Peter Aherne wrote: I think this is only the first of many such attempts by Councils trying to balance their books by dessimating the heritage of this country. It is an easy target because it does not appear to be backed up by militant unionism as, for example, refuse collection or other core services.
I don't think this case has got anything to do with militant unionism (whatever that is..)...The reason why local authoritiess find it easy to cut services such as libraries, theatres and museums is because (with a very few exceptions) such services fall within the permissary remit of the council rather than being a statutory service. The real reason for these closures is because of a lack of a statutory obligation for these services to be provided.
I personally wonder whether a better use of the time of the CBA and its supporters would be to fight a major campaign for museum and archaeology services to be provided on a statutory basis across the nation rather than a sniping war against each and every one of a thousand cuts...