Please treat this email as a Freedom of Information Act 2000 request.
I am conducting my PhD research into the efficacy of zoo licensing procedures, as part of a doctorate in Law at the University of Essex. I would be grateful if you could provide me with the information below in order to assist me in my work.
I would be grateful if the information could be provided in electronic format if possible. If only hard copy format is possible, please could they be sent to:
Council name: Brentwood
Please could you confirm whether or not the following zoos are still operational in your area and, if so, if the listed dispensation granted under s.14 of the Zoo Licensing 1981 is still correct:
Old MacDonalds Educational & Leisure Park
. If there are any new zoos operating in your area, please could you let me know the name of the business and, for each zoo, if any dispensation has been granted under s.14 of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981.
. For any zoos which have been granted a dispensation under s.14 of the Zoo Licensing Act, please could you let me know the date when the zoo’s dispensation status was assessed to ensure that it is still relevant.
. For every zoo for which such information is held, please could you provide me with the following for a period beginning the 1st January 2008 and ending 1st July 2014
a. Current and historic zoo licences (including any conditions attached to the licences)
b. All zoo inspection reports (formal, informal and special)
c. Any available pre-inspection audits
d. All animal stocklists held by the council
e. Any correspondence between the zoo and the local authority with regard to licensing
f. Copies of any “Directions” issued to the zoo under s.16 of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 for failure to comply with licence conditions
. In addition, if any of the zoos also hold licences under the Pet Animals Act 1951, please could you provide me with (for the same period as above):
a. Current and historic pet shop licences (including any conditions attached to the licence)
b. All inspection reports
I refer to your request below and attach all relevant information that is held by this authority relating to your request, with the exception of an up to date stock list which is currently awaited and a copy of the licence that expired in 2010 as I cannot trace a copy of this.
I trust that this meets with your needs however, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance