GORING Parish Council has appointed a legal advisor to help it deal with freedom of information requests.
The move, which will cost up to £750 a year, follows several rulings by the Government’s Information Commissioner that the council handled requests incorrectly.
The watchdog said the council broke the law in December 2012 when it asked a resident to pay £125 for details of talks on the village’s allotments.
It rapped the council again after it gave an ambiguous response to a request in February last year and did not clarify it when asked.
Further complaints were made to the commissioner last year but it ruled in the council’s favour.