Readers' views on library plans

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 June 2013

Richard Nightingle, Peter Crew and John Crockford-Hawley.

Richard Nightingle, Peter Crew and John Crockford-Hawley.


MERCURY readers have been having their say on Richard Nightingale's plans to buy the old library and hand it over to Weston Town Council.

Readers have been generally positive about the idea, calling it a ‘scandal’ that it is currently empty.

Here are some of our readers’ comments, posted on the website and the Mercury’s Facebook and Twitter pages:

* “Great idea, perhaps they could consider moving the Mayor’s Parlour into this iconic building, thus avoiding the Town Council having to pay rent to North Somerset Council for the use of Grove House (which was originally given to the people of Weston, if my information is correct).

“Other general social facilities for the residents and visitors alike could also be created on site thereby having a one stop social hub.” – Pete Holder.

* “Brilliant idea! Best bit of news I’ve heard in a long time!” - Amy Frankcom.

* “Fantastic news, what a brilliant and generous way to benefit the town.” - Ginny Gould.

* “If this is all above board with no catch involved then I wish all concerned all the best in giving this building back to the town, and hope that it becomes successful in bringing the town together in some shape or form.” - Clare J O’farrell-Williams.

* “Absolute scandal that building is currently empty so welcome this move.” - Chris White.

* “£350,000 seems remarkably little for a building of that size, I guess it needs a lot of work. And what about the running costs, I can’t imagine the town council being overjoyed at the prospect of taking on that liability?” – Jim.

* “Fair play to the Nightingales, let’s hope they don’t get scuppered by the council with stupid restrictions and red tape. It would be a shame to see a great building like this remain derelict and forgotten.” – Gruf.

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