Formby Labour councillors urge residents to have say on future o

Peter Maguire, Nina Killen and Catie Page
 
 
Formby's three Labour councillors are urging residents to have their say on the future of the town's library.
 
Cllr Catie Page, together with new Ravenmeols Labour Councillor Peter Maguire and new Harington Ward Labour Councillor Nina Killen, are calling on people to have their say on the library service.
 
Sefton is conducting a review of its services throughout the borough, including in Formby.
 
Cllr Catie Page said: "Sefton Council is seeking information about how people here use the library service. Once they have compiled those views, they will then formulate recommendations on options for the future of the service.
 
"Because our library is so well used, it is crucial that people here have their say and make sure that the views of Formby residents are heard.
 
"Between 2010-11 Formby Library had 119,143 visits. For a small library like ours, that is a lot and it shows just how well used our service is.
 
"This is in no small way down to the ideal location of the library, just outside the Village, near to the train station and on main bus routes. It is an ideal service for the town.
 
"We want people here to make sure they have their say so the council can make an informed decision when drawing up the its proposals for the future of the library."
 
This first stage of the consultation will be for 12 weeks and will close on July 31. Residents' views and the information provided will be used as part of a report for future options for the service which will be used for further consultation later in the year.
 
Cllr Nina Killen said Sefton's controlling Labour Group was determined to ensure that residents were integral to the decision making process in the borough.
 
Cllr Killen said: "Because of the Tory-Lib Dem government's cuts to Sefton's budget, which has already seen us have to cut more than £80m from council spending, there is obviously less money to spend.
 
"We have to make sure we spend what money is left wisely.
 
"We need to ensure that we are providing the services that residents most want and need and part of that process is ensuring that residents' views are taken into account.
 
"That's why it is crucial that people have their say and get involved in the consultation."
 
Cllr Peter Maguire said the library service in Formby is widely used.
 
Cllr Maguire said: "I know from personal experience that Formby Library is well used and very popular. I have used the library since I was a child and still use it today, and I know just how busy it can be.
 
"The figures for the number of visits for last year and the number of books issued show that.
 
"I would urge people to take the time to fill in the consultation document and send it back so that the views of Formby are heard."
 
 
The consultation closes on July 31.
 
 
 
 
Issues 2010/11                                          Visits 2010/11

 

Ainsdale

90,807

 

Ainsdale

64,131

 Aintree

40,695

 

Aintree

31,977

Birkdale

162,636

 

Birkdale

87,282

Bootle

69,132

 

Bootle

104,533

Churchtown

122,043

 

Churchtown

59,472

College Road

83,521

 

College Road

92,522

Crosby

207,396

 

Crosby

142,094

Formby

190,336

 

Formby

119,143

Litherland

49,208

 

Litherland

42,444

Meadows

151,989

 

Meadows

274,252

Mobile

4,946

 

Mobile

Not recorded

Netherton

35,428

 

Netherton

42,937

Orrell

46,666

 

Orrell

32,256

Southport

118,460

 

Southport

117,109

Total

1,373,263

 

Total

1,210,152