February 2, 2008
Watermans sent out a press release this week once again slamming Arts Council for its cut in funding. It said:
The Arts Council has rejected Watermansâ€™ appeal over the proposal to cut its funding completely at the end of March.
Watermans and its lawyers have always believed that it had a very strong case. as the main objection from the Arts Council was that they were not convinced of Hounslow Councilâ€™s long-term commitment to Watermans.
In a very strong letter to the Arts Council, Peter Thompson, leader of the Council, made the boroughâ€™s commitment to Watermans very clear while at the same time protesting about the nature of the Arts Councilâ€™s decision making. Hounslow Council had not been consulted by the Arts Council or been asked directly about these judgements before they were made. It still seems amazing that the Arts council can continue to justify these judgements in the face of universal evidence to the contrary.
Watermans has decided that it will appeal against this decision.
The Arts Councilâ€™s decision is a blow to Hounslow and the whole of West London. Watermans is the only organisation to provide such a range of services across a number of London boroughs including Hounslow, Ealing, Hillingdon and Brent and undermines the boroughsâ€™ resources to contribute to the West London 2012 Offer.
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