Freedom of information explained

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives you the right to request recorded information from the council on any subject. There are no restrictions on who can submit a request and you do not need to give a reason for your request.

Recorded information can include printed documents, computer files, letters, emails, photographs and sound or video recordings.

If your request is for information concerning the environment, it may be dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Environmental information includes information relating to subjects like air, atmosphere, water, land or soil and the issues which may surround them like noise, energy and emissions.

A request for information under the Freedom of Information Act must be made in writing (electronic or hardcopy).  A request for environmental information under the Environmental Information Regulations can be made either verbally  or in writing.

If you are requesting information about yourself, you will need to submit a Subject Access Request (SAR).