A CULTURAL Investment Fund should be created to invest in Sheffield’s cultural and leisure facilities using £10 million of surplus cash from the city’s capital budget, opposition councillors have urged.
Sheffield Council is due to underspend on programmed building work by £37 million over the current financial year.
Most of the money remains earmarked for projects which have been delayed, about £10 million is accounted for by ‘incorrect budget profiling’ and underspending.
Lib Dems say projects which could be funded with the cash include: repairs at Millennium and Graves Art Galleries; investment at Stocksbridge Leisure Centre or Don Valley Stadium, which could help keep the facilities open; works to Walkley and Broomhill libraries, including disabled access; investment at historic Millhouses Mill; and improvements to local sports pitches and pavilions.
Coun Joe Otten, Lib Dem spokesman for culture, sport and leisure, said: “There are projects crying for investment.”