Decision Maker: Environment and Neighbourhood Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Sutton’s Heritage Houses exist to
preserve and promote Sutton’s heritage. With National Lottery
Heritage funding Sutton Council's Heritage Houses are now
accessible, informative, creative and inspirational heritage venues
for local people. The report, in partnership with Registrar
Services, seeks approval to licence Whitehall Museum and Honeywood
House as civil ceremony venues. This will widen the appeal of
Sutton's Heritage Houses to couples who are looking for an
alternative local intimate setting for a civil ceremony.
Jan Underhill, Assistant Director of Wellbeing, and Kelly Saini Badwal, Head of Cultural Services, presented the report.
Feedback on the proposals was positive from members and benefits were highlighted, including improving the local economy on Cheam and Carshalton High Streets, making use of local heritage and expanding the local offer to residents. Members suggested that the relevant Local Committees be informed at their next meetings and that officers should consider expanding the service to other heritage buildings within the borough.
In response to questions, the officers clarified that:
During the discussion, the Assistant Director of Wellbeing agreed to provide members with a breakdown of the visitor numbers to each property.
RESOLVED: that the Honeywood Museum and Whitehall Historic House be registered as venues for civil ceremonies, with effect from 1 May 2020.
Report author: Kelly Saini Badwal
Publication date: 24/03/2020
Date of decision: 11/03/2020
Decided at meeting: 11/03/2020 - Environment and Neighbourhood Committee