Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

North Devon library consultations begin in Appledore

13:13 16 May 2014

The consultations at Appledore Library today (Friday).

The consultations at Appledore Library today (Friday).

Archant

Residents turn out in full to support Appledore Library as first Devon County Council consultations on £1.5million cuts begin.

The consultations at Appledore Library today (Friday).The consultations at Appledore Library today (Friday).

APPLEDORE residents turned out in force this morning (Friday) to support their local library and protect the ‘heart of their community’.

Today’s open event was the first of many taking place across North Devon’s libraries as the county council navigates how it will cut £1.5million from its libraries budget.

Within the first 10 minutes of the consultation opening, members of the Friends of Appledore Library (FOAL) said around 40 people had been through the door.

Walter Fowler, who runs Walt’s Emporium in Appledore, has raised around £24,500 for the library over the last six years.

The consultations at Appledore Library today (Friday).The consultations at Appledore Library today (Friday).

He was a key factor in the refurbishment and reopening of the Appledore Library in 2012 and said he would remain committed to keeping the facility open.

“I think the library is important for a number of reasons,” said Mr Fowler.

“Firstly, it’s important for the elderly to have this on their doorstep. Secondly, what is better than a book for children?

“It also has the internet so people who cannot afford a computer or laptop can come down to the library and use the facilities here.”

North Devon library consultation events

Friday, May 16: Appledore 10am-12noon; Northam 1-3pm; Bideford 4-6pm.

Monday, June 9 – Witheridge Square 2-3pm & Witheridge School 3-4pm, regarding Tiverton Mobile Library.

Tuesday, June 10: South Molton Library 10am-12noon; Chulmleigh Library 1-3pm; Torrington Library 4-6pm.

Monday, June 16: Braunton Library 10am-12noon; Barnstaple Library 1-3pm; Bampton 4-6pm.

Friday, June 20: Winkleigh Square 11.30am-12.30pm, Torrington Mobile.

Tuesday, June 24, Hartland Fire Station 10.30am-12.30pm, for Torrington Mobile.

Wednesday, June 25: Holsworthy Library 10am-12noon.

Northam residents Michael and Ingka Charters are members of FOAL as well as a writers’ group and turned out to support the Library.

“This is the heart of the community, like the kitchen is the heart of a home,” said Mrs Charters.

“I am an artist as well as a writer and I think we could use this facility for things liker galleries, for example upstairs there is a lovely space for exhibitions.”

Appledore resident Penny Bustin said she thought it was ‘outrageous’ that the county council ‘cannot support its library services’.

“Libraries are absolutely fundamental to life and learning,” she said.

“Every high street is dominated by charity shops run by volunteers and now volunteers are going to be running libraries.

“It undermines the librarian – we need that professionalism.”

Councillor Andrew Eastman, the county and district councillor for Appledore, reiterated that no library would close under the consultation.

He said: “Appledore library is fortunate to already have the Friends of Appledore Library group who are very proactive in keeping this wonderful facility.

“Not only is it thriving but it is increasingly improving all the time.”

FOAL member and local author Nick Arnold greeted visitors at the door and said he was very pleased with the turnout.

“In 2006 the community of Appledore saved its library,” said Mr Arnold.

“In 2012 we carried out the most ambitious internal rebuild of a public library by volunteers in the whole of Great Britain.

“This year we propose to keep out library open once again.”

Related articles

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:41
Residents have been clearing up flood debris and mud at Corner Lane in Combe Martin

Residents are busy with clean-up operations this afternoon (Saturday) following the earlier downpours.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:31
Pilton residents protesting against plans for yet more homes in the area. Picture: Sarah Howells

Residents have had enough as new proposals for 44 homes add to more than 600 new houses approved by North Devon Council for the area.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:19
The A39 near the Hoops Inn in Woolsery. Picture: Donna Paterson.

North Devon is currently under an amber weather warning as heavy rainfall lashes the region. Latest road, flooding and bus service disruptions here.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00
Sophie Welch has become an NCS Leader.

Sophie Welch, 17, chosen from thousands to become an NCS Leader

Read more
Yesterday, 07:59
Park School headteacher Gareth Roscoe

Gareth Roscoe reflects on his first 100 days in the job – and a few changes

Read more
Fri, 17:57
Don't miss the music, entertainment and antics of the LeperFest at Taddiport in Torrington on Saturday, February 1.

Don’t miss the big parade of lepers plus live music at taddiport this Saturday (February 6) from 8.30pm

Read more
Fri, 14:00
KT Tunstall will headline GoldCoast Oceanfest on Sunday, June 19

Big names announced for this year’s GoldCoast Oceanfest at Croyde from June 17-19.

Read more
Fri, 13:05
Memories of Barnstaple fair. Picture: Barnstaple Fair Heritage Society

Barnstaple Fair Heritage Society have received a welcome boost after receiving lottery funding for an exciting project.

Read more
Fri, 10:31
Geoffrey Cox and Peter Heaton-Jones

Peter Heaton-Jones and Geoffrey Cox are divided on whether or not the UK should leave the EU.

Read more
Fri, 09:10
Plans for new homes have been submitted to the council.

Plans for a new housing development in Braunton will be on show next week.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications