The FOI requires authorities to produce and maintain a Publication Scheme. If you wish to obtain some information from us, you should first check whether it is contained within our Publication Scheme.
If you cannot find the information through our Publication Scheme, then you can make a request for information under the FOI Act or the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR).
Our Publication Scheme specifies:
- the classes of information that the Council publishes or intends to publish;
- the manner in which the information is or is intended to be published;
- the contact point (telephone number and e-mail); and
- whether the material is or is intended to be made available to the public free of charge or on payment of a fee
The Publication Scheme is a guide to information routinely published by us that you do not need to request under the Freedom of Information Act or Environmental Information Regulations. It also supports our commitment to make information of public interest widely and easily available in the interests of open and accountable government.
Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)
The Environmental Information Regulations specifically allow members of the public to request environmental information from us. EIR will be anything in these categories:
- The state of the elements of the environment, such as air, water, soil, land and fauna.
- Emissions and discharges, noise, energy, radiation, waste and other such substances.
- Measures and activities such as policies, plans and agreements affecting or likely to affect the state of the elements of the environment.
- The state of human health and safety, contamination of the food chain.
- Cultural sites and built structures (to the extent that they may be affectted by the state of the elements of the environment).
Make a request for information
FOI and EIR requests should be made in writing and include your name and a return address to:
Access to Information Requests
1 Belle Vue Square
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
EIR requests can also be made over the telephone: 01756 706486
How we handle requests
The deadline for us to respond is 20 working days. If the information cannot be provided in that time, you will receive a letter outlining the reasons. If your request needs clarification or we have to collect information from a number of sources, we will get in touch with you.
Generally speaking, there will be no fee for finding the information. If the cost of finding the information is greater than £450 (estimated as 2½ days searching time) the Council is likely to refuse the request as being beyong the appropriate fee limit. [Note: The rules say we have to estimate costs for locating, retrieving and extracting information at the rate of £25 per person per hour.]
Complaints, reviews and appeals
You have the right to challenge a decision we have made, or the handling of your enquiry. This should be done within two months of receiving the information or refusal notice. Your complaint will be reviewed internally.
Please write to:
The Freedom of Information Officer
1 Belle Vue Square
Your letter will be acknowledged within 5 days and a review will be undertaken. You will be notified of the outcome within 20 working days.
If you are not happy with the outcome of the internal review, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner (you must have tried to resolve your challenge with the Council before you contact the Information Commissioner). Please write to
Information Commissioner's Office
Cheshire, SK9 5AF
Website : Information Commissioner's Office