Labour will force all members of the County Council to vote on the future of Snibston at next month’s Council meeting. Labour will submit a motion that calls on the Cabinet to reverse its decision to stop efforts to save the Discovery Museum and to continue to work with the Friends of Snibston. (Full text below). The motion will be debated on the 18th February at Full Council. The motion follows news that the Council plan to close Snibston on 31st July.
Labour believes the future of Snibston is too important to simply be decided by the Cabinet. Labour also believes the Tory Cabinet have ignored many important facts in their decision.
Labour’s motion will be debated in full at Council meeting and it’s hoped that Labour, Tory, Lib Dem and UKIP County Councillors can unite to protect this valuable facility.
Labour County Councillor for Coalville Terri Eynon said:
“We promised not to give up the fight for Snibston and this is just the next step. We know the closure of Snibston will hurt the whole of Leicestershire and I believe all County Councillors should have their say. I hope my County Council colleagues of all parties will unite to support Snibston and force the Council to continue working to save the site.”
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“We will not give up the fight to save Snibston. The site is too important to Coalville’s future. If the Tory Cabinet won’t listen to the strong argument for saving Snibston we’ll work to convince every Party and every Councillor at the County Council.
Coalville cannot afford to lose Snibston and I’m determined to stand up for Coalville where others have failed.”
Full motion text:
(a) This Council notes:-
(i) the decision of Cabinet on the 14th January 2015 to close Snibston Discovery Museum in its current form;
(ii) the important contribution that the Science and Technology Museum at Snibston has made to Coalville’s heritage and ongoing economic prosperity, bringing £4.2m into the Coalville economy every year and inspiring children across and beyond Leicestershire to take up STEM subjects at school;
(iii) the strength of support for retaining Snibston Discovery Museum from right across Leicestershire, including cross party support;
(iv) the County Council’s preferred plan as presented to the Scrutiny Committee lacked detail and that the plan to disperse the Museum Collections currently held at Snibston and replace the existing Gallery with a smaller mining museum would require one-off capital and revenue transition costs that might not be affordable after the next Comprehensive Spending Review.
(b) This Council, therefore, calls on the Cabinet to reverse its decision to stop efforts to save the Discovery Museum and instruct officers to work with the Friends of Snibston and their associated museum experts so that, through co-operation, robust analysis and constructive challenge, a financially viable plan for Snibston Discovery Museum might be established that makes the savings required whilst retaining this facility for the benefit of the people of Leicestershire, noting that such work with the Friends of Snibston can be undertaken in parallel to the existing planning so that there is no risk of slippage in the delivery of the financial savings required.