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Campaigners present Shire Hall petition to Staffordshire County Council

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

By Kerry Ashdown

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save Stafford's Shire Hall today presented a petition signed by 3,000 people to council bosses.

Councillor Maureen Compton handed over the petition to a meeting of the full Staffordshire County Council in a bid to convince bosses to ditch any plans to move out.

The authority is looking at a range of plans to save £109m over the next five years and one of them is to vacate the Shire Hall, possibly even sell it, and move the library into Staffordshire Place.

But campaigners, led by Councillor Compton, were outraged at the suggestion and immediately launched a bid to fight it.

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A Facebook page was inundated with comments from the public, while many rushed to sign an online petition.

Councillor Compton said: "Not only is there concern about the library and art gallery but there are also worries about the future of the sensory room. A number of children with disabilities use it so what would happen to that?

"We have almost 3,000 names on the petition, calling on the council not to move the library and Shire Hall."

Deputy leader of the council, Ian Parry speaking today at the meeting, said: "The Shire Hall is incredibly valuable to this town. The building contributes to the economy of Stafford and more could be done with it."

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