- 15 Nov 2017
FOI reference: FOI/17/02427
Date received: 18 October 2017
Date responded: 13 November 2017
1) All reports, memoranda and other written communications which relate to the installation of the matrix warning sign in Tarbet and which confirm the date of installation;
2) All reports, memoranda and other written communications which confirm the data displayed to motorists on any matrix sign present in Tarbet on 26 March 2015 between 9 am and 3 pm.
As the information you have requested is 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.
This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
In response to the first part of your request, please see attached Annex A which details the installation of the matrix warning sign in Tarbet. An exception under regulation 11(2) of the EIRs (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998. This exception is not subject to the 'public interest test', so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exception.
In relation to the second part of your request, please see attached Annex B which confirms the data displayed to motorists on any matrix sign present in Tarbet.
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Central Enquiry Unit
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The Scottish Government
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