council disposing of collection

Nick H wrote (snip):-
"The London Borough of
Hillingdon is preparing to dispose of the bulk of its collection of
agricultural bygones which includes a number of engines and tractors.
This decision was apparently taken by a single councillor under something
called 'delegated powers' (don't ask me what it means) and seems primarily
intended to reduce the rateable value of the building in which it is housed
by changing its use from storage/educational to agricultural. The collection
is seen as of no educational value as the only area of agriculture which is
currently on the curriculum is the
environmental/stewardship-of-t­he-countryside aspect, history definitely
doesn't feature.
The Northolt Historic Engine Club has a long association with the
collection, members being responsible for getting many of the engines and
tractors into running condition in the dim distant past and even
demonstrating them on farm open days (none since F&M). In return we have
been allowed to use the building for meetings and the occasional crank-up,
though the arrangement never seems to have been formalised. Hopefully there
will still be a little corner where we can have a cup of tea and a natter
each month."
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For better or worse the sale is now off as senior councillors (apparently
not previously aware of the collections existance) recieved complaints that
items had been donated in good faith that they would be used for educational
purposes and should not be 'flogged off'. Rating problem still exists and it
looks as if the collection will be offered either as a whole or in part to
other museums.
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