Decision details

Cultural Strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No




  1. Cabinet approves the adoption of the Cultural Strategy as set out in Appendix 1 to the Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy’s report.
  2. Cabinet recognises that the adoption of a Cultural Strategy is a key action within the emerging Corporate Plan, which also supports improvement and investment in local arts and cultural venues across the district.
  3. Cabinet notes the conclusions highlighted in the Cultural Strategy and advocates integrating these points into the Corporate Plan Action Plan, supporting the Authority’s goal to become one of the best places to live, work and visit in the UK.


Considerations/Reasons for decision:


  • Report of the Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy on the Cultural Strategy.
  • Workshops undertaken by the Culture and Visitor Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee which explored the vision and purpose of the Strategy.
  • Establishment of a network of sports providers, user groups and other leisure stakeholders.
  • Consultations, workshops and activities carried out during 2019 with the public, stakeholders, schools and societies, both face to face and online, to identify key priorities for the Cultural Strategy.
  • Recognition of the importance of creativity and physical activity highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The Cultural Strategy would allow a fresh approach to cultural development, engaging in a broad programme of ongoing targeted interventions, initiatives and opportunities. The equality analysis is attached as Appendix 2 within the report by the Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy.
  • The Cultural Strategy would bring together Arts, Heritage, Sports and Physical Activity and The Sciences to promote creativity and healthy lifestyles.


Other options considered:


  1. The 2013-16 Cultural Strategy included a vision for activity up to 2021: The themes included in the document could have been extended to include further relevant activity until that date.  The option was rejected, as a new focus was identified to capitalise on the success of previous initiatives and to link together the growing opportunities for health and wellbeing as a key driver for wider cultural engagement.
  2. To establish a series of smaller discrete strategies for cultural activity:  This was rejected as the early Members’ Workshops identified the need for a more cohesive approach to cultural programmes and greater connectivity between service area activity and initiatives.

Publication date: 09/09/2020

Date of decision: 08/09/2020

Decided at meeting: 08/09/2020 - Cabinet

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