NOV 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Vigil To Save Information Centre
from Coventry’s Central Library will be holding a vigil outside
the council house today in a last ditch effort to persuade
councillors to stop public toilets being installed in place of the
are to reaffirm their opposition to the plan before the scrutiny
board monitoring the scheme meets to decide whether the plans
should be given the go-ahead.
board put the decision on hold after insisting that staff and
users be consulted over the scheme.
in a statement issued today, staff say they have not been
consulted over the feasibility of the plan.
recognising the demand for extra toilets in the city centre,
library staff believe this should not be at the expense of a
well-used existing information service.
service receives 110,000 visitors a year with more than 33,000
enquires per year.
apart from losing the centre this plan has huge implication for
the library service as a whole, including loss of a fire escape,
access to library services and the health and safety of
customers and staff.
council has legal responsibility to ensure that its citizens
have access to the best learning and information services.
City Council is currently planning to enhance their already
impressive central library.
Coventry City Council is planning to turn the ground floor of
the central library in Smithford Way into a major public toilet.
does this say about our council’s commitment to public library
services, accessible information and education resources, the
public who use them and the people that work in libraries?”
[08 NOV 00] LIBRARY
STAFF PAN COUNCIL'S TOILETS PLAN