Decision day soon on library
PUBLISHED: 11:28 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:17 06 May 2010
CONCERNED residents face an anxious wait to see whether a much-valued library will be closed. Jackmans library in Letchworth GC is threatened with closure under Hertford-shire County Council s plans for changes to the library service across the county. Bu
CONCERNED residents face an anxious wait to see whether a much-valued library will be closed.
Jackmans library in Letchworth GC is threatened with closure under Hertford-shire County Council's plans for changes to the library service across the county.
But local residents believe that the library is a vital asset to the estate and have been fighting to keep it.
At the final stage of HCC's consultation into the proposals, campaigners packed out a meeting at the library and handed over a 540-signature petition in favour of keeping it open.
This issue will now be considered at HCC's cabinet in July.
Richard Harman, chairman of the Jackmans Improvement Group, said: "We've just now got to wait to see if the axe falls in July. We're all just hanging on now to see what happens."
If the plans did go ahead, residents of the estate would have to make the trip into the town centre to visit the central library.
The estate would be served by a mobile library which would visit fortnightly for two hours.
Mr Harman said: "I got the impression that they were quite keen to get the mobile library there.
"It was push push for the mobile library. As everyone said, it's going to be here for two hours once a fortnight, how are we going to accommodate everybody?"
A spokesman for HCC said: "We can confirm that the county council has received the petition.
"It will be considered along with the other responses received during the consultation period to inform the decision-making process.