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Save Lichfield Library!
In March this year, Staffordshire County Council announced they were selling Lichfield Library to a private developer and relocating the library to St Mary's Church without consulting the people of Lichfield.
The Friary site was gifted in 1920 by Richard Cooper MP for the ‘permanent use and benefit of the citizens of Lichfield’. It’s an important and historic public resource for the people of Lichfield and surrounding areas. It is not just a library building, but a fantastic community hub.
The proposals to relocate to St Mary’s in the Market Square would see a drastic reduction in floor size, so the space for books, computers and various community groups will be greatly diminished.
Library services are evolving and public funding is being slashed, but the County Council has a duty to ensure an open and democratic public consultation about the future of the site, before any decisions are made on the future of the building.
The County has shown a lack of transparency on it's strategy for disposal and some details of the deal have only recently been disclosed. To achieve the disposal of the whole site requires the Library and Record Office to move out.
The County Council is obviously motivated by the financial pressures they are under rather than the local community benefit the services and site provide. Once the site is sold, it will be lost to the people of Lichfield forever.
We agree with Scottish crime writer Val McDermid, who wrote to support the @SaveLichLibrary campaign saying there are“few things more important than libraries”.
If you live in Staffordshire and have not already done so, we would urge you to sign our petition calling for a proper public consultation on the future of the Friary site. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-lichfield-library
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