Lead Councillor for Leisure and Culture


A)       Leisure, Culture and Heritage


(1)       To oversee policy priorities and objectives and strategies for the provision of arts, cultural and leisure services in Reading; both directly by the Borough Council and in partnership with the private sector and other agencies; and to monitor and review provision against the Council's corporate and strategic objectives.


(2)      To oversee the development and implementation of policies and strategies for the promotion of leisure, culture and heritage, in accordance with the aims of the Corporate Plan priorities.


(3)      To provide quality assurance, strategic planning for leisure and cultural services and monitor and challenge performance against the key measures for success set out in the Corporate Plan.


(4)      To promote:


·       Tourism in the Borough

·       The physical and intangible heritage of the Borough

·       The development and use of waterways within Reading

·       The general development of the arts and learning in Reading, including the support of community arts initiatives


(5)      To ensure the care of the Council's historic monuments and buildings, including the Abbey Ruins, Abbey Gateway, and the Caversham Court Gazebo.


(6)      To co-ordinate all non-licensing aspects of Council policy towards arts and leisure festivals and other major events.


(7)      To promote good community relations and consultation, working in partnership with the voluntary sector and local interest groups, including the Cultural Partnership.


B)       Sport


(1)      To oversee the development and implementation of the Sports Facilities Strategy.


(2)      To oversee the delivery and provision of indoor recreation facilities at the Council’s leisure centres and those of its leisure partners.


(3)      To promote sport development in the Borough.


(4)      Your Reading Passport (with Lead Councillor for Education & Public Health).

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