|Museum to close to make way for Town Centre Library|
Supporters dismayed at decision - vowing "the fight is not over"
On Wednesday evening councillors voted to close not only Wandsworth Museum but also two further assets the West Hill Library and the Alvering library.
An unprecedented number of supporters of the Museum turned up to voice their concerns at such levels that the leisure and environment overview and scrutiny committee meeting had to be moved into the full council chamber.
The meeting of debate lasted over three and half hours before the committee voted to close the Museum which they claim the Council cannot afford to run the Museum and that their plans are to use the building to provide a library in the centre of the borough.
Executive member for environment and leisure Malcolm Grimston said,“All the evidence shows that the most successful libraries are sited in busy town centres where they are easily accessible to large numbers of people. By investing in a new library in the heart of Wandsworth the council is reaffirming its commitment to the continued revitalisation of this area."
John Horrocks continued, "When has there ever, before, been an issue which has united all the local amenity societies across the whole borough in opposition to a proposal coming, as this one does, from just one Councillor? It was especially disappointing to see our Putney Councillors, despite all the concerns expressed by their constituents, voting in the way they had clearly been told to do. I had hoped they would have done better for Putney than this."
"The fight to save the Museum is not yet over. There are further meetings at the town hall to be held on the issue - wiser voices may yet prevail."
February 20, 2007