Rochford District Council prides itself on openness and transparency. We hold to the first principle of the Freedom of Information Act that people have a right to know and should not have to demonstrate a need to know. We will do our best to respond positively and efficiently to all requests for information. There are some exemptions which are laid down in the Act but, as a general rule, we will provide information wherever possible.
The Act came into effect on 1 January 2005 and states -
'Any person making a request [in writing] for information to a public authority is entitled:
(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds information of the description specified in the request, and
(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.'
Requests must be dealt with within 20 working days.
Please check the Model Publication Scheme and our Guide to Information as these provide details about the information we publish, how to obtain it and where to find it on the website (where applicable).
Freedom of Information enquiries can be sent using this form