THE AARHUS CONVENTION. The UK is a Party to the Convention.

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

1. As the UK is a Party to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (the Aarhus Convention) can the Council confirm that, following the May 2015 local elections, ALL of the 66 Wirral metropolitan Borough Councillors have been given a printed copy of the Aarhus Convention.

2. Can the Council provide details of all of the formal lectures, tutorials and seminars arranged by the Council to ensure that, following the May 2015 local elections, ALL of the 66 Wirral metropolitan Borough Councillors understand the significance (and the legal obligations as a consequence of the Aarhus Convention.
Yours faithfully,

Alan Rundle

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Rundle,

 

Wirral Council thanks you for your request, Regeneration and Environment
can confirm responses alongside your queries below:

 

     1. As the UK is a Party to the Convention on Access to Information,

     Public Participation in Decision Making and Access to Justice in

     Environmental Matters (the Aarhus Convention) can the Council

     confirm that, following the May 2015 local elections, ALL of the 66

     Wirral metropolitan Borough Councillors have been given a printed

     copy of the Aarhus Convention.

 

Response: The Council has not given printed copies of the Aarhus
Convention to Members but has provided the following link
[1]http://ec.europa.eu/environment/aarhus/i... which provides them
with information and updates on the Convention.

 

     2. Can the Council provide details of all of the formal lectures,

     tutorials and seminars arranged by the Council to ensure that,

     following the May 2015 local elections, ALL of the 66 Wirral

     metropolitan Borough Councillors understand the significance (and

     the legal obligations as a consequence of the Aarhus Convention.

     Yours faithfully,

 

Response: The Council does not specifically train Members in the detail of
the Convention. However, Members are made aware of the principles of the
Convention through “The way we do business training session” which whilst
not specifically mentioning the Convention it does mention the principles
based on the Council’s Constitution, and Officers, in preparing reports,
make Members aware of any legal implications of the decisions they are
proposing to take.

    

We trust that you find this information of assistance, thank you for your
enquiry.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

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greenman left an annotation ()

I amongst many others think that WMC should ensure ALL officers and councillors should be FULLY trained in the full understanding of the AARHUS CONVENTION, to hopefully ensure that full and proper democratic process is correctly adhered to at all times.

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