VIDEO: Petition to save Sheffield library gains over 4,000 signatures

The organiser of the petition which has now received over 4,000 signatures in less than two days is delighted with the support she has gained.

This milestone figure puts the petition well on the way to a public debate by Sheffield Council.

Rebecca Gransbury, aged 38, set up the petition after news was released that the Sheffield Central Library may be rehomed to make way for Sheffield’s first five-star hotel.

This action came after Sheffield Council revealed it had given its trading investment partner the Sichuan Guodong Group 12 months to look into transforming the 80-year-old building.

If the plan goes ahead, the site will become Sheffield’s first five-star hotel.

The hope is that money invested will allow growth in the number of visitors to Sheffield, and will allow developments across the city centre.

 

Rebecca, however, believes the move would be a mistake, and is excited that her petition is gaining such huge support.

She says: “I think that’s a really great start, particularly as the petition has only been open for two days.

“Hopefully the campaign will continue to grow.”

Graves Art Gallery, which is currently housed above the library, would likely be moved to the ground floor of the building. The library would be relocated to a new site in the city.

Margaret Smith, from Doncaster, is a regular visitor to the library and galleryShe said: “We believe in libraries. Keep it as it is – tell them to build another one.”

Steve Baxby, aged 53 and from Hillsborough, said: “It’s not going to happen in five minutes. It probably could use a make-over – apparently it’s falling apart.”

Sheffield's Central Library may be turned into the city's first five-star hotel
Sheffield’s Central Library may be turned into the city’s first five-star hotel

The council says that without this Chinese investment they would need to spend £30 million of taxpayers’ money to bring the library up to an acceptable standard.

Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for community services and libraries, said: “I understand that people want security and information about what will happen to the service.

“I can give absolute assurances that no matter what the outcome here, there will always be a city centre library in Sheffield.”

If the petition gains 5,000 signatures, it will trigger a public debate by Sheffield Council. You can access it here.