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Closure of Lewisham libraries
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pixysunflower


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Joined: Sep 2010
Post: #1
21-05-2011 01:53 PM

Pat asked that this be fwd:
I have e-mailed Number 10 (contents see below.) In order to work up a number of e-mails could you and any friends relations, neighbours, contacts etc etc do the same and ask for the minister to intervene using his powers under the 1964 Act to prevent the destruction of the public library service-
Go on to http://www.number10.gov.uk/contactus
Once the page is up click on Contact the Prime Minister's Office and click GO
This is wot i wrote ... you have 1000 characters!
"Per annum the 5 libraries had 327,000 visits, 264,000 issues, 25,443 signed the petitions against the 5 library closures.
The "community libraries" will provide fewer books, no evening opening, loss of professional staff, primary school pupils will suffer, especially at w/ends & in the holidays.
Why is Ed Vaizey, minister at the DCMS, not intervening to stop this reduction in the library service in Lewisham as he is required to do by law under the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act?
The resulting 2 tier service for the people of Lewisham must not be tolerated by central government which has a legal duty and moral obligation to fulfil the 1964 Act.
Government must be conducted in the interests of all the people, not the privlileged few."

Please get something going!

Peter and Pat

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brian


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Joined: Apr 2005
Post: #2
21-05-2011 02:17 PM

Why are you writing to the PM.. This is the responsibility of Lewisham Council. They were told by HMG to cut superflous office staff before services , so what did they do.

I expect all the gender equality officers are still there plus other jobs which should not be subsidised by council tax payers.

With all the International and National problems do you really want the PM to waste time looking into Lewisham Libraries. Get things in perspective and contact Sir Steve B.....

I notice that Bromley Council have oppened new library this week in Orpington.

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china girl


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Joined: May 2008
Post: #3
08-07-2011 09:56 PM

Good news from the Bookseller: Library campaigners win right to judicial review over closures...

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/librar...sures.html

'It time for those councils not yet facing court action to suddenly find that they don't after all need to close libraries, this would save them and their council tax payers large sums of money which could be used to buy more books or employ more library staff!'

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brian


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Joined: Apr 2005
Post: #4
08-07-2011 10:00 PM

Endless legal action sounds OK but who is paying for it. If LBC then they will have even less money to spend on libraries.
Cuts have to be made this is just feathering the legal professions nest.

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