Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, has called on South Lanarkshire Council to find an "imaginative and constructive" solution to reopen the John Hastie Museum in Strathaven, which the Council decided to close earlier this year.

Aileen met with local campaigners on Thursday 12th May who are concerned that the Council did not consult with the local community before pressing ahead with its closure plan. The group are also concerned that because the building and surrounding park were originally gifted to the community, the Council has not respected legal obligations to maintain them for public benefit.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell MSP said:

"The John Hastie Museum is a wonderful asset to Strathaven and an important part of the town’s heritage. It attracted several thousands visitors each year and housed interesting and rare exhibits associated with the area’s past and the life and times of John Hastie.

"I’m concerned that the Council has decided to close the museum without any discernible consultation, and I’ve written to the Chief Executive outlining my concerns and those of the campaigners in Strathaven who want to see the museum saved.

"Local authorities do face challenges in these difficult economic times, but I would hope that South Lanarkshire Council adopt a more constructive attitude to these types of decisions, and that they will seek an imaginative solution - perhaps involving the local community directly - to allow the John Hastie Museum not just to remain open but to develop its full potential as a tourist attraction and contributor to the local economy."



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