Heritage Champions

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Dear West Suffolk Council,

As part of Civic Voice’s ongoing Big Conservation Conversation campaign, we are undertaking research across England to ascertain how many local authorities currently have a Heritage Champion.

Heritage Champions are encouraged by Historic England as an executive member of the council who has lead responsibility for heritage. The person is expected to work closely with local community groups, Conservation Officers and Planning officials.

Would you be able to provide the following information?

• Are you aware of Historic England’s Heritage Champion Initiative?

• Does your local authority currently have an appointed Heritage Champion and if so, when were they appointed?

• Do you have the name and contact details of the Heritage Champion?

• If you do not have a Heritage Champion, do you have any plans to appoint such a person?

Yours faithfully,

Sophie Mason
Finance & Administration Officer
Civic Voice

foi, West Suffolk Council

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property.services, West Suffolk Council

Dear Sophie

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information made
under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Request:

As part of Civic Voice’s ongoing Big Conservation Conversation campaign,
we are undertaking research across England to ascertain how many local
authorities currently have a Heritage Champion.

 

Heritage Champions are encouraged by Historic England as an executive
member of the council who has lead responsibility for heritage. The person
is expected to work closely with local community groups, Conservation
Officers and Planning officials.

 

Would you be able to provide the following information?

 

o Are you aware of Historic England’s Heritage Champion Initiative?

 

o Does your local authority currently have an appointed Heritage
Champion and if so, when were they appointed?

 

o Do you have the name and contact details of the Heritage Champion?

 

o If you do not have a Heritage Champion, do you have any plans to
appoint such a person?

 

Response:

 

1.   Yes, West Suffolk is aware of Historic England’s Heritage Champion
Initiative. West Suffolk does not formally appoint member “champions”.
Instead, the role/remit falls under the relevant Portfolio Holder
(Executive member) with responsibility for the service / function – in
this case Councillor Jo (Joanna) Rayner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure,
Culture and Community Hubs.

 

2.   West Suffolk Council came into being on 1^st April 2019. Cllr Jo
Rayner was appointed as a Portfolio holder by the Leader at the Council’s
AGM on 22 May 2019.

 

3.   Councillor Jo Rayner’s contact details maybe found in the following
link:

[1]https://democracy.westsuffolk.gov.uk/mgU...

 

4.   Not applicable.

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of this matter via the Council’s corporate complaints procedure.

 

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have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at the following
address:

 

Website: [2]www.ico.org.uk
Email via website:  [3]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/ema...
Tel: 0303 123 1113
Address: Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

Kind Regards

 

FOI Co-ordinator

 

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