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Kingston Museum and All Saints Church Project

Meeting: 27/06/2017 - Growth Committee (Item 72)

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To agree the relocation of the Kings and Saxons collection to a new centre built within the grounds of All Saints Church and to remodel the existing museum provision.

Decision:

Resolved that:

 

1.    the Committee agrees, subject to the award of Heritage Lottery Funding and Treasury Committee approval of a capital funding allocation, that the ‘Kings and Saxons’ collection is relocated to a new centre built within the grounds of All Saints Church and the subsequent remodelling of the existing museum provision.

 

2.    the Treasury Committee are recommended to invest £4m of capital funding into the development proposed.

Minutes:

The Committee’s agreement was sought for the relocation of the Kings and Saxons collection to a new centre built within the grounds of All Saints Church and for the remodelling of the existing museum provision. Using a combination of Heritage Lottery Funding and Capital Investment the new building at All Saints Church will place Kingston’s heritage at the heart of the town and enable the current museum to be refurbished so that it can better display the Eadweard Muybridge, Wren and Martinware collections.

 

The overall programme across the two sites will cost £9.5m. The project will seek to obtain £4.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Committee were asked to recommend to the Treasury Committee that the remaining £4m is allocated as capital funding.

 

In their consideration of the report it was the view of some Members that further consideration needs to be given to the suitability of existing Council buildings in the Town Centre before authority is granted for the construction of a new building. It was suggested that the collection could be equally, and less expensively, well housed in the Market House.

 

It was moved to defer consideration of the issue until full consideration can be given to the Market House as the host site for the Kings and Saxons collection. The motion fell.

Voting:

Those for: Councillors Bill Brisbane, Jon Tolley, Malcolm Self and Patricia Bamford.

Those against: Councillors Andy Johnson-Creek, Cathy Roberts, Chris Hayes, David Cunningham, Gaj Wallooppillai, Ian George, Ken Smith, Kevin Davis and Linsey Cottington. 

 

The Committee noted that All Saints was chosen as the preferred site following an options appraisal and that All Saints is the town centre site that is most likely to deliver the vision that the Council has for this collection. The Committee also noted that the Market House is a building that comes with expensive running costs and poor accessibility.

  

Resolved that:

 

1.    the Committee agrees, subject to the award of Heritage Lottery Funding and Treasury Committee approval of a capital funding allocation, that the ‘Kings and Saxons’ collection is relocated to a new centre built within the grounds of All Saints Church and the subsequent remodelling of the existing museum provision.

 

2.    the Treasury Committee are recommended to invest £4m of capital funding into the development proposed.

 

Voting:

Those for: Councillors Andy Johnson-Creek. Cathy Roberts, Chris Hayes, David Cunningham, Gaj Wallooppillai, Ian George, Ken Smith, Kevin Davis, Linsey Cottington and Patricia Bamford.

Those against: Councillors Bill Brisbane and Malcolm Self.

Abstained: Councillor Jon Tolley.

 

Councillor Jon Tolley declared a personal interest in this item.

Reason: Councillor Tolley is a regular hirer of All Saints Church.

 

Councillor Kevin Davis declared a personal interest in this item.

Reason: Councillor Davis is a member of Kingston Arts.