Financial boost for library’s campaign

THE future of Hunmanby Library has been boosted further after it was thrown a county council financial lifeline.

The authority has agreed to put forward £650,000 to fund extra time in the reshaping of under-threat facilities.

Hunmanby Library was recently granted a two-year stay of execution after County Cllr John Blackburn announced at a meeting in All Saints’ Church that a deal had been thrashed out to secure its immediate status.

Cllr Blackburn also said he was hopeful further measures could be taken to spread the harsh realities of the county’s £2.3 million budget cuts - which have now come to fruition.

The council has identified two sources of cash to make up the fund with £300,000 coming from the library service book fund and £350,000 from the general corporate budget.

A 90-day consultation process into the potential closures ends on February 28 and hundreds of Hunmanby residents took the chance to have their say by packing public meetings in Scarborough and Hunmanby to quiz county chiefs.

A petition was also handed over from local schoolchildren during the campaign.

North Yorkshire County Council leader Cllr John Weighell added: “We have always known libraries are important to our communities and have taken note.”

See next week’s Mercury for more reaction to the news.