Keeping 3 Public Libraries in Bootle but only 1 in
However the Bootle Labour cabinet try to spin their decision leaving only one Public Library in the Southport constituency whilst keeping three open in
Bootle is wrong. It displays Labour’s priorities and
their contempt for our town. (The two constituencies have the same population)
Far more books are borrowed from the branch Libraries in Southport that Labour want to close than the ones in
they are keeping open.
Many residents will be more than two miles from a library especially (but not only) those in Crossens and Ainsdale .
The arrangements for disability access –which is excellent at Birkdale, one of the libraries the are axing-are completely inappropriate at the one remaining site
Vast numbers of
people have volunteered to support our Library service, they have been snubbed.
If there had been political will a partnership between volunteers and the
library service could have kept our libraries open.
The lack of imagination, the unwillingness to adopt new ways of working has destroyed the library service. This is not about money, this about political will. Look around at how much Sefton Council is wasting. Look at the millions of Council Tax payments that have been wasted by Merseytravel with is extravagant new £5million a year offices Check out the links to see the extravagant way the Bootle Labour leader of the ITA squandered millions on what the Daily Post described as 'vanity projects' and what the auditor said. Please note Sefton Labour Leaders dismissed all the independent findings as 'tawdry' .
Labour have wasted millions and are now cutting our libraries . If they had not wasted so much we would not be in this mess.
The Lib Dem group will continue to challenge this outrageous discussion at every opportunity