The complainant requested information from North Somerset Council (‘the council’) relating to the proposal to build a new crematorium. The council supplied some information but withheld other information using exceptions under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (‘the EIR’). The complainant asked the Commissioner to consider whether this information had been correctly withheld and also whether the council had identified all the information requested with reference to particular areas of concern. During the Commissioner’s investigation, further information was disclosed to the complainant and the only exception that remained relevant was regulation 13(1). The Commissioner’s decision is that the council did hold some additional information and he has therefore found a breach of regulation 5(1) and 5(2) for the failure to disclose this information within 20 working days or by the date of the internal review. The Commissioner considered that the council had correctly withheld some information using regulation 13(1). The Commissioner does not require any steps to be taken.
Section of Act/E and Finding: EIR 5 – Complaint Upheld, EIR 5 – Complaint Upheld, EIR 13 – Complaint Not upheld
 UKICO FER0466032
England and Wales
Updated: 06 December 2021; Ref: scu.528134