Redbridge council wants residents’ views on which leisure and culture services to protect
PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 March 2015
A cross-party panel is reviewing services such as sport, music and libraries.
Redbridge council is asking residents to choose which leisure and culture services it should protect in an online survey.
The findings will be reviewed by a cross-party panel before presenting the final strategy to the cabinet in the summer.
Cllr Wes Streeting (Lab, Aldborough) said: “As we face a large budget gap, we must now focus our priorities and we need residents’ input to do that.”
When asked by The Recorder whether cuts were inevitable Cllr Streeting said: “We are beyond the point of saying we can guarantee there will be no cuts to frontline services.”
He continued: “We are trying very hard to safe guard these services.”
The online survey asks residents to state how often they use various leisure services and their importance.
Respondents are asked to rank future options for culture in the borough whilst “thinking about the financial pressures we are facing together.”
These include site sharing, the privatisation of services and transferring them to community management.
The addition of a gym to South Woodford’s library building has been hailed a great success due to increased accessibility and income.
Cllr Streeting confirmed the survey was planned before the council’s u-turn over funding cuts to the Redbridge Music Service.
He also stated that the money raised from the controversial sale of Glasbury house would be reinvested into leisure and culture.
You can take part in the survey here: http://surveys.redbridge.gov.uk/s/leisureandculture15/
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