"As long as I am a councillor there will be a library in Kings Heath"
|Published: 23rd February 2011 17:23|
An estimated 100 people packed into All Saints Church Hall for a meeting called by the Friends of Kings Heath Library to grill a key local councillor.
But in the event Cllr Martin Mullaney left many questions unanswered - because, he said, the running of local libraries was delegated to the constituencies (Hall Green in the case of Moseley and Kings Heath ward)
"Councillor Mullaney had been given a list of questions about Kings Heath Library for which we would like answers. However Mr Mullaney told us that he really only had responsibility for central library services and that community libraries were delegated to constituency organisations, so he was not able to tell us what the situation with regard to Kings Heath Library is," said Peter Bailey after the meeting.
Martin Mullaney did however declare that as long as he is a councillor, there will be a library in Kings Heath. The High Street library is a very busy one and is not likely to be closed at all.
According to Peter Bailey, one of the Friends of Kings Heath Library, Cllr Mullaney also said that there did not need to be a librarian to open and close libraries each day. A Birmingham City Council plan made mention of volunteers and 'hub libraries' and was quite clear that across Birmingham there needed to be savings. One suggestion was the sort of self checkout library that now exists at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre. Installing machines to issue and return books could save about £1m per year and there will be more discussions on staffing issues.
The Friends group decided to invite those more closely responsible for running Kings Heath Library to a meeting on Thursday 24th March again in All Saints Church Hall, assuming that the people invited were able and willing to attend.