Heritage Champions

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Dear Tower Hamlets Borough 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

London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: 20684586

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Dear Sophie Mason,
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 16 January
2020  requesting:

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?
 
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2000  and we aim to send a response by 13 February 2020.
 
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Yours faithfully
 
 
INFORMATION GOVERNANCE
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020 7364 4736
[Tower Hamlets Borough Council request email]
 
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London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Ms Mason,

Tower Hamlets has in the past had a member who is a Heritage Champion but
currently this role has lapsed.  In the Boroughs  Conservation Strategy
adopted in 2017,  the Heritage Champion's role is identified as one which
it is hoped can be reactivated, and which it is intended will support the
place shaping team and help to increase community engagement in the active
management and promotion of the Borough's heritage.

Officers are currently considering reactivating and potentially enhancing
the role of Heritage Champion in line with Historic Englands Heritage
Champions Handbook.  It is hoped that we could provide additional support
for this role ' for example in the form of a Young Heritage Champion
and/or Community Heritage Champion.  It is anticipated that these
Champions would play an important role in helping to create a bridge
between local communities, the Council, and heritage conservation and
management.

Kind Regards

Shipa Begum
Complaints and Information Admin Officer
Complaints and Information
020 7364 4736

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Information request
Our reference: 20684586

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

 
Dear Sophie Mason,
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 16 January
2020  requesting:

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?
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000  and we aim to send a response by 13 February 2020.
 
In some case, a fee may be payable. If we decide a fee is payable, we will
send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
proceeding with your request.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000  may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions  apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal review and
to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
Yours faithfully
 
 
INFORMATION GOVERNANCE
Complaints and Information
020 7364 4736
[Tower Hamlets Borough Council request email]
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.