Tottington Library Update

The Committee of Friends of Tottington Library are delighted to announce that Tottington Library will remain open for the time being.
Cllr Iain Gartside said ” Although the decision was taken last week to close 9 Libraries including Tottington’s Library, we have been assured by the ruling Group that although no finances are available they will support the idea of Volunteers operating Tottington Library”.
Committee member David Conway said “We are delighted that the Library building will remain open and intend to expand on present activities. It is used by residents of all ages and in particular more teenagers use it compared to most other libraries in Bury and we feel we owe it to them and indeed all residents to work hard to keep it open “.
The committee who have met weekly for the past 4 months now have 3 months to prepare before the 1 st October hand over and will be meeting with Council Officers, all groups who currently use the Library and with all those who have volunteered.
Cllr Yvonne Wright said ” The Council have informed us that we will need £22.000+ each year for the overheads plus £105.000 is required over the next 5 years for repairs . We realise that we have a big challenge ahead but with the support of local residents we can keep this much valued facility open.
The Committee have already held several fundraisers including street collections,
bag packing ,Wine Tasting evening , collection boxes in local shops and a Quiz night and have raised over £1300 . A Pitch application has been submitted to the Council for £1000 grant towards computers as the present PC’s will be removed when the Council no longer operate the Library.
The Committee are now planning a full programme of fundraising events which will be publicised in due course

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