FoI: Publication Scheme

Publication Scheme

The scheme aims to:

  • say what information we publish, or intend to publish, as a matter of course  
  • explain how and where this information is published  
  • say whether the information is free or if there is a charge  

In preparing this scheme, our website, we have taken notice of the sort of information that people normally ask us for and what they are interested in.  We have also taken notice of the public interest of disclosure of information to help the council become more open.   The scheme, generally, is not retrospective. Policies and similar documents will be removed when they are no longer current. Information about a certain date will not necessarily be available through the scheme forever.  

Monitoring and updating the publication scheme

  • We monitor how well our publication scheme meets the interests of the public  
  • We assess what people are asking for
  • We assess what further classes of information may be usefully published
  • We update the information we have published  
  • We expect that this publication scheme will be reviewed, regularly or renewed as decided by the Information Commissioner  

If you have any comments or suggestions about the publication scheme please contact us. Contact details are in the panel on the right of this page.

The publication scheme - this website - gives you access to information without having to make specific requests.
All the information we have available is organised under the broad areas of the website e.g,  'Housing' and 'Planning' etc, headings you'll see on the home page of the website.

The scheme commits the council:

  • to proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information, including environmental information, which is held by the council and falls within the classifications below.
  • to specify the information which is held by the council and falls within the classifications below.
  • to proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information in line with the statements contained within this scheme.
  • to produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public.
  • to review and update on a regular basis the information the council makes available under this scheme.
  • to produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information which is made proactively available.
  • to make this publication scheme available to the public.
  • to publish any dataset held by the council that has been requested, and any updated version it holds, unless the council is satisfied that it is not appropriate to do so; to publish the dataset, where reasonably practicable, in an electronic form that is capable of re-use; and, if any information in the dataset is a relevant copyright work and the public authority is the only owner, to make the information available for re-use under a specified licence. The term ‘dataset’ is defined in section 11(5) of the Freedom of Information Act. The terms ‘relevant copyright work’ and ’specified licence’ are defined in section 19(8) of that Act.

How to find what you're looking for

You can search the website for information that we routinely publish, either by browsing through pages listed under the main headings of site, using the search function (at the top of every page of the site) or through the the A-Z of services ( at the foot of every page of this site.) Visit our searching this site page to find out more.
Our website is packed with information - with many documents available online for you to download. If the information is not available online, details of how you can get hold of it (and any charges involved) will be supplied or a relevant officer's contact details will be provided, who will then be able to advise you.
Alternatively you can make an official Freedom of Information request.