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Heather Fagan made this Freedom of Information request to Sunderland City Council

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Dear Sunderland City Council,

Please provide a response to the below questions:

Marine Walk
At the State of the City event in October 2014 the council leader confirmed that he would make the valuation/sale details available for public inspection for the the Marine Walk development. To date these details have not been made available. Please advise why this promise has not been honored by the council leader despite his insistence on the importance of transparency.

State of the city debate
As detailed above, the last state of the city debate was October 2014 and no event took place in 2015 . Please advise why the council decided not to run this event in 2015 and advise when the next event is planned for. I feel that it is important that the public of the city have an opportunity to ask questions of those elected to run our city.

Hetton House
From documents provided to me I understand that Hetton House, previously owned by the council has now been sold for an amount of £45,000. Please confirm if this is the case. In addition to this please provide the most recent 2 valuation reports carried out on this property and included land. Please also provide all marketing material used to advertise/promote the sale.

Yours faithfully,

Heather Fagan

Solicitor - Freedom of Information, Sunderland City Council

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Re: Your request for information concerning:

 

Marine Walk and Hetton House.

 

The Council aims to provide available information promptly and in any
event within 20 working days, unless, exceptionally, there is a need to
consider whether the information is exempt from disclosure.

 

I will contact you again soon in connection with your request.

 

Please quote the reference below if you contact the Council regarding this
request.

 

Customer Request Number:  16-05-60

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Steve Hanratty, Sunderland City Council

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Dear Heather Fagan,

 

I refer to your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  I can confirm that the Council does hold this
information, as detailed below.

 

1.    Marine Walk

At the State of the City event in October 2014 the council leader
confirmed that he would make the valuation/sale details available for
public inspection  for the Marine Walk development. To date these details
have not been made available. Please advise why this promise has not been
honoured by the council leader despite his insistence on the importance of
transparency.

This promise has been honoured.

 

The State of the City Event took place in October 2014. At the time of the
event, the Council had received 27 requests for the Marine Walk file as
part of an orchestrated and vexatious campaign. All of the requests
submitted at this time were responded to on 20/10/2014 with the same
attached response (please see the attached document). The response
directed enquirers to a link to a webpage at that time which included the
following offer:

 

“Should any interested party wish to view the valuation report, or discuss
the sale or valuation, an appointment can be made with the council's
Valuation and Estates Team by contacting Nick Wood on 0191 561 2631 (email
[1][email address]) or David Gustard on 0191 561 2678 (email
[2][email address])”.

 

 

2.    State of the city debate

As detailed above, the last state of the city debate was October 2014 and
no event took place in 2015 . Please advise why the council decided not to
run this event in 2015 and advise when the next event is planned for. I
feel that it is important that the public of the city have an opportunity
to ask questions of those elected to run our city.

The Council’s constitution states that the Council “may” hold these events
and so they are called as and when it is considered there is an important
topic or set of issues on which local people should be invited to have
their say.  This is in addition to the year-round mechanisms by which
people can contact the Council and put forward their views on any matter.

 

In the meantime, the Council continues to undertake consultation exercises
and events on a whole range of developments and projects around the city,
such as the current one on the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor,
and we urge local people to take part and let us know their views.

 

 

3.    Hetton House

From documents provided to me I understand that Hetton House, previously
owned by the council has now been sold for an amount of £45,000. Please
confirm if this is the case. In addition to this please provide the most
recent 2 valuation reports carried out on this property and included land.
Please also provide all marketing material used to advertise/promote the
sale.

Hetton House was sold for £45,000.

 

In relation the external valuations provided by the Council’s agents, the
Council are unable to supply these as a result of the terms and conditions
of the agent’s appointment. The agent has however provided executive
summaries of the said valuations which are attached for your information.

 

I hope this is satisfactory.  If, however, you are dissatisfied with our
response to your request for information, you can ask for the decision to
be reviewed in reply to this letter.  The review will be removed from the
Directorate and coordinated by the Council’s Information Governance
Officer.   A request for review should be directed, by email to
[3][Sunderland City Council request email], by post or by hand addressed to;
Information Governance Officer, Governance Services, Civic Centre, PO Box
100, Sunderland SR2 7DN.

 

You are of course entitled to apply to the Information Commissioner at any
time, although the Commissioner will not usually investigate until the
public authority’s internal review procedure has been concluded.

 

Kind Regards

 

 

Steve Hanratty

Business Development Manager

Commercial Development Directorate

Sunderland City Council

Tel: 0191 5617808

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Len Lowther left an annotation ()

Lies again heres the link to see exactly what the council have stated: http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/index.aspx?...
Quote: The council has been asked to publish the valuation report and the file it holds regarding this development. It does not intend to do so because when the council has provided information it has been mis-used and misinterpreted and is being repeatedly re-published selectively in a way that mis-represents the true position and misleads the public.