Building is asset of community value
As one of the signatories on the application to register the Carnegie Walkley Library building as an asset of community value, I am delighted that the council has accepted the application and awarded this status.
I need to clarify the situation however as the recent articles in both The Star and the Sheffield Telegraph do not tell the whole story. It was not the council which took the action to register the library as implied in the articles, but as you rightly say it was local residents and users who submitted the application acting on their own initiative.
The council has fulfilled its obligations under the terms of the Localism Act 2011, which requires local authorities to maintain a list of assets of community value which have been nominated by the local community and they deserve credit for that.
The building can still be sold but the community value status gives groups the time to develop a business plan and raise the money to bid to buy the asset if or when it comes on the open market.
The Act’s intention is to help local communities keep much-loved sites in public use and part of local life.