Council quizzed over Santa sleigh crash plans

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Council officials making preparations for a crash landing by Santa’s sleigh this weekend could have to reveal their plans publicly.

Cheltenham Borough Council was asked to provide details of its contingency plans in a Freedom of Information request filed this year.

The applicant called for details about who at the council would rescue Santa, who would be responsible for rounding up the reindeer and which staff would get the job of clearing the crash site. The request made the second spot on the Local Government Association’s list of the top 10 most bizarre Freedom of Information Requests in 2011.

The winner was a request to West Devon District Council about its preparations for helping soldiers defending against invasion by Napoleon’s marauding hordes.

Both Bristol City Council and Leicester City Council were quizzed about their readiness for a zombie invasion.