Kent

Canterbury council keeps museums open after re-think

Three visitor attractions in Kent have been saved from closure following a re-think by the city council.

The Roman Museum, Westgate Tower and Herne Bay Museum were among those at risk as Canterbury City Council looked at ways of saving £3m over two years.

The proposals sparked a public campaign to keep them open, with more than 2,000 people signing an online petition.

Janice McGuinness, head of culture, said she had been persuaded the museums were affordable if run differently.

She said the city council still had to make the budget savings, but added: "Our approach is completely different, and we're actually looking at generating much more income to help make the museums much more sustainable."

Paul Bennet, director of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, said he was pleased with the council decision.

"Finally they've seen the benefit of heritage, and really what Canterbury's all about."

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