Labour have announced that any charity or non-profit group taking on the running of Snibston Discovery Museum would not pay a penny of business rates with a Labour administration at North West Leicestershire District Council.
The cost of business rates for anyone taking over the site is a huge burden and the District Council has the right to cut or forego those business rates. A Labour run District Council would allow a charity or non-profit group to not pay business rates in an effort to help save this vital local museum.
Labour Leader of the District Council Labour Group Tom Neilson said:
"I recently went to a really well attended public meeting hosted by Friends of Snibston and I was impressed with all the speakers, which included some of the potential partners the Friends have engaged to bolster the case to retain the museum in it's entirety.
I wish the group success in their legal challenge to the County Council's decision to close this fantastic facility, should they be successful and a charitable organisation take on the running of the facility we need to help them in every way possible and the least we can do is to use the District Council's discretionary powers to take away the cost of business rates."
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
"Labour has consistently been at the forefront of the fight to save Snibston throughout the last few years. We're committed to saving this vital local attraction and this promise from our Labour Group is yet more proof that Labour is the only Party united in its commitment to Snibston."