Councils that Listen

A small town Lincolnshire library

A small town Lincolnshire library

Recent cases of councils in the UK who have responded to public outcry and withdrawn their current library plans. Latest first:

ENGLAND

12) WALSALL

27 Feb 2015 – Birmingham Mail
Five Walsall libraries given a one-year stay of execution, as £655,000 funding found from reserve to cover costs.
http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/five-walsall-libraries-saved-budget-8733638

11) BRIGHTON AND HOVE CITY COUNCIL

Wednesday 25 February 2015

Baby groups in libraries in pipeline to be saved from cuts as more proposals retracted

Full story at ths link in The Arcus

10) PETERBOROUGH

24 February 2015 – Peterborough Telegraph

“Fears over changes to Peterborough’s libraries have led to a funding cut being reduced. An annual £350,000 saving is to be toned down after Peterborough City Council listened to feedback from concerned residents.”

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/what-s-on/latest-leisure-lifestyle/funding-cut-to-peterborough-s-libraries-reduced-during-consultation-1-6596203

9) HERTFORDSHIRE

13th Feb 2015 – Herts & Essex Observer
Hertfordshire | Paid staff to stay at Sawbridgeworth Library and Stortford’s
“We have listened carefully to residents’ views and have adapted the strategy in light of this.”
http://www.hertsandessexobserver.co.uk/Paid-staff-stay-library-petition/story-26013055-detail/story.html

8) STAFFORDSHIRE

11th Feb 2015 – Staffordshire Newsletter
Victory for Penkridge Lib campaigners as Staffordshire CC rethinks plans
http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/Victory-Penkridge-Library-campaigners/story-26003349-detail/story.html

7) SANDWELL

4th Feb 2015 – Express & Star
Five under-threat Sandwell libraries saved from axe
Some could move to share buildings with other services while extra volunteers could also be recruited to help run them.
http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/02/04/five-under-threat-sandwell-libraries-saved-from-axe/

6) LIVERPOOL

Nov 2014 – Liverpool Echo
Reprieve for 11 Liverpool libraries earmarked for closure after £1.6m savings found
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/reprieve-11-liverpool-libraries-earmarked-8079868

5) LEICESTERSHIRE

Sept 2014 – Burton Mail
Public force North-West Leicestershire library closure re-think
http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/Public-force-North-West-Leicestershire-library/story-22920154-detail/story.html

4) KIRKLEES

No U-turn in Kirklees, so far, under Labour – but  the Opposition Tories pledge a significant one if they are elected:

9th Feb 2015 – Dewsbury Reporter
Conservatives pledge to keep all libraries open
http://www.dewsburyreporter.co.uk/news/local/conservatives-pledge-to-keep-all-libraries-open-1-7097613

WALES

3) CARDIFF

10th Feb 2015 – Wales Online
Cardiff libraries are saved as people power wins the day – and the plan to axe funding for 7 libraries is dropped
But the council is still going to look at alternative ways of providing library services.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/cardiffs-threatened-libraries-saved-city-8617864

2) MONMOUTHSHIRE

Nov 2014 – South Wales Argus
Monmouthshire | Rethink on council libraries jobs axe
http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/11625356.Rethink_on_council_libraries_jobs_axe/

SCOTLAND

1) WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

6th Feb 2015 – CILIPScotland
West Dunbartonshire Council withdraws library closure proposals
http://www.cilips.org.uk/news/2015/2/6/west-dunbartonshire-council-withdraws-library-closure-propos.html

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