WINDSOR’S MP Adam Afriyie has weighed in on the council’s plans to cut funds to The Old Court.

The Royal Borough has been under pressure to abolish its idea to withdraw its funding to the arts. This affects art spaces Norden Farm in Maidenhead and Windsor’s The Old Court.

The Old Court got £34,000 in the 2021/22 budget but could soon receive nothing from the council.

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The leader of the Conservative-run council, Cllr Andrew Johnson, previously said it was “made clear” to the venues last year the funding would cease due to “tight budgetary constraints”.

Meetings were held with the Old Court to discuss its business model and future operating model.

In a statement, Tory MP Adam Afriyie said: “I love the Old Court and really appreciate the value the arts can bring. I am deeply concerned about any cuts to local expenditure, but I am also very conscious that a local authority must seek to keep council tax down – especially when people have a got a real squeeze on their budgets right now.

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“I have written to the local authority and very much hope that a way forward can be found whilst keeping council tax low for constituents.”

Former Prime Minister and Maidenhead’s MP Theresa May has been urging the council to reconsider its plans and continue funding Norden Farm.

The 2022/23 budget is set to be discussed and debated by senior councillors at a cabinet meeting on Thursday, February 10.