We are disappointed to have received the following message from Turkdean Parish Council.
Turkdean Parish will not be supporting your Petition opposing cuts in the Library Service.We have benefited from the Mobile Service but following discussions regarding the necessary reductions in costs for Gloucestershire CC we agreed that the Mobile Service is a luxury which can no longer be afforded and indeed is no longer necessary. Concentrating resources on the finer Library provision would be most appropriate and realistic course.
It would be interesting to know if the 10,600 petitioners actually used the library services in the last year.
We have been out across the county talking with thousands of people who have expressed concerns about the cuts to the library services. Many people are not in the position to consider the mobile service a “luxury”, to them it is a lifeline. As for the question “how many of the petitioners actually used the library services last year”. Well, last year there were 3 million visits to Gloucestershire Libraries recorded alone. We think this is not insignificant and so yes, many of the people who signed the petition are likely to have used the service or know people to whom the service is important. We are also receiving emails and letters daily from people who are distraught this lifeline might be taken away from them. It is unthinkable that a rural county the size of Gloucestershire is set to scrap ALL of it’s mobile services. Of course, it is up to the Parish Councils whether they support us or not but ultimately it is the electorate the politicians will be answerable to. I hope they are listening to them – as we are.
If you live in the Turkdean area and are worried about the plans to scrap the library services we urge to write to your councillors with your concerns. You can find out who they are on this write to them website.
The Parish Council say that this is the response from Turkdean residents – more specifically library users. Astonishing. The councils consultation process has not even finished yet. I wonder how many people they asked and how they collected this data.
I asked the Parish Council Clerk how they had collected the data from the Parish and pointed out our concerns. I received this shocking response and she informed me that I had been blocked from contacting her again
You really do have an attitude problem and also have completely misinterpreted the information you have been given.
The response is made for the Parish as requested, not on behalf of the County
We have our own ”big society“ in this village and look after others and our village.
We sweep our own road, spread our own salt, clear rainwater drains and benefit from refuse collection service and mobile library. The latter is barely used Personally I give books away and also let others use my computer – some people give and others take – that is life.
“All right jack” no we are not but we will find a way of coping with the cuts in services which the County Council has to make. I suggest you take a long walk in the rain over a big hill before your write a further tirade.
Any correspondence I have sent to the Parish Council Clerk is available to anyone who wants to see it. I can assure you it was perfectly polite and it certainly was not a “tirade”. I am shocked and wonder if Turkdean Parish Council are aware of the conduct of the person speaking on their behalf.
To add a bit of balance we have published a letter from 10 year old Mily Newton who wrote to us telling us why mobile libraries are so important to her. Read it here