Why is Registrar Worth asking this blog to unpublish Wirral Council’s Grounds of Appeal about keeping the Hoylake Golf Resort contract secret?
I declare an interest in this piece below as the person who made the original information request. I have completely obscured the names and partially obscured the email address of the solicitors for the other parties (ICO and Wirral Council) dealing with this matter.
The case referred to below has since ended in a consent order (which has been sent out to the two parties ICO and Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council). I however have not yet seen the final consent order.
Below is a copy of an email received on the 15th January 2018. Although not explicitly stated, I think it refers to this story published on the 9th September 2017. The two day public hearing scheduled for the 13th and 14th February 2018 referred to in my response was cancelled on the 12th February 2018 and replaced with a 15 minute telephone conference on the 14th February 2018.
It’s also not lost on me that Wirral Council (a party in this matter) made a similar request to unpublish matters published on this blog involving the Open Golf Championship in Hoylake in July 2014.
from: GRC <email@example.com>
to: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
date: 15 January 2018 at 12:15
subject: RE: EA/2017/0191 Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council vs Information Commissioner
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I understand that you have published on the internet Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council’s grounds of appeal. You did not, and do not, have the Tribunal’s permission to so do. Please immediately take the document down from the internet and do not publish it again without having the prior permission of this Tribunal.
Mrs R Worth
Registrar, General Regulatory Chamber
Mrs Sharda Mistry
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