The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004, place a duty on the Council to release environmental information when requested, subject to any exceptions laid down in law.
For a copy of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004, click here.
Environmental information can be summarised as:
- the state of the elements of the environment, such as air and atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites and the interaction between these elements
- factors such as substances, energy, noise, radiation, or waste affecting or likely to affect the elements of the environment
- measures such as policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements, and activities affecting or likely to affect or protect the elements of the environment
- reports on the implementation of the environmental legislation
- cost-benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used within the framework of environmental measures and activities
- the state of human health and safety, including the contamination of the food chain, conditions of human life, cultural sites and built structures in as much as they are or may be affected by the state of the elements of the environment
Making a Request for Information
A request for information under EIR can be received in writing or can be asked for in person or over the telephone. Your request can be made to any member of the Council, but your request will be dealt with more quickly if it is directed to:
Once the Council has received the request for information, it is obliged to answer the request within 20 working days. However, in complex cases, this could be extended to 40 working days.