Agendas, Minutes and papers from Trustee meetings

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Dear The English Heritage Trust,

Please could you let me have copies of:

1) The agendas of all the meetings of the English Heritage Trustees from 1 April 2015 until 20 February 2017.
2) Minutes of all the meetings of the English Heritage Trustees from 1 April 2015 until 20 February 2017.
3) All the papers presented to all the meetings of the English Heritage Trustees from 1 April 2015 until 20 February 2017.
4) Any decisions made by Trustees between meetings from 1 April 2015 until 20 February 2017.
Yours faithfully,

Tristan Light

Bryan, Ann,

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Our Reference:17/1458

 

Dear Mr Light,

 

Re: Information Request – Agendas, Minutes and papers from Trustee
meetings

 

Thank you for your email on 20 February in which you have requested the
following:

 

1) The agendas of all the meetings of the English Heritage Trustees from 1
April 2015 until 20 February 2017.

2) Minutes of all the meetings of the English Heritage Trustees from 1
April 2015 until 20 February 2017.

3) All the papers presented to all the meetings of the English Heritage
Trustees from 1 April 2015 until 20 February 2017.

4) Any decisions made by Trustees between meetings from 1 April 2015 until
20 February 2017.

 

Your request will be considered under the Freedom of Information Act
(2000)/ the Environmental Information Regulations (2004).  We will be
writing to you within the statutory 20 working day timeframe with a
response to your request.  You will be informed if this is not possible.

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

Ann Bryan

Information Assistant

Information Management and Technology Department

Room 2/07 (am)/ G/60 (pm), The Engine House, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2
2EH

Direct Dial : 01793 414567 (am) 01793 414797 (pm)

 

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Pearson, Jennifer,

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Our Reference:17/1458

 

Dear Mr Light,

 

Re: Information Request - Agendas, Minutes and papers from English
Heritage Trustee meetings

 

Thank you for your email on 20 February in which you have requested the
following:

 

1) The agendas of all the meetings of the English Heritage Trustees from 1
April 2015 until 20 February 2017.

 

2) Minutes of all the meetings of the English Heritage Trustees from 1
April 2015 until 20 February 2017.

 

3) All the papers presented to all the meetings of the English Heritage
Trustees from 1 April 2015 until 20 February 2017.

 

4) Any decisions made by Trustees between meetings from 1 April 2015 until
20 February 2017.

 

Your request has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

Having looked into your request I can confirm that we are considering
refusing your request under Section 14(1) of the FOIA, which states:

 

(1)  Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a
request for information if the request is vexatious. I have explained my
reasoning for this below.

 

Your request covers a substantial volume of information, consisting of  7
meeting agendas,  7 meeting minutes and a number of meeting papers, which
comprises of 1,079 pages in total.

 

As the information that falls within the scope of your request covers a
wide variety of live topics and cases, each page would need to be
individually reviewed to check for exemptions, to which we would attribute
5 minutes of time per page. This means that the total time required to
read the information for the request would be approximately 90 hours. This
does not take into account the time it would take to consult with relevant
members of staff at all levels, and time it would take to consider and
write the various public interest tests for applicable exemptions.

 

We have real concerns about potentially exempt information being contained
within the requested information, and there is likely to be information
which would engage the following exemptions which would also require the
lengthy consideration of public interest tests:

 

Section 36 – Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs

 

Section 40 – Personal Information

 

Section 41 – Information Provided in Confidence

 

Section 43 – Commercial Interest

 

In addition to this, any potentially exempt information could not be
easily isolated, because it would be scattered throughout the requested
material as is the nature of meeting minutes. For example, there can be in
excess of 20 number of different topics covered in a single set of meeting
minutes.

 

Due to the nature of the information I would need to consult senior
members of English Heritage staff on release of the full board minutes,
which would make significant demands on their already busy schedules.
Given the amount the information within scope of the request, this would
be an unwarranted intrusion on their other activities.

 

I believe that the amount of information that falls within the scope of
the request and the detailed considerations that would be required prior
to responding means that compliance with the request in this case would
represent a grossly oppressive burden upon resources and that, as it
stands, your request could be refused under Section 14(1) of the FOIA.

 

In line with best practice, before I apply this exemption I would like to
give you the opportunity to narrow your request in order that we are able
to assist you under the legislation.

 

Is there a particular topic or site that you are most interested in? Or is
there a particular meeting that you are most interested in receiving
information about?

 

Please be aware that the public minutes of the English Heritage Trust
board meetings are available on the English Heritage website which may be
of use to you, and can be viewed through the following link:

 

[1]http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about...

 

I hope that this is helpful to you. Details of the review procedure are
attached. Please be aware that I am unable to progress your request
further until I receive confirmation from you regarding how you wish to
proceed with the request. Once we receive a narrowed request from you,
this will be responded to within the statutory 20 working day deadline.
You will be informed if this is not possible.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jennifer Pearson

 

Mrs Jennifer Pearson

Senior Information Rights Officer - Weds, Thurs, Fri

 

Information Management and Technology Department

The Engine House, Room 2/07, Swindon, SN2 2EH

 

 

[2]Historic England Logo

We help people understand, enjoy and value the historic environment, and
protect it for the future. [3]Historic England is a public body, and we
champion everyone’s heritage, across England.

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For the first time, we are opening up The List asking people to share
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them for future generations. Can you help us #[8]ListEngland?

This e-mail (and any attachments) is confidential and may contain personal
views which are not the views of Historic England unless specifically
stated. If you have received it in error, please delete it from your
system and notify the sender immediately. Do not use, copy or disclose the
information in any way nor act in reliance on it. Any information sent to
Historic England may become publicly available.

References

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1. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about...
2. http://www.historicengland.org.uk/
3. http://bit.ly/1OuxROd
4. https://www.facebook.com/HistoricEngland
5. https://twitter.com/HistoricEngland
6. https://www.instagram.com/historicengland/
7. http://bit.ly/1p49z1e
8. https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/e...