Strategic property incorporates asset, building and strategic estates management.

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Details:

Reference Number: 2898
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

1. A list of all Airbnb rentals made by your authority so far in 2017, and for 2016

For each record please provide:

a) the first half of the postcode (e.g. BS1, M4)
b) the dates rented
c) the cost, including any extra charges
d) the purpose of the stay

2. How many Airbnb rentals do you currently have on a retainer?

If you have any, for each one please provide the reason(s) why you have them on retainer.

3. How many reports have you received of Airbnb landlords allegedly letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016?

4. How many fines or other penalties have you levied to Airbnb landlords for letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016?

 

Response:

We do not use Airbnb rentals.


Details:

Reference Number: 3019
Request Date: 31/08/2017

Question:

1. I would like to know how much was paid by the authority for the land at West Point, on the western outskirts of Hexham, postcode NE46 3RR, approximately 1.18 acres, that was purchased for the possible construction of a new fire station.

2. I would also like to know exactly the cost to the authority, how much the work of demolishing the old buildings and clearing the site was.

3. I would also like to know how much this site has now been sold for, as a development site.

 

Response:

1. Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 21: Section 21 of the Act states that a public Authority does not need to provide information under section 1 of the Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means.

Purchase details are available from the Land Registry Office https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/how-to-use-the-land-registry-portal

 

2. The site was acquired for £900,000. Demolition costs were £20,945 plus VAT.

3. Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 43(2):  Information is exempt information it its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it)

We consider this to be exempt because the sale of the land has not been completed as yet.

Notice of Refusal

Please treat this letter as a Notice of Refusal as regards the information covered by the Section 43 and Section 21 Exemptions.


Details:

Reference Number: 3051
Request Date: 07/09/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information, for any Service User and/or Customer Experience feedback surveys and contracts in place within the Authority.

1. Current supplier of service user/customer experience feedback surveys (This may be more than one. For example, one supplier may be providing a survey solution for community feedback whilst a different supplier may provide a survey solution for feedback within care homes and another supplier for contact centre surveys. Please provide details of supplier contracts for all).
2. Value of individual contract(s). Please specify whether “including VAT” or “plus VAT”.
3. Renewal date of current contract(s).
4. Contact details of officer(s) responsible for the contract(s).
5. Brief description of service provided by current supplier.
6. Where contracts have been renewed in the last 6 months, please can you also provide a shortlist of suppliers that bid for each contract.
7. Typical route to tender (i.e., what procurement portal or individual quote requests etc.).
8. Does the authority own and/or run Care Homes and if yes, how many.

 
 

Response:

1.
(a) The survey form that is provided as part of the google operating system/software package.
(b) Picker Institute Europe    
(c) National Highways and Transport Network

2.
(a) no charge
(b) £13,200 (including VAT)
(c) Annual fee = £8700.00

3.

(a) not applicable
(b) 2018
(c) No contract in place. Annual membership

4. Not applicable

5.

(a) & (b) Not applicable
(c) Annual Customer Service Satisfaction survey for Highways and Transport

6. Not applicable

7. Dependent upon value of term as to route. Any quotes or tenders would be published through ProContract. ProContract is widely used across the Public Sector. ProContract can be access using the following Council Link https://procontract.due-north.com/Login or Google.

8. The authority has two in–house care homes.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3214
Request Date: 11/10/2017

Question:

1. How much is it costing to refurbish council buildings each year?

2.  Where is the money coming from?

Response:

The estimated cost of refurbishing County Council buildings as per the approved February 2017 medium term financial plan (MTFP) are listed below.  The plan is currently under review so estimated costs may change as a result.  The most recently approved MTFP can be found at the following link http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Finance/Budget-updates.aspx#councilbudget

 

 

2017-18 Budget

2018-19 Budget

2019-20 Budget

Total

         

Budget as per February 2017 MTFP

17,602,324

6,900,000

5,900,000

30,402,324

         

External Funding

6,895,257

900,000

900,000

8,695,257

Northumberland County Council (e.g. Borrowing and Use of Capital Receipts)

10,707,067

6,000,000

5,000,000

21,707,067

Total Funding

17,602,324

6,900,000

5,900,000

30,402,324



Details:

Reference Number: 3431
Request Date: 29/11/2017

Question:

1] A list of council buildings that are laying empty and/or unused as at the date of this FOI request?

2] A list of your council buildings that are for sale as at the date of this FOI request?

3] A list of your council buildings that will be coming up for sale within the next 12 months starting from the date of this FOI request?

4] Copies of the official council minutes relating to the last four meetings of your council’s property committee.

Response:

We hold the information you requested. However we are withholding some of that information since we consider that the exemption under Section 31(1)(a) applies.

We consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

1] A list of council buildings that are laying empty and/or unused as at the date of this FOI request?

For security reasons the County Council is not able to release information relating to vacant buildings. Therefore we have applied Section 31 Exemption.

2] A list of your council buildings that are for sale as at the date of this FOI request?

The list of buildings below are those which are currently for sale with no identified purchaser.

247 Alexandra Road, Ashington
77 Ilford Road, Cramlington
Wallace Green Council Building, Berwick

3] A list of your council buildings that will be coming up for sale within the next 12 months starting from the date of this FOI request?

Buildings Identified and Approved for Open Market Disposal within the next 12 months

Eric Tolhurst Centre, Blyth
62-64 Main Street, Seahouses

4] Copies of the official council minutes relating to the last four meetings of your council’s property committee (appropriately redacted to avoid unnecessary refusal of this FOI

The Council does not have a Property Committee

Exemptions

The Freedom of Information Act sets out various exemptions to the right of access.

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to your request is exempt under the following provisions;

31 Law enforcement.

(1) Information which is not exempt information by virtue of section 30 is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice—

(a) the prevention or detection of crime,
(b) the apprehension or prosecution of offenders,
(c) the administration of justice,
(d) the assessment or collection of any tax or duty or of any imposition of a similar nature,
(e) the operation of the immigration controls,
(f) the maintenance of security and good order in prisons or in other institutions where persons are lawfully detained,
(g) the exercise by any public authority of its functions for any of the purposes specified in subsection (2),
(h) any civil proceedings which are brought by or on behalf of a public authority and arise out of an investigation conducted, for any of the purposes specified
in subsection (2), by or on behalf of the authority by virtue of Her Majesty’s prerogative or by virtue of powers conferred by or under an enactment, or
(i) any inquiry held under the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiries (Scotland) Act 1976 to the extent that the inquiry arises out of an investigation conducted, for any of the purposes specified in subsection (2), by or on behalf of the authority by virtue of Her Majesty’s prerogative or by virtue of powers conferred by or under an enactment.


Details:

Reference Number: 3444
Request Date: 04/12/2017

Question:

Regarding commercial property investments made by your organisation. By this I mean property that has been invested in to produce an income and/or capital growth rather than for the delivery of services or housing.

· Has your organisation invested in commercial property as outlined above since 2010 or has it the intention of doing so in the next 3 years?

· If yes:

· can you please send me an electronic copy of the decision(s) taken to approve this policy, or a link to it via a public website?

· how big in monetary terms is the fund available for this activity and how much has been invested to date?

· what is the percentage allocation of the investment between market sectors: offices, retail, industrial, hotel & leisure, other?

· was the investment funded from borrowing or from existing reserves? Please provide the percentage split, where relevant.

· If you did/will borrow money to invest, where did/will you borrow the money from?

· what is the percentage split of investments between those inside and those outside of your geographical/administrative area?

Response:

The County Council has not undertaken any investment in commercial property since 2010 and there is no current plan to do so in the next three years.