We would like to thank everyone who signed the petition and supported our campaign against Greenwich Council's proposal to cut its annual grant to Blackheath Halls.
Blackheath Halls appealed against the proposed withdrawal of the annual grant by making submissions to the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 21 February 2011. Members of the Halls' community chorus and orchestra staged an open air rehearsal and the Halls’ campaign was also widely publicised in the local press.
Both online and paper versions of the petition containing a total of 2061 signatures were submitted to Greenwich Council on 2 March 2011.
Unfortunately, Greenwich Council has now confirmed its decision to withdraw the entire annual grant of £71,352 as of 1 April 2011.
However, in response to the representations made to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the Halls has learned that the Cabinet has agreed to create a general budget of £42,000 to support the delivery of community based arts participatory projects across the borough.
Blackheath Halls hopes that it will be able to obtain some funding from this £42,000 allocation in order to continue the delivery of some of its community and education programme, although this will obviously be a much-reduced sum in comparison to the annual grant that has been provided to the Halls in the past.
In response to the Blackheath Halls’ petition, the Council’s Director of Culture and Community Services acknowledged that the end to their current funding agreement with the Halls “will impact on the service delivered by Blackheath Halls” and stressed that the Council was “keen to ensure that Blackheath Halls continues to play an active part in the cultural life of the borough”. The Council’s response to the petition is due to be considered at a Council meeting on Wednesday 30 March 2011 at 7pm, which members of the public are welcome to attend.
How you can help
- Come to our events and take part in our workshops and programmes (email H.Benton@Trinitylaban.ac.uk to join our mailing list);
- Become a regular donor (please contact Helma Zebregs at H.Zebregs@Trinitylaban.ac.uk for more information);
- Attend the Council meeting on 30 March (please contact email@example.com if you wish to speak at the meeting).
If you would like to support the Halls in any other way, such as through support-in-kind or volunteering, we would also be very happy to hear from you (please contact Helma Zebregs at H.Zebregs@Trinitylaban.ac.uk)
Thank you once again for your support. We look forward to seeing you at the Halls in the near future.
This petition is now closed.