Friday, 15 January 2010

Library Victory

As I blogged yesterday our long campaign for a temporary library had a success yesterday. Here is a letter I have sent to the keep folk up todate with progress. A big thank you to them all and especially to Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden) who was the mega star of the campaign

Dear Friend

This Thursday all your hard work paid off as the cabinet meeting at Southport Town Hall changed its mind about a replacement town centre library.

Previously, it was decided that residents would have to use the locallibraries in Ainsdale, Birkdale and Churchtown during the 3-yearclosure. However, the 7000-strong petition you signed was reported helpedchange the councillors minds.

The Liberal Democrats yet again putforward a resolution calling for an affordable temporary replacementfor our Southport town centre library. This was agreed, thanks to the change of heart of the three Conservative councillors on the cabinet who previously had supported the branch library solution. Council officers have now been given firm instructions to take swiftaction andinvestigate all opportunities to deliver a town centre library.

Also,councillors have been working behind the scenes to find a suitable building and there has been one option that, at this stage, looks very promising. Everything hinges on getting the right building at the right price.But where there is a will there is a way.

Thanks again for your efforts and support, and we will keep you informed about the progress of the search to find a suitable venue.

All the best,

Iain Brodie Browne

Save Southport Library Campaign

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