Access To Information
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is committed to openness in its operations. To this end, it is working to make as much information as possible accessible to the public. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives the public the right of access to information that Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council holds and the public may also receive copies of that information.
ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS 2004
The Environmental Information Regulations give the public a right of access to environmental information. Environmental information includes information about air, water, soil, land, plants and animals, energy, noise, waste and emissions. It also includes information about decisions, policies or activities that could affect these aspects of the environment.
MAKING A REQUEST
A request must be made in writing and addressed directly to the Council. All requests for information must include the following:
- A contact name, telephone number and an address to which a reply can be sent.
- Sufficient information which will easily identify exactly what information is being requested. In the circumstances where a request does not clearly identify what information is being requested, further clarification will be sought.
- A preference as to how the information is to be supplied, for example in paper format, electronically etc.
Once we receive your request we are required to provide a response within 20 working days
RECEIVING THE INFORMATION
Although we will always make information available wherever possible, there may be cases where there is a valid reason why we can’t provide it. It might simply be that we don’t hold the information that has been asked for, or one of the exemptions/ exceptions set out in the Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental Information Regulations might apply. If this is the case, we will provide a full explanation in writing as to why we are unable to provide the information. For further information on exemptions please see the exemption procedure located in the document links section to the right of this webpage.
For further information, policy documents found under the Document Links section of this page may be of use.
SUBMITTING A REQUEST
Please send your requests to:
Freedom of Information Officer
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Alternatively you can submit a request by submitting an online request form using the Access to Information online request form.