Environmental Information Regulations
What are the Environmental Information Regulations?
The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) came into force on 01 January 2005 giving members of the public the right to access environmental information held by the council.
What information do they cover?
They cover information on the state of the environment, such as:
Requests can be made in writing, verbally or online using the Environmental Information Regulations request form.Environmental Information Regulations request form
Your request must include your name and address and details of the information required.
Our response to your request
Within 20 working days of your request, we will:
If your request is complex and voluminous, then we can have up to 40 working days to respond.
Some information requested may not be provided by the council as there are some grounds for refusing to disclose environmental information.
The Regulations permit the council to charge for providing environmental information except in two instances mentioned below:
We reserve the right to charge for the following activities at a fixed rate of £25 per person engaged per hour, for:
The council will waive the first £5 of any fees or costs chargeable.
If you are dissatisfied with the response from the council, you must write to the Executive Director of Support Services and the Economy within 40 days to ask for a review of the decision (please contact Freedom of Information). You will receive an acknowledgement of the request within 3 working days and a full response will be provided within 40 working days. If you are still dissatisfied, you may contact the Information Commissioner.