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Chance to have your say on future leisure and culture provision in Shrewsbury

Related topics: Community / Leisure, culture and heritage

Shrewsbury residents are being encouraged to get involved in discussions about improving leisure and culture facilities in the town.

This will be the main topic of debate at the first meeting of the Shrewsbury-wide Local Joint Committee (LJC) being held on Thursday 28 April 2011 at 8pm at The Guildhall, following  Shrewsbury Town Council’s Annual meeting.

Councillor Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for partnership working, said:

“This is a great opportunity for residents and businesses to contribute to the debate about how we model our leisure and culture services to make the best of all the assets Shrewsbury has to offer to residents and visitors – from swimming pools to libraries.”

Other items being discussed include an offer from about 40 members of staff from Caterpillar in Shrewsbury to volunteer to work for a day on a project which the LJC agrees would help an area or community in Shrewsbury.  If you have any ideas, or need help on a project, please come along to the meeting, or email communityaction@shropshire.gov.uk with details prior to the meeting.

The meeting will also consider requests for funding contributions towards four projects in the town:

·    A project led by Shrewsbury Baptist Church to develop a new community centre in the town centre
·    A project to run workshops to give 150 young people the skills to plan and carry out projects to improve the environment
·    An artists’ open studios event being held over two weekends during the Shrewsbury Summer Season
·    Proposals for summer holiday youth activities

Twice a year, councillors from Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council will be meeting as a Shrewsbury-wide Local Joint Committee to discuss and address Shrewsbury-wide matters.

A total of £32,400 has been devolved to the committee to fund projects in the local community served by the LJC for the year 2011/12.

The offices of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the LJC will be voted on at this meeting.