Policy U-turn leaves museum hours intact

Brechin Town House Museum
Brechin Town House Museum

Angus Council has reversed a proposal to ‘delete’ four museum assistant posts, one each, at Brechin, Kirriemuir, Montrose and Arbroath.

At the meeting of the Communities Committee on April 14, members were told that discussions with staff had shown that it would be possible to “re-assess” the original savings proposals of £42,000, “allowing retention of the front line service posts by re-aligning services elsewhere in museums and in other service areas.”

There were fears that, as a result of the diminished staff numbers, there would be a reduction in opening hours to the public.

However, the required saving will be made in a number of other ways. A vacant post in the sports development unit will not be filled, a post which had been extended on a temporary basis from 14.5 hours to 36.25 will revert to the lower figure, a cleaner/caretaker post in the museums unit will be reduced from 18.25 hours per week to 10 and a vacant Saturday assistant post within the museums unit will not now be filled.

A member of the committee, Councillor David May, told the Brechiner: “I am delighted that the SNP administration have done a U-turn on not making the massive cuts they had planned on museum jobs and hours.

“I am well aware of the high quality staff we have in our museum service across the county through visiting their exhibitions.”

Angus Lib Dem candidate, Sanjay Samani added: “The planned cuts ... would have had a devastating affect on the times the museums were open, and this must have been appalling for the staff whose jobs were under threat.”