

 

Kind Regards,

 

 

[1][IMG]        Julie Nicholas-Humphreys
        Rheolwr Gwasanaethau Cwsmeriad & Cwynion
        Customer Service & Complaints Manager

( 01792 637345

*  [2][email address]

*  [3][email address]

 

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