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Barton consultation aims to boost investment in town’s culture

Barton consultation aims to boost investment in town's culture
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Barton consultation aims to boost investment in town’s culture

A major consultation is being launched in Barton on the future of the town’s heritage and culture with the aim of securing millions of pounds in investment.

Residents and visitors are being invited to have their say during October and November, when views will be gathered on existing venues, new exhibitions, events programmes, enhanced learning opportunities, local collections and the wider culture and heritage facilities.

The town already boasts an impressive line-up of events and activities held at venues including the Ropewalk, The Assembly Rooms, The Old Tile Works, Wilderspin School Museum and Baysgarth House.

The consultation will enable all interested parties to better secure new investment and work together to further improve several of the existing heritage sites – with an initial focus on the Grade 2 listed Baysgarth House.

Further details will be available on the North Lincolnshire Council website from October 1.

Any proposals will be developed in conjunction with the Arts Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund – two organisations which already support hugely successful venues across North Lincolnshire, such as The Ropewalk, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, North Lincolnshire Museum, Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre and Normanby Hall Country Park.

Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for rural communities, said: “We are really keen to understand what the Barton community would like to see and what the people who visit think could develop the cultural offer in the town further.

“The culture and heritage in all our towns and villages is an essential part of each community. Each element has its own inherent value but each too brings important social, economic and educational value.

“Through the Covid-19 pandemic the focus of the council has quite rightly been upon keeping people safe and well. We have also been able to reassess out ambition for the people and place of North Lincolnshire as we begin the recovery and renewal, and we want to kick start this in Barton.”

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “There has never been a better time to really raise our ambition and secure millions of pounds to further enhance the quality of life for residents and increase wellbeing for the community at large.”

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