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The failure of Bridgend Council and Porthcawl Town Council to agree a way forward on the future of Porthcawl Museum has left the town facing the loss of a major cultural asset.
My understanding is that the Town Council were offered the building on condition they vacate their current premises. However, Town Councillors decided that the museum building did not meet their needs and were reluctant to commit themselves to a planned maintenance programme amounting to around £200,000.
As a result the County Borough Council are now planning to sell the building to the highest bidder as early as this autumn.
Porthcawl Museum is the only county-run museum in the council's whole area, and is a vital component in explaining Porthcawl's past history to present and future generations.
I have written to the County Borough Council asking them to reconsider but without any success. It is my view that an alternative way forward should be found to keep this building in public ownership and prevent the 5,700 items there being put into storage or sent to other museums.