Councillor against new move on library

A COUNTY councillor has warned of “community burnout” following a report which proposes that residents will have to run the library if it’s to remain open.

Green Party councillor for the Hertford Ward Nick Harvey has urged for a re-think after the decision, which would likely see the library squashed into the community centre.

Cllr Harvey believes those plans would be unworkable. He is so incensed by the decision he has now hired a double decker bus to take residents to a consultation meeting over plans to stop funding local libraries.

At his weekly surgery at the library, he speaks to users of the service, and Cllr Harvey said: “I am saddened that the County Council have continued to push people to fund and run their library in Hunmanby or it will close on 31st March 2012. “We have superb staff at Hunmanby Library, it is one of the cheapest in the county to run. Those who run the library service are not looking long term.”

Cllr Harvey also questioned the logistics of putting the library in the community centre, believing that there’s simply no way both can operate under the same roof.

“If they do, they will need to both attract volunteers that will weaken other voluntary groups, and will take resources from existing voluntary bodies.”