Croydon Council have approved the controversial sale of 24 pieces of Chinese ceramics.
On July 24 a committee recommended it should
go ahead and the proceeds will go towards redeveloping their
Fairfield Halls entertainment venue.
The council's 230-piece antique Chinese
ceramics collection was bequeathed by local businessman and
collector Raymond Riesco in 1959 and includes Tang dynasty tomb
models and Ming dynasty bowls.
Councillor Tim Pollard, cabinet member for
children, families and learning, said the costs of maintaining the
collection did not provide value for money to Croydon taxpayers,
"whereas the possibility of investing in the future of the
Fairfield Halls will breathe new life into culture in Croydon for
residents to experience and enjoy in the 21st century".
The decision has been criticised by, among
others, Arts Council England. Scott Furlong, ACE director of
acquisitions, exports, loans and collections, confirmed to www.museumassociation.org that they would be
assessing Croydon Council's accreditation status in the coming
ACE distribute public money from government
and National Lottery funding.