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Public Conveniences - Adkins Lane, Smethwick

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Dear Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council,

In April, 2012 Cllr Steve Eling and Chief Executive Jan Britton demanded to know of Nick Bubalo why the public conveniences at Adkins Lane, Smethwick had been included in a deal with Central Property Line/Abdul Naeem Quyum who were also negotiating to purchase other redundant public conveniences.

1 Please disclose all correspondence and records of communications passing between those three persons on this subject.

In November, 2012 Mr Barry Hall was reported in local media saying that he was negotiating a 15 year lease for the lavatories to turn them into a food outlet although this transaction did not proceed.

2 Please disclose all documents relating to the advertisement of this site for sale/lease;

3 Please disclose all documentation held by SMBC relating to the lease negotiations.

In 2013 an unknown applicant made a planning application to SMBC for change of use to A5 use (hot food takeaway). For reasons unknown the Council's website have taken this application down.

4 Please restore planning application DC/13/55524 to the website and tell me you have done so or disclose to me the entire planning file. (As ever and to save time I am very happy to attend your offices in Oldbury to view the file if more convenient).

In 2015 J C Decaux put in a planning application to demolish the lavatories and replace them with automatic ones. In the remarkably sparse planning application DC/15/58534 J C Decaux signed a certificate of ownership of the site.

5 Please disclose all adverts for sale of the site and state when the sale/long lease was made and at what consideration. Please disclose all documentation relating to the alleged transfer of ownership.

In planning application DC/15/58534 J C Decaux say they had pre-application advice from Mr Alan Reynolds of SMBC.

6 Please disclose all documentation relating to this pre-application advice.

Yours faithfully,

Julian Saunders

Sandwell MBC, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Mr Julian Saunders
 
 
Your request for information has been passed to an investigating officer.
 
Your reference is FS-Case-60698281
 
 
Thank you
 
Sandwell MBC

Dear Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Public Conveniences - Adkins Lane, Smethwick'.

You are way beyond the legal time limit to respond here.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Julian Saunders

Sandwell MBC, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Mr Julian Saunders
 
 
Your request for information has been passed to an investigating officer.
 
Your reference is FS-Case-66232461
 
 
Thank you
 
Sandwell MBC

Dear Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council,

You have failed to deal with this request within the statutory time limits and so I referred this matter to the ICO.

Yours faithfully,

Julian Saunders

Sandwell MBC, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Julian Saunders,
 
Information Request - FS-Case-60698281
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. In response to your
request I can confirm the following:
 
 
In April, 2012 Cllr Steve Eling and Chief Executive Jan Britton demanded
to know of Nick Bubalo why the public conveniences at Adkins Lane,
Smethwick had been included in a deal with Central Property Line/Abdul
Naeem Quyum who were also negotiating to purchase other redundant public
conveniences. Q1 Please disclose all correspondence and records of
communications passing between those three persons on this subject. A1 The
only communications and record of communications we have is an email
correspondence on this matter, please find it attached. In November, 2012
Mr Barry Hall was reported in local media saying that he was negotiating a
15 year lease for the lavatories to turn them into a food outlet although
this transaction did not proceed. Q2 Please disclose all documents
relating to the advertisement of this site for sale/lease; A2 There are no
marketing documents in respect of the disposal of the property Q3 Please
disclose all documentation held by SMBC relating to the lease
negotiations. A3 In regard to the lease agreement, please find attached
all relevant documentation between the Council and Mr Hall. In accordance
with S40 of the FoIA we have redacted from the documents any personal
information. In 2013 an unknown applicant made a planning application to
SMBC for change of use to A5 use (hot food takeaway). For reasons unknown
the Council's website have taken this application down. Q4 Please restore
planning application DC/13/55524 to the website and tell me you have done
so or disclose to me the entire planning file. (As ever and to save time I
am very happy to attend your offices in Oldbury to view the file if more
convenient). A4 – DC/13/55524; Conversion of former public conveniences to
A5 use (hot food takeaway) with new front canopy, and bin store to rear.
The reason this is not on the system is that it was an invalid
application. (No fee was paid). It was returned to the applicant on 5/4/13
without being determined. Please find attached a copy of the planning
application. In 2015 J C Decaux put in a planning application to demolish
the lavatories and replace them with automatic ones. In the remarkably
sparse planning application DC/15/58534 J C Decaux signed a certificate of
ownership of the site. Q5 Please disclose all adverts for sale of the site
and state when the sale/long lease was made and at what consideration.
Please disclose all documentation relating to the alleged transfer of
ownership. A5 In relation to adverts the Council does not hold the
information as the premises were not advertised for sale. In regard to the
alleged transfer, the Council does not hold any information as there was
never an intention to transfer ownership. In planning application
DC/15/58534 J C Decaux say they had pre-application advice from Mr Alan
Reynolds of SMBC. Q6 Please disclose all documentation relating to this
pre-application advice. A6 “The applicant was provided with verbal
pre-application advice. This advice informed the applicant about the
background, context need and demand for the proposed toilet in this
location, in order to assist the applicant in drawing up a Design and
Access Statement. The advice was duly incorporated by the applicant into
the Design and Access Statement that formed part of the submission in
DC/15/58534, which the enquirer will have seen.
 
 
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
request, and should be addressed to:
 
Information Management Unit
Sandwell Council House
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Email – [Sandwell Council request email]
 
If you are not content with the outcome of an internal review, you have
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Yours sincerely
 
Sandwell MBC
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Julian Saunders

Dear Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council,

Thank you for your reply.

Given the fraud involved in the disposal of toilet blocks at the material time it is essential that you state the name (names) of the SMBC employee(s) involved in the lease negotiations with Mr Barry Hall.

I asked what consideration was provided by J C Decaux for the public convenience lease. That has not been supplied. Bearing in mind no other party was allowed to tender for the deal how were the lease terms decided?

Yours faithfully,

Julian Saunders

Sandwell MBC, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Mr Julian Saunders
 
 
Your request for information has been passed to an investigating officer.
 
Your reference is FS-Case-81423051
 
 
Thank you
 
Sandwell MBC
For your information residents can now use their MySandwell account to log
many Sandwell Council requests online, including reporting missed
collections; fly tipping and pot holes. Residents can also check their
council tax balance on MyAccounts and find ‘MyNearest’ on their
personalised homepage. For information please go
to [1]www.sandwell.gov.uk/mysandwell.

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