Issue - meetings
Report of the Cultutral Services Team Manager
The Cultural Services Team Manager presented the report to members.
It was noted that unfortunately the Christmas Lights Switch On event was significantly impacted by Storm Arwen. This was somewhat mitigated by the ability to still deliver the outdoor food, drink and craft market and the success of the indoor market at Newmarket, and the fact that despite the weather, footfall in Coalville was significantly increased on the day.
Wendy May expressed her thanks to the Cultural Services Team for their efforts under extremely challenging conditions and noted that the negative feedback that had been received about the cancellations proved that residents of the area enjoyed the main stage and the fireworks that had been held in previous years.
Councillor M Wyatt provided positive feedback with regards to the lights at the clocktower and in other parts of Coalville, however he questioned whether the space in Memorial Square could be utilised more to hold events. Wendy responded that following extensive risk assessments, it was considered that the town had more suitable and safer pedestrianised areas.
Members expressed disappointment that the lights on the tree at Memorial Square had been vandalised but provided positive feedback on the success of the Christmas event at the Newmarket.
It was moved by Councillor J Geary, seconded by Councillor J Legrys and
1. the progress update on 2021/22 events be noted.
2. the update for Christmas lights 2021/22 be noted.
3. the update for 2021/22 Coalville Special Expenses community grant scheme be noted.
4. The proposed events programme and associated budget 2022/23 be considered by Cabinet.