Fight continues to save library

Drop Folder News/Atex News. 18/11/10. Pic Kevin Allen.'Hunmanby Library exterior.'104643c.
Drop Folder News/Atex News. 18/11/10. Pic Kevin Allen.'Hunmanby Library exterior.'104643c.
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CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to maintain their fight to save Hunmanby Library from its last chapter.

The Stonegate-based facility faces the potential axe in £2 million North Yorkshire County Council budget cuts.

The library, which has more than 1,060 active users, could be closed as the authority looks to trim its budget, with facilities in Eastfield, Ayton and Scalby also under threat.

However, it has been suggested it could be run by the local community with support from the county council.

Concerned residents and councillors attended a meeting last week to discuss how to tackle the issue.

Cllr John Kniveton, chairman of Hunmanby Parish Council, opened the meeting and explained that Hunmanby was one of 24 of the county’s 42 library’s earmarked for closure. He said that Hunmanby’s inclusion in the list did not take into account that it was the largest village in the whole of North Yorkshire with an ageing population incapable to visit an alternative library in Filey or Scarborough.

Cllr Godfrey Allanson added: “I worked to get the library in Hunmanby and I never thought that 50 years later I would have to fight to save it.

“We do not have the leisure facilities that some other towns have but Hunmanby as a village is still growing and needs its library.”

Cllr Nick Harvey has organised a coach to take Hunmanby residents to a public meeting at Scarborough Library on Wednesday.

It will depart from Bridlington Street at 5pm.

He added: “Hunmanby Library costs are not that great and the building should be used more as a community building not closed.

“The bulk of library users are young people, young families and the elderly, the very groups who should not be on the receiving end of service cut backs.”

A public consultation is now under way and a decision is expected next month.

County council library representatives have agreed to attend a meeting in Hunmanby which will probably take place on Thursday February 2.

The venue will be announced in next week’s Mercury.