Portfolio: Leisure and Local Environment Portfolio
This cut may not get implemented in full because there are proposals to include the service within the futures fund. Please visit the futures fund proposal to find out more.
To stop any Events across the Borough including the town centre and the Festival of Thrift, as well as withdrawing any support to community organised events.
The Council currently organise and run a range of events across the Borough with a strong focus in the town centre as well as contributions to the funding of the Festival of Thrift (£30,000). The Events programme has a positive impact on the town centre, increasing footfall and making the town centre a vibrant, attractive place to visit. The Festival of Thrift is starting to become a nationally recognised event with approximately 40,000 visitors last year. With the removal of funding and staff for Events across the Borough, the town would be less vibrant as well as reduced feel good factor. The withdrawal of Events would also impact on aspirations for 2025 Capital of Culture.
The Events team support a number of organisations and the community to deliver a range of events that are not Council funded, such as the Carnival, Fairgrounds, Darlington by the Sea, Food Festival, R+B festival, Denes Teddy Bear Picnic and many more. This support would be withdrawn as part of this proposal. However, the community may still deliver these events.
Cut W07 (Events)
FF 52a (Economic Regeneration Team)
Q: Why do you have an events team when you don’t have any events – the fireworks have gone, the lights are going but the events people are still on the same pay?
A: There is a thing called BID and all businesses in the town centre pay a levy and the council pays the largest levy and what we have said is this year we will keep the lights but we are looking at getting the BID and some of the big retailers, Binns, M&S, to chip in to see if we can keep the lights going for 2017.
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