Labour MP urges people in Blundellsands and Crosby to take part

Bill Esterson outside Carnegie Library


Labour MP Bill Esterson said people in Blundellsands and Crosby must take part in the consultation on the future of the Carnegie Library which could be the latest victim f the Tory-Lib Dem cuts.

Carnegie Library is under threat of closure after the Tory-Lib Dem Government slashed funding to Sefton Council by another £43 million over the next two years. Tories and Lib Dems have already slashed Sefton's budget over the past two years by £64.5m, making the total cuts to Sefton Council a huge £107.5m.

In order to balance the financial blackhole caused by the government's cuts, council officers drew up options on how the savings might be made. This included the closure of all but six of the borough's libraries.

Under the proposal, Bootle, Netherton, Crosby, Formby, Maghull and Southport libraries will all be saved. The rest, including Carnegie, will be closed.

Sefton Council is launching a consultation with library users into the proposals which will run from October 29 through to January 14.

Bill Esterson urged Carnegie Library users to have their say.

Bill said: "The Tory-Lib Dem Government has cut Sefton Council's budget by £64.5m over the past two years, rising to £107.5m over the next two.

"That's one of the greatest cuts to a local authority anywhere in the country.

"We all know how vital our local libraries are in our communities, particularly to many of the most vulnerable people.

"Sefton councillors are in an impossible position as they try to balance the inadequate budget they have been given which must pay for vital services in the borough.

"But libraries, like Carnegie, are a vital part of the community. It is a place where people of all ages can go and get access to information, the internet and books, and also meet other people.

"For many older people the library is the only way they get to meet people. Carnegie Library is an integral part of the community of Crosby. I urge local people to work with the council to find ways of protecting library services in Crosby either at Carnegie library or in an alternative location nearby. Meantime I shall write to the secretary of state, Eric Pickles telling him he should reverse the cuts his government is making to our libraries."


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