East Devon District Council has today lost its Appeal to withhold certain documents relating to the Knowle office relocation project. The case stemmed from a Freedom of Information request (FOI) made by Jeremy Woodward, a member of Save Our Sidmouth, in February 2013.
Extraordinarily, the judge’s report contains a final paragraph that is highly critical of the public authority involved.
Under the heading Other Matters, it concludes, ‘We believe this appeal could and should have been dealt with completely at the hearing in August 2014 and the decision promulgated six months ago had the Council discharged its responsibilities properly.’
For main body of the report, go to: http://www.informationtribunal.gov.uk/DBFiles/Decision/i1540/East%20Devon%20District%20Council%20EA.2014.0072%20%2805.05.2015%29.pdf
A press release by SOS will be issued shortly.