Jamie McMahon, Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire, and Dr Terri Eynon, Labour County Councillor for Coalville have condemned the release of a County Council Cabinet report proposing to go ahead with the closure of Snibston Discovery Park.
Despite not yet having full plans in place for the site the Cabinet report asks officers to go ahead and plan for closure. The Cabinet are rejecting proposals to take over the site by the Friends of Snibston, claiming they are not ready.
The report is set to be agreed by the Tory Cabinet next week and represents a disappointing decision for those who have been campaigning to save Snibston. However the campaign will continue.
Labour County Councillor for Coalville Terri Eynon said:
“The Tories at County Hall have been consistent in their determination to continue with plans to close Snibston Discovery Museum. The Council are hiding the weakness of their own plans behind a pile of papers attacking the alternative. It is shocking that the closure plan is to be implemented before the Council have undertaken an audit and condition assessment of the collections currently stored or displayed at Snibston.”
“The Council have turned down the option of a Trust, claiming the Friends of Snibston have not demonstrated that the savings requirement of the County Council would be met. That is rich, when the Council itself has provided no clear business case to support the reduced museum offer. It is going to cost the tax-payer £2.5M to turn a popular tourist attraction into a collection of mothballed mining buildings that will struggle to attract parents and children to the site.”
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“News that the Tories want to plough on with plans to close Snibston is terrible news. The campaign to save Snibston has been loud and clear - people right across Leicestershire want Snibston saved. Saving Snibston is not only what people want but it’s also vital for the local economy. Snibston brings over £4m into the Coalville economy every year. Yet the County Council claim closing Snibston Discovery Museum will have no significant impact on the social, economic or environmental well-being of the County area. I do not think there is anyone living in Coalville believes that to be true."
“The Conservative plan to plough on with the closure of Snibston at the detriment of our local area is terrible news. However Labour’s resolve in fighting to save Snibston won’t weaken.”