To those of you who tried to use the Library on Tuesday or Wednesday,
our apologies, but we had a very major drainage problem occur on Monday.
The main outlet pipe from the building to the council sewer became
blocked, and on Monday afternoon we had to call in a specialist drainage
contractor to locate and clear the blockage. We had a small overflow
into the common room, and also a cracked pipe was found elsewhere. With
hoses and cable running through from the street entrance, and heavy
equipment being moved in and out, it was not realistic to mix library
users with the drainage men. Due to this, the decision was made to
close the building until such time as it was usable and sweet-smelling!
Talking to June Perrin on Wednesday afternoon, it seems very probable
that part of the library will reopen on Thursday 25th March, although
there will be no access to the computer suite, microfiche and film
readers in the Lower Library, where some of the carpet is still drying
out and work needing to be completed over the next few weeks. Also, the
Common Room may continue to be unusable for the same reason. The
closure period will be kept to the minimum consistent with the needs of
Health and Safety especially when there is work going on.
Please be patient with our Society's staff, who have had to sort out a
number of problems that are not of their making.