I’m sad to see that Tory run Leicestershire County Council have moved a step closer to closing Snibston Discovery Park with confirmation of their budget proposals.
The much used museum at Snibston will be closed, with only the pit head remaining. The closure would happen despite the fantastic work of the Friends of Snibston; who collected over 8,000 signatures of support for the site.
Additionally, Tory District Councillors, the Lib Dem’s Michael Wyatt and local Independent Councillor voted together to water down a Labour motion of support for Snibston. Showing that together they’re happy to see the Discovery Museum gone forever.
All of this is sad news for Coalville. I believe we must be ambitious for Coalville, seeking to improve the town. Demolishing Snibston Discovery Museum for new houses goes directly against that. We need more fantastic places for people to visit in Coalville, not less. The closure will have a significant impact, particularly on the footfall we badly need.
The Friends of Snibston believe there can be a bright future for the Museum. They are working with local businesses to build the kind of robust business plan the Council have never sought to do. We know that Snibston can survive and can be viable going forward. Coalville’s businesses stand 100% behind the museum, along with the local community. I’m 100% behind the Friends of Snibston and have been delighted, along with local Labour Councillors, to show my support for the campaign.
Labour will always be ambitious for Coalville and will always defend the full offer at Snibston. The Council still has time to change course and save Snibston, I hope the Tories see sense and protect this valuable asset for Coalville before it is gone forever.