Following the decision of Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday to proceed to close Snibston, Labour’s parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon and County Councillor Terri Eynon have expressed their anger at the Tories’ refusal to hear all the strong arguments in favour of Snibston. Labour will be submitting a motion to the next Full Council meeting calling on all members of the County Council to save Snibston.
The Tory run Cabinet voted to proceed to close Snibston Discovery Museum. This happened in a week when many of the strong arguments against closing Snibston had been set out to the Council and without the Council having a plan for their smaller proposal.
Sadly the Tory Councillors chose to ignore the pleas of their own MP for North West Leicestershire who spoke against the closure at the Cabinet meeting.
The Friends of Snibston campaign, of which Jamie and Terri are members, will continue. The strength of the case to save Snibston remains strong and the County Council’s alternative remains weak.
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“The unanimous decision of the Tory Cabinet to proceed to close Snibston Discovery Museum will anger the people of Coalville. Snibston brings over £4m into the Coalville economy every year, visitor numbers are growing and the Friends of Snibston have the experience to run the site – and make the savings County Hall wants.
What’s clear is the Tories’ determination to do down Coalville and determination to close Snibston regardless of the strength of the case. That’s why they’ve even ignored the pleas of their own current Tory MP for North West Leicestershire at the Cabinet meeting – sadly he could make no impact with his own Party.”
Labour County Councillor for Coalville Terri Eynon said:
“This week we’ve seen the County Council’s conclusions about the Friends of Snibston rubbished and their own plan undermined yet the Tory Cabinet are still blindly proceeding towards closure.
The Friends of Snibston campaign won’t end here. There is plenty more fight left in this battle. I’ll be putting a motion to the next Full County Council meeting asking all Councillors from all Parties to support Snibston and overturn the decision of the Cabinet.”