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Property and Assets and Buildings

Viran Patel made this Freedom of Information request to Melton Borough 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

Melton Borough Council

Our Ref: 836873

Directline: 01664 502 502

Email: [1][email address

Date: 31/07/2018

Mr Viran Patel,
 

Dear Mr Patel,

Freedom of Information Request

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 dated 29/07/2018. We can confirm receipt of your
request and we will be issuing a response within 20 working days.

In the meantime, if I can be of any further assistance then please do not
hesitate to contact me.

Yours Sincerely,

Natalie Roberts
Customer Services Teamleader

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Rebecca Mann, Melton Borough Council

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Dear Viran Patel

Please find attached response to your FOI.

Regards

Rebecca Mann
Customer Services Advisor
Melton Borough Council
Tel: 01664 502502
Email: [email address]

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Parkside|Station Approach|Burton Street|Melton Mowbray|LE13 1GH

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Dear Melton Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Melton Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Property and Assets and Buildings'.

Thank you I do not agree with your response since the reasons and safeguards given are reasonable and would not diminish the protection of the properties. Further, in under the local government act the council must be open and transparent which it is not.

Yours faithfully,

Viran Patel

CSC FOI, Melton Borough Council

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Dear Viran Patel

Please find attached the response to your enquiry.

Many thanks

Kieran Stockley ¦ Principal Solicitor & Deputy Monitoring Officer ¦ Melton Borough Council ¦ Burton Street ¦ Melton Mowbray ¦LE13 1GH ¦ Tel.: 01664 504336 ¦ Ext.: 4336 ¦ [mobile number] ¦ Email: [email address]

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