Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Arts Leisure & Culture Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 6th June, 2012
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Jim Cooke Suite, Stockton Central Library, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1TU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mrs Jean O'Donnell(Chairman), Cllr Eileen Johnson(Vice-Chairman), Cllr Carol Clark, Cllr Michael Clark(Vice Cllr Nigel Cooke) Cllr Gillian Corr, Cllr Alan Lewis, Cllr Mick Womphrey
Officers:
Rueben Kench(DNS), Peter Mennear and Kirsty Wannop(LDS)
In Attendance:
Cllr Ken Dixon(Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Nigel Cooke
Item Description Decision
Public
ALC
10/12
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The evacuation procedure was noted.
ALC
11/12
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
ALC
12/12
MINUTES - 23RD FEBRUARY 2012 FOR SIGNATURE
 
ALC
13/12
DRAFT MINUTES - 2ND MAY 2012
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
ALC
14/12
ARTS, LEISURE AND CULTURE OVERVIEW
AGREED that the information be noted.
ALC
15/12
QUARTERLY PROGRESS UPDATES ON PREVIOUSLY AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS
AGREED that the Progress Updates be noted and the assessments for progress be confirmed.
1.30pm/2.30pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
ALC
11/12
There were no interests declared.
ALC
12/12
The Chair signed the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd February 2012.
ALC
13/12
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 2nd May 2012.
ALC
14/12
Members were presented with an overview of culture and leisure services. The following area's were highlighted:-
- Service Area responsibilities which included Arts Development, Leisure and Sports Development, Libraries and Heritage Services and Tees Active Limited (TAL).
- The service area's performance during 2011/12 for SIRF, Adult Participation, Library Visits and the Museum's collection size.
- The key achievements which included SIRF 2011 where 133k of Arts Council Grant was used to fund the event. The first Stockton Weekender in partnership with Tees Music Alliance took place and included music, comedy events and the option for camping. The redevelopment of Billingham Forum reopening in June 2011. Stockton's River Rat Race 2011 which was part of the ‘Take to the Tees' festival to encourage 30% more people to experience activities in, on and alongside the river compared to 2010. The refurbishment of Stockton Central Library which was successfully reopened in November 2011.
- The impact of past reviews which included the EIT Review of Sport, Leisure and Recreation and EIT Review of Events, Arts and Tourism. The recommended review of TAL's financial position will take place in summer 2012 but further work may be needed to identity reliable trends due to the late opening of the White Water Course.
- The emerging issues for the service area were to develop innovative events programme, improve and celebrate the borough's heritage, refresh the borough's libraries.

The Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture praised officers as with fewer resources they were still providing services to a high standard. The Committee agreed with what the Cabinet Member had stated.

Members also considered the impact of the Heritage Strategy, capacity of parking at the Barrage for events, and the commissioning and evaluation of new programmes by Sports Development.
ALC
15/12
Member considered the assessments of progress contained within the progress updates provided on the implementation of previously agreed recommendations. There were outstanding recommendations from the scrutiny reviews of River Based Leisure, the EIT gateway review of Highways, Lighting and Network Managements, and the EIT Review of Sport Leisure and Recreation.

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