FOI reference: FOI/17/02849
Date received: 21 November 2017
Date responded: 15 December 2017
Weed control at ground adjacent to Newbridge Farm Carstairs Junction.
The relevant period is from 10 September 2017 to 22 November 2017
The correspondence to include all emails, letters, fax transmissions, notes, photographs, meeting notes, telephone calls and minutes of meetings.
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.
Please find enclosed some of the information you have requested. 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.
1. E-mail correspondence and photographs - 19 September 2017.
2. Photographs received – 17 November 2017
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