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Dear Fife Council,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request information relating to zoos within your local authority area.

Zoos are defined by the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 as “an establishment where wild animals are kept for exhibition to the public otherwise than for the purposes of a circus and otherwise than in a pet shop”.

Please could you provide the following documents in relation to all zoos within your jurisdiction:

1. The most recent inspection report
2. The most recent stocklist
3. Any mortality lists and/or post-mortem results that may be available.

If applicable, please also provide:

4. Details of instances where a zoo licence has been revoked or an application for licence renewal has been refused, within the last six years.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or phone. My contact details can be found below.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Wilding

Fife Council

Dear Mark Wilding,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your information request received on 25/09/2020 our ref: 32718 relating to zoo inspection reports. This is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

We are presently assessing your request and may be in touch soon to ask for further clarification or to offer advice and assistance if we are not able to fulfil your request in its present form.

The legislation allows us up to 20 working days from the date that we receive a valid request, including any clarification we require, to make a final response. We will be in touch within 20 working days of receipt of your initial request to provide our response or to seek clarification where necessary. We hope to provide you with the information you are looking for at an earlier date where possible.

Due to the current circumstances, the majority of Fife Council staff are unable to work in their normal workplace. All requests are being dealt with as quickly as possible, however in some cases this may cause a delay in accessing the data you have requested. In circumstances where a delay is likely to be caused due to problems with access, an update will be provided to you.

Yours sincerely,

Elaine Walters
Information Specialist

Elaine Walters, Fife Council

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Dear Mark Wilding,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

 

I refer to your email dated and received 25/09/2020, our ref 32718. 

 

Request

 

I require information relating to zoos within your local authority area.

Zoos are defined by the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 as “an establishment where
wild animals are kept for exhibition to the public otherwise than for the
purposes of a circus and otherwise than in a pet shop”.

Please could you provide the following documents in relation to all zoos
within your jurisdiction:

1. The most recent inspection report
2. The most recent stocklist
3. Any mortality lists and/or post-mortem results that may be available.

If applicable, please also provide:

4. Details of instances where a zoo licence has been revoked or an
application for licence renewal has been refused, within the last six
years.

 

Response

 

I am pleased to enclose the information you requested in the attached
documents to cover Questions 1 and 2 of your request and trust that it
meets your requirements.

 

Fife Council does not hold the information you require for Question 3 of
your request in terms of Section 17 of the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 – Information not held.  No post mortem reports are
held by Fife Council as these reports are viewed during inspection when at
the premises.

 

Question 4 of your request is a Nil return as there have been no zoo
licences revoked or any applications for licence renewal refused within
the last 6 years.

 

I would like to draw your attention to the copyright situation in relation
to the material.

 

The council holds the copyright for some of the material provided and it
may be reproduced free of charge in any format or media without requiring
specific permission. This is subject to the material not being used in a
derogatory manner or in a misleading context. The source of the material
must be acknowledged as Fife Council and the title of the document must be
included when being reproduced as part of another publication or service.

 

If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request, you
have the right to request a review of the decision. Please write to: Head
of Legal & Democratic Services, Finance & Corporate Services, Fife House,
North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT or e-mail to [email address].
The law provides for you to make this request up to 60 working days from
when we received your enquiry or 40 working days from when you receive
this correspondence whichever is the later date. Where the outcome of the
review fails to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction you have
the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision.www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

 

Fife Council will consider and seek to resolve any request to the Head of
Legal & Democratic Services that falls outside these time scales.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Elaine Walters | Information Specialist

Information Management & Requests Team | Customer & Online Services | Fife
Council | Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, Fife KY7 5LT

Email:  [1][email address]

 

 

 

 

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