Sunday, 13 December 2009

Library Petition Campaign gains over 1500 signatures in three hours

Saturday’s three hour session in Chapel Street gained a massive 1574 signatures – well in excess of our target of 1000. Together with the 5443 already collected, this now means that 7017 people have signed the “Southport Needs a Town Centre Library” Petition.

As readers may be aware from earlier posts this week, the 5443 signatures collected by Wednesday were presented to that evening’s meeting of Sefton Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

It was at that meeting that a call (led by my colleague, Birkdale Lib Dem councillor Richard Hands) for the issue to be referred back to the ruling Cabinet was turned down by the Conservative and Labour councillors on the Committee.

From the amazing response on Saturday, it is very clear that the people of Southport have not given up in the fight. We found that people were genuinely angry at the refusal of the other two parties on the Council to reconsider.

At one stage people were queuing up to sign and it was clear we would run out of petition forms so we had to dash away and photocopy an extra supply.

As the decision currently stands, it means that Southport town centre would be without a library for nearly 3 years from around March 2010. The last chance to try and change this will come in early January, so we are certainly not letting up in our campaign.

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