More than 4,000 people have signed a petition opposing plans to turn Sheffield's Central Library into a five star hotel.
The petition was launched yesterday by Becca Gransbury, a 38-year-old book seller from Wyburn, after Sheffield Council revealed it had given its Chinese investment partner Sichuan Guodong Group 12 months to look into the possibility of converting the Grade II-listed building.
So far, more than 4,000 people have signed the petition, which calls on the council to keep the building for public use.
Becca said: "It's amazing to see that so many people care deeply about the Central Library. It clearly shows that the library is a beloved part of our culture and community."
If the plan goes ahead, the 80-year-old building would become the city’s first five star hotel.
If not, the library service would stay. But without the investment, the council says it would need to spend around £30 million of taxpayers’ money to bring the building to modern standards.
Sichuan Guodong would keep the Graves Gallery within the building if it were converted to a hotel, with full public access.
The council’s cabinet member for community services and libraries Jack Scott gave a ‘120 per cent commitment’ that there would always be a city centre library service, and it would not be replaced - as in some areas of Sheffield, such as Walkley, with a volunteer-run project.
A report to cabinet on the hotel plan can be read on the Sheffield Council website.
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