Campaign launched to save popular Anlaby Park Library
A CAMPAIGN has been launched to save a library threatened with closure.
Anlaby Park Library has been earmarked for closure as part of budget proposals put forward by Hull City Council's ruling Labour group.
The building in The Greenway, west Hull, is due to celebrate its 50th anniversary as a library next year.
Before that, it was used a recreation and social club, having originally been opened in 1915.
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Barbara Bourne, 76, runs a knitting group at the library every Tuesday.
She is one of the organisers behind a petition calling on councillors to rethink the closure plans.
"I am absolutely appalled at the idea of the library closing," said Mrs Bourne.
"The council is talking about creating these new civic titles of Sheriff and High Steward yet at the same time it is proposing to close something like this, which is really at the heart of our local community.
"What good will all these titles do for people who use the library regularly?"
Mrs Bourne, of Legarde Avenue, launched the knitting group last year after attending a series of local history lectures at the library.
"The place was absolutely packed for the talks and we were invited to fill in a feedback leaflet," she said.
"I filled it in, saying how fantastic it had been and suggesting there should be more events held there. The library staff got back in touch to ask if I would be interested in setting up a group and it went from there.
"All the ladies who come live locally and we all really enjoy a friendly afternoon together.
"As our group proves, it's not just a library. It's a focal point for the area because there are no other community facilities nearby.
"I've sat on health and police bodies in the past and know that most of the public spending in this city is skewed towards east Hull.
"Now they seem determined to remove another public facility in west Hull."
Mrs Bourne added: "The old Labour Party would be appalled by the idea of closing a public library.
"Libraries were originally intended to educate the workers. This just seems to be so wrong."
Local historian Chris Mead has researched the story of the development of the Anlaby Park housing estate and its library.
He said: "It seems such a shame when I know staff and people who use the library regularly were looking forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary next year.
"I sincerely hope it does not close."
Deputy council leader Councillor Daren Hale blamed Government funding cuts for the proposed closure.
He said a mobile library service would cover the area in future.