Friday, 16 August 2013

New Chapter For Library As Community Room Welcomed

A Cambridge library, which narrowly escaped closure after being on the Tories’ hit list, is to get a new community room.

The community room will be created at the Rock Road library thanks to a £20,000 investment from the Lib Dem-led city council.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Amanda Taylor who represents Queen Edith’s ward and who is involved in the Friends of Rock Road Library, got the city and county councils talking to each other.

She welcomed the news saying she was delighted that the city council is to spend money on the library which is so well used by all ages.

 “This is very good news,” she said. “The new community room will be available to hire by local groups and residents for meetings and community activities. And the money will also pay for a new doorway to the library garden making it much easier to use.”

“This is very good news,” she said. “The new community room will be available to hire by local groups and residents for meetings and community activities. And the money will also pay for a new doorway to the library garden making it much easier to use.”

The community room will be managed by the Friends of Rock Road Library.

Two years ago Rock Road Library was on the then Tory-run Cambridgeshire County Council’s hit list of libraries which could be either closed or run on a volunteer basis.

Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats supported the public campaign against the proposals and the library was saved.

Cambridge City Councillor, Jean Swanson added: “I am glad we have been able to provide funding for this project which will help the library to provide better community facilities. Easy access to the community garden will encourage its use for a wider range of activities.”