Library closure led to books in container

Kathleen Martin complaining about a huge blue container that has been placed in front of her house and has now been there for 8 months with neighbours Graham and Elise Fenn
Kathleen Martin complaining about a huge blue container that has been placed in front of her house and has now been there for 8 months with neighbours Graham and Elise Fenn
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A South Kirkby woman is celebrating after a ‘nightmare’ storage container was moved from outside her house following eight months of torment.

Kathleen Martin, 65, of Church Top, was furious when South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council placed the container in the car park of the Burntwood Community Centre in November last year.

Local teenagers were gathering behind the container and using it to climb on and Mrs Martin had to call the fire brigade on a couple of occasions after realising the youths had set fires in the car park.

The container - which is full of books from South Kirkby Library - was moved to the Common Road playing fields on Monday.

Mrs Martin said she had been in constant touch with the town council as well as individual councillors to try and get the eyesore shifted.

She said: “I went through all the right channels but was getting nowhere. It is absolutely brilliant news that it has gone.

“It is like I have opened my curtains - I have light coming through my window again instead of that great big container hiding the light.

“Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that the old school (the community centre) is being put to good use and giving young people something to do - but the container was a nightmare.”

Diane Hickes, deputy town clerk, said the container had been moved onto the playing fields until the new library building, which will be on Mill Lane, was ready for use.