Shock boost set to save library?

Campaigners gather to hand petition to councillors David Wilmshurst and Nick Carter
Campaigners gather to hand petition to councillors David Wilmshurst and Nick Carter

CAMPAIGNERS bidding to save Chinnor Library have had an unexpected boost this week after the county council received some extra funding.

The new grant, which is believed to be in the region of £640,000, was originally due to be put towards music but it could instead be used to save libraries.

This is because money has already been allocated to schools for music and so around £300,000 is expected to be given to the fight to save libraries.

This is a substantial portion of the £2 million which is to be cut and is six times the amount needed to keep Chinnor Library open.

Residents have already shown their support of the cause with close to 200 people turning up to a public meeting on the matter.

Since then, Chinor Parish Council has given out a number of petitions, which have been gathered in and handed to the county council.

Chinnor’s county councillors David Wilmshurst and Nick Carter were on hand to receive the petitions, which called for them to ensure the views of their people were heard during the consultation period.

Over 400 people signed the forms, which were handed over at the library.

A questionnaire is also ongoing in Chinnor to ask every household of their preferred options for the future of the library and the results will be collated by the newly-formed action group in March.

Chinnor is one of 20 libraries set for the cut but the overwhelming view from its users is that cuts should be spread equally between all the libraries.

So far 60 villagers have signed up to offer their time to the cause and a meeting is set for March 3 to discuss their options.

Anyone wanting to get involved should email chinnorpc@btinternet.com