Port William Library location remains unknown

The new location for Port William Library was one of the first topics to be discussed at the first meeting of Port William and District Community Council since the election.

Karen Brownlie from Dumfries and Galloway Council told those in attendance that the current premises of the library have been sold and there are two alternatives that are being considered.

The supper room of Maxwell Hall is one of the options that was suggested with the other being in a classroom at the school.

Draft plans were distributed for both locations at the meeting.

The community councillors discussed the merits and drawbacks of both locations and agreed that the best solution was to canvass the views of people in the local area and feed back to Karen.

A spokesman from Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “The Council lease the building that hosts Port William Library. We are aware that negotiations are taking place with regards to the sale of this property.

“Council officers are looking at alternative Council facilities within Port William, where an Integrated Service could be delivered from to ensure the future of the service provided to the local community, which is a key consideration for our Council.

“An options appraisal is being carried out in relation to possible options within both the Maxwell Hall and Port William Primary School.”

The final decision on the venue for the library rests with Dumfries and Galloway Council who will have to decide by March 2016.