PUBLISHED: 10:27 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010
SIR, — Your readers may remember back in July 2006, that the Herts Advertiser reported on a stay of execution for the closure of two popular St Albans libraries — Cunningham Hill and Fleetville. At that time local councillors joined school pupils in petit
SIR, - Your readers may remember back in July 2006, that the Herts Advertiser reported on a stay of execution for the closure of two popular St Albans libraries - Cunningham Hill and Fleetville. At that time local councillors joined school pupils in petitioning that these libraries should remain open. It was stated that:
a.) Both libraries were important to schoolchildren who used the facilities to do their homework - especially because not everyone can afford computer access.
b.) The alternative of travelling to St Albans' city centre, particularly for the elderly or parents with young children, was not attractive.
Despite these protests both libraries were axed in March 2007.
Almost two years later many local residents are still angry at the closure of these buildings - reminiscent of the betrayal felt when the original St Albans Public library building was sold to a brewery. To add insult to injury, both these public buildings remain unused. Herts County Council apparently envisaged the Cunningham Hill site being redeveloped for retirement housing and for the Fleetville site to perhaps become (another) local Fleetville community centre. These plans appear to have floundered under the collapse of the property market.
I would argue that the time is now ripe for the county to consider refurbishing and reopening at least one of these valuable and much-needed libraries.
Brampton Road, St Albans.