Vacant industrial premises

Cian O'Carroll made this Freedom of Information request to Leeds City Council

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Dear Leeds City Council,

I would be grateful if you could provide a list of all industrial properties (not just properties owned by the council) across the city which are currently classed as vacant for rating purposes, with an RV greater than £2600.

Where possible, please also provide details of ownership of said properties.

Please provide this information in Excel spreadsheet format.

Yours faithfully,

Cian O'Carroll

CS Freedom of Information, Leeds City Council

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Dear Cian O'Carroll

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please find attached acknowledgement letter.

Yours sincerely

Katrina Jenkins

Legal Officer

Property and Finance

Legal, Licensing & Registration

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 2474392

Fax : 0113 2474651

E- mail: [Leeds City Council request email]

www.leeds.gov.uk

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Res Customer Contact, Leeds City Council

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Dear Cian O'Carroll,

Please see attached letter in respect of your recent Freedom of
Information request.

Regards,

Paul Burns
Freedom of Information & Data Protection Officer
Performance and Improvement
Resources Directorate
Leeds City Council
Fax: (0113) 39 50568
[1]www.leeds.gov.uk

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Dear Leeds City Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Leeds City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Vacant industrial premises'.

I would like to give you my reasons for requesting this information as it conflicts with the reasons you give for refusing to supply it. As a Chartered Surveyor, I have an active interest in vacant commercial property as I have a number of clients who are looking to occupy space in the area. As part of your reason for refusing to supply the information was that vacant property attracts criminal activity, I would have thought it would be in the council's best interests to have said vacant properties occupied, thus reducing the potential for criminal activity.

Furthermore, I find it highly unlikley that squatters etc would use this website as a place to find vacant properties to squat in. I believe it is much more likely that they would see "To Let" or "For Sale" boards on vacant properties and be able to tell from there whether they are vacant or not. If said squatters were intent on using the internet to find vacant premises, I would have thought that agents websites would also have been the place that they would first look.

I have requested this information from various other councils in the area, all of whom have provided the information. Where the property is owned by an individual, they have left the space blank. I see no reason therefore why your council should be any different.

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

Yours faithfully,

Cian O'Carroll

Res Customer Contact, Leeds City Council

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Dear sir or madam,

Please see the letter attached to this email confirming we have received
your email asking for an internal review of your Freedom of Information
request.

Regards,

Paul Burns
Customer Relations Officer
Resources Directorate
Leeds City Council
Tel: (0113) 22 43032
Fax: (0113) 39 50568
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Dear Mr O'Carroll,

Please see attached letter in relation to your request for an internal
review of FOI 4811.

Regards

Paul Burns
Performance and Improvement Manager
Performance and Improvement
Resources Directorate
Leeds City Council

Tel: (0113) 22 43032
Fax: (0113) 39 50568
[1]www.leeds.gov.uk

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Dear Res Customer Contact,

Thank you for providing the information requested. Apologies if I didn't outline my request more clearly, but could the information please be provided including the RV of each property?

Yours sincerely,

Cian O'Carroll

Res Customer Contact, Leeds City Council

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Dear Mr O'Carroll,

Please see the spreadsheet attached to this email which includes the information you have requested.

The information provided is based at 7 February 2011.

Regards,

Paul Burns
Performance and Improvement Manager
Performance and Improvement
Resources Directorate
Leeds City Council
Tel: (0113) 22 43032
Fax: (0113) 39 50568
www.leeds.gov.uk

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