Library campaign grows in East Wemyss

Ken Caldwell, Cllr O'Brien, Moira Hughes, Jim Hughes & Dorothy Mackie

Ken Caldwell, Cllr O'Brien, Moira Hughes, Jim Hughes & Dorothy Mackie

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Alongside the Fife-wide consultation, a separate campaign has been launched in East Wemyss by Councillor John O’Brien, who is determined not to see the village’s local library service lost in the cuts.

A public meeting will take place on Wednesday at the East Wemyss Senior Citizens Club , and he is hoping for a full house.

“I have notified everyone in East Wemyss about the meeting and have put flyers through people’s doors, so I’m hoping it will be a packed meeting,” he said.

“The reaction from local people since I launched the campaign has been really good, and it has brought the issue to the attention of many people who didn’t know that their local library could close.

“When I tell them that closing the library would only make up savings of around £6-7000 they think it’s just ridiculous.”

Cllr O’Brien has welcomed the extension of the public constulation period, hailing it a “positive step” which will give them more of a chance to campaign to save the village library.

“This is important, because people in East Wemyss who are poor and unemployed need to access computers for job searches; if they don’t, they get sanctioned, and then they have to use foodbanks and fall into even deeper poverty, so this is a much wider issue.

“The people in East Wemyss should not have to travel to Methil or Leven to use a library.”

Cllr O’Brien confirmed that MP Peter Grant and MSP David Torrance, who has already spoken out in favour of the campaign, will be attending on Wednesday, however Fife Cultural Trust has said it does not have any available staff members to send to the meeting.

The meeting takes place on Wednesday, August 19 at 7pm. Anyone who is not able to attend is urged to take part in the consultation online, or attend the consultation meeting on August 28.

As part of the consultation period, a number of public meetings are due to take place to give the public a chance to comment on the plans for their local library service. In this area, the meetings are as follows: Crail - August 28, 10am to noon; Pittenweem, August 21, 10am to noon and August 24, 2pm to 4pm; Colinsburgh, August 25, 5pm to 7pm; Lundin Links, August 26, 2pm to 4pm and August 27, 10am to noon; and East Wemyss, August 28, 2pm to 4pm. If you are unable to attend your closest public meeting, then you can comment on the plans online by following the link: www.fifedirect.org.uk/libreview. You will need to fill the questionnaire out by November 6. If you’d rather fill in a paper version, these are available at your nearest library and can be returned to any library or local office.