Alok Sharma

Colchester MP writes to government to help zoo reopen

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

The MP for Colchester has written to two government departments to inquire about reopening the town's zoo.

Will Quince said the zoo "is hugely important" to the area. No reopening date has been set for zoos and wildlife parks as lockdown restrictions are eased by the government.

The Conservative MP has written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma and George Eustice, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Mr Quince said he has asked for a "timeline for permission for zoos to reopen" and will share the response he receives.

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The zoo released a statement yesterday saying that it was "scraping the bottom of the barrel" in regards to its financial situation, as it has been closed to the public since March.

"Whilst furlough has helped zoos with wages, a zoo still requires a huge number of staff to deal with the welfare of the animals, the maintenance to ensure all the systems, including life systems, remain in working order," the statement said.

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