General · 17th April 2011
I share Diana's and Gloria's sentiments about losing the library, part of Heriot Bay's 'wholesome trinity': the store, the HBI, and the library (with Terry's as a more recent supporting accent). To me personally the loss of the library to the community of Heriot Bay totally changes the definition of Heriot Bay, what makes it a place to be, visit or live. And it's not just the physical location, it's what goes on inside the building- I guess the essence of it. Something that has been established over the years.
Having said that, I see there are clearly logistical advantages to changing the location to QCove, as Debbie so exuberantly expressed.
It is a new location (more central? I guess Jim's population distribution report will clarify this), it will definitely be a more modern facility (not important to me, but is to some or many?), but I am curious- are there southenders that will be able to access the library that don't already and are there northerner and outer islanders that won't access the library when it moves? I think we are making assumptions on both sides.
I guess if there had been community involvement in the process from the beginning, this could have been already established and the real advantages to moving the library would be apparent.