Dear Canal & River Trust,

Can you tell me who approached you for the removal of statue?
What stakeholders were consulted?
Were planning permission sought to remove it?
Who paid for the removal?
Where did they take it?
What plans will you make sure to consult local stakeholders as many people in Tower Hamlets claimed they were not consulted?

Yours faithfully,

Abdul Hai

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Information Request, Canal & River Trust

Dear Mr Hai,

Thank you for contacting the Canal & River Trust with your request for information. The Trust has treated your request as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please see below the answers to your questions.

Can you tell me who approached you for the removal of statue?
We were approached initially by colleagues at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets who made the Trust aware of the strength of feeling in the community.

What stakeholders were consulted?
The decision to remove the statue was taking jointly by the Trust, Tower Hamlets, The London Museum, Police and estate management companies in the immediate area. Given the extremely tight timescales surrounding the statues removal, there was limited time to carryout community consultation. The Trust and its partners made their decision based on detailed feedback from democratically elected local representatives and the police. A 38 degrees petition introduced by a local councillor gathered a significant number of signatures in a matter of hours.

Were planning permission sought to remove it?
No, London Borough of Tower Hamlets considered whether planning permission would be required and advised they were satisfied that the unique context of this decision and our ability to keep the statue in safe storage while avoiding its potential damage had it not been removed, meant prior planning consent was not required.

Who paid for the removal?
London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Where did they take it?
The Statue was taken to a secure temporary location at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Car Pound

What plans will you make sure to consult local stakeholders as many people in Tower Hamlets claimed they were not consulted?
Following the removal of the statue of Robert Milligan on the 9th June a community lead group has been agreed to be chaired by Sir W, current membership of LBTH, locally elected councillors from the museum and Trust. The group will also consider what other representation is needed and consultation with the community regarding next steps and to develop a proposal for the future use of the dock-side plinth to reflect the diversity and values of the local community.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of this email and should be sent by email to [email address] or by post to Information Officer, Legal Department, Canal and River Trust, Aqua House, 20 Lionel Street, Birmingham, B3 1AQ. You are also able to contact the Information Commissioner by telephoning 0303 123 1113 although please note they would usually expect you to have gone through our internal review procedure before contacting them.

Many Thanks,
Hannah

Hannah Mobberley
Information Officer
Legal & Governance Services

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