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At the Parish Council meeting on Monday evening (June 27th) the Council agreed in principle to install a "Book Box" in the village to allow residents to leave unwanted books for others to take and read free of charge. The idea is popular in many places both in this country and abroad. Most boxes are constructed specifically, though there are a number of places in this country where unwanted telephone boxes have been converted for this use. The funding (£400 is the maximum in the budget) will come from the New Homes Bonus.

The proposed box in Tarvin will be smaller, so any residents who are eyeing a shelf full of unwanted paperbacks will be disappointed! At the moment it is suggested that the box be placed on the High Street in the small garden area opposite the Post Office, at the bus stop end. This position ensures that it will be passed by many people on a regular basis and the general activity of the area should offer some protection for possible damage. It is intended that the structure be painted the 'conservation area green' to blend in with the general ambience of the High Street.

However this area of garden, though maintained by the Parish Council, is actually part of the highway and so formal approval from Highways must be received before the project is moved forward.

The suggestion for the Book Box came from a Tarvin resident who had come across them in the USA.

Ed: The photograph shows an American example of a book box.

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