Defending plans to close branch
THE politician in charge of libraries in Hull has defended plans to close the Anlaby Park branch.
The library has the fifth-highest daily transaction rate of 13 branches across the city.
It also boasts fifth-highest annual footfall figure.
But Councillor Terry Geraghty claimed 12 per cent of users at the library lived in the neighbouring East Riding.
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He also said there was greater capacity to provide a wider range of council services at nearby branches, such as the Fred Moore library in Wold Road and the Gipsyville library in Hessle Road.
He said Anlaby Park offered "limited space" and required much more extensive repairs than any other branch library in the city.
He said: "OK, it is well- used and it has got a good footfall figure but 12 per cent come from the East Riding.
"Take that away and the footfall figure comes down a lot."
Cllr Geraghty said he took no pleasure in proposing a library closure.
"Even under Margaret Thatcher, I never thought we would be seeing the sort of reductions in public spending we are facing now."