Ask for environmental information

Your right to environmental information

The law gives everyone a right to see environmental information collected and held by the Council, unless there is a good reason for not disclosing it.  This comes under the Environmental Information Regulations or EIR for short.  It includes things like air and water quality, noise, waste and radiation and the plans or activities that affect these.

You can read about Scottish EIR law on the UK Government website.

Make an EIR request

To check to see if we have already published what you want, see our How to find or ask for information page.

If not, please ask us in writing using the online form below or by email or post.  For EIR requests, you can also just speak to us, in which case we will confirm your request to you in writing.

If you need any help to make your request, or if you need the information itself in another language or format, please contact us as below.

Cost

In some cases, there is a cost for providing the information.  If this is so, we will tell you in advance.  Please note we may not supply information if the cost makes it unreasonable to do so.  You can download a full explanation of costs below.

Time to respond

We will respond to you within 20 working days, although we may ask you for more details first to help us find what you want.  In complex cases we are allowed by law to take up to 40 days, but in this case we will write to you and explain why.

If we can’t give you the information

If we don’t hold the information or we believe there is a good reason to withhold it, we will write to you.  If you disagree with this or are unhappy with how we have dealt with your request, you can ask us to review the decision.

If you then do not agree with the outcome of the review, you can appeal to the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner (OSIC).  You can find out how to appeal on the OSIC website.

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