Ok Commonty.....every so often something comes along that is of genuine long-term importance (the sort of thing that we will have to answer for to our grandchildren etc,etc).....such a thing is the decision facing our local council just now on how to make the required savings in their cultural budget - we are being asked to contribute our opinions on the decision - see below from David Lockwood.
Underneath David's letter is the 'presentation' he enclosed with his letter. In our opinion it is pretty hard to understand what we are all being asked to comment on - are we to add up the potential savings from losing some of our cultural services until we arrive at the desired 10-20%? Are we being asked to let David know whether we think it is more important to keep the Museum at Stranraer over the Art Gallery in Dumfries? Or are we to tell him to tell the Cooncil to 'do one' and keep everything? Or maybe you guys get the task at hand better that we do?
You will be aware that all public bodies are under pressure to reduce costs and maximise efficiencies. As part of its 2013/14 budget development process, Dumfries and Galloway Council is undertaking a review of its in-house operated arts and museum facilities. Savings of between 10 – 20% are required.
The views of our customers and stakeholders are an important consideration in this exercise and as part of this review I would be pleased to receive any comments you might like to make on the possible savings options outlined in the attached document together with any comments you might like to make on any other options that you feel we may have excluded from our thinking.
Please send your comments addressed to me at the following E-mail address by Monday 7th October 2013.
We will subsequently be holding a small number of stakeholder meetings to discuss these options in more detail and to allow you to comment further. These will be held at:
· The Market Hall in the Victoria Halls, Annan at 7 00pm on Tuesday 15th October
· Tolbooth Art Centre, High Street, Kirkcudbright at 7 00pm on Wednesday 16th October
· Stranraer Museum, George Street, Stranraer at 7 00pm on Thursday 17th October
Should you require clarification or any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Service Manager Arts Museums and EventsMob: 07711772908
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