£1million reinvestment in culture and leisure

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A leisure service funded by the county council will benefit from a cash windfall for culture in Northumberland.

The charity Active Northumberland has bagged a £1million reinvestment boost from the authority.

The service provides leisure management and development on behalf of Northumberland County Council.

As of yesterday, Active Northumberland delivers a full range of cultural services, including arts and tourism strategy and development, visitor information, strategic events and heritage progress.

The donation was made by the council and Arch, the Northumberland development company which was established by the authority as an arms-length body to drive capital economic and business growth.

Coun Grant Davey, leader of the county council said: “This is great news for leisure and cultural services in Northumberland.

“By looking at how we provide services through our ‘family’ of companies we have been able to sustain a good level of investment in leisure, tourism and culture, while reducing the council’s contribution.”

Coun Dave Ledger, chairman of Arch and deputy leader of the council, said: “Arch is a commercial business with an economic and social mission.

“It is wholly dedicated to taking care of its customers and investing in Northumberland’s communities.

“Leisure and tourism are fundamental aspects of local economies and so important to residents and this is therefore a very appropriate way to reinvest profits.”

Coun Susan Dungworth is chairman of Active Northumberland. She added: “We are delighted to receive this cheque – it is great news, both for Active Northumberland and residents in the county.

“Leisure and culture is strongly referenced as part of the council’s corporate priorities and this reinvestment will help us to continue to work creatively to protect good-quality services for residents and visitors and ensure the services we manage on behalf of the council have a long and positive future.”

This extension of Active Northumberland will create a fully integrated offer for culture and leisure while improving the impact of services.