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Protesters oppose Bexley Council's proposed historical archives move

PUBLISHED: 09:12 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:26 20 November 2013

A demonstration against the council proposal to move the Bexley archives to Bromley

A demonstration against the council proposal to move the Bexley archives to Bromley

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Protesters made their feelings clear on Saturday about Bexley Council's proposal to move its historical archives to Bromley.

Members of Bexley Archaeological Group and Bexley Historical Society collected 1,043 signatures from members of the public opposing the move at the Clock Tower, Broadway, Bexleyheath.

And online protest group Save Bexley Archives has collected another 595.

The council announced its cost-saving measure – to move the Local Studies and Archives Service from Central Library, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, to Bromley Central Library in High Street, Bromley – at a cabinet meeting last month.

Protester Pip Pulfer, of The Crescent, Bexley, said the council was not doing enough to publicise its plans.“Everyone was interested in what we had to say because they had not heard of the plans,” he said.

A council spokesman said: “The proposals aim to … address the £10 million “gap” we expect to face next year as a result of reductions in our government funding and increased costs.”

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