Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Councillor speak on closure of Richmond Hill Library

Cllr Richard Brett and Cllr Ralph Pryke had supplied this reply in response to our request for their position on this very important matter locally.

Libraries are very important to many people in our community. All Saints C/E Primary school pupils use Richmond Hill Library after school and they have sent me a petition which I have passed on to councillor Adam Ogilvie who is the Labour Councillor responsible for the final decision on which Libraries stay open. It will be very sad if we can’t keep Richmond Hill Library open.

It would be used more if it was situated in a better place. There are no homes near it in its current position. Cllr Pryke and I have therefore asked senior Library staff to explore moving Library computers to Richmond Hill community Centre where a new extension would allow them to be kept secure. We think that RHEA and the youth service would use them as well as school children after school hours. Library staff have promised to look at this suggestion carefully.”

We have the first reply from one of our councillors on the closure of the library in Richmond Hill

"Dear Sue the issue you raise can be resolved if sombody listens to me and that is to have the new library built on the richmond hill primary school attatched to the schools library with safeguards built in when the community use it.

Cllr Ron Grahame
Burmantofts & Richmond Hill Ward
Labour Group"

We thank Cllr Grahame for his comments and look forward to hearing from our other two councillors soon. We will post their comments on the Blog as soon as they arrive.


  1. I see that there are no comments from the two Lib Dem councillors on the proposed Richmond Hill library closure.

    They seem to prefer to save their comments for their Focus leaflets where no one can challenge their statements - typical and don't even get me started on the quality of the consultations they ran when in power!

  2. I have been watching this item and it seems to me that the other councillors are not going to bother to reply so I suggest you throw this open to other people in the area who are interested in the future of the library in our area?

  3. Dear Anonymous, the councillors might chose to reply or not, but our blog is always open to all, to post comments, ask questions, and more!! So, please, feel free to post your comment here, or e-mail us, and you will be published!
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