Freedom of information response

Council Garages

Publication date: 
Monday 6 January 2020
Request: 

a. How many garages does your council own? I only interested in garage blocks that are not directly linked to council tenancies.

b. How much gross revenue did you receive from Garage rents in 2017/18 & 2018/19?

c. How much net revenue did you receive from Garage rents in 2017/18 and 2018/19? (Please include all costs including repairs, staffing, fly tipping)

d. How much financial investment have you committed to upgrading garages in the last 5 years?

e. Do you have a planned maintenance programme/schedule? If yes please can you share any documents/details including dates and timings?

f. When was the last time you increased garage rents?

g. Do you have a plan to increase in the future? If yes please provide details.

h. Do you have a strategy or forward plan for garage sites? Such as demolition, redevelopment, sale, rebuilding or any other plans.

Response: 

a. 2500 garages owned by Thurrock Council.

b. Information not held. Where a tenant has a garage, payments for both rent charges (property rent and garage rent) are made to a single account, meaning that we cannot differentiate between which payment/part-payment is made for the property and which is made to the garage. We therefore couldn’t provide an accurate figure for the gross garage revenue as requested. 

c. Please see question b above.

d. During the period 2015/16 to 2018/19, there was no new capital investment in upgrading garages. For the financial year 2019/20, £200,000 has been earmarked for investment in the garage stock.

e. We do not have a confirmed scheduled programme at this time, however, we are currently scoping a number of locations for demolition and/or major works.  Void repairs are completed further to garage inspections carried out.

f. April 2019.

g. We propose to increase the Garage rents from April 2020.

h. We are actively reviewing all aspects of Thurrock’s Garage services and options for redevelopment, including a full review of our garages stock, activities to improve resident engagement, consultation and publicity of garage services, review of back office processes, review of front office processes and improving the customer experience, demonstrating a value of money service including ways we can support our recycling agenda, develop future commercial opportunities, increase revenue and reduce void loss. 

For further information please see Thurrock Housing Overview and Scrutiny report 1 October 2019 (Garage Project Update – pages 65 to 72) https://democracy.thurrock.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=167&MId=5586&Ver=4. You are free to use any information supplied to you for your own use, including non-commercial research purposes.  However, any other type of re-use, for example, by publishing the information or issuing copies to the public will require the permission of the copyright owner.

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Request reference:
FOI 9622