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‘Pembrokeshire gem must be saved’

February 5, 2016 10:05 AM

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling for the future of the Tenby Museum and Gallery to be safeguarded. There are fears that the museum could face closure due to cuts in local authority funding, and a campaign has been launched to save this important community asset.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have pledged to give more powers to communities by introducing a 'Community Right to Bid' so people can work together to protect key local services such as libraries, post offices or pubs.

William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales said:

"Tenby Museum and Art Gallery is in a real sense a Pembrokeshire gem - and I am very concerned indeed to hear that its' future is in peril. The Tenby Museum Trustees have been proactive over the years in developing the attraction and have sought to build its sustainability, with revenue generated from the museum shop, art sales and admission fees.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats will put powers back into the hands of local people by enabling them the opportunity to save key local services.

"It is no secret that local authorities in Wales are under real budgetary pressure in the current fiscal climate, with austerity cuts coming down the track from Westminster. In this context, the Trustees are right to be alert to the danger of Pembrokeshire Council reducing its' support. Whilst the Museum's existing Service Level Agreement SLA does have another year to run, and the lease on the building continues for some time, it is timely for the Trustees to be reviewing the basis of the Museum and Gallery's business model.'

"Just as is the case with the threat to the Avenue Centre in Tenby, which I raised last week in the National Assembly with the Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrews, AM, Tenby Museum and Gallery is an important part of community life in Tenby. I shall be attending the meeting on the Avenue Centre next week, with my friend and fellow Liberal Democrat campaigner, Alistair Cameron, our candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire. I shall also be seeking a meeting with the Museum Trustees, to explore ways in which I may be able to assist. It is imperative that Tenby Museum is safeguarded for generations to come."