Decision details

Draft Cultural Framework for Sutton

Decision Maker: Environment and Neighbourhood Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


A draft cultural strategy for Sutton aiming to facilitate local groups to come together, to form networks, increase diversity, and development of Sutton's cultural offer through community effort


Jan Underhill, Assistant Director for Wellbeing, presented the report.


Members commented that culture was hard to define, but that it needed a more  diversified approach  in Sutton to cover different population groups . The report was welcomed in setting direction and policy to enable people to engage with culture. Madeleine Barratt, Head of Libraries, informed the Committee that Sutton is looking at becoming a Cultural Enterprise Zone


A member asked about the series of community engagement meetings which took place in October 2017 as invitation only events. The Assistant Director for Wellbeing explained that they were targeted consultation meetings, spread across the Borough and with different cultural groups , looking at specific interests, as part of a first round engagement.


Members went on to discuss the financial implications of the Draft Cultural Strategy. The Assistant Director noted that costs involved in preparing the report, which included targeted engagement, were minimal and explained that the organisation running the engagement events were recommended by the GLA. The financial implications section of a report is about looking forward and any additional costs that adoption of the report would incur.


Mary Morrissey, Strategic Director for Environment, Housing and Regeneration, advised Members that discussion regarding specific financial details of the  procurement could take place outside the meeting if members wanted more information.


Members queried what the term interdisciplinary arts meant in relation to the London Cancer Hub. The Chair highlighted that the Cultural Strategy was in draft form, and the wording could be addressed following the committee.


The Head of Libraries said that this is about connecting different disciplines, science and the arts, such as art therapy.



  1. The draft cultural outline framework and roadmap as the direction of travel, at Appendix A, be agreed.


  1. The recommendation for a further draft Framework to be brought back to Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee in Summer 2018, be agreed and that this would then be followed by gathering further views from residents, through the consultation Hub.


Report author: Madeline Barratt

Publication date: 23/05/2018

Date of decision: 01/02/2018

Decided at meeting: 01/02/2018 - Environment and Neighbourhood Committee

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