According to Councillor Damien Greenhalgh the exercise was positive and the public were able to express their views and concerns
“We realise that this second round of surgeries were called at short notice and that some people may not have been able to attend.” he said. “However, on balance the comments we received were positive and people seemed to understand the reality of the situation and encouraging about the idea of locating the adult education and library services on a common campus and particularly in a single building with a common reception area for instance.”
There were some questions raised to which answers are needed, they include:
- What has the cost of scaffolding been during the repair and investigatory period, effectively between the erection of the scaffolding and its removal?
- Would a new proposal of a learning library mean greater utilization of the adult education part of the building in future compared with today?
- Were there plans to better use parking facilities on the site to mitigate the impact of congestion on the immediate areas surrounding the library?
- What were the possibilities for the land opposite the library to be used as additional parking space?
County Councillor Dave Wilcox said “These are legitimate questions requiring answers, which we are undertaking to get addressed.”
In terms of the options on offer from the County Council for the future of library services, the preference was for the option where the library is sympathetically attached to the present adult education centre.
“We realise that there are three further consultative surgeries to be held at the Library on Saturday at 10.00, 11.00 and 12.00 noon” added Cllr Ellie Wilcox “and that the views expressed there may be different than those which have been put so far. So we’d encourage people to attend whatever their views maybe or simply if they want to learn more about the proposals.”