Tesco Money Correspondence

Tim Thorne made this Freedom of Information request to Scarborough Borough Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear Scarborough Borough Council,

I would like all internal documentation and/or internal correspondence between Scarborough Borough Council employees, elected Councillors or any third party where and when the expected monies from the sale of the Council Depot on Dean Road to Tesco have been discussed and when those funds are expected to be deposited in Council coffers.

I would also like all internal documentation and/or internal correspondence between Scarborough Borough Council employees, elected Councillors or any third party proposing where the expected funds from Tesco are expected to be allocated.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Thorne

Dear Scarborough Borough Council,

I've not had any information from yourselves pertaining to the 'Tesco Money Correspondence' FOI request. I would like to remind you that by law you should have promptly responded by 24th March 2011. Please provide this information immediately. If you are unable to do this please provide a timescale for doing so.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Thorne

Dear Scarborough Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Scarborough Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Tesco Money Correspondence'.

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

Yours faithfully,

Tim Thorne

Dear Scarborough Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Scarborough Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Tesco Money Correspondence'.

This information was requested four months ago and you still haven't even given me the courtesy of a reply. Please provide this information immediately. If you are
unable to do this please provide a timescale for doing so.

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

Yours faithfully,
Tim Thorne

Ian Anderson, Scarborough Borough Council

1 Attachment

  • Attachment

    Agreement for Sale and Purchase Scarborough Borough Council Tesco Redacted Version.DOC.doc

    361K Download View as HTML

Dear Mr Thorne

Thank you for your email of 29 June 2011. I apologise for the delay in response.

I address your requests for information below:

(a) Request 1: All internal documentation and/ or internal correspondence between Scarborough Borough Council employees, elected Councillors or any third party where and when the expected monies from the sale of the Council Depot on Dean Road to Tesco have been discussed and when those funds are expected to be deposited in Council coffers.

I attach hereto the redacted Agreement for sale and purchase of the land with Tesco's. This was published on the Council's website in response to FOI 1221 at the time of your original request in 30 March 2011. I am sorry if you were not referred to that response at that time.

The agreement sets out the detail of the circumstances in which payment will be made should the contract conditions be met and consequently addresses your request for information upon when or if funds will be deposited. I understand that the application for planning consent is likely to be considered at Planning Committee in September, however, you can monitor the position through the Council's website.

(b) Request 2: All internal documentation and/or internal correspondence between Scarborough Borough Council employees, elected Councillors or any third party proposing where the expected funds from Tesco are expected to be allocated.

The Council do not hold such information as consideration has not been given to how any monies that may be received by the Council will be expended. Such matters will not be considered unless or until a decision has been made upon whether the criteria for sale have been satisfied. In general terms however, the Council has a capital programme and that programme is reported to Council each February. If you want to review the items within the Council's capital programme you can access this through the Council meeting agenda papers on the Council's website.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to David Kitson, Senior Solicitor, Legal and Support Services, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2HG or email [email address].

If you are not content with the outcome your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner’s Office cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by Scarborough Borough Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Tel: 01625 545745 Fax: 01625 524510 Web: www.ico.gov.uk.

kind regards

Ian Anderson
Head of Legal and Support Services

show quoted sections

Dear Ian Anderson,

Thank you for the reply. With regard to Capital Programme I would find it difficult to believe that projections have not been made for 2012/13 and later years given that we are endeavouring to build a new Sports Centre at Weaponness and Waterpark in the North Bay. Perhaps I'm asking the question the wrong way around. If the Tesco money is not received and planning permission is not given, then what is the effect on SBC? Was SBC planning to use the Tesco money to plug the projected £2.5million shortfall for this financial year? There must have been a contingency plan written should the Tesco money not arrive. Will SBC take out a loan to cover the shortfall until the Tesco money arrives? Or have SBC Officers and elected representatives not discussed the allocation of Tesco money at any point?

Yours sincerely,
Tim Thorne

Ian Anderson, Scarborough Borough Council

Mr Thorne

Thank you for your email.

1. Sports Village - this is the subject of a tender at present. The details of the tender have been the subject of reports to Cabinet and Council and the bid details publicised through the Yorkshire and Humber contract management website. Four areas of land have been made available to tenderers to bring forward proposals. The tender requires that they produce a proposal to deliver a Sports Village funded via the capital value in the land.

2. Sands Development Waterpark - again this is the subject of many reports to Cabinet and Council which can be accessed on the Council website and which explain the scheme within the development agreement. The developer is required to deliver the Principal Visitor Attraction (presently proposed to be a Waterpark) as an output from the development, using the "profitable" elements of the development to meet the costs of this attraction.

3. In relation to your reference to a "£2.5m shortfall", I presume this to be to the £2.5m savings target for 2011/12. Progress against this target is reported quarterly to Cabinet . Accordingly you can find the details of progress on the Council's website. As you would expect the majority of savings were put in place prior to the end of the 2010/11 financial year to avoid a shortfall arising. In any event there are strict rules upon the separate treatment of revenue and capital monies.

4. As I explained in response to Request 2, the Council's Capital Programme is available on the website and sets out the Council's current commitments. The Council's borrowing requirements are similarly published. As I have explained the Council has not committed money beyond the existing capital programme. Should the Council dispose of the Dean Road Site it would need to establish a new site for the reduced operations it continues to undertake, and it is likely that some of the proceeds of sale would be required to that end, however, in relation to any surplus receipts I have no doubt that bids will be submitted by service areas as part of the normal capital programme development processes of the Council.

Given your interest in Council matters you will find the Cabinet agenda each month to be the best source of reports upon proposals coming forward. As already explained there is a quarterly financial report upon the Council's Capital and Revenue budgets, which makes suggestions for changes to the same. Annually in February the overall capital and revenue budgets are set. The Council undertakes community consultation on the development of its budgets and you and the rest of the community will have the opportunity to offer your comments upon how such monies as may be available should be used. Presuming the matter in which you have expressed an interest has been resolved by the Autumn, I have no doubt it will be a feature of the budget setting process for next year.

Ian Anderson
Head of Legal and Support Services

show quoted sections