This report seeks approval to licence Whitehall Historic House and Honeywood Museum as civil ceremony venues. The introduction of civil ceremonies will widen the appeal of Sutton's Heritage Houses to couples who are looking for an alternative, intimate and local 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.