The complainant has requested information from the London Borough of Barnet Council (the council) about alterations to a particular box junction. The council has disclosed some of the requested information and has stated that it holds no further information falling within the scope of the request. The Commissioner’s decision is that not all of the requests were valid EIR requests and of those which were valid, on the balance of probabilities, the council has now disclosed all of the information it holds. The Commissioner considers that some of the requested information was disclosed outside of the 20 working day statutory time frame and accordingly the council has breached regulation 5 EIR. She also considers that the internal review response was issued outside of the 40 working day statutory time frame and therefore the council has also breached regulation 11 EIR. Finally, the Commissioner is satisfied that the council is entitled to redact the names of junior staff from the disclosures of information it has made to the complainant on the basis of regulation 12(3) EIR. The Commissioner does not require the public authority to take any steps.
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