Killyleagh Library Closure Opposed By Action Group

Clive Scoular, author and local historian, chairman of the action group, said, “It is just ridiculous that the birthplace of the founder of the British Museum, Sir Hans Sloane, should have its library removed. We are totally opposed to any suggestion from Libraries NI that this should happen. [caption id="attachment_19341" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="There is widespread support to keep Killyleagh Library open."][/caption] “By the end of today we will have gathered hundreds of more signatures and these will find their way to the desk of Irene Knox, chief executive of Libraries NI. Closing this library will do untold damage to future generations in the Killyleagh area which has has been fortunate to have a library for hundreds of years. “Traveling to Downpatrick or elsewhere is just not feasible for many people in Killyleagh, especially the elderly. There is a limited public transport system. Our library is at the heart of our community and we value it very much indeed. There are elderly, disabled  and socially disadvantaged people who regularly use the computers available in the library. Our campaign already has the support of Northern Ireland soccers stars David Healy and Terry Cochrane and BBC Sports reporter Barry Green. “This is just an embarrassment for Killyleagh. People here find it impossible  to imagine Killyleagh without a library. There is 100% support for this action group. Prince Andrew himself has the title of Baron Killyleagh. The town has many current and historic associations. “There will be a public meeting coming up shortly and everyone is welcome to attend in the Bridge Centre on February 28th. [caption id="attachment_19344" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Clive Scoular, chairman of the Killyleagh Library action group with Brian Skeffington signing up in support of the retention of library services."][/caption] “I would ask everyone to visit our campaign on our Facebook page and support us. We will not give up this fight until we know that our library services are safe. There is full political support from all the parties and Strangford MP Jim Shannon has already organised a meeting with the Libraries NI chief executive to examine this consultation proposal,” added Mr Scoular.]]>