Wick Road Library Bristol: Desperate library campaigners in Bristol, are looking into options to save their Brislington library from total closure by Bristol City Council.
The Save Wick Road Library Community Group, has successfully saved the library from closure in previous rounds of council cuts. But now they fear the worst, anticipating the library will ultimately become a victim and close its doors for good.
The community resource at the top of Sandy Park Road, is a firm favourite with local residents and popular with local parents with its well attended children’s activities.
Campaigners fear that they will lose the use of the dedicated building and are investigating the possibility of relocating the service to adjacent St Cuthbert’s Church as part of the church’s own redevelopment.
The large church, also situated at the top of Sandy Park Road, is looking at how they will be moving forward with their own building, which has some outdoor space and a large underground crypt.
Whilst the library move would protect the service, funding would still be needed from the council to carry out a cost-benefit analysis and sustainability impact report.
The campaign group’s ultimate aim would be for the library to be self-sustaining in the long-term once it is up and running.
An application for funding to refurbish the crypt and complete relevant reports has already been submitted to the four Brislington councillors responsible for allocating funds to local projects – Harriet Bradley ~(Labour), Tony Carey (Conservative), Jos Clarke (Liberal Democrat) and Mike Langley (Labour).
Campaigners on the Save Wick Library Facebook page write: ‘We think this could be an exciting opportunity to safeguard the future of a library for Brislington by co-locating it with other services. It could also offer a modern, convenient meeting space for the community (this could be hired out to generate income), a cafe, space for NHS facilities, gym pods etc. It is a big enough space to house as many books as the current library – even more! We are working with local planners to develop the details, but it does seem to offer an exciting opportunity to give Brislington the focal point and fantastic community space it’s always needed, and keep Wick Road Library functioning for another 80+ years.’