These buildings only close if no-one in the community is prepared to do anything about them. I know of volunteers in M&R already keen to be involved and I’m sure all of you do too. ‘Save our library’ campaigns miss the point entirely. It’s all about how communities get a plan organised by the end of April. Some councillors will get moving, show community leadership and sort things out: and others will prefer to protest. Residents can decide which approach they prefer in due course. Suggest those interested in making things happen go to the county council meeting on this – I think on Dec 9th – which explains eg the 21 year lease pepper corn lease, insurance paid by council etc offer as well as the ownership offer. No doubt the Gateway Trust and GL Communities, both based in Matson and both with considerable resources, will want to be involved.
Mr Graham might take a minute to consider that it may be him that is “missing the point entirely”. He is an elected representative – judging by the ready dismissal of the concerns of “residents” it seems that he has forgotten this.