Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act has been in force since 1 January 2005 and all councils in Dorset are committed to providing the public with as much information as possible.

How to make a FoI request:  Please write to the Town Council using the Information Request Form below.

Please try to be as specific as possible when requesting information, following the Information Commissioners Guidelines:

*  You can ask for any information you think a public authority may hold.   The right only covers recorded information.
*  You should identify the information you want as clearly as possible.
*  Your request can be in the form of a question, rather than a request for specific documents, but the authority does not have to answer your question if this would mean creating new information or giving an opinion or judgment that is not already recorded.
*  Some information may not be given to you because it is exempt, for example because it would unfairly reveal personal details about somebody else.

A Full copy of the ICO Guidance on How to access information from a Public Body may be viewed at:

The majority of requests are free, however there may be charges if the request takes over 18 hours work to compile or for photocopying charges over £5.  A list of charges can be found in the Council’s Publication Scheme

Freedom of Information Request Form

Information Commissioner’s Office – Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) Decision Notice

Following a complaint made to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the complaint has been considered by the Commissioner and the decision notice sets out the reasons for the decision.  Please click this link to view the ICO Decision Notice 14 April 2014


Freedom of Information Request Responses


Date of FOI Request FOI Ref Subject Links to Response (Redacted)
01 September 2020 20200901 Zoom meeting recordings
11 May 2020 20200511 Communications 2020-05-14-Acknowledgement
26 April 2020 20200426 Communications 2020-08-14-Response
30 January 2020 2020013003 Weekly Digest 2020-02-27-Response-FOI-202001303
30 January 2020 2020013002 Pay Increases 2020


Decision Notice IC-49288-Y9Z2

30 January 2020 2020013001 Pay Increases 2016 2020-02-27-Response-FOI-202001301
21 January 2020 20200121 SLCC Presentation 2020-02-18-Response-20200121
11 November 2019 20191111 Confidential Emails 2019-11-11-Response
15 March 2019 20190315 GDPR 20190315-Response 
12 March 2019 20190312 GEM meeting 2015 20190319-Response 
18 February 2019 20190218 Swimming Pool information 20190218-Final-Response
23 October 2018 20181023 War Memorial Correspondence 2018-11-23-Response
17 September 2018 20180917 Cattle Market 20180912-Response


2016/001 – CCTV

2016/002 – Development Plans
Additional Information Request Response

2016/003 – Additional Information Request


click this link for information on the Data Protection Act 1998 and Subject Access Requests