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County council could stop managing Rossendale museum

LANCASHIRE County Council could stop managing Rossendale Museum as early as March next year, it has been revealed.

Rossendale Council has served the county council with a notice to end the pair’s current management agreement.

It means both councils are open to investigate the option of another organisation taking over the running of the Whitaker Park site.

The museum, which narrowly avoided closure in 2002, has been identified as an area for potential cost-cutting by the cash-strapped Valley council.

It has invited expressions of interest from third parties who may want to operate and manage the museum, and expects that they will be received by the end of January 2013.

The Rawtenstall museum currently opens to the public for 17.5 hours per week and is managed by LCC’s museum service with an annual budget of £106,930.

Stephen Jackson, Rossendale Council’s head of health, housing and regeneration, said there was still the possibility of negotiating a revised deal between the two councils.

He said: “By inviting other organisations to look at running the museum, we can literally compare prices.

“Ending the current management agreement is just the first step in negotiating a new contract, and that could still be with the county council.

“This doesn’t necessarily mean that the county council will stop running the museum, merely that we are considering the options.”

Rossendale Council leader Alyson Barnes said the current deal ‘doesn’t represent good value for money’ given the museum’s limited opening hours.

She said: “I’m optimistic about its future. We’re working closely with the Friends of Rossendale Museum group.

“They can’t take it over because they couldn’t afford to, but I think it’s a really good opportunity for somebody in the Valley to make it in an even better facility.”

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11:32am Sun 25 Nov 12

mavrick says...

Is nothing sacred? councils need to consult the public on the priorities the council should have, When the options are put on paper, perhaps Jake Berry could explain or defend the councils lack of support from central government. It seems that we are not as broke as the government would have us believe. Ask the Bankers.
Is nothing sacred? councils need to consult the public on the priorities the council should have, When the options are put on paper, perhaps Jake Berry could explain or defend the councils lack of support from central government. It seems that we are not as broke as the government would have us believe. Ask the Bankers. mavrick
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12:34pm Sun 25 Nov 12

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

If they hadn't wasted millions of pounds building empty offices on a field at Rising Bridge things may have been different
If they hadn't wasted millions of pounds building empty offices on a field at Rising Bridge things may have been different disgusted tunbridge wells
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12:42pm Sun 25 Nov 12

POW WOW says...

I'd rather they stopped managing traffic as the speeds on some roads are ludicrous along with many no nonsense signs which add the distraction factor to the cause of an RTA in place of the usual speed factors.
I'd rather they stopped managing traffic as the speeds on some roads are ludicrous along with many no nonsense signs which add the distraction factor to the cause of an RTA in place of the usual speed factors. POW WOW
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1:39pm Sun 25 Nov 12

vicn1956 says...

They,ve got that wonderful space in the centre of Rawtenstall! It only cost..... how much?
They,ve got that wonderful space in the centre of Rawtenstall! It only cost..... how much? vicn1956
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1:50pm Sun 25 Nov 12

rilistic says...

Rossendale Council are a disgrace. They take the money from Haslingden baths to buy the Valley Centre now they are thinking of closing the museum?
Rossendale Council are a disgrace. They take the money from Haslingden baths to buy the Valley Centre now they are thinking of closing the museum? rilistic
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3:39pm Sun 25 Nov 12

her from here says...

They spend 2.3 million on the tarmac square in Rawtenstall but they intend to give away public land in waterfoot center to Green vale surely that's not right
They spend 2.3 million on the tarmac square in Rawtenstall but they intend to give away public land in waterfoot center to Green vale surely that's not right her from here
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4:00pm Sun 25 Nov 12

POW WOW says...

rilistic wrote:
Rossendale Council are a disgrace. They take the money from Haslingden baths to buy the Valley Centre now they are thinking of closing the museum?
Aye and where did all the natty Ratties go to then ????? The council now needs to pay the piper a fortune to round them up & into the Irwell !!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]rilistic[/bold] wrote: Rossendale Council are a disgrace. They take the money from Haslingden baths to buy the Valley Centre now they are thinking of closing the museum?[/p][/quote]Aye and where did all the natty Ratties go to then ????? The council now needs to pay the piper a fortune to round them up & into the Irwell !!!!!!!! POW WOW
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9:41pm Sun 25 Nov 12

pwitch says...

Isn't there a community fund for things like this from the EU?
Isn't there a community fund for things like this from the EU? pwitch
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