- 24 Oct 2018
Date received: 4 July 2018
Date responded: 12 October 2018
Thank you for your request dated 4 July 2018 received on 1 October 2018, under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).
Please advise the policy on signage to local businesses related to the AWPR and Balmedie/Tipperty works.
I note that there is mention of one business by name, Trump International, on signage around Balmedie/Menie. Why has this one business been so favoured and is the Project recovering all costs associated with such signage from that business?
This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
For all other roads, information can be found by going to: https://www.visitscotland.org/supporting-your-business/advice/brown-tourist-signs
Businesses that already had approved Visit Scotland signage in place prior to the commencement of construction of the project were given additional temporary directional signage to compensate for the ‘brown’ signs that had been affected by the works. The costs associated with these signs will be met by the project. Should a business wish to apply for future new signs, the above policy guidance applies and those would be at a cost to the business.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House