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Longbridge cash hope for library

Posted on August 22 2007 at 11:52:37

Mobile library

When thieves hacked through a wall panel into Cofton Library they dispersed blue asbestos forcing its closure – and even making the books unsafe, writes Janey Hewitt.

As Worcestershire County Council Library Service is the subject of a review, residents fear they may lose the library permanently.

County councillor Peter McDonald called a public meeting to ensure everyone had the opportunity to have a say.

“The meeting was so well attended that there were not enough seats, indicating that there were more than 100 in attendance,” said Coun McDonald.

The meeting heard that the county council is looking to save £25 million over the next three years and that rebuilding the library, at an estimated cost of £93,000, was not an option.

A number of other options were proposed, and the meeting agreed with a proposal to keep a service on site using a portable cabin until funding is forthcoming from the Longbridge Regeneration Fund.

Until then a mobile library service (pictured) is being offered at Rednal Social Club on Barnt Green Road.

Coun McDonald said: “We now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a new library from the money provided by the redevelopment of Longbridge.”

For details of mobile library operating times, call Bromsgrove Library on 01905 765025.

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