To: Cambridgeshire County Council

Save Milton Road Public Library in Cambridge from demolition

Save Milton Road Public Library in Cambridge from demolition

We urge you to withdraw your proposal to demolish Milton Road Public Library.

Why is this important?

Milton Road Public Library is an iconic building in the history of mathematics, celebrated for its connection with Professor Sir Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's last theorem. This dignified and much-loved building has served the public as a library since the 1930s, and continues to do so.

It was a book that Andrew Wiles found in the library when he was ten years old that inspired his remarkable achievement - Eric Temple Bell’s, 'The Last Problem'. Wiles had been on his way home from school when he stopped to look at the library’s puzzle section. He read that a proof of Fermat’s theorem had eluded mathematicians for 300 years. Thirty years later, Wiles announced his solution.

Milton Road Library had done what libraries should do - inform and inspire – with magnificent effect. Worldwide, few buildings are as closely associated with so notable a mathematical event.

Yet Cambridgeshire County Council proposes to demolish it – to build a 3-storey block of 10 flats, with a small library/‘community hub’.

This would be a huge loss to the heritage of mathematics and to the architectural and civic heritage of Cambridge.

Read more here:
http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/4248/milton_road_library_site_redevelopment_surveydoc.doc


Reasons for signing

  • I am more concerened about the loss of proper library facilities than the iconic building. This is a densely populated residential area and the Central Library is quite a long way away.
  • Happy memories of my local library in the 1950s and 1960s. I cannot imagine it not being there.
  • If the Council and developers where able to create beautiful buildings (yes, that characteristic can coexist with functionality) I wouldn't be concerned. However, they have proved in the last decade they can't, so I'm concerned their ugly legacy will continue.

Updates

2017-02-20 13:53:55 +0000

500 signatures reached

2016-09-24 20:34:24 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-09-22 21:26:44 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-09-22 10:24:50 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-08-04 09:40:20 +0100

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