Library site fight goes on
PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 June 2011
HERITAGE campaigners admit they have lost their fight to save Weston’s library, but say they have not given up the battle to preserve the town centre building.
The Save Weston Library group’s future looked in doubt after North Somerset Council last week rubberstamped a decision to move the service from the Boulevard to the town hall.
But the organisation has vowed to continue in an attempt to preserve the ‘historic site’, which was designed by Hans Price in the 1900s.
Speaking after the approval of a planning application to move the service, group member John Crockford-Hawley, himself a North Somerset councillor, said: “We have to admit defeat in keeping the library in the Boulevard, but now we must focus on preserving the building.”
North Somerset Council decided to sell the library building as part of its attempt to make savings of £47.3million by 2015.
The library service will now move to the ground floor of the town hall in an open-plan area called a ‘public gateway’. The council says the new library will have more books and a larger area for computers than the existing one.