Decision details

Arts and Culture development in BCP Council

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes



(a)          Cabinet accepts the findings and recommendations of the Cultural Enquiry and supports their implementation.

(b)          Cabinet supports the plan to hold “A Cultural Future for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole” conference at Lighthouse Poole.

(c)          Cabinet agrees that a cultural strategy and implantation plan for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole should be developed as a joint initiative of BCP Council and the Cultural Collective.

(d)          Cabinet agrees to openly recruit an independent chair of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Cultural Collective (Cultural Compact) and form a multi-sector board and wider stakeholder group to deliver on the recommendations of the Cultural Enquiry.

(e)          Cabinet agrees a three-year standstill settlement (2020-23) for the six funded arts and heritage organisations operating in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

(f)            We bring a review back in 12 months which looks at how the work is delivering against the Corporate Plans and Delivery Plans.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Regeneration and Culture


To enable BCP Council, the Cultural Collective and local arts and heritage organisations to deliver on the recommendations of the Cultural Enquiry and the priorities of the Corporate Strategy.


Report author: Michael Spender

Publication date: 20/03/2020

Date of decision: 18/03/2020

Decided at meeting: 18/03/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 28/03/2020

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