Issue details

19/00074 - Animal and Plant Health Emergency Plan

Proposed decision:


To approve The Animal and Plant Health and statutory ACTSO Appendix; The Local Authority Exotic Notifiable Animal Disease Contingency Plan as a KCC led Kent Resilience Forum document.





Kent County Council enforces a range of legal and regulatory duties in relation to animal and plant health. This plan sets out the powers and duties of KCC in this regard and incorporates the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers statutory guidance on Notifiable Animal Disease response. A significant change is proposed to this standing document in making it multi-agency in reach through Kent Resilience Forum, though remaining KCC-led.


Decision type: Key

Decision status: For Determination

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 08/10/2019

Decision due: Not before 6th Nov 2019 by Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance to statutory requirements

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services

Lead director: Stephanie Holt-Castle

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

Contact: Tony Harwood, Resilience and Emergency Planning Manager 03000 413 386 Email: Tel: 01622 221951.


The proposed decision will be considered at the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 29 November 2019.

Financial implications: Planning costs are absorbed into existing budgets.

Legal implications: A range of legal and regulatory duties apply to animal and plant health including Civil Contingencies Act 2004, Animal Health Act 1981 (amended by Animal Health Act 2002), European Communities Act 1972, Plant Health Act 1967, Plant Health (England) Order 2015 and Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Equalities implications: Equalities implications: Following a desk top assessment an EqIA was not deemed necessary for this project because of the technical and scientific nature of the subject matter Data Protection implications: Personal contact details are included within restricted circulation (non-public) version of plan.