Public meeting called in bid to save Shadwell library

A PUBLIC meeting is being called next week in a bid to save Shadwell Library.

It is scheduled to close next May as part of the city council’s spending cuts.

Public support will be tested at the meeting on Monday at 7.30pm at the Community Centre on Holywell Lane.

“If only two men and a dog turn up, that would be the end of it,” said Parish Councillor Robert Dyson.

“We have distributed leaflets in the village and we are looking for volunteers for all sorts of jobs.

“We would like to turn the building into a community facility which incorporates a library. It could also be used as a cafe, a music venue and a place to meet.”

Coun Dyson said the City Council had claimed the building on Main Street needed £180,000 spending on it.

“Fundamentally, it is sound,” he said. “The walls and roof are fine. We hope the parish council might be sympathetic to putting money towards it.”

Coun Dyson said members of a library sub committee would meet council officers on Tuesday.

“We are in the middle of negotiations with them,” he added. “and are discussing re-stocking the library.”

Users of the library say lendings have fallen by only 13 per cent over 13 years. An average of seven books per resident are borrowed each year.