I am not surprised to see the controlling Tory Members vote en bloc to refuse an Economic Impact Assessment of the effect of demolishing Snibston Discovery Museum.
Coalville Councillor John Legrys' motion, seconded by Whitwick Councillor Leon Spence, referred to North West Leicestershire District Council's responsibilities for improving the economy and employment of the District.
An independent analysis conducted by Global Tourism Solutions has already shown that the Museum contributes £4.2M to the local economy every year
There are 97 volunteers working at Snibston, of whom 38 have learning difficulties. There are 55 full time equivalent Council staff. There are also – according to Global Tourism Solutions independent economic analysis – 49 full time equivalent private sector jobs, in restaurants, café’s, bars and B&Bs - that all depend on this Museum’s existence.
In an attempt to meet Tory concerns regarding the cost of conducting an Economic Impact Assessment, Labour Leader Cllr Tom Neilson proposed a revised motion that limited the remit of the study.
I am very disappointed but not surprised. Tory Councillors care little for Coalville, all the decisions are taken behind closed doors and people feel increasingly concerned that the District Council is being treated like a puppet by the County Council.