Supporters want closed library back ‘without further delays’

let our libraries liveFriends of Cobbett Road Library are organising an event on Monday (July 18) to send a message to the council that they want the library reopened “without further delays”.

Image from a library protest from approx 2015



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The event description on social media invites library supporters to come along “even for just 15 minutes” from 7pm on Monday in front of the library.

cobbett road library opening timesOne library user described it as “an attempt to bring Cobbett back into the limelight” in the face of what they said were “delays and postponements”.

We revealed last month that there have been three expressions of interest in running the community facility, which has been effectively closed since the end of January 2020 2021.

The deadline for organisations to express their interest in taking it on was April 5.

Cllr Toqeer Kataria, the current Labour council’s cabinet member for communities and customer engagement, told last month that meetings with bidders were due to take place.

“We hope the library will be open and delivering valuable services by the end of this year,” he said at the end of June.

cobbett road library exterior lavender aug 2020 460


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