Library-in-the-market plan "huge costs" claims simply don't add up
We have done some detailed research and the real figure cannot be anywhere near this amount. To give just one example: no mention has been made of the Lord Street library savings during its closure e.g. rates, cleaning, maintenance, heating etc.. From council figures that we have obtained these alone could amount to at least £160,00 over the three years. Looking at the work needed at the Market, there are some unbelievably high suggested costs, even by the usual grossly inflated council estimates. e.g. £25,000 for "Kitchen Ventilation" (this is for a small kitchen with facilities for library staff to make a cup of tea or heat some lunch in a microwave !) That is just one example !
Southport has a number of nationally-known, top quality shopfitting specialist companies. We're convinced that they would blitz the job in no time at all - at a far more reasonable cost. But this suggestion did not impress council officers.
Clearly, certain politicians who haven't done their homework properly, are trying to make the cost as high as possible as an excuse not to provide a temporary town centre library. To use an old expression: "Where there's a will, there's a way !"
SEE OUR POSTS BELOW EXPLAINING THE BACKGROUND TO THE LIBRARY STORY AND WHICH CONSERVATIVE AND LABOUR COUNCILLORS VOTED AGAINST PROVIDING A TEMPORARY LIBRARY.