A NEW group set up in the wake of the closure of Dewsbury Museum are confident they will be able to take over the running of the historic building.
The Friends of Dewsbury Park Mansion have gained the support of local politicians and campaigners as they look to preserve a future for the building, which closed to the public earlier this month.
Kirklees Council have designated an officer to work with the group and Dewsbury councillors and Paula Sherriff MP have also lent their support to the campaign.
Spokesman for the group Jax Lovelock said: "I don’t underestimate the difficulties ahead, but I feel as though we are now on our way and we can now start the serious work – all the research we need to do into finance, a business plan, the building, repairs and so on.”
"We have a vision to create a community space which works with the park as a centre for physical and mental health and well-being where people of all
ages and backgrounds can come together for pleasure, for exercise, for
learning, for reflection."
The museum closed on November 7 due to Kirklees Council budget cuts.
Red House in Gomersal will also close in December.
The next meeting of the group will be held on Tuesday November 22 at 10am.
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