The case of the missing cattle trough (part 4)

More questions have been asked about the missing cattle trough under a Freedom of Information:

  1. The response to question 4 within RoI 2016/13735 shows a lack of interest by the Council in following this situation up and given this trough has been in the location since 1896 the question is will Wandsworth Council be pursing the return of the cattle trough?
  2. If the answer to question 1 is no, then please explain the reason for this.
  3. If the answer to question 1 is no, what would the Council require in order for it to be in position to follow up on the return of the trough? For instance, if various organisations wrote to the Council requesting the return of the trough would it do so.
  4. If the answer to question 1 is yes, please detail what actions have been taken, and what actions will be taken.
  5. According to The Drinking Fountain Association (TDFA) website “Fountains were erected by the Association and passed to local authorities to maintain and keep supplied with potable water. In the event that the local authority does not fulfil its obligations the Association requires the fountain or trough to be returned. Such items belong to the Association and should not be offered for sale. They remain the property of the Association and if informed, it will arrange for the collection with the intention to restore and relocate where the facility is still needed” (Source:

The following questions relate to this comment.

  1. According to this comment TDFA Wandsworth Council was responsible “to maintain and keep supplied with potable water” the Norstead Place trough. Is this correct as the Council’s response to question 3 of FoI request 2016/13735 suggested this was TfL’s issue?
  2. If not, then whose responsibility was it “to maintain and keep supplied with potable water”?


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