The Council’s role
The Council has a role in supporting local residents, community groups and the voluntary sector in accessing, designing and delivering council services. We want Gateshead to be a safe, fear-free and tolerant borough with accessible cultural and leisure facilities, activities and sports for all.
We currently do this by:
- building capacity within communities and facilitating volunteering opportunities to enable a network of council and community run facilities and services to ensure resilient communities.
- providing and promoting sport, cultural and creative events and opportunities to residents, students and visitors to Gateshead
- providing interventions to reduce health inequalities
- providing library and leisure facilities
- Reduced service directly funded by Council
- Increased income
But this would be dependent on achieving significant income targets through:
- Leisure services
- Culture services
If income is not achieved the outcome will be reduced and ceased services which would include closure of buildings and services.
Reduced services, within statutory definition:
Reduced funding and services to:
- Sage Gateshead
- Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
- Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
- Newcastle Gateshead Initiative
Alternative delivery models could also be considered.
Three year plan involves reduced services directly funded by the Council and increased income;
- Consider different delivery models for the Gateshead International Stadium
- Integration of Leisure and Libraries
- Implement Library review
- Consider fee income generation strategy for Leisure - £2.8m by 2020 and self-financing
- Self-financing culture team
- Reduced contribution to culture partners
Key actions to get to the destination
- Determine the income generation strategy and delivery options for the future of Leisure
- Consider the options for the future development of Culture
- Income generation for Culture Services
- Develop “vision” and development plan for Gateshead International Stadium with partners
- Achieve financial sustainability through income generation of £2.8m by 2020 for Leisure Services.
* These proposals formed part of last year’s budget consultation exercise.