Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
In accordance with Paragraph 11.1 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, the following notice of motion had been put to Council by Councillor Roger Bingham:-
“(1) The Council notes reported concerns that the K Shoes heritage artefacts may be taken away from Kendal; and
(2) The Council should consider ways to preserve this important Local History collection in Kendal or the immediate district.
In presenting the motion, Councillor Bingham explained the importance of the world-famous K Shoes brand to the economy of Kendal. He expressed strong concerns about the future of the collection of artefacts which were currently housed and on display at the K Village site and referred to rumours regarding plans for the collection to be dispersed to other parts of the country. He raised the need to ensure that this aspect of Kendal’s heritage was cared for and asked Council’s support for this aspect of social history to be preserved.
Councillor Robin Ashcroft, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder seconded the motion, highlighting in addition the national importance of the collection. He explained that the artefacts formed a private collection and that any future home was likely to be in a destination independent from the Council, whose role was as an influencer and facilitator. Likewise, the former K Shoes site was a private and commercial operation needing to maximise return on the floor space. There were currently three collections which were being centralised by the Alfred Gillet Trust in Somerset. However, a few larger items remained in Kendal. The Trust was currently conducting conditioning work and archiving and was content to store the collection until a suitable home could be found in the Kendal area. Critically, Clarks had confirmed that they were happy for the collection to return to and reside in Kendal. There was, however, insufficient space to display the collection in Clark’s new shop in the Westmorland Shopping Centre. Discussions were ongoing regarding a future home for the collection. Councillor Ashcroft suggested that South Lakeland District Council’s role was to work in partnership with other stakeholders who would be better placed to take the lead role, for example Kendal Town Council.
Councillor Brian Cooper referred to a recent meeting of the Planning Committee at which, he said, Members had been assured that the artefacts currently situated at the K Shoes Village site would be moved to another location in Kendal.
Councillors Peter Thornton, Chris Hogg, Matt Severn and Sheila Capstick all spoke in support of the motion, referring to past memories and stressing the importance of the brand to the economy and tourism.
RESOLVED – That the motion be carried as submitted.
Publication date: 10/04/2019
Date of decision: 28/03/2019
Decided at meeting: 28/03/2019 - Council