Blundellsands Ward Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett confident

Ben Murphy and Veronica Bennett

 

A Crosby and Blundellsands Labour Councillor said she was confident the community could stop Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts from consigning our libraries to the history books.

Blundellsands Ward Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett said she was encouraged after attending a packed meeting to save Crosby's Carnegie Library from closure.

Seven borough libraries are ear-marked for closure as Sefton Council struggles to fill a £50m black hole in its budget after the Tory-Lib Dem Government slashed the council's funding even further.

Since the Tories and Lib Dems joined forces in 2010, Sefton Council has had more than £324million slashed from its budget.

Cllr Bennett joined more than a hundred members of the community at a meeting at Marine FC's ground to discuss ways in which Carnegie library could be saved.

Cllr Bennett told the meeting: "As a local resident, I want Carnegie library to remain open. I borrowed my first book there; I applied for university in the computer suite. After I graduated and I was looking for work, I was in Carnegie or Crosby library every week day without fail, using the internet and other resources to find jobs and send out my CV. So I know, as well as anyone, how important this library is for the community.

"The fact is that the council has had to make £50.8m savings. Where else can the money come from if we've already stripped every other service down to the bone? We can't expect any service, including libraries, to be untouched in the context of such enormous cuts from the government.

"Despite the level of cuts and the decimation of services the Tories and Lib Dems are forcing onto us, the Labour council has set aside a £1m Community Transition Fund. The fund is there to give communities a helping hand in setting up alternative ways to keep the services going themselves. The council cannot commit to £90,000-a-year running costs for each library but if communities can come up with serious, sustainable plans to keep the service going then the fund is Labour's way of matching that commitment and of saying 'we're here to help'. 

"The task cannot be underestimated. This is going to take some serious, hard work and a pooling of skills from people in Crosby and Blundellsands. But after an excruciating budget process it's really heartening to see residents fighting for their communities and taking advantage of the support the Labour council wants to give them."

 

 

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