We at Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries are dismayed that, almost two months after sending two letters (20/12/11) to Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, we have not received a reply.
The first letter was sent following following Gloucestershire County Council’s defeat in the High Court. Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries wrote to Mr Vaizey asking him to address our specific local concerns
Since we sent this letter Gloucestershire County Council have announced a cuts package remarkably similar to the unlawful one and are rushing through a hurried consultation, a consultation that has attracted much criticism from residents of Gloucestershire.
We also sent an open letter (with the comments this received) about the devastating and wide spread attack on a much valued and loved public library network, that was signed by 456 organizations, campaign groups, authors, celebrities, librarians and library users from across the country.
Again, we are yet to receive a response, or even an acknowledgement, from Mr Vaizey.
Vaizey has failed to respond to, or acknowledge, either of our letters. It is not only very rude but we believe it is a gross dereliction of his duties. We have therefore made a formal complaint to Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt MP and have bought this to the attention of John Whittingdale MP, Chair of the CMS Select Committee inquiry into library cuts and to all the committee members
We are at a total loss as to what to do to get answers to our questions and to say that we feel utterly let down is an understatement.