Friday, January 17, 2014

Lottery Funding May save Library from Council Cutbacks

Brixham Library has won an £8,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is the second lottery grant the library has received in the last 12 months and it couldn't have come at a better time because Torbay Council is looking at ways to save money and the library's future may be in jeopardy.

Friends of Brixham Library (FOBL) chairman, Jenny Harriman said, "The budget reductions hanging over us are very worrying." She then explained that council cutbacks could result in a reduction in library opening hours, or may see the library being forced to close its doors for good.

"We hope that our councilors will see that the way forward is by supporting a community facility in each town, working closely with other organizations and generating monies along the way", Harriman explained. "This has been the FOBL aim over recent years and we have shown it can be successful."

The funds supplied by the Heritage Lottery Fund will be used towards a two-year project called Brixham and the Great War.

Harriman says the FOBL has just submitted a third bid for funding to Awards for All in the hope of securing the money required to purchase new mobile bookcases and open up the library's ground floor.

The Heritage Lottery Fund redistributes revenue generated by the UK National Lottery and uses it to help benefit buildings, parks, places of historical interest, and other causes that are considered to be of lasting importance to the British heritage.