Freedom of Information (FOI)requests received by West Grinstead Parish Council
Freedom of Information Act
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you have the right to access information held by the Parish Council.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) was passed on 30th November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities. It sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities.
The Act came into force in January 2005 and anyone wishing to exercise the right has to make a written request to the Parish Council. If such a request is made, the Council is under obligation to inform that person whether or not the requested information exists and to supply access to the information, unless it is subject to an exemption.
Environmental Information Regulations
Section 39 of the Freedom of Information Act exempts environmental information from being dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act and provides it should be dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) which also came into force on 1st January 2005.
Making a request for information
If you wish to make a request for information under the FOIA or under the Environmental Information Regulations, you must:
- make your request in writing, this includes email
- supply your contact details so that we can respond to that request
- state clearly the information you require, so that we can identify and locate it.
Where the request is for information that is subject to the Act, it will be dealt with accordingly.
To make a request you need to write to: The Clerk, The Parish Office, Partridge Green Village Hall, Partridge Green. RH13 8HX
Or email The Clerk at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the event of you being dissatisfied with the Council’s response, you may
wish to appeal to the Information Commissioner Office who can be contacted as follows:
Information Commissioner’s Office Helpline: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45 Fax: 01625 524510
By post: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF
By email: If your enquiry is about a new or existing notification under the Data Protection Act, please email email@example.com