FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

15 March 2021

This is a Freedom of Information request on woodburning.

 

1) Please state how many complaints your local authority has received about smoke from domestic fires in each of the following calendar years: 

i) 2016

ii) 2017 

iii) 2018 

iv) 2019 

v) 2020

vi) 2021 

2) Please state the number of enforcement actions taken by your local authority in the following categories against suspected breaches of smoke control area rules: 

a)    Warning or guidance letters

b)    Inspections

c)    Penalty notices

d)    Prosecutions

 

In each of the following calendar years: 

i) 2016

ii) 2017 

iii) 2018 

iv) 2019 

v) 2020

vi) 2021

3) Please provide a copy of any guidance issued internally to council officers regarding the enforcement of alleged breaches of smoke control area rules. 

4) Please provide a copy of any reports or guidance produced by your council relating to the local implementation of the Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 from 1 May 2021. 



East Herts Council Response

19 March 2021

I am writing to acknowledge your request for information.

 

From your communication I understand that your request is as follows:

1) Please state how many complaints your local authority has received about smoke from domestic fires in each of the following calendar years: 

i) 2016

ii) 2017 

iii) 2018 

iv) 2019 

v) 2020

vi) 2021 

2) Please state the number of enforcement actions taken by your local authority in the following categories against suspected breaches of smoke control area rules: 

a)    Warning or guidance letters

b)    Inspections

c)    Penalty notices

d)    Prosecutions

 

In each of the following calendar years: 

i) 2016

ii) 2017 

iii) 2018 

iv) 2019 

v) 2020

vi) 2021

3) Please provide a copy of any guidance issued internally to council officers regarding the enforcement of alleged breaches of smoke control area rules. 

4) Please provide a copy of any reports or guidance produced by your council relating to the local implementation of the Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 from 1 May 2021. 

 

Unfortunately, I cannot identify the information you have requested from the details you have provided.

To help me meet your request could you please clarify the foillowing details.

Can you let us know if this is relating to bonfires or to woodburners in homes

You request cannot be processed until this information has been received.

 

Further information explaining the Council"s process for responding to information requests is available in our reception or on our website.

If you have any queries about the processing of your request then please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

It is important that you include the FOI reference number in the subject line of all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.

 

 



Customer

20 March 2021

Our question concerns woodburnign in homes as well as bonfires. Thank you. *****

 

From: [email protected]
Sent: 19 March 2021 16:03
To: *****.*****@*****
Subject: [F21/187] woodburning

 

I am writing to acknowledge your request for information.

 

From your communication I understand that your request is as follows:

1) Please state how many complaints your local authority has received about smoke from domestic fires in each of the following calendar years: 

i) 2016

ii) 2017 

iii) 2018 

iv) 2019 

v) 2020

vi) 2021 

2) Please state the number of enforcement actions taken by your local authority in the following categories against suspected breaches of smoke control area rules: 

a)    Warning or guidance letters

b)    Inspections

c)    Penalty notices

d)    Prosecutions

 

In each of the following calendar years: 

i) 2016

ii) 2017 

iii) 2018 

iv) 2019 

v) 2020

vi) 2021

3) Please provide a copy of any guidance issued internally to council officers regarding the enforcement of alleged breaches of smoke control area rules. 

4) Please provide a copy of any reports or guidance produced by your council relating to the local implementation of the Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 from 1 May 2021. 

 

Unfortunately, I cannot identify the information you have requested from the details you have provided.

To help me meet your request could you please clarify the foillowing details.

Can you let us know if this is relating to bonfires or to woodburners in homes

You request cannot be processed until this information has been received.

 

Further information explaining the Council"s process for responding to information requests is available in our reception or on our website.

If you have any queries about the processing of your request then please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

It is important that you include the FOI reference number in the subject line of all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.

 

 




Information Management Team
East Herts Council
www.eastherts.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1279 655261

Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EQ.

*Please note: Information released under the Freedom of Information Act may also be published on our website, along with details of the initial request.



East Herts Council Response

06 May 2021

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

1) See attached document

2) None, we have no smoke control areas.

3) None, we have no smoke control areas.

4) As stated in the legislation, this is enforced by the County Council.

 

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.