LIBRARY MOVE: No need for new premises

Re: Town's library will soon be on the move (Morpeth Herald, June 23).

Thursday, 30th June 2016, 8:24 am
Updated Thursday, 30th June 2016, 9:37 am

The Manchester Street site is said to be better because customers can pay their council tax and access other services there.

Surely the space and modern connectivity of the current building are just as suitable for these. As to distance from the buses, there is very little in it and both routes require the use of a light-controlled crossing.

Customer development manager Claire Mason says: “Anyone who uses the library will know what a terrible state it is in.”

But despite regular visits since the post-flood repairs, I have not seen anything terrible there, other than the rows of empty shelves on the first floor.

Councillor Val Tyler indicates the sale of the site is vital because of government cuts, but how many sites are left to be sold off in what seems an ongoing process and what exactly the money is going to support is never made clear.

In December last year in the Morpeth Herald, it was claimed that the current buildings were not ‘fit for purpose’. I queried this at the time and did not get any response, and still am not clear what NCC thinks that purpose is and how the new location will provide it in a better fashion, especially when there appears to be a reduction of non-fiction stock of what looks to me like 90 per cent.

Andrew S Brunt