The top ten most bizarre questions posed to councils

Dragon Queen lo-res coverIt’s Monday and you might need cheering up. So here’s The Local Government Association’s list of the last year’s strangest Freedom of Information requests. Which one’s your favourite? We think no 1. Maybe an overdose of Game of Thrones.

The top 10 unusual FOIs are:

1. What plans are in place to protect the town from a dragon attack? (Wigan Council)

2. Please list all the types of animals you have frozen since March 2012, including the type and quantity of each animal? (Cambridge City Council)

3. How many times has the council paid for the services of an exorcist, psychic or religious healer? Were the services performed on an adult, child, pet or building? (Rossendale Council)

4. Please can you let me know how many roundabouts are located within your council boundaries? (Leicestershire County Council)

5. What precautions, preparations, planning and costings have been undertaken in the case an asteroid crashes into Worthing, a meteorite landing in Worthing or solar activity disrupting electromagnetic fields? (Worthing Borough Council)

6. How many holes in privacy walls between cubicles have been found in public toilets and within council buildings in the last 10 years? (Rossendale Council)

7. How many bodies are there in mortuaries that have been unclaimed for ten years? How long have these bodies been in the mortuary? How old were they when they died? Is it possible to have the names of these people? (Richmond Council)

8. How many people in the town have a licence to keep a tiger, lion, leopard, lynx or panther as a pet? (Scarborough Council)

9. How many requests were made to council-run historic public-access buildings (e.g. museums) requesting to bring a team of ‘ghost investigators’ into the building? (Birmingham Council)

10. How many children in the care of the council have been micro-chipped? (Southend Council)

Council staff have the knowledge!

images (1)From asking if it OK to keep a crocodile in a back garden, to how best to marinade a steak, a new list shows the weirdest calls to council call centres across the country over the past 12 months. Borrowing or downloading a book from the library would have helped especially with 2, 8 and 9!

The list includes a call asking how long it takes for an egg to hatch under a lamp and a call from a resident wanting to know how to grow mangoes.

Top 10 bizarre calls to councils:

1. Are there any regulations on keeping a crocodile in my back garden? (Reigate and Banstead BC)
2. Can you teach me how to use a chain-saw? (Chelmsford BC)
3. Do you know where I could get an old bath that I could fill with custard? (LB Sutton)
4. Can you send a pest control officer to remove a frog from the bottom of the communal stairs in my block of flats? (Crawley BC)
5. Am I allowed to bury my horse in my back garden? (Warwickshire CC)
6. “I’ve tried the number given on your website for the library but it doesn’t work.” “What was the number?” “0900 1800” “I’m sorry those are the times the library is open between…” (Surrey CC)
7. How can I get permission to pitch a tent on the central reservation of the A35 trunk road? (Derby City Council)
8. How do you make a marinade to put on my barbecue steaks? (Newark and Sherwood DC).
9. A lady rang to say she couldn’t get any reception on her TV. She’d already contacted the police and the fire brigade but they couldn’t help, so she called the council (Rossendale BC).
10. Can you remove all porn from the internet? (Westminster City Council).