Gloucestershire County Council have just announced three additional drop-in consultation sessions, where members of the public can speak directly with County Councillors and senior officers about the proposed cuts to our public library service.
The new dates are:
Charlton Kings Library – 1st February, 6 – 8pm
Nailsworth Library – 2nd February, 5.30 – 7.30pm
Hucclecote Library – 7th February, 6 – 8pm
A full list of all forthcoming consultation dates can be viewed here
We should remember that GCC originally intended to only hold consultation sessions in six of the ‘main libraries’ which are not directly affected by these plans! The additional sessions now planned at threatened libraries across the county is a direct result of pressure applied by this campaign, and anger from members of the public who were told they would have to travel up to twenty miles to ‘have their say’ over the future of their local library.
The planning of these sessions is a step in the right direction. Now lets hope that the Council will actually listen to what members of the public who attend have to say.
If you haven’t done so already, please complete the County Council’s online library survey (or a paper copy can be obtained from your local library). While we believe that the survey is deeply flawed, the results will be used by the Council to judge community responses to these proposals, so it is essential that we make our voices heard.