Monthly Archives: November 2011

Peter Arnold: ‘Closing any of our libraries is a sin’

Friday’s edition of the Citizen featured a very supportive article from veteran reporter Peter Arnold in his ‘heart of the city’ column. As the article didn’t appear in the on-line edition, parts of it are reproduced below for those who missed … Continue reading

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Culture, Media and Sport Commitee : Library Closure Inquiry Launched

We have today had news that the Culture, Media and Sport Committee are launching an inquiry into library closures. It is a national inquiry. We will be submitting evidence. We are sure we played a big part in prompting them … Continue reading

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Media coverage of Wednesday’s High Court ruling

Since a High Court judge ruled Gloucestershire County Council’s plans for our library service unlawful on Wednesday, there has been loads of media coverage – both local and national (including some rather worrying reaction from Cllr. Hawthorne). We’ve tried to … Continue reading

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High Court Victory : the reaction – Wow! :)

Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries was originally set up as a library user group. It was considered important to do this to try to ensure that library users had a say in the future of their library services. This was initially … Continue reading

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LGA spokesperson dismisses High Court ruling as ‘a technicality’ on national television – retraction requested by FoGL

This morning BBC Breakfast discussed Wednesday’s landmark High Court ruling against Gloucestershire and Somerset County Council’s unlawful plans for public library services. Chris White, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Programme Board, appeared on the programme, and … Continue reading

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Guest post from Revd Dr Keith Hebden – One battle is won but the struggle goes on

This is a guest post from Revd Dr Keith Hebden, who helped organise protests aginst the closure of Matson Library (one of the most deprived communities in Gloucestershire) earlier this year. One Battle is Won but the Struggle Goes on … Continue reading

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GCC Opposition Leader – ‘Heads must roll’ over unlawful library plans

Reaction has continued to pour in following Wednesday’s High Court ruling that GCC’s plans for our public library service were unlawful. Over the past year, opposition councillors from the Liberal, Labour and Green parties have joined FoGL and local library user … Continue reading

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