Midlothian Council: Keep Newtongrange library in its current location on the main street.
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Newtongrange library is on the main street in the heart of the village near other local amenities, shops, post office, excellent bus routes etc.
Libraries are one of the most essential and precious resources we have for all in the community. If plans go ahead to relocate Newtongrange library to the Newbattle Community School Campus in 2016, as is currently being discussed the community will suffer in many ways:
• The main street is currently being regenerated with the opening of high quality new businesses making Newtongrange a more desirable place to live. Relocating the library and other resources away from the centre could have a direct impact on trade for these businesses as there would be one or 2 less reasons to go to the village.
• Newtongrange is attracting many young families looking for more affordable housing within commuter distance of Edinburgh; the re-opening of the Waverley Line will continue to contribute to this. Without a library within walking distance of the nursery and primary schools, the health clinic for mums and babies, the church Jelly Tots sessions for mums and babies/toddlers it would make the village considerably less attractive for these families.
• Many, ourselves included, moved to Newtongrange because of its village amenities and village/community atmosphere - something quite rare. If the library was to relocate how many people would 'drop in' to use it? It would take a planned visit by bus or car; not an option for many - the elderly, young families, those without a car.
Please sign the petition to keep our library in the village where it belongs. Relocating it demonstrates a failed understanding of the social, cultural and educational importance of libraries at the centre of our communities and the role librarians play in providing services. Relocation would rip the heart out of the village and our community.
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