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Thursday, 25 April 2013
PETITITION: Mark Flewitt and Adam Jones who are trying to keep Kent Elms Library manned by Southend Council staff. Picture by Mark Clevelend
A PETITION has been set up to support the Kent Elms Library after proposed changes to the service in the borough.
In the proposals two hub libraries will be set up at each end of the town and central Library will be relocated to the Forum Library when it opens.
The three libraries will be the only ones that will be operated by paid council staff.
The west hub will be a development of either Leigh Library or Kent Elms Library.
The one not chosen as the hub will be solely run by a group of volunteers.
Mark Flewitt, one of the founders of Friends of Kent Elms Library, said he wanted the library to be manned by paid for council workers in the future because of the amount of people the library serves.
He said: “We need people to sign the petition to potentially save Kent Elms Library.
“Leigh is up in the proposals and we think that it would be better for it to be manned by volunteers.
“We are not damning Leigh in any way but we feel that there would be the people there to volunteer and near Kent Elms I don;t think that would be possible.
“If you look at the two libraries this one serves so many more people because it is near three different wards.
“It is no good having a campaign saying don't close the libraries, but we need to look at the options and what would work best.”
If you would like to support and sign the petition you can visit www.supportkentelmslibrary.co.uk.
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