Underhill, Assistant Director of Wellbeing, and Kelly Saini
Badwal, Head of Cultural Services,
presented the report.
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.
to questions, the officers clarified that:
The hire of the heritage houses would be aimed at
ceremonies with up to 20 guests in attendance.
Officers do not expect any parking issues due to the
small size of the ceremonies and the local car parking facilities
nearby. Should problems arise from parking, officers are in control
of the bookings and are able to scope the bookings to ensure that
it does not impact severely on the parking
Each house is expected to raise £4,000 of
additional income a year, based on 1 booking, per month, per
The ceremonies will be discreet and will not impact
the core heritage service, including visitors to the
Neither houses will be closed in preparation for
providing civil ceremonies and the preparation costs will cover
administration and any additional furniture
Officers have the full support of relevant friends
group Chairs and they welcome their involvement in the planning
discussion, the Assistant Director of Wellbeing agreed to provide
members with a breakdown of the visitor numbers to each
the Honeywood Museum and Whitehall
Historic House be registered as venues for civil ceremonies, with
effect from 1 May 2020.