Fears for consultation on glass heritage future

Stourbridge News: Wordsley's Red House Cone could be the new home for the borough's world famous glass collection Wordsley's Red House Cone could be the new home for the borough's world famous glass collection

CAMPAIGNERS fear vital decisions on the future of the borough’s world famous glass collection will be made behind closed doors.

Dudley Council’s cabinet will tonight (Wednesday December 9) debate the next stage of a consultation process on the future of the collection which is currently displayed at the Broadfield House Museum in Kingswinford.

Campaigners from the Save Our Glass Heritage group claimed victory in October after a full meeting of the council voted to accept a resolution which guaranteed the museum would remain open until a new home for the collection was created.

The resolution also promised talks about the future of the collection would “fully engage local experts, glass enthusiasts and other interested parties” including The Friends of Broadfield House.

Cllr Pete Lowe, who proposed the resolution, says after a meeting about the future of the collection on Thursday December 3, he now has concerns about the consultation process.

Cllr Lowe said: “The meeting had more council officers than elected representatives or community groups, at the moment the council leadership is listening to officers more than the community.”

Jan Hendry, from the Save Our Glass Heritage campaign, said: “We are suspicious of what they are doing, are we just going to be sidelined and ingnored?”

News the council’s bid for the Stuart Crystal shop and buildings at Red House Glass Cone has been accepted will do little to allay fears the council is determined to relocate the collection to the Wordsley site.

The council says the deal will allow expansion at the site regardless of the outcome of the current feasibility study into the future Broadfield House.

In a report for the cabinet meeting, council officers are recommending the next stage of the study should focus on developing detailed proposals and costings for moving the collection to the Cone after the successful purchase of the Stuart Crystal buildings.

Cllr Lowe, while welcoming any development at the Cone, says alternative sites should be included in the next stage of the study to ensure a move there would be the best option.

He said: “We need to look at alternative sites and revenue streams, the community will never forgive Dudley Council if the Cone is the only option they explore.”

“We have got a family of glass here and we need to find the best place for it, that means we need to view a number of properties.”

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2:10pm Wed 9 Dec 09

The Villan says...

Cloak and dagger politics, say one thing to the public and another to each other. This process should continue to remain transparent and if there are "closed door" meetings it is obvious the council have a hidden agenda.
They had better remember the forthcoming elections next year!
Cloak and dagger politics, say one thing to the public and another to each other. This process should continue to remain transparent and if there are "closed door" meetings it is obvious the council have a hidden agenda. They had better remember the forthcoming elections next year! The Villan
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4:02pm Wed 9 Dec 09

pestobobber says...

“We have got a family of glass here and we need to find the best place for it, that means we need to view a number of properties.”

Look at the cone - what building is more redolent of Stourbridge's rich heritage than that?
“We have got a family of glass here and we need to find the best place for it, that means we need to view a number of properties.” Look at the cone - what building is more redolent of Stourbridge's rich heritage than that? pestobobber
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12:44pm Thu 10 Dec 09

The Villan says...

The Cone may be able to display some of the collection in the newly acquired Stuart Crystal building. However, it doesn't have enough room to display all the collection. It also doesn't have the infrastructure to support the whole collection due to lack of car parking and the current road system.
The Cone may be able to display some of the collection in the newly acquired Stuart Crystal building. However, it doesn't have enough room to display all the collection. It also doesn't have the infrastructure to support the whole collection due to lack of car parking and the current road system. The Villan
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1:55pm Thu 10 Dec 09

Cogita ante salis says...

The Villan - does Broadfield House currently display all the Borough's glass collection? No, barely a fifth of it.
And is Broadfield House any more 'accessible' than the Cone is? I don't think so.
The Villan - does Broadfield House currently display all the Borough's glass collection? No, barely a fifth of it. And is Broadfield House any more 'accessible' than the Cone is? I don't think so. Cogita ante salis
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4:38pm Thu 10 Dec 09

pestobobber says...

Cogita ante salis wrote:
The Villan - does Broadfield House currently display all the Borough's glass collection? No, barely a fifth of it.
And is Broadfield House any more 'accessible' than the Cone is? I don't think so.
And the Cone, unlike Broadfield House, looks like it is something to do with the glass industry and kilns, it being shaped like a cone and called the Cone. Whaddya want, ice cream and a flake in it?
[quote][p][bold]Cogita ante salis[/bold] wrote: The Villan - does Broadfield House currently display all the Borough's glass collection? No, barely a fifth of it. And is Broadfield House any more 'accessible' than the Cone is? I don't think so.[/p][/quote]And the Cone, unlike Broadfield House, looks like it is something to do with the glass industry and kilns, it being shaped like a cone and called the Cone. Whaddya want, ice cream and a flake in it? pestobobber
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5:55pm Thu 10 Dec 09

The Villan says...

Your comments are noted, but what about the financial implications of both sights? the original proposal was to sell Broadfield House to save £120k per year, which is a nominal cost if the collection is moved. Also it is known that the foundations of the Cone are crumbling and need underpinning, which will cost more than the aforementioned saving, not to mention the cost of purchasing the old Stuart Crystal shop for no less than£250k! Doesn't add up does it?
PS. I like 100's and 1000's and raspberry juice with my ice cream thanks....
Your comments are noted, but what about the financial implications of both sights? the original proposal was to sell Broadfield House to save £120k per year, which is a nominal cost if the collection is moved. Also it is known that the foundations of the Cone are crumbling and need underpinning, which will cost more than the aforementioned saving, not to mention the cost of purchasing the old Stuart Crystal shop for no less than£250k! Doesn't add up does it? PS. I like 100's and 1000's and raspberry juice with my ice cream thanks.... The Villan
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2:08pm Fri 11 Dec 09

Peace Nick says...

Lets face it, we know the underhand scams of Dudley council. Another sham consultation. Broadfield House will be sold off for a quick buck, just like the libraries, the leisure centres and the schools......Saltwel
ls House is next.......pity we can't sell off these rotten grasping councillors. No wonder they they don't want a democratic overhaul of the council, caryy on behind closed doors!
Lets face it, we know the underhand scams of Dudley council. Another sham consultation. Broadfield House will be sold off for a quick buck, just like the libraries, the leisure centres and the schools......Saltwel ls House is next.......pity we can't sell off these rotten grasping councillors. No wonder they they don't want a democratic overhaul of the council, caryy on behind closed doors! Peace Nick
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7:11pm Fri 11 Dec 09

flyboy says...

The glass collection has become an embarrassment to Dudley MBC they most certainly dont know the potential of what they have and what could be achieved with it and neither do they want to listen to the majority!! I know who I wont be voting for.
The glass collection has become an embarrassment to Dudley MBC they most certainly dont know the potential of what they have and what could be achieved with it and neither do they want to listen to the majority!! I know who I wont be voting for. flyboy
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5:35pm Tue 22 Dec 09

AnneN says...

The glass collections at BHGM are world famous and highly regarded. These glass collections are worthy of national status and should form the core of a national glass museum housed in the heart of this traditional glassmaking area. Dudley MBC needs to think outside of the box and understand truly the value of what they are custodians of. This is far more than just a local issue, believe me.
The glass collections at BHGM are world famous and highly regarded. These glass collections are worthy of national status and should form the core of a national glass museum housed in the heart of this traditional glassmaking area. Dudley MBC needs to think outside of the box and understand truly the value of what they are custodians of. This is far more than just a local issue, believe me. AnneN
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