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Desperate villagers try to cling on to library

By Malling Chronicle  |  Posted: November 24, 2011

DISTRAUGHT:  Residents of Borough Green and councillors are upset   the library could  close

DISTRAUGHT: Residents of Borough Green and councillors are upset the library could close

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THE prospect of losing their library has left people living in Borough Green distraught.

Built in the heart of the village, the library is one of 99 across Kent set to have changes as a result of cutbacks.

Kent County Council (KCC) is planning to shake up the system and schools, parish councils, surgeries and voluntary groups will play a vital role in keeping them going. If services like these joined together with the library, this hub of the community would not have to close.

KCC plans to consult the public about the possible options.

Jane Alberine, 39, of Western Road, said: "I would be devastated if it closed. I go there for books and DVDs and my daughter sometimes does her homework there.

"I run a beginners' drawing group and we display our work in the library, so we would have nowhere to exhibit the work."

If the library were to shut or relocate, Lynn Wells, owner of Wells the Greengrocer in the High Street, believes there would be a negative effect on business.

She said: "Even if it didn't close and moved somewhere else, I think I would lose business because people often pop in on their way to the library.

"It would be a real shame if it closed, especially for the pensioners who go to the coffee mornings every Thursday to chat and catch up with each other."

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