2000 views on one decision over libraries

The campaign to save Kinghorn Library gathers pace with Cllr Kay, Alan McIlravie, and other supporters
The campaign to save Kinghorn Library gathers pace with Cllr Kay, Alan McIlravie, and other supporters

More than 2000 people have taken part in a consultation over the proposed closures and changes to Fife’s library service.

And campaigners against the closure of Kinghorn Library have held a number of drop in events to inform and encourage local people to make their views known, with a ‘read in’ event planned for Saturday.

One non-political group, comprising members of Kinghorn Community Council, local councillors, the parish church minister, academics, teachers and others held an event in Kinghorn Primary School last week with an information stand to let people know what exactly is proposed.

And it has sent a list of questions to Heather Stuart, chief executive of Fife Cultural Trust, which runs the service.

With just three weeks until the consultation closes on November 6, Fife Council is encouraging others to have their say too.

Councillor Gavin Yates, executive spokesman for community health and wellbeing, said the results will help councillors decide the future of Fife’s library services.

He said: “Library services are hugely important to many people across Fife and the potential closure of such well-loved community facilities is not a decision we will take lightly. However, the way people use libraries is changing and we need to make sure we respond to these changing trends to continue to offer a good quality service that’s fit for the future. People also understand the severe budget cuts that all public services are facing and Fife Cultural Trust is no exception.

“The council’s Executive Committee will have tough decisions to make about what the future of that service will look like.”

Supporters of the Kinghorn campaign are invited to the library between 10am and noon on Saturday for the ‘read in’, where people choose a book and sit and read it. Representatives of Fife Cultural Trust will also be present for a public consultation.

The idea for the event was proposed at a recent meeting of the Community Council where it was well received.

Alan McIlravie, chairman, said: ‘It’s used by people of all ages and, if it is allowed to close, will leave a gaping hole in the town.”