Crail campaigns to save library

Eileen Wood
Eileen Wood

Residents in Crail hope words and pictures will help save their local library.

Local people are mounting their own campaign against controversial proposals by Fife Cultural Trust (FCT) to close libraries across the Kingdom, in the hope of making savings of around £813,000.

The Royal Burgh of Crail Community Council has started an online petition against the shutdown of itsTown Hall library, one of 16 in Fife facing the axe.

Crail Primary School is also on board, with plans to design ’Save the Library’ posters and write letters to Scotland’s First Minister.

FC T, which manages and operates the library network on behalf of Fife Council, believes its proposals will create a more cost-effective, sustainable and fit-for-purpose model. However, Crail Community Council believes children and elderly people would be the biggest casualties of a local closure. Member Eileen Wood said there was a petition in place online through the community council Facebook page, and all the local shops had copies, while signatures may also be collected door to door.

Crail Primary pupils, among the library’s regular users, could be writing to Nicola Sturgeon.

“The letters may be going to Nicola Sturgeon after she was in the news promoting the importance of libraries – yet there are so many proposed closures which will affect everyone in our community,” said Ms Wood.

One possibility if Crail closed was the service moving to Anstruther’s new Waid Academy building. But this was not on a bus route and would be a “totally impossible alternative” for many older people, she added.

“Crail as a community has already lost its Post Office and the Royal Bank of Scotland has closed its banking branch – the community is very angry about yet another potential closure,” said Ms Wood.