10/2Council can ask the Trust to stop a particular part of its activity; the Trust then has six months toimplement that at which time the Council reduces the Trust’s funding by the relevant cost related tothat activity. The Council is exploring opportunities for further activity that the Trust can deliver that isrelevant and appropriate to the Trust (for example, the Visitor Information Centre was transferred to iton 1
April this year)
Goals and Objectives
4. To propose initial options to the Council to reduce service provision in order to reduce costs.
5. A wide range of services are under review requiring detailed analysis but the proposals thathave been identified are:(i) Closure of Wardown Park Museum from April 2012 on weekdays during term time for general publicvisits excluding pre booked tours. This would generate a reduction in funding to Luton Culture of up to£53,000 per annum. The site would be open to the general public during school holidays and theweekends and also to pre booked group bookings during the week. This option would allow the Trustto build a more sustainable business model for the Museum which would include seeking HeritageLottery Fund investment to improve the building for both the general public and as a space forcommunity and commercial activities such as weddings, meetings and other commercial uses.(ii) Move Fireworks to Stopsley Common as a pilot for 2012 and charge for parking at the new sportscentre site to reduce the subsidy of the event. There are approximately 400 parking spaces at the siteand if a charge of £5 was made for each car, additional revenue of £2,000 could be generated. To becertain that this pilot could be undertaken there would need to be consultation with the airport, a sitevisit would be required to gauge what infrastructure would be required for health and safety purposesand a traffic plan put in place to overcome the congestion from the cars parking at the site and alsohow people without transport will get to the site.(iii) Cease free Summer Festival in St Georges Square from 2013 . The current Summer Festivalcosts £25,000(iv) Close John Dony Field Centre, Turners Knoll and Barton Road Museum Stores. All activities thattake place at the John Dony Field Centre can be and are mainly provided at Stockwood DiscoveryCentre. There is a £1000 revenue saving from closing this facility and this room would be handedback to the Bushmead Community Centre to help them generate more income from lettings. TurnerKnoll and Barton Road Stores are used by the Museum Service. If the sites were handed back to theCouncil then the Council may be able to generate a capital receipt from the sites.
6. A risk assessment would need to be completed related to the potential relocation of thefireworks display to Stopsley.
7. Consultation would be required regarding the Wardown proposal with users of the museum andthe Friends of Luton Museums. There will be a requirement to consult regarding potentially relocatingfireworks.
Appendices and additional background papers attached:
Clearance – agreed by:Legal
There are no direct legal implications to thisreport.David Watson, Solicitor,on 16/09/11
There are no financial implications to this report Ceri Davies, FinanceManager HCL on 19