Lorraine Binsley

Dear Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council,
I note that the Farm animals that were once housed at Sandwell Park Farm have been moved to Forge Mill Farm and that it is no longer your intention to house animals at Sandwell Park Farm. I understand that the reason for this has been stated as animal welfare. I note the National Trust have many Farms with buildings similar to Park Farm as does Acton Scott Farm and animal welfare poses no problem to these organisations as do many private farms in the UK.I would like to know on whose advice the decision to move animals from Park Farm was taken. Please send copies of reports where qualified persons in animal welfare have advised Sandwell of this information.

Yours faithfully,

Lorraine Binsley

The Governance Team, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

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Reference: FOI-433430958
Date of request: 30/06/2022
Title of request: Sandwell Park Farm

Dear Lorraine Binsley,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request.

I can confirm that this will be reviewed and allocated to the appropriate
service area for response.

You will receive a further acknowledgement once your request has been
allocated.

Kind regards
Sandwell Council

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Lorraine Binsley

Dear Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council,
May I refer to my Freedom of information request dated 30 June 2022 request reference FOI-433430958 . I understand that by law you are required to respond to my request not later than 29 July 2022. I therefore wish to request an internal review .

Yours faithfully,

Lorraine Binsley

The Governance Team, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Reference: FOI-433430958
Date of request: 30/06/2022
Title of request: Sandwell Park Farm
Information request:

Dear Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, I note that the Farm animals
that were once housed at Sandwell Park Farm have been moved to Forge Mill
Farm and that it is no longer your intention to house animals at Sandwell
Park Farm. I understand that the reason for this has been stated as animal
welfare. I note the National Trust have many Farms with buildings similar
to Park Farm as does Acton Scott Farm and animal welfare poses no problem
to these organisations as do many private farms in the UK.I would like to
know on whose advice the decision to move animals from Park Farm was
taken. Please send copies of  reports where qualified persons in animal
welfare have advised Sandwell of this information.

Dear Lorraine Binsley,

Re: your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

I write further to your request, which was received on 30th June 2022, for
information relating to the reason and any advice received regarding the
removal of animals from Sandwell Park Farm.

I note that the Farm animals that were once housed at Sandwell Park Farm
have been moved to Forge Mill Farm and that it is no longer your intention
to house animals at Sandwell Park Farm. I understand that the reason for
this has been stated as animal welfare. I note the National Trust have
many Farms with buildings similar to Park Farm as does Acton Scott Farm
and animal welfare poses no problem to these organisations as do many
private farms in the UK.I would like to know on whose advice the decision
to move animals from Park Farm was taken. Please send copies of  reports
where qualified persons in animal welfare have advised Sandwell of this
information.

Animals at Sandwell Park Farm were moved to the Forge Mill Farm facilities
in 2020. This was for the following reasons: 

1. The facilities at Forge Mill Farm are more suited to the needs of the
animals. There is more space and on site specialists to ensure animal
welfare is the best it can be. 

2. The investment into Forge Mill Farm has enabled increased visitor
experience and education offering on animal welfare and rare breed
animals. 

3. We do not hold external reports on the decision to remove animals from
the pens at Sandwell Park Farm. This decision was made with the advice of
our Farm Manager, alongside our business planning to improve the offerings
to both our animals and the visitors to both sites. 

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We hope our response fully satisfies your expectations. However, if you
are dissatisfied, you are entitled to an Internal Review.

Internal review requests should be submitted within 40 days of the date of
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Please submit your request through your account
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If you are not content with the outcome of our internal review, you have
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Information Commissioner's Office
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Cheshire
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Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
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Kind regards
Sandwell Council

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