Anger after mining heritage items deemed ‘too political’ removed in North East Derbyshire

The removal of ‘political’ mining heritage items in North East Derbyshire has sparked anger in the district.

Tuesday, 21st May 2019, 10:04 am
Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, Councillor Martin Thacker, said only a 'very small number' of items had been removed and that the authority has 'no desire' to part with the district's mining heritage.

North East Derbshire District Council confirmed a ‘small number’ of heritage items that are deemed ‘particularly political’ will be removed.

The Derbyshire Times have asked the Council to specify which items are affected.

Julia Walshaw raised concerns about the removal of photographs and a heritage mining wheel in Killamarsh, branding the move a ‘travesty’.

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She said: “They are removing heritage items relating to the mines etc, saying they are to political.

“I for one am proud of my father being a miner at Westthorpe.”

“When i found out I was devastated- first went the pits, then went the community spirit and now they are trying to obliterate any remembrance of North East Derbyshire’s proud working heritage.

“There will soon be nothing left for youngsters to see what made this county a leader in the industrial revolution.”

But the Council, which is under control of the Conservatives for the first time after the recent Local Election, has insisted the authority has ‘no desire to part with’ the district’s mining heritage.

Councillor Martin Thacker MBE, leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “The District’s mining heritage is extremely important. “My own family were involved in the local mining industry and I am proud of that.

“There is no desire to part with the celebration of mining heritage at the Council.

“There was a very small number of particularly political items not appropriate for public areas of the Council offices that have been removed and archived.

“We are looking to redecorate the offices and once this has been done, the vast majority of the old pictures of local mines and mineworkers will be put back, along with some modern pictures of the District to reflect the aspirations of people across the whole of North East Derbyshire.”

Reader Andy Slack said: “Two weeks of Tory rule and it seems they want to whitewash history.”

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