Library campaigners say they will never give up their fight

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ANGRY residents have urged council chiefs to rethink controversial plans to create a community hub in a beloved town library.

Campaigners have written to East Dunbartonshire Council and the Local Government Ombudsman in a bid to halt work at Kirkintilloch’s William Patrick Library.

Protests have also been held outside the library and Tom Johnston House.

The £500,000 project will transform part of the library into a ‘one-stop-shop’ for a range of council services.

The ground floor of the library closed on Sunday (June 3) for 12 weeks to allow construction work to get underway.

However, a petition against the changes has already received more than 1,200 signatures.

Campaigner Melanie Brickley said: “It’s extremely sad and frustrating that the council has gone ahead with this.

“People in the community have said they don’t want this, but the council has chosen to ignore them.

“However, we have huge public support so we are going to continue the fight.”

East Dunbartonshire Council launched a ‘stakeholder engagement programme’ on Monday (June 4), to find out how residents think services should be delivered from the library.

Pictured are campaigners with their petition outside Tom Johnston House.

For the full story see this week’s Herald.

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