Arts cuts are truly depressing
I HAD just finished reading your cover story about arts budget cuts in East Cambridgeshire and, as a supporter of the arts in all their forms, I was feeling properly indignant at the scale and apparent political motivation for these cuts. Seen in the cont
I HAD just finished reading your cover story about arts budget cuts in East Cambridgeshire and, as a supporter of the arts in all their forms, I was feeling properly indignant at the scale and apparent political motivation for these cuts. Seen in the context of the overall budget of East Cambridgeshire, £70,000 is a miniscule saving, but in the already meagre arts budget is a severe blow.
I then turned to page 11, where I found the story about the unveiling of the much-derided 'sluice' sculpture. This sculpture, in the form of a sluice gate (which we can see all over the fens, and containing recorded images and sounds of a river, sited next to - wait for it - a river) was funded by East Cambridgeshire to the extent of £27,000. It cost an estimated £127,000 in total, of which, according to the artist, £42,000 was spent on consultation.
Does ADeC not see how it makes itself an easy target by pursuing such absurd and costly projects?
We would all like a lively and creative arts programme in East Cambridgeshire, and to see good projects put in jeopardy and such easy ammunition provided to those who see no value in such things is truly depressing.
You may also want to watch:
MICHAEL EDWARDS, Victoria Street, Littleport
- 1 Three arrests after suspected brothel discovered
- 2 City’s first Asian grocery store coming to market place
- 3 Fire crews tackling woodland blaze carried pump and equipment 200 metres
- 4 Popular food delivery service Deliveroo launches in city this week
- 5 Transformation of empty offices into luxury flats well under way
- 6 Throwback to places and faces of Ely's past
- 7 Restaurant launches bright pink ‘selfie areas’ ahead of reopening
- 8 Jail for man caught carrying meat cleaver in public after missing tools argument
- 9 Residents ‘left without a voice’ over anti-social car park behaviour
- 10 Photos of the Week: Views along the river and sun-kissed skylines