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Posted 12 July 2004
Broxbourne Borough Council's reply to our complaint is reproduced below:
Borough of Broxbourne,
Borough Offices, Bishops' College,
Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire EN8 9XE
02 September 2004
Re: International Herpetological Society - Breeders Meeting, Civic Hall Broxbourne 11th July 2004
Thank you for your recent email, the content of which have been noted.
This department became aware of the event on Thursday 8th July 2004, following notification from members of various animal rights organisations.
As a result of these notifications the event organiser was contacted to obtain further details especially with regards to the selling of animals and hygiene measures to prevent the risk of infection.
As you can appreciate, at such late notice, these details were only provided verbally. However our concerns relating to the above two issues were made known to the Leisure Department who is responsible for hiring the venue.
On this occasion the event went ahead. However please be assured that we have stressed the importance of early notification to this Department of similar events in the future so that a full and thorough risk assessment can be carried out, with a view to preventing any such events that present a health risk to the public.
Ms. F. Ekemezuma
Principal Environmental Health Officer