Present presented to leader of the council – 1,200 objections

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LEADER of the council, Councillor Cec Tallack, has been greeted with a special gift this year from Santa – 1,200 objections to the closure of Stony Stratford library.

For the last two weeks a band of residents have been canvassing support from users of the library from a desk on the ground floor.

And a Save Stony Library Facebook campaign has also been started ahead of the formal public consultation in a council meeting to be held in January.

One resident wrote in their letter to Cllr Tallack: ‘This is a well run, well organised local facility and focal point. It would be a tragedy if we were to close a facility which is needed more than ever in this day and age. Please keep it viable and open.’

In Woburn Sands a similar level of support has been shown by residents for their library which is also under threat.

Over 300 people, many travelling through the torrential snow, signed a petition to stop their closure.

Resident, Bushra Connors, said: “The replacement of Woburn Sands library by one run by volunteers in a local hall is no serious alternative. The best volunteers cannot duplicate the dedication, skill and considerable experience of those currently employed.

“The building represents five generations of people and remains a life line for children doing projects.”