Cash-strapped local authorities in Devon and Cornwall have raised more than £50m over the past three years by selling off land and buildings.

In Cornwall, sales have generated £28m, in Devon the figure is £14.3m, Plymouth £4.7m and in Torbay £4.2m.

Sales include the civic centre in Plymouth, Oldway Mansion in Paignton, Exeter’s old library, and the former Richard Lander School in Cornwall.

Reported by the BBC. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.


  1. Hi Matt
    I find it rather perverse that the ICO are using section 14(1) vexatious exemption to prevent access to Jimmy Saville information. Even more odd they rely upon the Dransfield GIA/3037/2011 Dransfield v ICO which is STILL currently before the Court of Appeal.

  2. No wonder the Devon County Council are spending thousands of pounds fighting the Dransfield VEXATIOUS case and have imposed a lifetime ban against me.It would appear they are up to their necks in FOI irregularities.

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