The complainant requested information from Newcastle City Council (“the Council”) regarding a Safer Bridges Scheme and the company Eljay Research Limited. The Council had failed to provide a substantive response by the date of this notice. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Council has failed to respond to the request within 20 working days and has therefore breached Regulation 5(2) of the Environmental Information Regulations (“the EIR”). The Commissioner requires the Council to take the following steps to ensure compliance with the legislation. Issue a substantive response, in accordance with its obligations under the EIR, to the request. The Council must take these steps within 35 calendar days of the date of this decision notice. Failure to comply may result in the Commissioner making written certification of this fact to the High Court pursuant to section 54 of the Freedom of Information Act and may be dealt with as a contempt of court.
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