MAY 20 2021 – HOMES ENGLAND – “I HOPE THERE IS AN FOI [FREEDOM OF INFORMATION] APPEAL” – CRAWLEY OBSERVER – LETTERS

 

“I hope there is an FOI appeal” – Crawley Observer – Letters – May 19 2021

I hope the person who lodged the West of Ifield Golf Club FoI [Freedom of Information] request appeals. Homes England have simply refused to answer the two questions, and that can’t be right:

 “Are you able to confirm the price for which the land was acquired as well as whether any agents were involved in the sale?”
 In my view, an independent investigation should be called – urgently. Questions need to be asked and answered – now.  
 Are there any NDA’s in force? How much, if any, was paid out to other “agents” – such as the Consortium, the Club Trust etc?
 
 Yours sincerely
 
 Richard W. Symonds

 

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/985457/RFI3391_-_Ifield_Golf_Club.pdf

The Freedom of Information [FoI] Request

“To ensure we are representing all parties involved in the sale accurately, I was hoping to confirm some information regarding the sale with you. If possible, are you able to confirm the price for which the land was acquired, as well as whether any agents were involved in the sale?”

 

COMMENTS

“Apparently Homes England refused to provide the information requested because it was available elsewhere. This seems a very poor reason not to provide a straight answer to a couple of straight questions. They confirmed that they have the information so, having ascertained that, there would be no further cost involved in providing a straight answer. They are supposed to be a Public Body working for us, the public, so I am bound to wonder whether they are hiding something rather than serving the public interest”

John Byng

“Information regarding the first part of the question is already in the public domain. Information regarding the last part of the question is not in the public domain [ie “any agents…involved in the sale?”], and that is the information, I believe, which Homes England are refusing to disclose”

Richard W. Symonds