Protest held to stop Paulsgrove library being moved

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RESIDENTS campaigning to save Paulsgrove Library held a protest in a bid to save it.

Plans to move the library from its current location on Marsden Road to a vacant shop in Allaway Avenue have not been well received by many who use the library,

The protest, held on Allaway Avenue, was organised by John Ferrett.

Mr Ferrett, who was also collecting signatures for a petition, said: ‘We collected over a hundred signatures in a couple of hours, all calling for the council to consult with local residents before going ahead with the closure of the library.

‘We will continue the petition over the next few weeks and then present it to Cllr Lee Hunt.’

Pat Russell, chairwoman of the Lime Grove Residents’ Association, says she has already approached the council asking for a public consultation but her requests were yet to be met.

She said: ‘Local people are extremely concerned about the move, not least because the proposed new facility appears to be half the size of the existing library.

‘Furthermore, there are real worries about what will happen to the purpose-built Marsden Road building once it is left vacant.’

The campaign to keep the library on Marsden Road also has the backing of Paulsgrove councillors Jim Patey and David Horne.