New start for Scalby library as volunteers take on the job

Scarborough Coucillors 2007'Cllr Andrew Backhouse - Lindhead (Cons)'submitted pic
Scarborough Coucillors 2007'Cllr Andrew Backhouse - Lindhead (Cons)'submitted pic

Scalby Library is set to enter a new era on January 5 when community volunteers will be opening and running the library for the first time since budget cuts reduced the operational hours.

The volunteer group, known as Scalby and Newby Library Volunteers, will reopen the library on Saturday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm, and on Wednesday afternoons between 1pm and 7pm.

Mr Richard Leak, chairman of the volunteer group, said: “This is an exciting time in the life of the library whereby for the first time in its history it will be run by the community for the community.

“We hope that as many people as possible support us by using the library in the extended hours that we have agreed to open.”

Scalby Library’s opening hours were reduced from 41.5 to 31 hours in the budget savings announced by North Yorkshire County Council last year, and since that time Newby’s county councillor, Andrew Backhouse, has arranged public meetings, secured the support of volunteers, and helped the management team achieve the newly agreed hours.

He said: “It has taken a long time to get to this point, which has been frustrating, but we had to ensure that everything was right before we opened up to the public. I’d like to thank all the members of the management team for their true public spirit in agreeing to take on their respective roles.

“Without their commitment the library would not be in the positive position that it is.”