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Start date: 2015-11-03
End date: 2015-12-14
Results: 2016-03-03

[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: Arts and Leisure Development

Part of the range of West Berkshire Council's budget proposals for 2016/17, with supporting information and Equality Impact Assessments

If you haven't already seen our video explaining why these changes are being proposed, please visit our Budget Proposals 2016/17 webpage.


The development of arts and leisure events and activities help people to develop their self confidence and creativity. This can have a number of positive benefits for a number of groups. The council provides an Arts and Leisure Development Service to:

  1. Provide information, advice and guidance to the public about developing arts and leisure projects, including some advice about grants
  2. Make funding applications to the Arts Council and other grant giving bodies to help fund arts and leisure projects for specific groups of people such as, young offenders, older people with dementia, people recovering from mental health problems
  3. Act as liaison between the council and other bodies, to deliver projects which improve people's health and well-being through arts and leisure
  4. Manage the funding agreement and relationship between the council and the Corn Exchange, Newbury and the Watermill Theatre in Bagnor


To cease our Arts and Leisure Development Service while maintaining liaison with the Corn Exchange and Watermill Theatre.  This will save the council £54,000.

What do we think the impact will be?

The proposal will have some negative impact on groups who have benefited from arts and leisure projects, events and activities provided by the service to date. We will cease to make funding applications and develop the partnerships, for example between culture, youth services and public health, which are necessary to deliver these cultural projects.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

There is no other option for reducing this expenditure.

This consultation has now closed.

What you told us

We received 14 responses to this consultation.

We have condensed all your comments into the 'Summary of Responses' and everything you said, word for word, is contained in 'Verbatim Responses'.

These can be found in 'Documents' below.

What we did

A recommendation on how to proceed with this proposal was made to the Executive Members on 11 February 2016.

This can also be found below in 'Overview and Recommendation'.

Following this, at the Full Council Meeting on 1 March 2016 , all Members discussed this proposal as part of setting the Revenue Budget for 2016/17.

At the vote, the budget was agreed with the suggested amendments.

It was agreed to proceed with this proposal.

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