Public views sought for development of Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy

The Council is seeking public views in relation to Arts, Culture and Heritage ahead of the development of a Strategy for 2023-2030

A survey has been created to explore what the offering of services in these areas mean to the public and how they can be improved for residents, businesses, visitors and the creative sector.

The strategy, which is being drafted in partnership with Festivals and Events International, will be produced to help the Council and its partners leverage the economic, social and cultural benefits Arts, Culture and Heritage can bring, and how these can further support the Council’s vision of the Borough as a pleasant, prosperous, safe, healthy and green place where people want to live, work, do business and spend their leisure time.  

The Borough-wide strategy will look at all aspects of Arts, Culture and Heritage, including physical assets such as buildings and intangible assets such as stories, customs and experiences. The strategy will explore combined arts, dance, libraries, literature, museums, music, theatre, and the visual arts, built and social heritage and those parts of the Creative Economy that have a cultural object at their centre such as film, games, music, broadcasting and publishing.

Councillor Siobhan Monaghan, Cabinet Member for Housing and Community said:

Arts, Culture and Heritage have an important place here in the Borough. From historic to present assets, there are many valuable offerings to be explored, leveraged and created to promote further community engagement and growth of the local creative culture and economy.

“If you have a favourite venue, group or artist from anywhere in the Borough, this is your opportunity to support them by having your say.

Members of the public are invited to share their views online at The survey will close at 5pm on Thursday 12 January 2023.

Notes to editors:

About Festivals & Events International

FEI delivers strategic and operational advice to towns, cities, government agencies and cultural organisations across the UK and worldwide.

FEI’s experience includes Festivals and Events, Cultural Venues and Placemaking.


FEI is an Arts Council England Business and Financial Adviser for Arts and Cultural Organisations.

Published: 13th December 2022