Scientology rates relief: Saint Hill Manor

William Thackeray made this Freedom of Information request to Mid Sussex District Council

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William Thackeray

Dear Mid Sussex District Council,

In 1999 an application for relief from national non-domestic rates (business rates) was made in respect of the Scientology property at Saint Hill Manor.

Please provide:

- The application itself and any supporting documents.

- Documents (such as internal and external emails, letters, memos, meeting notes, phone notes, agenda, minutes) relating to the application.

- The Council's reasons for its decision in respect of the application.

Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

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"In 1999 an application for relief from national non-domestic rates business rates) was made in respect of the Scientology property at Saint Hill Manor.

Please provide:

- The application itself and any supporting documents.

- Documents (such as internal and external emails, letters, memos, meeting notes, phone notes, agenda, minutes) relating to the application.

- The Council's reasons for its decision in respect of the application."

Don't think the Council would have it WT, and see this FOI for the Council's reasons, Westminster City Council london sure didn't seem to have any dox.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/sc...

Freedom of Information, Mid Sussex District Council

Dear Mr Thackeray,

Thank you for your request for information regarding Scientology rates relief. We have consulted with our Council Tax section who have provided the following response.

Application documents for rate relief are not required to be kept past three years, so we do not have any copies of the Scientology application as this was over 11 yeas ago.

The only note referring to the request for rate relief is on the Council Tax notes for their file. A copy of the notes from the file is as follows:

"email from camden - church of scientology have applied for charitable relief there - advised we haven't had an app here but they did apply6 back in 1999 but were refused as registered charity in Australia not the UK.
User Id: amandam Date: 23.07.2008 09:13:19"

The reason the application was not successful in 1999, is that they were not a registered charity here in the UK and therefore not eligible for the rate relief.

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yours sincerely,

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William Thackeray

My thanks to you and your colleagues for your assistance with this matter.

Yours sincerely,

William Thackeray

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Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1SS or
by return to this email.

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