Campaigners have final plan ready to save Stamford Museum

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CAMPAIGNERS hoping to re-open a museum will be hoping to impress council chiefs with their latest business plan.

Stamford Heritage Trust is handing over its revised plan to run Stamford Museum to Lincolnshire County Council next week.

The county council closed the museum, in Broad Street, on June 29, as part of its cost-cutting plans.

An earlier business plan submitted by the trust was rejected by the council in June.

But executive councillor for cultural services Eddy Poll (Con) gave the volunteers three weeks to re-submit an improved business plan. This is the final week.

The trust is due to present the plan to Coun Poll and council officers during a meeting next week.

The previous plan was rejected as it did not include a written assurance from building owners, South Kesteven District Council, and on funding grounds.

The trust estimates that it would cost £30,000 a year to run the building.

The trust says that it now has a written assurance from the district council to use the museum.

It has also been told that Stamford Town Council and the Harry Skells Trust has agreed in principle to give financial support to the plan. Last week the trust received an offer of £10,000 a year from Crestwood Fittings, in High Street St Martins, Stamford.

Trust chairman, South Kesteven district and Stamford town councillor Harrish Bisnauthsing (Lib Dem) said: “It looks better financially and lets keep our fingers crossed and be positive.”

Vice-chairman Michael Dawson said that the trust had been approached by people who own historical artefacts connected with the town and would like to display them in the museum.

He said: “We have now got all the papers we understood that the county council required.”

The county council is working on plans to create a heritage hub at the town’s library in High Street.

Coun Poll said that a sensible plan will be considered but warned that the decision to close the museum “still stands and has to stand.”