Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries hand 10,000+ name petition to County Council

This is what 10,000+ signatures looks like!

Yesterday (5th January), a group of Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries supporters went to Shire Hall to hand-in the 10,000+ signature petition calling for an urgent, independent review of the County Council’s plans for the library service.

The number of signatures collected so far is more than double our original target of 5,000 and is enough to trigger a full council debate of the issue, which is currently expected to take place on January 19th (details TBC).

We were also pleased to hand-in another petition of over 1,000 names on behalf of campaigners in Cinderford, concerned at the proposed closure of their town’s library.

Some of our youngest supporters

The petition hand-in attracted coverage from the press, and was featured on yesterday’s BBC Points West and The West Country Tonight news programmes.  Some more photos from the hand-in can be seen here.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the hand-in event, to all those thousands across the county who have signed the petition so far, and to FoGL supporters who have braved the cold weather to get out and about collecting signatures.

Supporters can continue to collect signatures, and the e-petition is available to sign online until 17th February 2011.

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