big fight to safeguard key facility

Hunmanby Library  Picture by Andrew Higgins  112247b
Hunmanby Library Picture by Andrew Higgins 112247b

THE battle to save Hunmanby Library is set to take on a new chapter.

The Friends of Hunmanby Library will next week announce key plans to stop the facility from closure.

The Stonegate-based library could be shut by North Yorkshire County Council in March next year if community-led schemes to maintain services fail to materialise.

However, the group are set to unveil a blueprint detailing proposals to turn the library into a high-tech community information centre.

They also plan to attract extra investment into the facility to broaden training and educational services in the village.

The plans will be revealed during a meeting on Tuesday, August 9, in All Saints Church, in Hunmanby.

Scarborough Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Support Officer, Matthew Joseph, has been working with the group, and said the meeting would be the perfect platform for worried residents to find out more about the situation.

He said: “This is a really exciting time for the Friends’ group.

“They have been talking to North Yorkshire County Council for a number of months now and are now in a position to be able to put some tangible ideas on the table.

“Although nothing is set in stone and these are just ideas at the moment, they need to have the backing of the community if they are to go forward.”

Library bosses announced earlier this year that Hunmanby’s library was at risk due to £1.7 million county-wide budget cuts.

After initially being given a two-year reprieve, delighted residents’ cheers turned to jeers when facility’s future was again thrown into jeopardy just weeks later following a widespread consultation process.

Council chiefs announced the library was a grade three building, meaning it would only receive updated book stocks and training for volunteers.

The meeting is due to start at 7pm and everyone is welcome to attend and put forward any extra ideas.

For more information contact Mr Joseph on (01723) 383562.