School rent will help central library survive
I AM writing to support the articles by your political editor Ian Onions in the Bristol Post and by Stephen Parsons regarding the proposed move by Cathedral Primary School to the lower two floors of the Central Library.
I am a Governor at the Bristol Cathedral Choir School and so was involved in our decision to create a new primary school. One of our main motivations for creating a new school was an awareness of the large shortfall by 2015 in the projected number of primary school places in Bristol. We hope to provide nearly 10 per cent of these extra places needed, 420 out of 4,500. Another motivation for us was our vision of an all-age academy which has music as its specialism and the exciting educational opportunity this would give to our state school pupils in Bristol.
I am a regular user of the Central Library and hugely value it. I am also very aware of the council's difficult financial situation and that they need to find a further £80 million pounds savings over the next three years. I would hope that the rent that they would receive from the primary school would help to safeguard the future of the Central Library so that it can maintain and develop its existing excellent service for us all.
I have some sympathy with the views of the retired Art Librarian, Anthony Beeson. However, when I recently did my MA in History of Art at the University of Bristol, a large number of the books I needed for my studies were not kept in their main Arts Library but had to come from one of the University book stores in Bristol. I ordered them on line, and then the library emailed me when they were available for collection, which never took more than a few days. This is similar to what happens now when I request books with the excellent librarieswest.org.uk website. I do not believe there would be a loss of service if the library has to retrieve books from another site, like the University does already.
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I really hope that the school is able to move to the lower two floors of the Central Library. It would lead to the development of an excellent new state primary school in the centre of our city, closely integrated with its senior school. It would also help to safeguard the future of the Central Library itself in these challenging economic times.
Dr Ros Kennedy
I WAS intrigued by the rationale quoted by Councillor Charles Lucas for supporting the proposed hijacking of two floors of the Central Library by Bristol Cathedral Choir Primary School ( "I am excited by schools ambition" Bristol Post September 4).
Cllr Lucas appeared to suggest that this reckless innovation would help meet the demand for city centre primary school places.
But ike Bristol Cathedral School- demand for the new primary school places will come from all parts of the former County of Avon, down to the Mendips and up to the Cotswolds?
Consequently, no one can genuinely promise that by sacrificing our Bristolian 'cultural offer' we will actually be meeting the demand from local parents.
R D Claridge
IN 2011, I offered my 11 year old grandson £10 if he wrote a poem in support of public libraries.
Tomorrow on Doors Open Day I and others will be outside Bristol Central Library from 12 noon onwards, with copies of the poem and invite anyone under 16 to read the part of Jim in the poem.
Jim's visit to a London library
There once was a boy called Jim
Who asked the librarian
Can I take out a book that will teach me to cook
And the food must keep me quite thin
I'm sorry i cannot help you
I'm really sorry it's true
But the libraries all closed down
Because of people like you
What did I do!
You didn't help us by writing
You didn't help us by chanting
If you'd helped us all by fighting
then reading would be a cruise.
Joe T ()