Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Portolio Holder - Heritage, Culture and the Arts, Leader - Portfolio Holder Strategy, Performance and Finance
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To ensure additional works to the Grade I* listed building are undertaken as a priority, to enable the roof space to be opened to the public once more, used by the Arts Council England National Portfolio-Funded artist in residence and to re-deliver much-needed office accommodation within the Heritage and Culture Business Unit.
a) The Portfolio Holder notes and supports the increased scope of the works; and
b) The Portfolio Holder agrees to £50,000 being used from the Council’s Asset Maintenance Fund, to enable the works to take place during the current programme of works.
The recommendations align with the Community Plan objectives in relation to economic development and the visitor economy. It aligns with the most recent resident survey which placed a greater emphasis upon the regeneration of town centres – recognising that the NCWC is a town centre attraction bringing in both residents and visitors to the town. The recommendations also support the findings of the Heritage and Culture Working Group and the recent award of the presitigious National Portfolio Organisation Status, which is worth almost £1-million over the next three years.
If not undertaken now, these works will still be required in the near future, but will incur additional costs if delivered in isolation.
Publication date: 14/09/2023
Date of decision: 14/09/2023
Effective from: 20/09/2023