December 2010 – Written Question on Ealing Arts Centre

by Nigel Bakhai on 14 December, 2010

Question

Following the statement attributed to a Council spokesperson in Friday 10th December’s Ealing Gazette questioning the viability of the Ealing Arts Centre project, will the Leader give his assurance that he supports the need for an arts centre in Ealing and provide details of the next steps he is planning to take to improve facilities for the arts in the borough?

Answer

Council officers and Members of all Political Parties have put a good deal of time into considering options to increase the provision of space for Arts and Cultural activities in Ealing and remain supportive of this idea. We will continue to work with Arts Groups in Ealing to improve access to space in Ealing Town Hall and other Buildings around the Borough and would encourage Groups to come forward to book space, which is offered at subsidised rates.  We cannot, however, ignore the requirement to cover our running costs and groups will need to accept that their activities will need to run alongside other events that are valued by other parts of the community.Officers are preparing a report to go to the Overview and Scrutiny meeting of 3rd February 2011 and we will be inviting Ealing Arts, together with representatives from University of West London and Questors Theatre to contribute their thoughts. An important first step will be to convert the Telfer room on the Ground Floor of Ealing Town Hall into a Dance Studio.  This was one of the proposals that came forward from a business plan developed by Ealing Arts.  We are grateful to St George, developers of the Dickens Yard site, who have agreed to the early release of s106 funding to fund most of this project.

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