Dear Birmingham City Council,
I am writing to make an open government request for all the
information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act and The Environmental Informtaion Regulations.
In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.
If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.
(i)Following the revelations in The Friends of Witton Lakes notice board that FERA undertook the shooting of 7 ruddy duck birds (a family) on March 1st 2013, I would like to request all recorded information that you hold concerning this incident.
Please provide by electronic means any communications between Birmingham City Council and Defra/Fera/Natural England and any other organisations in relation to this cull, including emails, file notes and letters.
(ii) Could you confirm what information, if any, Birmingham City employees supplied to any of the above Governmental quangos prior to the cull.I am requesting any recorded information held, including the reporting of field sitings, and by whom these were made.
(iii)Could you confirm what notice was received by the council in relation to the cull, and to whom this information was relayed?
(iv) Could you confirm if these birds were shot using boats, or were shot from the bankside, and if the carcasses were removed by FERA from the lake?
(v) I am requesting what instruction was given to staff/members of the public by the city council in relation to potential concern/risks that may arise concerning operations on the day of the cull.
I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days.
I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received this request. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Dear Mr Carroll
Attached is Birmingham City Council's response to your Freedom of
Local Services - Committee Services
Data Protection / Freedom of Information
House of Sport - 300 Broad St
0121 303 4638
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