Conservative councillors have welcomed the news that B&NES residents will once again be allowed free admission to Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery – two years after just such a proposal from the Conservatives was rejected by the Lib Dem-run Council.
Bath and North East Somerset Council has announced that from Saturday 7th March B&NES Discover Card holders will once again be allowed free access to both the upstairs permanent gallery as well as the ground floor touring exhibitions.
When admission charges were first introduced in 2013, Conservative Councillors organised a petition against the charges and tabled a proposal at a B&NES Council meeting which called for B&NES Discovery Card holders to be allowed free admission to the gallery.
However, at the time this proposal was voted down by the Council’s ruling Liberal Democrats.
Welcoming the U-turn by the Council, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones (Cons, Lansdown) said:
“It’s really good news that the Council has finally agreed to let B&NES residents visited the Victoria Art Gallery free of charge. This is something which Conservatives first proposed when charges were introduced back in 2013, but was at the time blocked by the Lib Dems.
“It’s a shame that it has taken two years for the Council to see sense and to agree to this proposal, but better late than never. The Lib Dems are no strangers to U-turns, but this one at least I’m sure will be welcomed by residents.”