Support for Lundin Links library campaigners

Demo in Lundin Links to mark the end of the consultation period. Picture by George McLuskie.
Demo in Lundin Links to mark the end of the consultation period. Picture by George McLuskie.
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Campaigners fighting to save Lundin Links library made their presence known once again on Friday’s final day of public consultation on the proposed closure, with some high-profile political support.

North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins, Willie Rennie, Mid Scotland and Fife MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrats leader, Tricia Marwick, MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, and local councillor David Alexander, met with young library users to hear more about the impact any closure might have on the community, with Fife Council due to announce its decision on December 8.

Also backing the local campaign with its final push are 20 local businesses and community groups which have signed an open letter to Fife Council leader David Ross, urging him to listen to their views.

Jane Campbell, owner of Jane’s Gifts and Coffee Shop, said: “Our library is a vital institution, meeting important cultural and social needs of ordinary people of all ages in our community.”

Campaigners have analysed the information being used by Fife Cultural Trust, which operates the service on the Council’s behalf, in forming its decision and believe that, apart from being close to Leven, Lundin Links does not fulfil the criteria being applied to the 16 libraries on the closure list.

New ideas they believe could be piloted at Lundin Links include a volunteer network to help arrange junior book groups and Saturday morning openings, visitor information panels in the “under-used” foyer, telling the Robinson Crusoe connections with Largo, and using Facebook to engage the local community.