Leisure, Arts and Culture Cabinet Member – Minutes – 1 December 2008

42 (14) LEISURE GRANT AID NOVEMBER 2008 – The Service Director Asset Management and Culture submitted a report giving details of the different leisure grant aid schemes in existence, and seeking approval of an application for financial assistance.

Resolved ­- That the application be dealt with as follows:

Stephen Jones Community Hall, Haxey Methodist Church To purchase digital piano for new community hall £550

43 (15) ARTS DEVELOPMENT GRANT AID The Service Director Asset Management and Culture submitted a report for consideration of an application for funding from Humbersound.

Humbersound was an unincorporated voluntary organisation run by community musicians. It was founded in 2006 by a group of students who successfully qualified as community musicians from the Music4U – Youth Music Action Zone Community Music for Practitioners Course, which ran in 2004 and 2005. The main aims of Humbersound were as follows.

  • To devise, develop and deliver music projects
  • To provide networking opportunities for community musicians in the Humber region
  • To provide continual professional development for community musicians in the region.

It was agreed that Humbersound should apply to the Arts Council England, Yorkshire for organisational development, which would include the appointment of a consultant who would work with them to develop a three-year Business Plan. Humbersound would like to apply to North Lincolnshire Council for match funding to support their application to the Arts Council, and were also asking for £2,000 from Hull City Council as match funding. East Riding and North East Lincolnshire Council had offered officer time to support the organisation.

Resolved – That approval be given for an Arts Development grant of £2,000 in support to Humbersound.

44 (16) GREAT ART FOR EVERYONE 2008-11 – The Service Director Asset Management and Culture submitted a report advising of the publication of Great Art for Everyone 2008-2011 by Arts Council England and for consideration of the initial implications for the arts in North Lincolnshire.

Arts Council England (ACE) had published a plan for the arts for the next 3 years. They had over £1.6billion to invest in the arts over that period including some £154 million in Grants for the Arts.

ACE had identified four development priorities, Digital Media Technologies, Visual Arts, Children and Young People, and London 2012.

The council needed to respond to these priorities in order to gain maximum benefit for the area.

Resolved – (a) That the ACE plan Great Art for Everyone be welcomed and endorsed, and (b) a further report be brought to a future meeting outlining the impact for North Lincolnshire in more detail.

45 (17) CULTURAL OLYMPIAD 2008-12 – The Service Director Asset Management and Culture submitted a report for consideration of the options for North Lincolnshire’s participation in the Cultural Olympiad 2008-2012.

One of the key parts of the London 2012 bid was the link made between the sporting event and Cultural Olympiad which reflected the views of the founder of the modern games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin. He organised the first of the modern games in Athens in 1896 with the aim of celebrating of sport, culture and education.

Plans to celebrate the Cultural Olympiad across the UK were therefore seen as key to the success of London 2012. One of the key themes was to bring culture and sport together, encouraging participation and raising issues of health and well being.

In Yorkshire a theme of ‘I move therefore I am’, was selected to make links between culture and sport under the wider strategy outlined in the Yorkshire Gold document. Another way of taking part was to apply for the ‘Inspired by..’ mark that branded local and regional events as part of the celebrations.

Resolved (a) That adoption of a combination ‘I move therefore I am’ and ‘Inspired by ‘ in principle be the preferred way forward, (b) that a Steering Group to oversee the Cultural Olympiad celebrations be established, (c) that the resource implications be investigated in more detail and a further report be brought to a future meeting on the way forward.

46 (18) PLOWRIGHT THEATRE HIRE FEES – The Service Director Asset Management and Culture submitted a report seeking approval of the proposed fees and charges for the Plowright Theatre for the 2009-10 season.

Hire fees and charges needed setting for 2009-10, so that bookings could be agreed for the coming year and setting the fees now enabled the Drama Federation to plan their programme for the year

The proposals took account of the council’s ‘Corporate Charging Framework’, customer feedback and consultation and projections of use of services.

The proposed fees and charges were set out in the appendix to the report.

Resolved – That the proposed fees and charges for the Plowright Theatre, as set out in the report and appendix, effective from 1 April 2009, be approved.

47 (19) NORMANBY HALL COUNTRY PARK ADMISSION CHARGES 2009-10 – The Service Director Asset Management and Culture submitted a report for consideration of the admission prices for Normanby Hall Country Park for the forthcoming 2009-10 season.

Work needed to start in December 2008 to promote the park for the 2009-10 season. To do this effectively the admission prices needed approval to be included in promotional material that was prepared for print in December 2008.

In making recommendations for the prices for next season, the performance against income targets for this year was taken into account as well as market intelligence from across the sector and the results of the marketing campaign carried out in 2008-09.

A new season ticket for two people was proposed in response to customer feedback and the numbers for a group ticket increased from twelve to twenty.

The proposed Fees and Charges were set out in the report.

Resolved – (a) That the admission prices for the Normanby Hall Country Park for 2009-10 as set out in the report, be approved, (b) that an ‘early bird’ promotion for the Family Season Ticket offering a £1 reduction on all season tickets purchased before 1 June 2009 be agreed, (c) that details of a prize draw for season ticket purchasers will be submitted to a future meeting, (d) that the new season be launched with a free open day on 29 March 2009.

48 (20) LEARNING DISABILITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER – The Service Director Asset Management and Culture submitted a report seeking support to create a new temporary post of Learning Disability Development Officer.

Sport England carried out research in 2006 to identify participation levels in sport and active recreation. It showed that 52% of adults in North Lincolnshire were inactive. This meant they did less than 30 minutes a week of sport or active recreation. Amongst people with a disability, this figure rose to 76%.

Active Choices, Active Futures was the sport and active recreation strategy for North Lincolnshire. The primary aim of the strategy was to increase participation in sport and active recreation in adults by one percent a year, also to close the gap in participation by under represented groups.

Government published Valuing People in 2001, a strategy to improve services for people with a learning disability. It required local authorities and Health Services to put people with learning disabilities at the centre of the planning and delivery of services.

Resolved – (a) That the creation of a post of Learning Disability Development Officer on a one-year fixed term contract be supported, and (b) that the report be referred to the Corporate Services Cabinet Member for approval.

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