Demolition of Whiston Library Begins

By on Thursday, December 10, 2015

whiston_library_demolished_knowsleyThe demolition of the former Whiston Library began on Thursday 10 December.

Knowsley Council closed the library in 2013, under strain from government cuts to their budget.

Volunteers tried to re-open it with help from Hugh Baird College, but it fell through after the Bootle-based further education provider withdrew just weeks before the scheduled re-opening, in April 2013.

Local volunteers, under the company name Our Whiston Library, or OWL, continued to negotiate with the council to keep the facility open as a library and community centre. At one point, over 50 volunteers had signed up to cover shifts, enabling the library to open for several days a week.

Talks fell through in early 2014, however, when Knowsley Council declared the building unfit for purpose and announced they would demolish it and sell the land.

The site, on Dragon Drive, will likely be used for residential development.

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2 Comments

  1. Anthony Martin

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 4:48 am

    Disgraceful to see a valuable asset to the community destroyed. I have fond memories of serving the people of Whiston with books, helping the children with their homework etc. We had coffee mornings and talks to school classes.

  2. Colin Brown

    Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Scousers in charge wrecking the community.

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