TOMORROW we ask David Cameron to Intervene #Lobby4Libraries

The Cover of the Book that will be presented to David Cameron

The Cover of the Book that will be presented to David Cameron

PRIME MINISTER ASKED TO INTERVENE

On Tuesday (April 8th) a delegation from Save Lincolnshire Libraries is going to 10 Downing Street to appeal to the Prime Minister to intervene in Lincolnshire to maintain a comprehensive public library service in the county.

At 2.30 the delegation will present a book to No 10, containing over 900 comments from among the 23,000 people who have signed the Save Lincolnshire Libraries petition, and including comments from Melvyn Bragg and Michael Rosen in support of the campaign.

Melvyn Bragg commented, “The Public Library system in this country is one of the finest achievements that we have, alongside the BBC and the British Museum. To close libraries is to close minds, especially young minds and I do hope that the opposition to these plans will persuade the County Council to think again and reverse what could be an act of irreparable damage to the future of learning and the enrichment of minds.”

The 900 comments in the book to be presented  to the Prime Minister can be viewed by anyone on the campaign website at:

https://savelincslibraries.org.uk/nine-hundred-comments/

In addition to the comments from supporters, Save Lincolnshire Libraries will present a letter to the Prime Minister setting out what is happening to libraries in Lincolnshire, which concludes with an appeal for him to help saying “We have already asked your ministers to intervene, without success so far. Please can you have a look at what is happening in our county and help.”

Support to the campaign from Children'a Laureate Malorie Blackman

Support for the campaign from Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman

Julie Harrison, one of the delegation to Downing Street, said, “It is time for the Prime Minister to intervene. The County Council is sticking its head in the sand and not listening. We need our Government, who have the powers to stop Lincolnshire destroying our public library service, to take action. Such a sweeping, ill thought out, decimation of an institution that is a lifeline for so many is too short-sighted. It must be stopped immediately if irreversible damage is not to take place.”

Campaigners will be ‘live blogging’ the event from their Twitter account under the hashtag #Lobby4Libraries https://twitter.com/savelincslibs

The letter to David Cameron reads:

Rt Hon David Cameron MP
10 Downing Street,
London

8th April 2014

 Dear Prime Minister,

Since last summer, Save Lincolnshire Libraries has been fighting against the cuts to the library service that Lincolnshire County Council wants to impose.

If the cuts go ahead, the service will be reduced to only 15 council-run static libraries open for fewer hours than at present. 30 libraries will be turned over to volunteers to run, which we do not believe is sustainable. The mobile service will be cut by over 100 stops.

Support for the campaing from Michael Morpurgo

Support for the campaign from War Horse author Michael Morpurgo

The comments in these pages explain why and how the people of Lincolnshire (and occasionally beyond) use and value their libraries. They are unedited. The majority are from people living in Lincolnshire and from people brought up in the county.

They are taken from the online, county wide petition, which has so far gathered 3,000 names. It is just one of many petitions associated with the Save Lincolnshire Libraries Campaign against library cuts: more than 23,000 people have signed various petitions in the last few months.

In this respect, these comments represent the ‘tip of the iceberg’. They show how important it is to Lincolnshire people that their libraries should continue to be a public service available to all.

We have already asked your ministers to intervene, without success so far. Please can you have a look at what is happening in our county and help.

Best wishes

Save Lincolnshire Libraries

Read our campaign’s latest news:

(1) FULL JUDICIAL REVIEW TO GO AHEAD [CLICK LINK TO READ] Lincolnshire: Full Judicial Review of Library Service to goahead The judge did not restrict the grounds of challenge, and therefore the 4 grounds will be considered by the High Court when the case is heard.

(2) LETTER TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE [CLICK LINK TO READ] A former Assistant Director at Lincolnshire County Council has written to The Rt. Hon Maria Miller MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to formally request that she intervene and order an urgent inquiry into the changes being made by the County Council to the Lincolnshire library service.

 

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