Stonehaven Library – Council Keeping Options Open

By bellmannews / June 18, 2024
the front of the library building - it's needing a lick of paint!

By Ramone Waters

AT Stonehaven and District Community Council’s AGM and business meeting last week, there was no clear update on the status of the town’s Library.

Chair David Lawman could report no confirmation on whether the library will be having a change of location or whether there is a new location in mind.

Council looking at opportunities

He read a response from area manager Tim Stephen, which stated: “We are continually looking at opportunities across our estate to ensure that our services remain sustainable and accessible for our communities.

“No decisions have been taken around the future provision of library services in Stonehaven, but we will explore opportunities here, as we do everywhere, to consider best use of resources and to meet community need within the budget available for service delivery.

“Should we decide to develop a proposal to relocate any facility, this would be subject to public engagement and consideration by elected members.”

Mr Stephen’s response added: ”In the event of any future relocation, the existing building would be dealt with under our asset management policy – which could result in a number of outcomes including lease, sale – or (subject to successful Community Asset Transfer application) transfer to community ownership.

Councillor Dawn Black said she is keeping a close eye on the situation and is working to keep the community updated.

SDCC asked our elected councillors to write to Live Life Aberdeenshire to seek better information and request full community consultation.  They also said it is important if there were to be a change that the new library would be of the same standard as the current one, and for the current building to be kept for a use benefiting the community.