Fight continues to stop final chapter

Hunmanby Library exterior 104643c.
Hunmanby Library exterior 104643c.

CAMPAIGNERS hoping to save Hunmanby Library have vowed to maintain the fight - after council bosses made a u-turn on the controversial plans.

The library was granted a two year stay of execution earlier this month after county council chiefs reneged on proposed swingeing cuts to ease a £2.3 million financial deficit.

The library, along with facilities in Scalby, Eastfield and Ayton was threatened with closure or significantly reduced services, including the use of volunteer staff.

However, the situation was boosted last week by a £650,000 fund from the council to fund extra time to re-shape future of the facilities.

But despite the reprieve Hunmanby parish council chairman Cllr John Kniveton this week told a meeting that proposals for volunteers to replace professional staff were still not an acceptable means of going forward.

He said: “We need to be quite firm that running it on our own is not something that we are prepared to do.

“We feel that it is wrong for them to go that way.”

Cllr Kniveton revealed more than 1,400 people had now signed a petition to save the library which had been sent to the council.

Cllr Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff said the authority had received a major wake-up call from the swathes of protesters who took part in public consultations in All Saints’ Church and Scarborough Library and had been left in no doubt over their allegiance to the Stonegate-based library.

She added: “We need to keep on their case.

“The director of libraries has had her nose put out of joint and will be feeling somewhat wounded.

“We have to be clear about the volunteer situation because if one parish breaks rank then they will cling to that.”