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  • Anger as library is halved in size to make way for gym

    Henry James

    THE council's decision to close the first floor of Maghull Library at the Meadows complex on Hall Lane has been met with opposition from residents – with one claiming the choice of books “is now halved.”

    Sefton Council has said the library services on the first floor have been moved to the ground floor to make way for a new fitness studio.

    However the move has angered some library users.

    John Mullin, from Maghull, said: “Maghull used to have its own stand-alone library for a long time, but the building was sold and the library moved to the Meadows complex.

    “The facility was originally on two floors, however in the last 12 months half of the upstairs closed and now the upstairs part of the library has completely closed.

    “For this to happen to a town the size of Maghull is ridiculous.

    “Following the closure of the upstairs part of the library, I am sure the choice of books is now halved.

    “I think the council wanted to make more money by installing the fitness rooms.

    “We don’t get much for free these days and I think libraries are important.

    “I use the library all the time and so do other members of my family.”

    A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Important building works are currently taking place at The Meadows in Maghull which we believe once complete, will benefit the local community even further.

    “Notices have been put up at the popular centre explaining how a brand new fitness studio will be created on the first floor with all library services continuing and moving to the ground floor.

    “The building will remain fully open during the exciting works and we apologise for any disruption that might be caused.

    “Anyone concerned about the improvement works should speak to a member of staff.”


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