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Library Campaigners To Surround Town Hall

Wednesday January 22 2014

LIBRARY campaigners are planning to surround Barnsley Town Hall when councillors meet to consider the results of a consultation on relocating the library.

About 40 members of the Hands Off Our Library campaign are planning their next steps to stop the demolition of the Shambles Street building to make way for a new £17m sixth form college.

The council's ruling cabinet meets on February 5 to consider the results of the consultation which, if it goes ahead, would see the library move to Wellington House.

That would be a temporary move until a permanent replacement is built elsewhere in the town centre.

The campaigners are planning to form a 'human chain for democracy' around the Town Hall to coincide with the council meeting that morning.

On January 25 and February 1 campaigners will be in the town centre precinct to persuade the public to take part.

Mike Grundy, one of the leading campaigners, said: "We have had a wonderful response from the Barnsley public so far.

"Hundreds have come to our protests and meetings.

"Now we need a huge turn out on February 5 to convince the council that the democratic thing to do will be listen to what Barnsley people are saying and abandon the plan to demolish our library."

Are you backing the campaigners? Or would you like to see a new sixth form in its place? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Justice on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 12:17
We have already lost much of our car parks to Colleges. That same land could have been but to better uses. Town redevelopment maybe? We are now losing our library. It's obvious that the council has been given some grants. Better to use the grants on attracting industry and meaningful jobs to the area. We all can't be pizza delivery persons on minimum wage.

Reply Posted by ray on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 15:08
Justice you're talking complete and utter tosh, Which College buildings have been built on carparks in the past 30 years?

Also who else is coming forward to invest money in the redevelopment of the town, answer NO ONE. You cannot redevelop an area without someone willing to spend money on it.

The whole area around the library is getting redeveloped.

Reply Posted by tt on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 12:58
Your not losing the library!!! Its just moving!!!!! Dont know what all the fuss is about

Reply Posted by jister on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 14:16
Totally agree not like its a nice building

Reply Posted by danni on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 20:37
It holds a lot of memories for me that place id hate to see it torn down, will be there reb x

Reply Posted by AlanB on Thursday January 23 2014 at 11:06
I think that work started on site about three weeks ago at Wellington House in order to provide a (temporary?) library facility.

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