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Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations

The Freedom of Information (FoI) Act and the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) give you a right of access to information held by public bodies, including the council. Unless it is subject to any of the exemptions contained in the legislation.

The act also requires us to produce a publication scheme. The scheme provides details of the information proactively published by the council.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for in the Publication Scheme and would like to make an FoI request, you can make it online. Or write to The Legal Department, Forest of Dean District Council, Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8HG.

Make an FOI request online

We will normally respond to your request in full within 20 working days. However, it may take longer if we are unsure what information is required, or if we apply any charges. In some cases we may not supply information because it is covered by an exemption under the legislation.

Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)

The EIRs cover a wide variety of environmental information including:

  • raw data on subjects such as air and water quality levels, industrial discharge rates, soil quality and biodiversity
  • regulatory measures affecting the environment, including policies, plans, programmes and agreements
  • reports on the implementation of environmental legislation
  • economic analyses, including cost benefit analysis on regulatory measures
  • health and safety information, for example about food and land contamination and quality of life

Charges for FOI and EIR requests

If the cost of complying with your request would exceed the cost limit in the legislation (£450), we will only supply the information after receiving payment for the total costs incurred. 

We do not currently charge for disbursements.

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