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Saved?

Added: 13 April 2004

Saved.

It's the title of a rollicking Leiber and Stoller song done by Elvis, but that association has locally been supplanted by the news this week about Hove's Carnegie Library. Saved - the word is on everybody's lips.

No need to repeat here all the arguments and comments which have been batting to and fro for six months.

What is apparent are the smiles of joy on people's faces as they heard the news - which came at the same time as market towns are being lambasted for losing their character and all looking the same. So Hove has done its bit to buck that trend.

Or has it?

The ways and means must be found to ensure that the Carnegie Library is made as good as possible for everybody - and to ensure that the nationally-renowned Reference Library and the staff basement are saved. T

There is an ominous sign that - in a leaflet issued at the Library by the Council on March 27th - that as a result of all this, the Library will be made smaller.

This is unnecessary, and not in the spirit of running a place in which so many people have expressed their delight.

With so much on its hands, one would have thought that the Council would sort out the relatively simple matter of the Carnegie Library and concentrate on such dominating problems as that of securing the interest in the Brighton Centre which has not been forthcoming - and is unlikely to be at a time when the Council is bringing such adverse publicity upon itself by having spent six months upon a Library move for which it turns out that funds were not available anyway.

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