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Craigneuk Anger Over Closure
Anger over the closure of Craigneuk Library has re-ignited following last week’s news about Routes to Work moving into the premises.
It was revealed that aims to help people back into work would move from its current council-owned location on Shieldmuir Street into the library.
The move has been criticised by residents who have slammed the ‘hypocrisy of Culture NL’.
John Milligan, from Muirhouse, is disgusted with the fact that his local library will close.
In a letter to the local paper, he wrote: “In a monumental act of cultural vandalism libraries including Craigneuk are to close this week. There surely must be an opportunity to reverse that decision. With breathtaking hypocrisy Culture NL state in their Vision for 21st century North Lanarkshire Libraries that “Libraries are the heart of the Community” while at the same time wielding the axe.
“I have raised my concerns with Culture NL and North Lanarkshire Council as to the process used by Culture NL in their drive to implement the library closures.
“I don’t see how Routes to Work and the library can’t co-exist in the same building as many people have used the IT equipment to help find jobs for a while now.”
Harley Bear posted on Facebook: “Budget cuts are you kidding? We pay you thousands if not millions a year in council tax alone and yet you still demand more. Let Craigneuk have their library.”
However, North Lanarkshire Council and Culture NL were quick to stress that the closure will not deprive people of the service – with the new library at the Houldsworth Centre only two miles away.
Measures are also in place to provide Craigneuk with a mobile library to help continue the services they provide.
Councillor Heather McVey, chairman of Culture NL, said this week: “The council were faced with difficult choices following cuts to its budget which meant that services across the board had to make savings. In Culture NL’s case, that meant a reduction of £1.5million.
“We understood that some people would be unhappy that we would have to stop providing services in some of our much-loved but little-used facilities.
“That’s why it was essential we gathered views about how these services should look in the future and, just as importantly, planned to respond positively to those views.”