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Dudley Council the historic capital of the Black Country
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Culture and Leisure Services

Primary Responsibilities

  • Sports and Physical Activity

  • Museums, Greenspaces and Bereavement Services

  • Culture and Tourism

    • Responsible for a wide range of arts and entertainment venues within the Borough.

    • Management of Himley Hall, four public halls and community arts projects including the Borough Festival.

    • Arranges and hosts the Himley Hall Bonfire, pop concerts together with a range of other events. Venue for arts, crafts exhibitions and weddings as well as being a quality conference facility regionally.

Key Facts and Figures

  • 1.5 million attendances per annum at Leisure Centres

  • 3400 Cremations undertaken per annum

  • 2200 cremations memorials (roses, plaques, etc)

  • 15% of Boroughs landmass is "Green Space"

  • Wrens Nest has national/worldwide nature reserve status

  • 133 teams play football on the Council's pitches

  • Nearly 6000 volunteer hours were donated to nature reserves

  • 30 Friends of parks groups set up.

Key Issues

  • Sports and Physical Activity

    • Maximising and encouraging levels of participation that have a health related benefit
    • Ensuring full engagement with the 2012 Olympics and delivering a legacy for the borough
    • Playing Pitch Provision/Strategy.
  • Museums, Greenspaces and Bereavement Services

    • Development of the White House / Red House Glass Museum Project
    • Continuation of the Healthy Towns Project
    • Availability of additional burial grounds
    • monitoring impact of new crematorium in Kidderminster
    • Delivery of Heritage Lottery Fund Parks Programme.

  • Culture and Tourism
    • Public Halls Big Society Project
    • Tourism - implementation of the Black Country Destination Management Partnership.

Divisional Achievements

  • Leisure Centre Health and Fitness investment sees membership increased by 500%

  • Sports Development Service attained Quest Accreditation with a highly commended score

  • Options+ Scheme membership numbers increased

  • Implementation of Healthy Towns Project - £4.5 million invested in 5 borough parks and open spaces

  • Green spaces funding attracted via the Heritage Lottery Fund and other external organisations

  • Museum accreditation for Broadfield House Glass Museum and Dudley Museum and Art Gallery

  • Himley Hall North Wing development

  • Introducing reactive service to collect stray horses from off the highway.