The fate of Arbroath Library was sealed last night at a full meeting of Angus Council in Forfar yesterday (Thursday).
Following months of controversy and legal wrangling Arbroath Library was transferred from the town’s Common Good Fund into Angus Council’s General Fund.
It is understood that two amendments by Arbroath councillors which had been ruled competent by the authority’s legal experts were then ruled to be incompetent when presented at the meeting.
Arbroath West and Letham councillor Alex King, the treasurer of the SNP administration governing Angus Council, was bitterly disappointed by the decision.
He said: “I am both extremely angry and disgusted by the actions of Provost Helen Oswald in her ruling that the amendments put forward by Councillor Spink and Councillor Fairweather were incompetent.
“Both of these amendments had been scrutinised by senior staff from Law and Administration to ensure that they were competent in content and language.
“Ruling these amendments out of order showed that she had a clear agenda to force the matter of the transfer of Arbroath Library out of the Common Good to a closure, without a debate.”
Councillor King continued: “Her decision denied all councillors the opportunity to express their views, and in particular stopped the Arbroath councillors from doing their job and highlight the many concerns of Arbroath citizens.
“Now Arbroath Library will be taken from the Arbroath Common Good and put into the Council’s General Fund on the whim of councillors from burghs which do not have any common good funds!”