Maghull Town Council’s Labour leader urges people to take part i

Caroline Esterson

Maghull Town Council leader Labour's Cllr Caroline Esterson is urging people in Maghull to take part in Sefton's library consultation.

Sefton Council launched a public consultation into the future of its library service after the Tory-Lib Dem Government slashed its funding.

From the 2010 General Election when the Tories and Lib Dems came to power, through to the next General Election in 2015, Sefton Council will have had £324.5m slashed from its budget

The Tory-Lib Dem cuts are threatening vital services throughout Sefton.

Cllr Esterson said people need to take part in the consultation to let Sefton Council know how valued the library service is.

Cllr Esterson said: "Last week I attended the Ten Parishes committee, which is the group of parish councils which cover communities throughout Sefton Central.

"We had a presentation from Sefton officers about the library consultation. The officers informed us that the respondents to the consultation has been really low so far.

"The consultation itself runs until January 14, so time is running out for people to have their say.

"It is absolutely crucial that people in Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree and Melling all take part. We need to let Sefton Council know how important our library services are to our communities."

Cllr Esterson said although Maghull library is not earmarked for closure, she hoped that people throughout East Sefton would contribute to the consultation to help Sefton Council realise the importance of the library service.

Cllr Esterson said: "Our libraries are vital parts of our communities. We know that the library in Maghull is a real community hub.

"But services are threatened because of the Tory-Lib Dem Government's extreme cuts to Sefton's budget.

"None of us want to see Aintree and Melling lose their library service. That's why we need as many people as possible to take part in the consultation.

"There are forms in each of the libraries and online for people to fill in. I hope as many people as possible take part and have their say."



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