- 10 May 2019
Date received: 29 Mar 2019
Date responded: 10 May 2019
“I would like to ask 2 Freedom of Information questions, in regards to work on laybys on the A96 through Moray.
How much did it cost to carry out the recent work on the A96 layby on the north side of the A96 just east of Terie Crossroads?
The second FOI questionis, how much did it cost to carry out similar work on the layby on the south side of the A96, between Barmuchity and Lhanbryde?”
To which we clarified on 29 March the timeframe of your request.
As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.
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.
The total cost to carry out the recent work on the A96 layby on the north side of the A96 just east of Terie Crossroads was £17,462.82. These works were completed in 2019.
The total cost to carry out similar work on the layby on the south side of the A96, between Barmuchity and Lhanbryde was £36,625.50. These works were completed in December 2016.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House