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Access to data (information)
The updated Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 came into force on 1 January 2005. They implement
European Directive 2003/4/EC on public access to environmental
information and replace the 1992 Environmental Information
Members of the public have the right to access
environmental information held by public authorities.
The EIR 2004 is one of the three pieces of
legislation, which make up the UK’s access to information regime
along with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and the Data
Protection Act (DPA) 1998.
The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 operate alongside
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and both are intended to
promote openness and accountability among public authorities.
People are provided with rights of access to information held by
public authorities and these rights are expected to create a better
understanding of how public authorities make decisions, carry out
their duties and spend their budgets.
Under the above legislation anyone, whether from home or abroad,
can request information the Council holds about the environment.
This can include requests from journalists, lobby groups, political
parties, commercial organisations and members of the public.
Requests for this service may be made by
downloading the Local Land
Charges request for environmental information form (Word
This form lists the various requests that you
may consider making in respect of environmental information in
order to prepare a response to a local authority search and
enquiries. Please submit this form by covering email to the
relevant sections of the Council who hold the raw data used to
compile responses to official enquiries.
Although the following statutory registers are
open for public inspection, it does not mean that staff within
departments who hold public records are under a legal obligation to
supply supplementary or additional advice.
- Register of Local Land Charges
- Common Land and Town and Village Greens.
Phone: 01634 332733
- Planning Register, view the Local Plan
- Register of Enforcement Notices, Stop Notices and Breach of
Phone: 01634 331700/01
- Register of Publicly Adopted Highways; Public Rights of Way
- Hazardous Substance Consents Register
- Litter Control and Contaminated Land
Phone: 01634 333333
For more information contact Local Land
Charges by telephone: 01634 332733 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Write to: Local Land Charges, Medway Council,
Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR / DX 140142 Chatham