SNP campaigns to save north east Fife libraries

Stephen Gethins MP (left) and Roderick Campbell MSP are campaigning to save six libraries in north east Fife from closure.
Stephen Gethins MP (left) and Roderick Campbell MSP are campaigning to save six libraries in north east Fife from closure.

The SNP has launched a campaign to oppose proposals to close six libraries in north east Fife.

Roderick Campbell MSP, Stephen Gethins MP, and SNP councillors John Docherty and David MacDiarmid have joined forces in a bid to save the libraries.

Fife Cultural Trust has proposed closing 16 libraries across Fife as part of a move to modernise the library network and make savings.

The proposals will be considered by Fife Council’s executive committee on Tuesday, June 23.

But SNP politicians in north east Fife strongly oppose the closures, claiming the area will be hit disproportionately.

The libraries earmarked for closure in north east Fife are Colinsburgh, Crail, Pittenweem, Falkland, Freuchie and Lundin Links.

Mr Campbell has written to Fife Council’s chief executive Steve Grimmond, Council leader David Ross and Cultural Trust chief executive Heather Stuart insisting the proposals are “unjustifiable”, and has urged the executive committee to reject the proposals.

He has also asked the Scottish Government to intervene.

Mr Campbell said: “I am very disappointed that the Fife Cultural Trust has selected such a disproportionately large number of libraries to close in north east Fife. In such a rural area, I cannot understand why so many communities face having such a valuable asset being stripped away.

“At this stage, these remain proposals, but I am calling on Fife Council to scrap these plans before they can even get off the ground.

“I have seen no justification to support ripping these libraries from these communities, and these plans must be consigned to the scrapheap.”

Mr Gethins has also vowed to fight these closures “tooth and nail”, and has called on all library users across the constituency to do likewise.

“Small communities – particularly those in the East Neuk who will be hit hardest by the proposed closures – need to prove how vital the libraries are to them, and their areas,” he said.

“A real message of intent can be sent by Fife Council if they choose to scrap these plans immediately.

“It is essential that small, rural communities are not stripped to the bare bones to simply try to save some cash. I would strongly encourage Fife Council to preserve these services, for the long term.”