Policy Statement: Libraries, Arts, Museums & Heritage

You said:

Our arts, museums, and libraries are important and we don’t want them reduced or closed.

We believe that museums, art galleries, performance venues, local artists, events in the community, and built-heritage are important parts of our local culture. We support their continued protection, funding and relevance, and we will seek to maximise the tourist value of our all of the district’s cultural assets.

We believe that our libraries and museums exist to educate, inform and serve our communities, and have the ability to boost literacy and life-long prospects for all. Our libraries provide welcoming spaces for reading and borrowing books, socialising, clubs, exhibitions, professional assistance, internet access and help in job-hunting. We do not support the closing of our local libraries or cutting of services, and will work to ensure that Essex County Council puts in place the proper funding to support them.