Unregistered and unused rural land

Gill Downey made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please could you give me details of all rural land owned by the council that is currently not in use. The information I require is for land between 1 and 10 acres in the following areas:

Irby, Gayton, Lower Heswall, Heswall and Barnston

Gill Downey

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon

 

Thank you for your request made under the Freedom of Information Act,
which has been received by Wirral Borough Council.

 

The responding department have asked for clarification on your definition
of ‘rural’ (i.e. agricultural land, etc). Once we are in receipt of your
reply, this will be passed back to the department and the Council will aim
to respond within the statutory timeframe.

 

Kind regards,

 

Sent on behalf of

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

My apologies. I should have been clearer. My request is regarding rural land.

Many thanks for your swift reply

Yours sincerely,

Gill Downey

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Unfortunately we would still require you to be more specific about the
information you are interested in to enable the Council to respond
appropriately.

 

[1]The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs website provides
information on the urban-rural definition, and states areas with a
population that exceeds 10,000 are classed as urban, with those with
smaller populations being classified ‘as rural town and fringe, village or
hamlet and dispersed using detailed postcode data’.

 

Is it Council-owned land in all of these types of areas which you are
interested in, or something more focussed (such as open space which may be
used for farming, for example)?

 

Kind regards,

 

Sent on behalf of

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

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protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to
use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research you
are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for
example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may
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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

Dear Ms O'Hare

I currently rent a field and have some rescue animals (sheep, goats and Shetland ponies). My aim is twofold. Firstly I wish to provide excellent care and living conditions for rescue livestock - this I have already accomplished. Secondly I would like to give children from all walks of life the opportunity to see these animals close up and gain experience in the treatment and handling of them. Unfortunately the land I currently use is to be sold for housing development in the near future and I am therefore looking for another area to continue my work.

I am hoping the council will work with me to make this dream a reality. Children can learn so much from interacting with animals but they have to be given the opportunity to do so.

I am completely self funded and am looking to either rent or purchase an area of land on which I can securely develop my ideas.

I hope you are able to help me or at least point me in the right direction.

Many thanks in anticipation.

Yours sincerely,

Gill Downey

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InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon

 

Thank you for your further clarification.

 

The Council has been unable to identify any vacant unused land suitable
for your proposed purpose in the areas identified, and therefore have no
recorded information to provide to you in response to your enquiry.

 

I’m sorry that we could not be of any further assistance on this occasion.

 

Kind regards,

 

Sent on behalf of

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to be
protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to
use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research you
are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for
example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may
involve licensing and the application of a charge.

 

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