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Residents' views sought on cultural issues

Mon 19 October 2015, 3:10 pm

Hounslow Council is calling on residents to have their say on leisure and culture services in the borough.

The local authority has set out a draft strategy with four objectives: to modernise the borough’s library service; to enhance local parks and open spaces; to support residents to be more active, and to celebrate Hounslow’s cultural make-up and heritage. 

A poster and postcard campaign, launched on Monday 5 October 2015, invites residents to comment on the objectives and the steps suggested to achieve them.

The strategy proposes better online library services, with a wider choice of e-books and digital resources. It also refers to the need to address the overall visits to libraries, which has dropped by 20% in the past five years. 

Making better use of the borough’s 1,365 hectares of green space is another key aspect of the strategy.

Councillor Ed Mayne, Hounslow Council’s cabinet member for public health and leisure, said: “Over the next four years the council must make at least £70 million in savings and the leisure services budget is expected to be reduced by at least £2.3 million.

“Our draft strategy aims to make sure we maintain the highest possible standards in our leisure services, while adapting to the budget cuts and changes in the services residents want. So, residents’ views are essential if we are to rise to this daunting challenge successfully.”

The draft Leisure and Culture Strategy was published on Monday 5 October and consultation closes on Monday 16 November 2015.

Residents can view the draft strategy and comment on the council’s website at www.hounslow.gov.uk/leisureconsultation

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