Protecting Arts, Sport and Culture
Arts, sport and culture are under pressure from cuts. Labour will ensure that we protect provision in order to contribute to local people’s well-being
1. Review the use of the Life Centre considering more mainstream arts and community uses for it, whilst retaining existing library provision
2. Increase library book stock acquisition funding and look at building a branch library in Hackbridge, perhaps combined with other community facilities
3. Retain community and amateur theatrical use of Secombe and Charles Cryer Theatres. In the long run a proper borough theatre would be best placed in a better location in Sutton Town Centre. We will examine how cooperative business can be developed in this area.
4. Seek ways of opening up Times Square and the St Nicholas Centre for evening usage of their central spaces.
5. Seek to protect existing free access to our museums and historic buildings. This has been fought for by Labour for many years and enabled by the last Labour Government and is important for enabling the less well-off access to local cultural facilities.
6. Provide more under 10’s playground facilities in parks as well as "youth shelters" for teenagers and the installation of ball parks, rollerblading, cycling and skateboarding facilities
7. Support use of parks for open air concerts and increase the number of concerts as part of the Sutton Festival as well as consider establishing a maze at Beddington Park.
8. Investigate the option of entering into an agreement with the National Playing Fields Association to protect specific parks and examine whether locally accountable Community or Friends groups can assist with protecting our parks and drawing in further investment.
9. Establish allotment holder co-ops where these are requested
10. Look at the opportunity of developing a new Swimming Pool for Sutton on the existing Cheam baths site. In addition there should be a further artificial multisports pitch in the East of the Borough. These should be under social ownership.
11. Convert the Leisure discount card to a residents' Freedom card that will give discounts on a wide range of Council services, library charges, youth services and private sector facilities.
12. Provide free access to under 18 residents of the St Helier, Hackbridge and Wrythe local area to the David Weir Sports Centre as post-Olympic legacy and as part of a long-term plan to provide free leisure access to all young people in the borough.