Council services by letter

Executive post


Community, Culture & Resident Engagement Portfolio Holder


To be responsible for the development and delivery of the Council’s Community and Cultural Services, including:


·                     To be responsible for the development and delivery of the council's community and cultural services;


·                     To lead on the liaison with the voluntary and community sectors;


·                     To work with all Portfolio Holders to ensure that the Council is working with and supporting the local voluntary & community sector in bidding for grants money and investment into Harrow from Government, not for profit organisations or private sources;


·                     To ensure that the anniversary of all  4 years of the of the First World War are commemorated;


·                     To develop the strategic and general management of the following services and functions on behalf of the Council including:


o   All functions relating to the library service

o   Culture and Arts Services, including support for the Harrow Arts Centre Project

o   Sports development, Leisure, Playing Fields & Recreation services

o   The Harrow Museum and Headstone Manor

o   Community Engagement and Development Strategy

o   Community Premises and Grants Applications

o   Community Learning

o   External Service Providers

o   Support on the regeneration project on the Harrow Leisure Centre site;


·                     To lead on the effective development and implementation of the following key plans and strategies:


o   Cultural Strategy and regeneration

o   ‘Third Sector’ strategy


·                     Working with the Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Equality & Community Safety to ensure that sport and physical activity plays its part in bringing communities together, whilst helping to keep Harrow healthy;


·                     Work with community representatives on the PREVENT programme, in conjunction with Portfolio Holders for Children’s, Young People  & Schools, Adults & Older People and Public Health, Equality & Community Safety;


·                     To lead, monitor, have oversight of policy/strategy and provision regarding community cohesion and social inclusion;


·                     Work with the voluntary sector to empower and inspire local people to build upon the many assets that exist at the heart of all our communities;


·                     Develop and implement improved arrangements for consultation and participation with residents and service users in decision making and the development of key statutory plans and local community plans adhering to the Council’s consultation standards;


·                     Lead on the ‘Resident Engagement’ work and the introduction of new engagement and involvement projects;


·                     To work with the Portfolio Holder for Finance & Commercialisation on relevant commercial opportunities within the Portfolio;


·                     To ensure that the Council is meeting its commitments and strategies within the Portfolio, as set out in the Corporate Plan.


·                     Lead on developing upcoming policy and existing policy within the Portfolio.


·                     To work closely with the Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People & Schools on the provision of sport and recreation through schools and the youth service


(Note:  Full details of the Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture & Resident Engagement’s responsibilities can be found on page 40 of Part 3A of the Council's Constitution).


Portfolio Holder Decisions taken by the Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture & Resident Engagement can be found on the Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture & Resident Engagement’s Decisions webpage.