City Councillors are due to debate the ‘call-in’ of a controversial bid to lease part of Bristol Central Library to the Cathedral Choir Primary School at a specially-convened Call-In Sub-Committee to be held on Tuesday, 7th January 2014, at 5.00 pm, at City Hall.
The December decision by Mayor George Ferguson was ‘called-in’ for further scrutiny before Christmas by Tory councillor Richard Eddy and his Green Party colleague Rob Telford.
Opponents of the scheme have claimed that the move, which will see the removal of the reference book-stock to B-Bond almost a mile away, will “desecrate” the prized service of Bristol’s Central Library and could ultimately lead to the re-location of the historic and cultural asset.
Cllr Eddy ( Con, Bishopsworth) said: “There has been an abject failure to adequately consult over these controversial plans and to seek the views of service-users and other key professional stakeholders.
“We hope the Call-In Sub-Committee composed of backbench councillors will uphold the grounds of our ‘call-in’ and refer the matter onto Full Council or the Mayor for reconsideration.”
Cllr Telford (Green, Ashley) added: “When this matter was last scrutinized by the Neighbourhoods & Communities Scrutiny Commission in November, councillors had grave misgivings about the proposal and did not give the scheme their approval.
“Nothing has changed in the intervening period and we will be working to convince the Call-In Sub-Committee that the arguments we have advanced demand that this major shakeup requires urgent reconsideration.”
CONTACT Richard Eddy on 0117-9646455 or Rob Telford on 07756-355547