Environmental Information Regulations

The right of public access to environmental information held by the council.

The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) came into force on 1 January 2005. They give a right of public access to environmental information held by the council.

What is environmental information?

Environmental information is classed under the EIR as the following.

  • The state of the elements of the environment, such as air, water, soil, land, fauna (including human beings);
  • 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;
  • Reports, cost-benefit and economic analyses;
  • The state of human health and safety, contamination of the food chain;
  • Cultural sites and built structures (to the extent they may be affected by the state of the elements of the environment).

How to request information

See how to request information for more details on how to request information under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR).

Can I see all information held by the council?

The EIR set out exceptions that may restrict access to some information, for example, commercial confidentiality. 

Please be aware that some information may also be withheld because it is covered by the Data Protection Act.

How to make a complaint or appeal a decision

If you are unhappy with a decision made by the council in response to your request for information you can apply for an internal review of the decision.

If you remain dissatisfied then your appeal can be taken to the Information Commissioner's Office.

We are always happy to receive any comments or suggestions that you have on the way the council provides information. If you would like to make a recommendation please send us your comments using the contact details on the right.