Licensing checks made on the Timberbatts Pub Bodsham

Kent County Council did not have the information requested.

Christopher Simon Sommerville Gunn

Dear Kent County Council,
Please provide copies of all reports made subsequent to visits by officers of the Shepway District council or Folkestone and Hythe Council to the Timber Batts (or alternatively Timberbatts) Public House at Bodsham.
To expand, by officers, I refer to any officer of the council, whether licensing, environmental health, Public health, Food and hygiene, animal welfare, Health and safety and/ or including all departments of the council howsoever described or named.

Christopher Simon Sommerville Gunn

Dear Kent County Council,

Please respond to my information request regarding the Timberbatts public house

Yours faithfully,

Christopher Simon Sommerville Gunn

Kent County Council

Dear Mr Gunn,


Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to Timberbatts public house. I
understand that you have already been sent a response which re directs you
to the District and Borough Councils, this should have been explained
further and has been below. I apologise for any inconvenience this may
have caused.  


Your request in its current form is too broad to enable us to identify
what information (specifically) you are looking for or whether that
information would be held by Kent County Council (the Council) and if so,
which team(s) within the Council to direct your enquiry to. 


If the visits you refer to were carried out by officers of Shepway
District Council and/or Hythe Council then those visits would have been
carried out under the responsibilities and functions of those
organisations.  District, Borough, Town and Parish Councils are
independent of the County Council and operate under their own regulatory
frameworks, they do not report to the County Council and generally we
would not expect them to carry out operations on behalf of the County
Council.  Although there are some exceptions, for example some powers in
relation to parking are delegated to the District Councils under an Agency


The County Council is not responsible for the licencing of public houses
and does not have a licencing department, neither do we have Environmental
Health responsibilities, these are functions of the District Councils. Our
Trading Standards Department has some limited responsibility for animal
welfare but this relates to non-domestic livestock. They also have
responsibilities in relation to the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco
and consumer protection but this does not include hygiene inspection of
catering establishments like pubs, restaurants and cafes.  If you would
like more information about out Trading standards responsibilities,
details can be found on the following link:


If you can provide us with more information about the nature of your
request and the information you are looking for then we may be in a better
position to progress your request.  In the meantime the Council's you
refer to are both subject to obligations under the Freedom of Information
Act and may be better placed to provide you with the outcome of their


If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, you have 40 working days from the date of this response
to ask for a review. You can do this by following our complaints process;
details can be found at this link
on our website. Please quote reference 6122766.


If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can appeal to
the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should you wish to
pursue this course of action, are available from the Information
Commissioner’s website [3]


Yours sincerely





Carly Wattle | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.87, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone 03000 417061 | Fax 03000 420303 |[4]Access to
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