MP’s vow to fight closure

The DH Lawrence heritage festival launch in 2013
The DH Lawrence heritage festival launch in 2013

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero has vowed to fight moves to shut Eastwood’s DH Lawrence Heritage Centre.

Broxtowe Borough Council took the decision during a behind-closed-doors section of a council cabinet meeting on Tuesday September 22.

Cabinet members rubber-stamped the decision which would save an estimated £110,000 a year and now the MP is urging people to tell council boss Richard Jackson what they think of the plan.

Ms De Piero said; “It will be incredibly damaging to Eastwood and the proposals just don’t add up. The Birthplace Museum and the Heritage Centre make equally significant but different contributions for visitors.

“The petition and the response from local people and Lawrence fans from around Britain and beyond shows the council are on the wrong side of public opinion here.

“I am not accepting the closure just yet and I will continue to keep up pressure and carry on campaigning to keep the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre open.”

Ms De Piero will meet with bosses from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Eastwood councillors’ who are against the plans and the chair of the Lawrence Society in a two weeks’ time. She has also invited the Arts Council to discuss what steps can be taken next and awaits a response from the Culture Secretary.

She added: “The leader of the council is yet to reply to my latest letter following his decision, but it would send him a really powerful message if local folk told him what they think about his plans. His email address is Richard.jacksom@broxtowe.gov.uk”

The council has proposed a “consolidation of services at the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum to preserve Broxtowe’s connections with DH Lawrence and provide one high-quality visitor attraction”.

It said this would entail “marketing the building for other potential uses and a further report will be brought back to cabinet with options”.