Former mayor's plea to keep Wyke Regis library open

Dorset Echo: Former mayor Roy Gainey with the brochure from the opening of Wyke Regis Library back in 1962 Former mayor Roy Gainey with the brochure from the opening of Wyke Regis Library back in 1962

A PLEA to save a community library has come from the man who helped to get it built in the first place.

Alderman Roy Gainey, who served on Weymouth and Portland Borough Council for more than 50 years and holds the title of freedom of the borough, used to head the local library committee.

He recalls using his casting vote as chairman which enabled a library to be built at Wyke Regis in the 1960s.

Now with Wyke among the branches under threat, Mr Gainey, 83, has added his support to the campaign to keep it open.

Wyke library was saved from the chop three years’ ago but saw its opening hours reduced.

Dorset County Council is now proposing to withdraw funding from 20 libraries. Communities are being offered the chance to take over the running of facilities.

Mr Gainey said the council should find the funding for the library at Wyke which he described as a ‘great community asset.’ He described how he and others fought to get the library built, mainly because of calls from naval families.

Mr Gainey said: “The Library Committee never had full membership and I persuaded colleagues in the Labour Group to join me on the committee.

“I proposed the council find a site for a branch library because there was a clear need in the community. When it came to the vote I used my casting vote to pass it.”

Mr Gainey still owns a brochure which was published giving details of the opening ceremony of Wyke Library on Saturday April 7 1962. The brochure reveals the library’s initial stock was 5,000 volumes.

Mr Gainey, who also served as a county councillor, said: “It’s time to shout now about Wyke Library.”

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9:34am Thu 24 Mar 11

3rdAccount says...

As a tax payer who never gets time to use the many facilities that I pay for I thought I would find out what the fuss was about before I express my opinion.

So, I paid a visit to my local library (for the first time in 20 years) at the weekend. On the plus side they have really moved with the times - facilities to sign the books out yourself and you can even rent (very cheaply) music and DVD's.

However, there were only 2 other people there. I'm not convinced so many are still required. There are not many people now that do not have access to the internet and those that can’t afford it seem to be given free laptops and broadband dongles anyway.

Children’s books are now very cheap in places like to Works. For me it's another facility that my taxes pay for that I don't get time to use, or come to think of it need to use.

I'm not saying shut them all down but in these difficult times I think they are luxury not a necessity.
As a tax payer who never gets time to use the many facilities that I pay for I thought I would find out what the fuss was about before I express my opinion. So, I paid a visit to my local library (for the first time in 20 years) at the weekend. On the plus side they have really moved with the times - facilities to sign the books out yourself and you can even rent (very cheaply) music and DVD's. However, there were only 2 other people there. I'm not convinced so many are still required. There are not many people now that do not have access to the internet and those that can’t afford it seem to be given free laptops and broadband dongles anyway. Children’s books are now very cheap in places like to Works. For me it's another facility that my taxes pay for that I don't get time to use, or come to think of it need to use. I'm not saying shut them all down but in these difficult times I think they are luxury not a necessity. 3rdAccount
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