19/3/09 – Talk of Covingham Library Closure is utter nonsense!
I have been contacted by several local residents about a news article in today’s Swindon Advertiser’s saying that Swindon Borough Council considered closing Covingham Library, along with 8 other Libraries to save money.
This was the first time I had heard about these plans, with the Leader of the Council unavailable, I immediately rang the Deputy Leader of the Council, Fionuala Foley at home to discuss what was going on. Following this conversation, I am pleased to say that talk of closing Covingham Library is utter nonsense.
The report which was “leaked” was one written by Council Officers and looked at several options for Libraries in Swindon. This option was dismissed out of hand by Cabinet members as unacceptable.
The Deputy Leader has agreed to put it in writing that there are no plans to close Covingham Library, and that will receive this next week along with support of the Leader of the Council Rod Bluh.
When I moved into my new house in Covingham last summer, I donated over 30 books from my bookshelf to Covingham Library. And Covingham Library has recently under gone refurbishment, local residents should be reassured that Councillors fully support this facility and would never let it close without a fight.