Jamie McMahon, Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire, has condemned the admission that the Chief Executive of Leicestershire County Council ordered the shredding of a report that outlined options that could have save museums, including Snibston.
Despite paying thousands of pounds and the authors having written the report the County Council order all copies of the report to be shredded. Snibston is now under threat of closure and the County Council won’t listen to alternatives from the Friends of Snibston community group which would see the site saved.
The news was released following a complaint by Coalville Labour County Councillor Dr Terri Eynon into comments of Council Leader Richard Blunt in Council meeting.
Jamie McMahon, Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire said:
"News that the County Council shredded copies of a report that looked into alternatives for museums, including Snibston, will come as a massive shock to people locally.
The County Council commissioned this report, paid thousands for it and then simply had it shredded. What were they afraid off? I believe they were afraid it would prove what we already know: that Snibston can and should be saved - that there is an alternative.
The County Council are once again proving that they don't want to hear alternatives on Snibston. But with £4.2m of income for the Coalville economy generated by Snibston we can't afford for them not to listen. We need to be ambitious for Coalville and how can we be ambitious if we allow one of Coalville's best assets slip away?
It's time the Tory leadership at County Hall stopped and listened. Snibston can and must be saved."
All the details in the Monitoring Officer's Report.