Heritage Champions

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Dear West Sussex County 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

westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Sophie Mason

Thank you for your request which has been assigned reference FOI/486

Freedom of Information request - Heritage Champions

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Dear Sophie Mason

Our Ref: FOI/486

On 15/01/2020 you made the following request for information, which has
been dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000:

Freedom of Information request - Heritage Champions

We have now completed a search for the information which you requested and
confirm that this Authority holds some data relevant to your request.

The Response to your request is as follows:

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

West Sussex County Council was not 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?

West Sussex County Council does not have an appointed Heritage Champion. 
However, you may wish to note that the Executive Post of Cabinet Member
for Fire & Rescue and Communities holds portfolio responsibility for
libraries and archives and would, therefore, take responsibility for
any heritage initiatives.

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

As mentioned above, the Council does not have an appointed Heritage
Champion.  However, in order to support your request, we do wish to aid
you in finding the information for the current Cabinet Member for Fire &
Rescue and Communities; this is Mr Duncan Crow.  In response to your
request for contact details the Authority declines to disclose the
information you have requested and has applied the exemption in section 21
of the Act - information accessible by other means.  Under section 21 of
the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a
request if it is already reasonably accessible to you.  Details of this
Executive Post and Mr Crow's contact information, as requested, are
available on the County Council website on the following webpages:

[1]https://westsussex.moderngov.co.uk/mgExe...

[2]https://westsussex.moderngov.co.uk/mgUse...

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

West Sussex County Council has no current plans to appoint a Heritage
Champion.

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Yours sincerely,

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