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Tourist signage within Scotland: EIR release

Published: 2 Aug 2021

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

Published:
2 Aug 2021
Tourist signage within Scotland: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/202100220998
Date received: 6 Jul 2021
Date responded: 28 Jul 2021
Information requested

If any towns, areas or villages in Scotland have brown tourist signs directing tourist to the town/village/area eg Saint Andrews, Blantyre birth place of Robert Burns, Scone, Loch Lomond, Trossachs, Aviemore etc. That is excluding signage for attractions in the areas.

Response

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.

Transport Scotland, through its Trunk Road Operating Companies and Design Build Finance Operate (DBFO) Concessionaires, hold details of road signage on the trunk road network. Please see Annex A to this response for a copy of the information we have located in relation to your request. Please note that the accuracy of this data should be treated with caution. This is because the data within our systems is not stored in a manner which allows us to easily extract brown tourist signs directing tourists to a town/area only.

However, you may also wish to contact Visit Scotland at info@visitscotland.com who may be able to help you further.

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