BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning reported that the fair, for the buying and selling of birds such as parrots, has been cleared to take place in March. The organisers say the health risks are low because only birds from other EU countries can be brought into the UK.
Stafford BC issued a statement that it has issued a licence for the event under the Pet Animals Act 1951. 'This is required only because it is intended that birds will be sold at the event. This licence is not intended to deal with the risk of avian flu,' the council said.
'DEFRA issued regulations last year to control the risk of avian flu at all such events involving birds. DEFRA has since issued a general licence imposing conditions on events such as this. We understand DEFRA are aware of this event.'