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Councillor vows to save museum
KINGSWINFORD councillor David Blood last night (Wednesday) vowed to fight to save threatened Broadfield House Glass Museum, saying residents would “never forgive” him if he gave the thumbs-up to closing it.
Dudley Council yesterday confirmed plans were afoot to shut the world famous Compton Drive museum and move its collection to Wordsley’s Red House Glass Cone to help save £120,000 a year.
But outspoken cllr Blood (pictured) told last night’s select committe on regeneration, culture and adult education at Dudley Council “there would be uproar at even the thought of the closure of Broadfield House” - which houses one of the finest glass archives in the country.
The Tory councillor, who covers Kingswinford South, added: “It’s very important we do not lose the heritage we have got in the borough. We have lost too much over the years.
“To move Broadfield House’s collection down to Stuart Crystal would be a major calamity.
“I don’t think my residents would ever forgive me if I went along with it.”
Duncan Lowndes, Dudley Council’s assistant director for leisure and culture, simply told the meeting: “We have an enormous amount of work to do over the next 15 months and we’ll see where that takes us.”
However - it is believed staff at Broadfield House have already been told about the move and that the museum will close by April 2010.
Councillor Colin Wilson, chairman of the committee, suggested councillors visit both Broadfield and the Red House Glass Cone museums before debating the issue further at the next select committee, which is due to be held on March 4.
Although - ahead of the meeting, a council spokesman told the News the plan to close Broadfield forms part of this year’s budget proposals...which have already been approved by Dudley Council’s cabinet (on January 7) and which are expected to be rubber-stamped at the next full council meeting on March 2.