This Publication Scheme has been prepared and approved by the Information Commissioner.
This Publication Scheme commits the Council to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities. The information covered is included in the classes of information mentioned below, where this information is held by the Council.
The scheme commits the Council:
Classes of Information
Who we are and what we do.
Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.
A-Z of Council Services
Council Democratic Structure
Currently elected Councillors' information and contact details
Gosport Borough Council Election Results 2012
Location and opening times of the Town Hall
What we spend and how we spend it.
Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.
The Council's Accounts
Contract information including internal financial regulations
Current Pay Policy statement
Details of contracts and tenders to businesses and to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector
Forthcoming tender opportunities
Information about the Council
Details of expenditure over £500
Our Organisation booklet
People Management Strategy
The Members' Allowance Scheme and the amount paid under it to Councillors each year
What our priorities are and how we are doing.
Plans, Strategies and Standards
Annual Monitoring Report
Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership
PUSH South Hampshire Strategy
Gosport Community Safety Partnership
Building Control Partnership
How we make decisions.
Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.
which includes: Agendas. officers' reports, background papers and minutes of Council, committee, sub-committee and standing forum meetings. Major policy proposals and decisions together with facts and analyses of facts considered when framing major policies will be included in the officers' reports to the appropropriate Council meeting.
Timetable of Council meetings
Our policies and procedures.
Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.
Fees & Charges
Pay Policy Statement
Lists and Registers.
Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority.
Licensing Act 2003 Registers
Premises Licences, Club Premises Licences and Temporary Event Notices and Personal Licences
Contaminated land - under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990
Registration of Food Premises
These registers are not available online but an appointment to view them can be made by contacting Environmental Health by telephone 023 9254 5505 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning registers - Planning Register (applications, determined applications and development orders), Enforcement Register (stop and enforcement notices) and Tree Preservation Orders.
These registers are not available online but an appointment to view these registers can be made by contacting Development Control by telephone 023 9254 5461 or by email to email@example.com
Although the register itself is not online, a wealth of information about planning applications, both current and past, can be obtained by visiting the Planning pages on the website:
Register of councillors' financial and other interests, and gifts and hospitality received
Register of electors
An appointment to view the current Register of Electors can be made by contacting Electoral Services by telephone 023 9254 5227/5218 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Services we Offer.
Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases. A description of the services offered.
Regulatory and licensing responsibilities:
Services for local businesses
Information about Council Services:
Building Control Partnership
Comments, compliments and complaints
Council Tax Benefit
Environmental Health Services
Information about local events - Gosport Borough Council website
Information for Visitors to Gosport
Leisure Services and Cemetery
Local Council Tax Support (replaces Council Tax Benefit from 1 April 2013)
Local Land Charges
Waste Collection and Recycling
The classes of information will not generally include:
The method by which information published under this scheme will be made available
The Council will indicate clearly to the public what information is covered by this Scheme and how it can be obtained.
Information will be provided on the Council website. Where it is impracticable to make information available on the website or when an individual does not wish to access the information by the website, the Council will indicate how information can be obtained by other means and provide it by those means.
In exceptional circumstances some information may be available only by viewing in person. Where this manner is specified, contact details will be provided. An appointment to view the information will be arranged within a reasonable timescale.
Information will be provided in the language in which it is held or in such other language that is legally required. Where an authority is legally required to translate any information, it will do so.
Obligations under disability and discrimination legislation and any other legislation to provide information in other forms and formats will be adhered to when providing information in accordance with this scheme.
Charges which may be made for Information published under this scheme
The purpose of this scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public. Charges made by the Council for routinely published material will be justified and transparent and kept to a minimum.
Material which is published and accessed on a website will be provided free of charge. Charges may be made for information subject to a charging regime specified by Parliament.
Charges may be made for actual disbursements incurred such as:
Charges may also be made for information provided under this scheme where they are legally authorised, they are in all the circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by public authorities, justified and are in accordance with a published schedule or schedules of fees which is readily available to the public.
If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information.
Information held by the Council that is not published under this Scheme can be requested in writing, when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.