Sport, Leisure & Culture Cabinet Member – Minutes – 20 October 2010

The following item contains exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

3 (3) SHARED MUSEUMS SERVICE WITH NORTH EAST LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL – The Service Director Asset Management and Culture submitted a report to seek approval for North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) to enter into an agreement with North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) to develop a shared museum service.

NELC approached NLC in July 2010 to explore the interest in the possibility of a shared museums service. Officers from each council had previously discussed this possibility with a view to forming a partnership for NLC to manage aspects of the NELC museums service. These discussions centred on collections management and education services. It was subsequently proposed that these areas of work form the basis of phase 1 of a shared museums service. Some details of the work needed further finalising once both councils had given their approval to proceed. NELC have already had permission to proceed.

In addition to delivering savings for both councils, the proposal will improve the museum offer to local people and visitors to the area, and enable cooperation across local authority boundaries for mutual benefit.

The success of the shared service will be evaluated in November 2011 with a view to further recommendations being made about the future of the shared service in January 2012.

Resolved – (a) That the proposal to develop a shared museum service with NELC be approved, (b) the draft ‘Statement of Principles’ that underpins the proposed shared museums service arrangement as set out at appendix 1 and the associated ‘Statement of Benefits and Outcomes’ be approved, (c) that the Service Director Asset Management and Culture be authorised to sign the ‘Statement of Principles’ and the associated ‘Statement of Benefits and Outcomes’ on behalf of North Lincolnshire Council, and (d) that regular progress updates towards the delivery of the agreed outcomes be provided to the Cabinet Member

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