Thursday, 21 July 2011

Seahouses community is a big society without needing the name

I was invited by the excellent County Councillor for Bamburgh, Pat Scott, to talk with the Parish Council and the development trust about moving the library into the youth and sports centre in Seahouses. I am was keen to do this, partly because I was asked but also because the Seahouses library is in a bad condition and is beyond economic repair.

I turned up to only be able to find a space in the overflow car park and to find it was a public meeting with about 50 people present. It was a great event. There was so much passion for a great library service but also a lot of questions about how putting a library in would affect other services. The level of involvement is great. The development trust needs to raise £100,000 to fit out the new building. Some residents even suggested that everyone put £50 in. Buildings used to be built by public subscription, which is interesting. A great event and people really got the Lib Dem executives determination not just to preserve libraries but to provide a joined up service from these buildings so residents can access a large range of council services in their community. Pats tray bakes were particularly yummy and very welcome before I went back to Prudhoe!

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