WILL MAYOR REES IGNORE THE LIBRARIES REPORT, FUNDED BY THE TAXPAYER?
The saga of Bristol’s libraries continues: it is unclear whether Mayor Rees will ignore a Government funded report on a tested ‘mutual’ approach to running Bristol’s library service.
Mayor Rees delayed his library closure plans and commissioned the report, after pressure from the Lib Dem chaired scrutiny group, local community library support groups and a successful Lib Dem council motion. This was the only positive and costed proposal put forward and was supported by some councillors of all parties.
The mutual approach has been successful in other council areas in maintaining more networked libraries run by a trust.
Shortly after the report was delivered in early April, we heard that the mayor would ignore it and keep it from the public.
Maybe the report doesn’t fit with Labour’s 17 planned library closures?
We are now led to believe that the mayor will announce that Henleaze and Westbury libraries will remain open!
Graham has been supporting both our local libraries. As reported in Focus 130, Henleaze library is almost certainly on the saved list, and is not expected to close. Graham is still fighting to save the threatened card-access Westbury library.
“Our city library service is too important for political dogma” says Graham “there are viable alternatives.”
“It's not easy to get from Westbury to Henleaze library by public transport. Many people tell us that going to their local library is a regular social trip.
“Westbury is a community building and essential to support of local groups and activities.”
Whatever happened toopen government and public service?