FS50892255

The complainant has requested information from the Council regarding a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) that the Council issued against itself in respect of one of its own vehicles. The Council refused to disclose the requested information, citing section 40 of the FOIA as a basis for non-disclosure. 2. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Council…

FS50900107

The complainant made multiple requests for information about the policing of fox hunting activities by Leicestershire Police. Leicestershire Police decided that the requests were vexatious and refused to comply with them, relying on the section 14(1) (vexatious requests) FOIA exemption. The Commissioner’s decision is that the requests were vexatious and that Leicestershire Police had acted…

FS50894930

The complainant requested information from South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) about legal opinions and other legal documents and related correspondence, internal and external, that the Council had in its possession in mid-2017 regarding its opinion on its attitude to public safety in Non-Hazardous Developments. He also asked for information relating to the termination of the…

FS50884113

The complainant has requested information relating to an investigation carried out by the council into a charity, Help Bristol’s Homeless. The council provided some information, however it withheld other information on the basis that section 40(2) and section 31(1)(g) applied. The Commissioner’s decision is that the council was correct to apply section 31(1)(g) to withhold…

FS50899849

Cambridge University Press (‘the Press’) is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge. Although it is operationally separate from the Academic University – having its own executive board, HR, IT, legal and finance departments – it is not corporately separate from the University (eg a trading subsidiary). As such, although this decision notice is…

FS50880131

The complainant has requested information relating to a specific Parish Council and the Cabinet Office. Initially the Cabinet Office advised that it held information but that it required further time to consider the public interest in respect of section 42 (legal professional privilege exemption). It sent a second letter to the complainant saying the same…

FER0866950

The complainant requested photographs of a neighbouring property taken by the Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) when assessing whether it met with permitted development rules. He also requested copies of the notes written by officers assessing the development. He considers that the council may not have assessed the development properly. The council applied Regulation 12(4)(b)…

FS50896635

The complainant requested from Newcastle City Council (‘the Council’) information relating to communications about the removal of the Nakba exhibition. The Council provided responses to some parts of the request and withheld information within the scope of the remaining parts of the request under section 41(1) (information provided in confidence) of the FOIA. The Commissioner’s…

FER0829694

The complainant has requested information regarding an agreement to swap land between Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators (WPCC) and a neighbouring Golf Club. WPCC refused to comply with the request on the basis that it was ‘manifestly unreasonable’ and cited regulation 12(4)(b). The Commissioner’s decision is that WPCC is entitled to rely on regulation 12(4)(b)…

FS50870719

The complainant requested from Wiltshire Council (‘the Council’) information relating to a housing association. The Council refused to disclose the requested information and cited section 42(1) (legal professional privilege) of the FOIA as a basis for non-disclosure. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Council was entitled to rely on the exemption at section 42(1) of…