Save the Livesey Museum update

I’ve just had this letter from our local councillor, Andrew Pakes:

Hello

Thank you for signing the online ‘Save the Livesey Children’s Museum’
petition, there has been a great response from all parts of the community and
from supporters across the world. Despite the overwhelming response and
positive coverage in the South London Press and Southwark News, this morning the
Council tabled its recommendation that the Museum should close at the end of
March. The announcement was contained in just one sentence in a 14-page
report.

Overall, closing the Museum will ‘save’ Southwark Council £140,000
– a lot of money but a small sum compared to budget as a whole. It is also
considerably less than what the council proposes to spend on publicity,
consultants, agency workers or a range of other items.

The recommendation will be discussed next Tuesday by the Executive – these are the Lib Dem and Tory councillors who have proposed these cuts. So, we still have a lot to do in fighting this devastating cut.

Please forward this email onto anyone else who has not yet signed the petition and ask them to do so: http://www.gopetition.com/online/16681.html For more
information on the Museum visit: www.liveseymuseum.org.uk. The more support we can get the better. This is a fantastic Museum and a great resource for children, parents and the local community. Shame on the Leadership of Southwark Council for
putting self-interest and political spin before the needs of our local community
in in Peckham and the children who benefit from the Museum.

I’m, frankly, appalled. This is cheese-paring to the extreme. A one-bedroom flat around here costs more than it would to keep this museum open for another year. Andrew has said it all. The museum is a fantastic local resource for pre-school groups, childminders, parents and schools. Its building is a Grade 2 listed building that was given to the people of Southwark by George Livesey. The museum gets no publicity, apart from the word-of-mouth effect, and operates (ingeniously) on a shoestring. So much could be done to improve the facilities, and turn it into a world-class museum for children in an area where the facilities for children of all ages are being cut back.

So, please sign the petition if you can, and let others know about it.

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