Freedom of information response

Statues, plaques and public monuments

Publication date: 
Thursday 16 July 2020
Request: 
  1. When was the last time (if ever) the council undertook a review of statues, plaques and public monuments in your area, with the purpose of deciding whether any ought to be removed from public display?
  2. Since 7 June 2020, has your council committed to a review of statues, plaques and public monuments in your area, with the purpose of deciding whether any ought to be removed from public display?
  3. Did your council remove any statues, plaques or public monuments from public display in the calendar year 2019? If so, please state which pieces were removed, when, and for what reason.
  4. Did your council receive any requests to remove any statues, plaques or public monuments from public display in the calendar year of 2019, on the grounds that they commemorate figures with links to slavery and/or colonialism? If so, please specify the statues/plaques/public monuments in question, and the number of representations each received.

If your answer to 4) is ‘yes’ - have any statues, plaques or public monuments been removed from public display as a result of such public requests/complaints? If so, please specify the statues/plaques/public monuments in question.

Response: 

1.   In recent years there has not been any formal review of statues, plaques and public monuments to determine if they ought to be removed from public display.

  1. There is no formal review of statues, plaques and public monuments underway
  2. No
  3. No
  4. N/A

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Request reference:
FOI 10056