Bexley Archives to stay in the borough after successful campaign

Bexley Archives to stay in the borough after successful campaign

Penny Duggan is "very pleased" with the decision.

Campaigners at the Bexleyheath protest in November.

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

BEXLEY’s archives will definitely remain in the borough after a successful campaign to keep them, it has been announced.

The Local Studies and Archives Centre will stay at Bexley Central Library in Bexleyheath where thousands of documents, photos and other items from Bexley’s past are kept.

But there will be job losses at the centre in Townley Road in order to save £41,000 as part of Bexley Council’s drive to shave £40 million from its budget over the next four years.

Campaigner Penny Duggan helped organise a Bexleyheath protest and two petitions against the proposal to move the centre to Bromley which were signed by more than 3,300 people.

The Save Bexley Archives campaign leader told News Shopper: "It’s something that’s very important to lots of people so I’m very pleased the council has actually taken notice and made the right decision in the end.

"It’s been hard work but it’s definitely been worth it for the good result."

The decision was announced at a Bexley Council cabinet meeting yesterday before it will be voted on as part of the council’s annual budget on March 5.

Cabinet member for community safety and leisure Councillor Don Massey said: "Hats off to the organisers of the campaign who helped motivate people who care about this.

"They have been very responsible about it because they totally accept the position that the local authority is in.

"In reality whatever happened we would have been looking at restructuring staff around the service."

Discussions with employees over their future at the centre are ongoing.

The proposal to move the archives to Bromley was one of 23 in a Bexley Council public consultation on how to address a £10 million funding gap faced by the authority in the next financial year.

See News Shopper's past stories on the Save Bexley Archives campaign here

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1:23am Wed 26 Feb 14

ISaidThis says...

"it’s definitely been worth it for the good result."

Not quite such a good result for the people who will now have to be made redundant as a result of this decision.
"it’s definitely been worth it for the good result." Not quite such a good result for the people who will now have to be made redundant as a result of this decision. ISaidThis
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9:45am Wed 26 Feb 14

goldenbroomboy says...

I have a longer history than Bexley Borough. A better idea would have been to have established a North West Kent archive in Bromley Borough, which would have been more cost efficient & more in keeping with the area's history. an example being that before 1965 Chislehurst & Sidcup was an independent UDC.

Penny's efforts would be better spent in trying to return our mutual artifacts from the Museum of London (and YES if she started such a campaign I would happily give my time & money to the same).
I have a longer history than Bexley Borough. A better idea would have been to have established a North West Kent archive in Bromley Borough, which would have been more cost efficient & more in keeping with the area's history. an example being that before 1965 Chislehurst & Sidcup was an independent UDC. Penny's efforts would be better spent in trying to return our mutual artifacts from the Museum of London (and YES if she started such a campaign I would happily give my time & money to the same). goldenbroomboy
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