Category Archives: Councillor Noble

Gloucestershire County Council and the Digital Divide

Nearly 9 million people in the UK have never used the internet before. According to Race Online 2012 4 million of those are amongst the most disadvantaged : 39 % are over 65 38 % are unemployed 18 % are … Continue reading

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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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Admission from Cllr Noble : school library provision did NOT inform public library cuts

Following this misleading comment from libraries portfolio holder Cllr Noble which appeared several times in the local press: I hope families concerned about proposed changes to libraries around the county will feel reassured that there are still fantastic resources available … 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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Children protest against mobile library closure

Last week children in the north Cotswold village of Blockley staged a protest against GCC’s closure of the mobile library service, which will visit the area for the last time on July 14th. Under its plans to cut the library budget by over a … Continue reading

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Library users being frozen out of negotiations on the future of their own libraries

Gloucestershire County Council have refused to engage with Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries for months. We have received “I do not intend to respond in detail” replies from Council Leader Mark Hawthorne.  “In light of the forthcoming legal challenge I cannot … Continue reading

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