Leiston: Meeting to discuss library and youth club futures

RESIDENTS turned out to learn more about how they can save two under-threat services.

The meeting was organised by Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council to discuss the future of the youth club and library.

Members wanted to find out more about what would be required if they were interested in taking over any of the services.

Representatives from Suffolk County Council were on-hand to answer questions and address concerns.

The authority has said both library and youth services could face the axe unless the community comes forward to run them themselves.

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The meeting, held on Tuesday night, heard that Leiston High School was interested in taking over the youth service building, which could then be rented out after school to a group for young people.

Meanwhile Steve Smedley, founder of Save Leiston Library, confirmed he was interested in heading up a community group to investigate how to keep the service running.

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Town council members asked a number of questions relating to funding and staffing.

They also questioned where volunteers would come from, as so many people already gave up their time for various organisations.

Keith Jennings and Lynda Farnworth, officers with the county council, said they would be willing to work with any group to help try to secure the future of the youth club and library.

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