Access to information

Access to information

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is working to improve access to the information it holds.  There is an ongoing review of the information and records management procedures and standards used.  The links below provide background to the legislation and details of how information can be accessed.
Freedom of Information
Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 gives the public a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities. The general right of access is subject to some exemptions and the Act places a number of obligations on public bodies. The Authority is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act but its Members have agreed to adopt the process.
Personal Information
Data Protection (DP) Act 1998 gives the public a right of access to information about themselves and sets out a number of obligations on all organisations holding personal information.


Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 gives a statutory right of access to all information held by public bodies, subject to certain exceptions.  The Act is designed to make public bodies more open, accessible and accountable.
The Act provides the public with two new rights:
  • a right to know what information public authorities hold
  • a right of access to that information
The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is not covered by the FOI Act, but its Members have agreed to adopt the process.  The Authority looks at any requests for information it receives to see if it is able to supply the information in line with FOI requirements.
Under FOI, anyone, anywhere, can ask for information about the Authority and its business by submitting a request in writing.
Where and how do I complain about access under the Freedom of Information Act 2000?
Any complaint about the manner in which Lee Valley Regional Park Authority has dealt with a request under the FOIA will be dealt with under the Authority’s
Environmental Information
The Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) 2004 give the public the right to access environmental information held by public authorities.  Unlike the Freedom of Information Act a request under the EIRs does not have to be in writing, so requests can be made in person or over the phone. 
Environmental information is divided into six main areas:
  • Anything relating to air, water, soil, land and the animal and human populations
  • Emissions and discharges, noise, energy, radiation, waste and other such substances
  • Activities such as policies, plans, finances or anything likely to affect the state of the environment
  • Reports, cost-benefit and economic analyses
  • The state of human health and safety, contamination of the food chain
  • Cultural sites and built structures (to the extent they may be affected by the state of the elements of the environment)
If we receive a request from a member of the public for environmental information, we are legally obliged to provide it, usually within 20 working days.
If we withhold the information requested as a result of one of the exceptions, we must explain why and give the relevant reasons for refusal.



Who to contact

For further information please contact:
Information Officer
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Myddelton House
Bulls Cross
You can also make a request by sending us an email.
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