Meeting with GCC Friday 3rd August 2012

Representatives of Friends of Minchinhampton Library, together with Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, met with GCC, on Friday 3rd August 2012 and presented a strong case requesting that we keep a core County Library Service in Minchinhampton.

Sadly, Cllr Mark Hawthorne and Officers met this with their customary intransigence and will only offer funds to Minchinhampton for a “Community Library”.

Currently, Cllr Nick Hurst and MPC are setting up a Trust and are in negotiations with GCC to take over the building for MPC use and run some kind of a community library from there.

Friends of Minchinhampton Library was set up in January 2011 with the aim of keeping a Statutory County Library Service in Minchinhampton and Cllr Hawthorne congratulated us on the quality of our campaign over the last eighteen months.  He also indicated his willingness to involve FoML as well as MPC in future discussions to ensure that library users will have their voices heard and concerns addressed.

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