Liberal Democrats on B&NES Council have reversed a decision by the previous Conservative administration to relocate Bath Central Library and merge it with a One Stop Shop.
While in opposition, the Liberal Democrats had strongly opposed the decision and have now decided to scrap the expensive and impractical £3 million scheme. Instead, we will invest in modernising the library’s current site at a fraction of the cost.
Speaking about the decision, Councillor Sue Craig (Lib Dem, Kingsmead) said: “I’m delighted by this news. The new Lib Dem administration is listening to residents and putting them first. There were dozens of protests against the previous Conservative scheme. The Conservative administration never proved the case for co-locating these two services and they wasted a lot of time and money trying to force their plan through.
“Now the Library will benefit from funding to update and refresh facilities. The Library is such an important service and it needs the right support from the Council.”
Councillor Paul Crossley (Lib Dem, Southdown), cabinet member for community services, speaking after the opening of the community library in Peasedown St. John reiterated the importance of our libraries, saying that they “are not only about providing access to a vast range of information and literature, they are also an important point of social contact, especially for people living in rural communities.”
Liberal Democrats will continue to listen and act upon the concerns of our residents in Bath and North East Somerset and protect places of learning and culture.
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