Library campaigners urge locals to have their say

The consultation ends on November 6
The consultation ends on November 6

Campaigners fighting to save four Glenrothes libraries from possible closure are urging people to have their say while they still have a chance.

A public consultation allowing people from across Fife to give their opinions on Fife Cultural Trust’s proposals to close 16 library facilities, ends on November 6.

Over 2000 people have already taken part and campaigners in Glenrothes are now calling on anyone concerned about the possible closures of Glenwood, Thornton, Pitteuchar and Markinch to speak up so their concerns can be noted.

The Trust’s proposal, if approved, is expected to save an estimated £347,000 as part of £813,000 worth of budget cuts demanded by Fife Council.

“This is real chance for people to make their voices heard and I urge everyone to make this opportunity count,” said Dan Rous, from the Save Glenwood Library campaign.

“Regardless of whether they use the library or not, many people have already contacted us wanting the facility to remain and view it as a vital resourse for the community, this is our chance to put that message across.”

Lorna Ross, a Markinch resident campaigning to keep the libraries open questioned the way the consultation had been set up.

“It is wrong to take cognisance of the views of people who are not affected by the library closures,” she said.

“It’s skewed towards members of the public accepting that they don’t use their local library much. “That is not the point. For many who do, it is an extremely important resource, which will affect them in many ways should they lose their library.”

Consultation forms are available at libraries and at onfife.com.