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Call for public consultation into relocation of Strood library rejected

04 February 2014
by Lizzie Massey

Controversial plans to relocate a library are moving forward despite objections.

The topic of Strood library was discussed again at Medway Council’s overview and scrutiny committee on Thursday, just a week after dozens of placard-waving objectors turned up to a full council meeting in a double-decker bus, calling for the decision to relocate the library to be overturned.

Strood Library, Bryant Street, Strood

Strood Library, Bryant Street, Strood

The library in Bryant Road is set to be moved into 133 High Street, previously occupied by the Strood Community Project, a charity providing services to disadvantaged people.

At the scrutiny committee on January 30 Labour councillors proposed a motion urging officers to delay the plans until a public consultation and cost analysis had been completed.

Despite the protest and a petition signed by over 3,000 people, the motion was rejected and the move is still on track.

Deputy leader of Medway Conservatives, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “Town centre locations generally have greater footfall and easy access for people because of the bus routes. It will also increase the number of people coming into the town centre.

“To us it’s a bit of a no brainer. Bryant Road will remain a community facility, with it’s much loved community hall.”

Staff and volunteers at Strood Community Project's charity shop on their final day of trading

Staff and volunteers at Strood Community Project's charity shop on their final day of trading

What is to become of the space occupied by the Bryant Road library is still being considered, and a new home for the archives is one of the options.

After the meeting, Cllr Stephen Hubbard (Lab),for Strood North said: “Members of the Conservative Group cannot ignore the views of residents and local councillors, they need to fully engage with councillors and consult with members of the public over such a radical change to a Council service such as moving Strood library.”

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