Museum plans at standstill

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 December 2010

North Somerset Museum

North Somerset Museum

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PLANS to progress Weston Town Council’s takeover of North Somerset Museum are at a standstill.

The authority, which agreed at a crunch meeting in October to take on the Burlington Street premises, is awaiting the findings of a surveyor’s report.

This will indicate how much cash the council will have to pay out over the next five years to make the facility fit for purpose.

The council’s Policy and Finance Committee meeting had been called on Monday to discuss and agree the financing of the museum.

But committee chairman Councillor Keith Morris told the meeting: “At this point we are still waiting for quite a lot of information from many sources.

“There is still a long way to go before we put sensible figures in front of everybody.”

Malcolm Nicholson, council clerk, said an electrical survey is also being carried out as the building needs to be rewired.

The council has budgeted £100,000 for the electrical work but it is hopeful that the rewiring can done in stages rather than all at once.

Another committee meeting has been arranged for December 20 when councillors will have to decide on the financing of the museum before the precept is agreed in the New Year.

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