Cllr Timothy Godfrey is being interviewed by Janet Smith on her Croydon Radio Arts show at 2pm today.
Godfrey is Cabinet member for Culture, Leisure and Sport.
Here are some questions it be useful to have answers to.
- You held a seminar on the arts a few weeks after becoming Cabinet member. When do you intend to organise the next one to review what you have done so far, and the challenges ahead, particularly with the continued cuts the Council is having to make?
- What is your analysis of the Ambition Festival in terms of what worked well, what did not work well, and what lessons can be learnt in the event of a future Festival?
- How much were the proceeds of the Riesco sale and are they ear-marked for the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls as the previous administration indicated?
- Has the Cabinet adopted a statement that while it is in office it will not sell any more items from the Riesco collection?
- Given the damage the previous administration did to Croydon in the eyes of bodies like the Lottery Fund and the Arts Council, what have you been able to do in discussions with them to repair that damage so as to ensure that projects submitted have a better chance of being funded?
- In terms of the development of the Cultural Quarter on the Town Hall side of Wellesley Rd are there any positive developments in respect for example of the Pump House in Exchange Square becoming an arts venue.
- When you took office Croydon Music Services had had a cut imposed on it by the outgoing administration which led to the closure of the Piano Centre. Given the cuts that have to be made because of Government reduced funding is a cut to CMS’s funding being considered and if so what conclusions are being drawn about the equalities impact?
- How many staff are currently employed on work involved in the developments in parks and Council controlled open spaces? How many frozen vacancies are there? If the staff apply for voluntary redundancy is there a danger that the team will be depleted to an extent that it is ineffective?
- Your portfolio says: ‘Promotion of positive partnerships with private and voluntary organisations in the context of developing arts, cultural and leisure facilities and events in Croydon.’ Please explain what partnerships you have been involved in promoting, and what engagement have you had with the Croydon Arts Network?
- Have you any plans to make the Local Studies area in the Library open again so researchers have access to the wealth of material on the open shelves, given they are currently limited to a small stock on the ground floor and staff have to spend time finding and fetching what people need?
- It seems across the country that the promised Olympic and Paralympic Ligancy has not been achieved and that Government cuts are continuing to undermine it. What have you been able to do to ensure that some aspects of the Legacy have been fostered in Croydon?
- Given the Local Plan states that there is a shortage of burial space in the Borough and that it does not appear that a site has been identified in or outside the Borough and with the containing Government enforced cuts what is you assessment of the challenge to keep bereavement survives operating at a high level?
- With the asset transfer of Stanley Halls have you any ideas for such transfer of community centres and public halls? What do you see as the advantages of such transfer?
- How many allotments are there is the Borough and what is the size of the waiting list? Does the Local Plan identify potential sites for new allotments?
- Given the lack of adequate open space and parks in the North of Borough at a time when its population is growing and the Council has identified the need to have 10,000 new homes built, have any sites been identified and included in the Local Plan to safeguard them for the provision of a range of new open spaces of different sizes?
- Given the attempt of Lambeth Council is further cut its funding of Upper Norwood Joint Library, and the problem that Government finding cuts will make it difficult for the Council to make up the funding gap, what you think is the way forward of the Library?
- When you were in opposition you opposed the award of the Libraries contract to John Laing Services and were understandably angry when they sold it on to Carillion. Being in control what is your assessment of Carillion’s performance, what problems have been identified in monitoring the contract, and has it breached any of its contractual requirements resulting in fines? What level of fines have to be levied to lead to an ending of the contract?
- Given the continuing effect of Government funding cuts will the Council have to re-negotiate the contract sum leading to a reduction in services?
- When is the Library contract due to end?