Freedom of Information Requests

It is your right under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act to request any information that you think we might hold. The FOI Act covers information that is not your own personal information.

It is our duty to:

Tell you if we hold this information if no exemptions apply;

Tell you if we think a different authority holds the information;

Offer you advice and assistance; and

Provide you with the information if we hold it and no exemptions apply.

In certain situations we will not be able to supply information where an exemption applies, for example we would not normally supply personal information relating to a neighbour, or information relating to national security. We will tell you why an exemption applies.

An FOI request must be made in writing and include the name of the applicant, an address for correspondence (this can be an e-mail address) and a description of the information required. Please be as specific as possible when describing the information you need.

Requests for information to AVDC can be made by completing our online form

The Act requires us to respond within 20 working days (excluding Bank Holidays), the first day is counted as the working day after the request was received by the Council.

You may ask for a review of any decision not to supply information, and also have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

We keep a record of FOI requests made, and the responses given, for two years after the date of last contact with the requestor, after which time the request is destroyed.

The FOI Act is enforced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), further information can be found at their website.


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