Hastings Borough Council is undertaking a review of its cultural services and support that will present elected Councillors with a number of options for future delivery and investment.

The current Hastings Culture-Led Regeneration Strategy was adopted in 2016 and runs until 2021.  It is a Council strategy but was informed by consultation with the cultural sector and the public.  

It is a high level document that sets out six broad objectives.  
  1. Encourage community cohesion and social engagement through accessible and diverse cultural activity  
  2. Ensure high quality cultural opportunities within formal and informal education are available to all
  3. Grow the creative economy, supporting creative and cultural businesses and practitioners to develop and become more sustainable, and attracting new investment
  4. Develop and promote a refreshed identity for Hastings which brings contemporary culture and heritage together in a coherent and marketable brand 
  5. Support and develop a high quality year round cultural programme, that links to regeneration and tourism strategies 
  6. Support and enable the preservation, development and use of our cultural assets
For the purposes of this review, we are looking at the council’s role in delivering the strategy’s objectives and asking people to focus on priorities.

The council recognises the level of activity delivered by partners in Hastings, and wants to consult with the sector to find out where there are gaps in provision which the Council is best placed to support, ask whether its current focus of activity is appropriate, and if not, what partners think the priorities should be.

Once we’ve got people’s input into the first stage above, the review will look at what the different potential models for delivery are and the pros and cons of each.  Partners will then be asked to comment on those delivery options.

There are six objectives in the Hastings Culture-Led Regeneration Strategy.  In relation to each, please give us your opinion on who currently delivers against the objective (including if you do yourself), and how successfully you think the Council delivers against the objective.

1. Encourage community cohesion and social engagement through accessible and diverse cultural activity

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* 1. There are six objectives in the Hastings Culture-Led Regeneration Strategy.  In relation to each, please give us your opinion on who currently delivers against the objective (including if you do yourself), and how successfully you think the Council delivers against the objective.

1. Encourage community cohesion and social engagement through accessible and diverse cultural activity

Ensure high quality cultural opportunities within formal and informal education are available to all.

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* 2. Ensure high quality cultural opportunities within formal and informal education are available to all.

Grow the creative economy, supporting creative and cultural businesses and practitioners to develop and become more sustainable, and attracting new investment

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* 3. Grow the creative economy, supporting creative and cultural businesses and practitioners to develop and become more sustainable, and attracting new investment

Develop and promote a refreshed identity for Hastings which brings contemporary culture and heritage together in a coherent and marketable brand

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* 4. Develop and promote a refreshed identity for Hastings which brings contemporary culture and heritage together in a coherent and marketable brand

Support and develop a high quality year round cultural programme, that links to regeneration and tourism strategies

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* 5. Support and develop a high quality year round cultural programme, that links to regeneration and tourism strategies

Support and enable the preservation, development and use of our cultural assets

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* 6. Support and enable the preservation, development and use of our cultural assets

Looking ahead, where are the gaps in provision and what should the Council’s priorities be in relation to the objectives?

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* 7. Looking ahead, where are the gaps in provision and what should the Council’s priorities be in relation to the objectives?

What should the cultural service in particular be focusing on?

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* 8. What should the cultural service in particular be focusing on?

Any other comments you’d like to make?

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* 9. Any other comments you’d like to make?

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