No news is good news

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It appears to be a case of hurry up and wait as the future of the threatened Arbroath Library continues to hang in the balance.

A week after the Arbroath Herald revealed that there were discussions in place that could potentially reverse the controversial decision to remove the library from the Common Good Fund, it seems as though the final decision is still some way off.

At the last full meeting of Angus Council in Forfar on June 20 it was decided to transfer the Arbroath Library into the authority’s General Fund, despite massive opposition from all the Arbroath councillors and many of those from other burghs.

However, Independent Arbroath East and Lunan councillor Bob Spink last week reported that following discussions involving himself, Angus Provost Helen Oswald, Councillor Iain Gaul, leader of the administration; Councillor Paul Valentine, Depute Leader; and Councillor David Fairweather it had been agreed that no action would be taken regarding ownership of the library until further investigations were carried out.

Speaking on Wednesday Councillor Spink indicated that there would likely be no progress on the issue until the autumn.

He said: “I don’t expect much to happen until the full council meeting which is after the summer recess.

“The situation has not changed which is pretty good news all round for us I think. I’m just hoping that nothing changes between now and then.

“I’m very happy with the way things are at the moment.”

The next full meeting is scheduled for September 12.