New Blundellsands Ward Labour Councillor urges people to have sa

Veronica Bennett

New Crosby Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett is urging residents to have their say on the future of the borough's library service.
Blundellsands Ward's Cllr Veronica Bennett is calling on people to have their say on the library service as part of a Sefton Council consultation.
Sefton is conducting a review of its services throughout the borough, including in Crosby.
Cllr Bennett 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 Blundellsands and Crosby residents are heard.
"Between 2010-11 Crosby's College Road Library had 142,094 visits. That is a lot and it shows just how well used our service is.
"People need to make sure they have their say so the council can make an informed decision when drawing up 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 Bennett 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."
The consultation closes on July 31.

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