Selling of Education Sites

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Dear Department for Education,

I am having to submit a FOI request as my letters to your department are been ignored and letters to Mr Gove are being addressed back to me stating that he is too busy to become involved, so I have no alternative than to request this information under a FOI

As a tax payer and a grandmother I am requesting to know as to why the Sec of State is allowing 6th form college sites to be sold to private companies. I am aware that a previous conservative government gave 6th form colleges land around 1992. This is now resulting in private education companies with the agreement of the YPLA to sell to the highest bidder thus profiteering from educational land and loss of education facilities
I live in Marple Stockport Cheshire and we are currently trying to save the land which was a gift to the people of Marple for education, being sold by Cheadle and Marple 6th form college to ASDA for 12 million with the backing of the YPLA
I am requesting to know if this sale can be prevented until the situation has been fully investigated by Your department given that this land was a gift to the people of Marple for education many years ago by a local family.
I am requesting to know what conditions were put in place by the Goverment who brought about this act to protect existing education sites from private companies selling them off for profit.
I am also requesting to know if and when this law is going to be amended to protect our childrens future educational needs.

Paula Smith

Yours faithfully,

Miss marple

Department for Education

Dear Ms Smith

Thank you for your recent email. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible. For information, the departmental standard for correspondence
received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you
are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number
2011/0072626.

Thank you
Department for Education
Public Communications Unit
Tel: 0370 000 2288
www.education.gov.uk

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Dear Department for Education,

I am still awaiting a reply to my FOI request

Yours faithfully,

Paula Smith

Department for Education

Dear Ms Smith

Thank you for your email. For a request to be treated as a request
under the Freedom of Information Act, it must seek access to recorded
information. A request that sets out questions or can be dealt with as
normal course of business, is not handled as a FOI request. Your
enquiry was later deemed to be not an FOI request and was subsequently
passed to the Young People's Learning Agency who are responsible for the
areas you raised. and I understand my colleague Rebecca Loveday from the
YPLA responded.

Yours sincerely

Department for Education
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Dear Department for Education,

I am asking your department to deal wih his matter as the YPLA are now in breech of their own procedures due to agreeing to the sale of the campus without documentation which would ensure no loss of curriculum

Yours faithfully,

Paula Smith

Dear Department for Education,

By law you should have responded to this request

Yours faithfully,
Paula Smith

Dear Department for Education,
It has now been eight months since your reply and I have not been contacted by the YPLA, who I now understand cease to be a governing body.
My understanding is the the DOE funds CAMSFC so therefore has a major role in the loss of educational land should be accountable
My question still remains which is what role did the DOE have in the sale of the land to Walmart. What documentation do you hold that shows how many sixth form colleges have already been allowed to sell land which was given by the Government in the 1990s for educational use

Yours faithfully,
Paula Smith
Miss marple

Department for Education

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 30th
July 2012.  You requested information concerning the role that the Dept of
Education had in the sale of some land to Walmart. You also
requested documentation held by us that shows how many sixth form colleges
have already been allowed to sell land which was given by the Government
in the 1990s for educational use.  I am dealing with your request under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Sue Millington

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Department for Education
[2]www.education.gov.uk

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Dear Paula Smith,
 

Thank you for your request for information received on the 30^th July
2012, which I have dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(“the Act”). For reference I have reproduced your actual request below. 

 

‘Dear Department for Education,

It has now been eight months since your reply and I have not been
contacted by the YPLA, who I now understand cease to be a governing body. 
My understanding is the DOE funds CAMSFC so therefore has a major role in
the loss of educational land should be accountable.  My question still
remains which is what role did the DOE have in the sale of the land to
Walmart. What documentation do you hold that shows how many sixth form
colleges have already been allowed to sell land which was given by the
Government in the 1990s for educational use’.
    
In respect of your request for documentation, under section 21 of the Act,
the Department is not required to provide information in response to a
request if it is for information that is already reasonably accessible to
you. Your enquires have already been addressed in the response sent to you
on the 20^th January 2012 by the Young Peoples Learning Agency (YPLA), a
copy of which is attached. 

 

With regard to your enquiry about previous sales of land by sixth form
colleges, the Department is not required to approve the sale of land but
will deal with requests for consent for the disposal of land. There have
been 15 sixth form colleges that have been given consent to dispose of
land since 2001.

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.
Yours sincerely,

Mike Davies
Young People's Programme
[email address]
[1]www.education.gov.uk

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2012/0051780.

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