Fears remain over Redland library's future

October 30 2015

REDLAND Library may be allowed to stay open, but its future still remains uncertain, say a group of campaigners.

REDLAND Library may be allowed to stay open, but its future still remains uncertain, say a group of campaigners.

The Friends of Redland Library (FORL) group was set up in response to proposals, made by the council earlier this year, to close some of the city’s libraries.

Following the ‘Libraries for the Future’ consultation, it was decided that Bristol will keep 27 of its 28 libraries with one being relocated.

However, the council has announced that libraries will have to reduce their staffed opening hours in order to stay open.

This is due to take effect from April 2016.

A spokesperson from the FORL said: “The council’s recent proposals for Redland Library threatened its survival, so local people got together to spread the word about this and there was a great response.

“We made it clear to the council that the library is well used and well loved – an essential service to the local community.

“We now know that Redland Library will stay open. This is great news but there is still uncertainty about the future.

“We know that there will be reductions in hours, for our library and others. We know the building needs works and that need money.

“We plan to continue our support for the library, campaigning for good service, properly staffed, in an improved and well maintained building.”

Although the deadline has passed to submit views over library opening hours, Friends of Redland Library is still encouraging local residents to take interest by liking ‘Friends of Redland Library’ on Facebook, or email them at: friendsofredlandlibrary@gmail.com.