Aarhus Convention/training of councillors and council Officers

greenman made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Can you please provide me of Wirral Met Council plans /details of any training courses being provided or to be provided to council Officers and councillors regarding thorough understanding/knowledge of the Aarhus Convention ? Thankyou.

Yours faithfully,


kim nowell left an annotation ()

You'll get a response stating that you have to provide a real name in order to get a response. You could do that now to avoid any delay on that issue?

ScarletPimpernel left an annotation ()

Let's face it though Kim.

Wirral is such a strange place, that even the green man in the pedestrian crossing has to make a FOI request to find out what's going on! :D


We asked our councillors about the Aarhus Convention.

They told us not to be so nosy. They said this is exactly why we won't show Mr. Brace the taxi invoices for journeys by councillors as we don't see why people should know where our houses are and that is our Our House Convention. ;)

Nobody was brave enough to tell the councillors they'd got the wrong end of the stick!

But yes, the easiest thing Wirral Council can do to to answer this request is say "We don't believe the Green Man is a real name, try again".

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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