Category Archives: Councillor Hawthorne

Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries’ first birthday: The story so far…

It’s hard to believe, but Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries is one year old this month. An awful lot has happened in the last 12 months. I hate to think of the number of hours that have been put into this … Continue reading

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Permission granted for High Court judicial review of Gloucestershire County Council’s library cuts

Several Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries members attended the High Court in Birmingham yesterday (7th July) for the judicial review hearing bought against GCC by Public Interest Lawyers on behalf of a Gloucestershire resident.   As reported in the Independent, The Telegraph, The Bookseller and across … Continue reading

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Cllr. Hawthorne spins away.. while Lechlade Library Working Group set the record straight

Since an injunction was issued by the High Courts halting the implementation of  Gloucestershire County Council’s library cuts until the case for judicial review has been heard on July 7th, Gloucestershire County Council have, in their usual rather bullish manner,  … Continue reading

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Homelink mobile library closes a month ahead of schedule

The following piece has appeared today on This is Gloucestershire: The first of Gloucestershire’s libraries scheduled for closure as a result of the cuts may have already been shut down. The Homelink mobile service which serves those living in Elderly Peoples … Continue reading

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Complaint: Misleading claims from GCC about consideration of deprivation in library strategy

A few months ago, former Assistant Head of the Gloucestershire Library service and FoGL campaigner John Holland submitted a formal complaint against recently replaced Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries Antonia Noble, and Council Leader Mark Hawthorne’s repeated misleading claims … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Councillor Noble has library portfolio taken away from her

We have learnt that Councillor Noble, the portfolio holder for libraries, and the person responsible for the ill-thought out, devastating library plans has had her role taken away from her in a “cabinet restructure”. Why is this we ask? and … Continue reading

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Mark Hawthorne claims he has been ‘forced’ into a costly legal process

As reported yesterday, a case challenging GCC’s library cuts has been launched in the High Court, by Public Interest Lawyers, representing a client in Gloucestershire. In today’s press coverage of the legal case (BBC, ThisisGloucestershire) Gloucestershire County Council leader Mark Hawthorne comments; … Continue reading

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