Starting this week, the County Council will be holding a number of ‘drop-in’ consultation sessions about their proposals for our library service. The dates and times are:
Cheltenham Library – 15th December 2010. 2 – 5pm
Gloucester Library – 17th December 2010. 10am – 1pm
Stroud Library – 20th December 2010. 2 – 5pm
Coleford Library – 12th January 2011. 2 – 5pm
Cirencester Library – 13th January. 2011. 10am – 1pm
Tewkesbury Library – 14th January 2011. 10am – 1pm
As pointed out in a letter to local newspapers by six former Gloucestershire senior library staff, the ‘consulation’ sessions are, rather laughably, scheduled to take place only at libraries which are not faced with closure or reduced hours! Mark Hawthorne has stated that further sessions will be scheduled at other libraries – watch this space.
If you can make it to any of these sessions please go along. It is a chance to demand answers from the County Council, and to voice our concerns about these plans.
If you haven’t done so already, please also complete both of the County Council’s consultation exercises; the library survey and the overall budget survey. While we believe that both surveys are deeply flawed, the results will be used by the Council to judge community reponses to the cuts proposals, so it is essential that we make our voices heard.