St James St Library Campaign

Buy or rent the library!
November 8, 2010, 2:43 pm
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At a meeting with St James Street Library Campaign last week (20th Oct 2010), Cllr Akram said that if we can find someone who will buy or rent SJS library and allow us to use part of the ground floor, he’ll consider their offer. Otherwise he’ll put it into auction in January.

At last we’ve got a chance to make the library a well-used asset again, as it was up till the closure in 2007. It will be good for everyone if we can do it. The council will be getting income instead of paying to keep it empty. Local people will have a place to drop in and children will have space to do their homework. After three and a half years, people are still asking us when they’re going to have it back in use.

If it’s sold, it will be a bargain to the buyer. So it’s best if that’s an organisation that will at least provide community space in return for the loss of a public building.

It’s a bit frustrating to be given just over two months to accomplish this, after years of trying to persuade the council to let us show what we can do. We have supporters with professional fund-raising skills. Once we have access to the space, we’ll be able to show potential funders what we can do and how popular it is with the community. It’s harder now than if the council had let us start this before the credit crunch, but it’s not impossible.


So now we’re asking everyone to put the word out and try to get a community-friendly tenant or buyer before Christmas!


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