In my cynical view I think they are dangling the museum as 'bait', or a
smoke screen, knowing that there will be a public outcry. Then they can
conveniently 'save' the museum. In comparison the less high-profile
council services that end up being axed (perhaps a reduction in hours
here, a closure there) will appear a necessary evil, and no one will be
able to complain because, after all, it could have been the museum that
got the chop.
Clark, John wrote:
> Worth looking at Worthing Council's consultation document (though you
> shouldn't respond unless you live there!). See
> Interesting that closing the museum is first on the list of options (the
> options aren't listed alphabetically or in order of money saved, so why is
> it first?). Come to that, why such an odd list of possible cuts? Is
> everything else ring-fenced?
> Quote >Museum & Art Gallery: If the museum and art gallery were to be
> closed to the public from 1st April 2004, staff would still need to oversee
> the relocation of exhibits, which is likely to take some considerable time.
> The exhibits need to be retained in controlled environments and so full
> running costs will not be saved until the building is cleared.< = not at
> all clear what happens to the collections in the long run.
> Quote > For every pound that you pay in 2003/04, 14p comes to Worthing
> Borough Council. The County Council gets 77p and 9p goes to the Police.< So
> no matter how much Worthing gains by cutting back it can be wiped out by a
> minor rise in the County Council's demand.
> See http://www.artistsandmakers.com/index.php?topic=saveworthingmuseum
> for further information.
> John Clark