Access to data

The updated Environmental Information Regulations 2004 came into force on 1 January 2005. They implement European Directive 2003/4/EC on public access to environmental information and replace the 1992 Environmental Information Regulations.

Members of the public have the right to access environmental information held by public authorities.

The EIR 2004 is one of the 3 pieces of legislation which make up the UK’s access to information regime, along with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998.

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 operate alongside the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and both are intended to promote openness and accountability among public authorities.

People are provided with rights of access to information held by public authorities. These rights are expected to create a better understanding of how public authorities make decisions, carry out their duties and spend their budgets.

Requesting information

Under this legislation anyone can request information the council holds about the environment from home or abroad. This can include requests from:

  • journalists
  • lobby groups
  • political parties
  • commercial organisations
  • members of the public.

Requests for this service may be made by downloading the Local Land Charges request for environmental information form.

Search results will be returned via email as PDF documents.

This form lists the various requests that you may consider making in respect of environmental information in order to prepare a response to a local authority search and enquiries.

Please submit this form by covering email to the relevant sections of the council who hold the raw data used to compile responses to official enquiries.

Although the following statutory registers are open for public inspection, it does not mean that staff within departments who hold public records are under a legal obligation to supply supplementary or additional advice.

  • Register of Local Land Charges
  • Common Land and Town and Village Greens

Phone: 01634 332 733

  • Planning Register, view the Local Plan
  • Register of Enforcement Notices, Stop Notices and Breach of Condition Notices

Phone: 01634 331 700

  • Register of Publicly Adopted Highways; Public Rights of Way Register
  • Hazardous Substance Consents Register
  • Litter Control and Contaminated Land

Phone: 01634 333 333

For more information contact Local Land Charges by telephone: 01634 332 733 or by email:

Write to: Local Land Charges, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR