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Cecil Rhodes

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Dear Oxford City Council,

I am making a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.
Please could you confirm the following statements:

1. Provide information on what will be done to the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College in Oxford University after it is removed.
2. Provide information on where it will be removed, if it is to be removed.
3. Provide information on whether or not it will be moved to a museum.
4. Provide information on the steps taken by the council to protect this statue from destruction.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Robertson

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Robertson,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference: 9267
 
Thank you for your email below.  Your request was received on 23rd June
2020 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of receipt)
in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000/ Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), subject to the information not being
exempt or containing reference to a third party.
 
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recognises the unprecedented
challenges all are facing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
In particular they understand that resources, whether they are finances or
people, may be diverted away from usual compliance or information rights
work. Whilst the ICO can’t extend statutory timescales, they will not be
penalising public authorities for prioritising other areas or adapting
their usual approach during this extraordinary period.
 
Therefore while the Council will make every effort to comply with the
Statutory Requirements you may experience understandable delays when
making information rights requests during the pandemic.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 
 
Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council |
Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address]
| T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
 
 

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freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Robertson,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference: 9267
 
Further to the acknowledgement below, I can respond to your Freedom of
Information Act 2000 request received on  23^rd June 2020 as follows:
 
Thank you for your FOI enquiry concerning the statue of Sir Cecil Rhodes
on High Street. As the statue stands on the façade of Oriel College,
University of Oxford, it is the college's property. Oxford City Council’s
involvement would be limited to considering any application for its
removal. A planning decision following any application would include
consideration of:
 
1)     What happens to the statue afterwards, with the views of Historic
England, the statutory body charged with protecting heritage taken into
account
2)     where it is to go once it is removed
3)     the college’s intention or otherwise to place the statue where it
would remain accessible to public view, such as a museum
 
The powers to protect heritage assets rest with the Council and we have
raised with the college the issue that the statue is at risk and thereby
it needs to put things in place to reduce that risk.  
 
If you disagree with any part of the response to your request, you are
entitled to ask the Council for an internal review of the decision(s)
made.  You may do this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either
email – [1][email address] – or by post to Monitoring Officer,
Oxford City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS. 
After the result of the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you
may ask the Information Commissioner to intervene on your behalf.  You may
do this by writing to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 
 
Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council |
Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email:
[2][email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
 
 
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