People across Cheshire West have the chance to have their say on cultural services in the borough.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is asking for views on the future of these services, which include libraries, museums, arts, events and archeology.
The consultation is now in progress and will continue until Wednesday, December 2.
Background information on each of the services is included in the consultation document and questionnaire as well as their aspirations for working differently in the future.
Three potential options for the future are also explained.
These are that the council continues to provide the services, that a wholly council-owned company is set up under the council’s direction or an independent social enterprise/charitable organisation could be established which could benefit from the opportunities that arise from having charitable status such as gift aid.
The consultation document can be accessed online and printed copies will be available in libraries, museums and council buildings across the borough.
Little Neston and Burton councillor Louise Gittins, cabinet member for culture, leisure and wellbeing in the controlling Labour administration, said: “We all know that being active, meeting people, watching a play or listening to music is good for us. It makes us happier and healthier so it is important that people in Cheshire West have access to affordable, vibrant and exciting activities.
“Services like our libraries and museums along with our arts, events and archaeology teams are at the heart of our communities.
“With the needs of residents changing and in the light of recent cuts to public spending we need to look at how we can deliver what residents want more efficiently by looking into ways of getting these services to work together instead of separately.”
She continued: “As well as having obvious health and wellbeing benefits our cultural services also have an important role to play in education, tourism, employment and economic growth.
“I’d like as many residents as possible to read our consultation document and complete the questionnaire to let us know if we’re going in the right direction. Their views will shape the future of these services.”
The consultation reveals facts and figures about the council’s cultural services including the 25 libraries attracting 1,405,365 visits last year, enough people to fill Wembley stadium 16 times.
More information can be found at www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/culturalservices . Comments can also be made by e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone to 0300 123 8123 or by post to Cultural Services Consultation, Research and Intelligence Team, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Council Offices, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE.
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