A Thanet councillor has appeared at Canterbury Magistrates Court today (April 24) after the Information Commissioner’s Office issued her with a summons.
The Thanet Independent Councillor faces three charges related to Freedom of Information requests for details about last year’s dog dna scheme.
The scheme was launched last July in a bid to trap owners who failed to clear up after their pets but was later ditched.
The charges, outlined in the summons by Aaminah Khan, prosecution lawyer to the Information Commissioner, accuse Cllr Brimm of blocking, concealing or destroying records held by Thanet council “with the intention of preventing the disclosure by TDC of information” in response to FOI requests between July 31, 2017, and September 2 and 5, 2017.
A further charge says that between May 7, 2015 -when Cllr Brimm was first elected – and February 9, 2018, Cllr Brimm “being a data controller, processed personal data without having entry in the register maintained by the Information Commissioner.”
Cllr Brimm, of Birchington, has pleaded not guilty to the accusations.
She will go on trial at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on September 3.