Pressure Growing forHerbertrethink; Business Chiefs and Asian Groups Join Museum Protest

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), February 21, 2005 | Go to article overview

Pressure Growing forHerbertrethink; Business Chiefs and Asian Groups Join Museum Protest


Byline: By LIZ HAZELTON liz.hazelton@mrn.co.uk

CITY business leaders and members of Coventry's Asian community are the latest to urge the council to rethink its plans to stop improvements to the Herbert Art Gallery.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce says the decision could damage the reputation and attraction of the area.

Darren Jones, Coventry branch chairman, said: "The Chamber would not normally comment on cultural issues but in this case it has a far wider significance.

"We had previously met Cllr Ken Taylor (the council leader) who described how Coventry was set to grow and attract more professionals to live in the city centre.

"To do that, it is not just a case of providing the best jobs - the cultural offering in the city has to be of the highest quality.

"We can fully understand the need to balance the books. (But) it would be increasingly difficult for Coventry to attract outside investment if there were signs of reluctance to invest from within.

"The value of the museum cannot be determined purely by cost - you have to look at its overall value to the area. If cost was the only consideration, no art gallery or museum would ever be built."

The chamber has already met council deputy leader Cllr Tony O'Neill and chief executive Stella Manzie to discuss the council's budget. …

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