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Kidderminster Library gallery users 'not given enough time' to comment
CONCERNED Kidderminster Library users say they have not been given enough time to comment on plans to move the gallery and piano.
A consultation event is under way at the library to highlight proposals which could see 90 desks and 139 staff from Worcestershire County Council’s adult and social care and children’s services move into the top-floor space.
The gallery and piano would be moved to the ground floor and first floor respectively.
Gallery user Norman Berisford said: “People have not had enough time to have their say. I do not think the consultation process can yet be completed properly.”
Library-goers took to the Shuttle’s website and twitter, @ksshuttle, to voice their opinions.
Corina Harper, who runs the Boars Head Gallery, Worcester Street, said: “It’s a beautiful venue. After attending a recent meeting with the local councillors at the town hall, I got very angry with their attitude towards the arts.”
Flowerpicker said: “I am dismayed to read the article about changing the use.”
Heather Wastie said: “I hope all options will be considered for this valuable space.”
GGmommy commented: “This space was initially funded for another purpose, that of public access to arts and music.”
stourport1 added: “Will all the regularly used conference rooms no longer be available to the public too?”
Neilhar said: “What’s wrong with moving these staff into one of the already council owned empty or soon to be empty buildings?”
Harrow added: “Upstairs is a purpose built gallery. Downstairs, plans show display boards that could at best probably accommodate a dozen smallish paintings.”
Kathy Kirk, county council strategic libraries and learning manager, said: "We want to engage with users and explain to them our plans.”
The consultation event continues today with county council officers in the library from 5pm until 7pm.