Save the date – Saturday 2nd April

10 Mar

On Saturday 2nd April, we will be marching in Ipswich to protest against the library cuts, and to show our support of the library service. We want YOU to join us!

We will be starting from Endeavour House at 11am. The route has yet to be finalised, we’re hoping to have it in place by the beginning of next week

This is an event for ALL Suffolk library users, as ALL Suffolk libraries are at risk of closure or divestment. Don’t forget that Suffolk County Council have admitted that after the divestment process they won’t directly employ ANY library staff.

If you live in Suffolk, your local library is under threat!

At the moment, campaign groups from Rosehill, Leiston, Strabroke, Debenham, Bungay and Eye are talking to each other to coordinate plans. We would love to hear from any other campaign groups or individuals out there.

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3 Responses to “Save the date – Saturday 2nd April”

  1. Borin Van Loon March 10, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    Hello,

    I’m surprised that there’s been no link-up with Saxmundham as they had a big demo and march about their branch recently – also rumblings and press coverage about Aldeburgh Library. Perhaps Steve Smedley know who to contact? I can’t believe that there isn’t a groundswell of anti-closure, anti-divestment opinion surrounding virtually every branch in the county. I’ve certainly heard about a recent (forthcoming?) meeting in Capel St Mary. I’ll try to spread the word (including links to this blog) to as many managers as I can – they probably know who to contact in their communities.

    Excellent news that a ‘libraries-specific’ march is being planned on the 2nd. Let’s make some noise.

  2. Borin Van Loon March 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    I hope I’m not monopolising this blog, but the Rosehill Readers post about the march on April 2 prompted me that I hadn’t filled in the SCC Libraries Consultation document yet. When I calmed down a bit I’ll send it in via the Suffolk LIbraries website. I hope you don’t mind if I copy it below as it might provoke a comment or two:-

    “Firstly, this response to Suffolk CC’s consultation document is almost bound to be the answer to a question that hasn’t been asked. Inasmuch as this process purports to be a ‘consultation’ with Suffolk residents, it amounts to “We’re going to kill your mother: do you want her poisoned, shot or electrocuted?” Only careful reading reveals that a small section of the document is provided for opinion about the library service as a whole and its importance in the cultural life of the county and the country in general. Those at the centre of this Consultation will almost certainly not want to hear these opinions because they aren’t coming forward with offers to help run a library for SCC. Suffolk County Council is the Library Authority charged under the Public Libraries & Museums Act 1964 with provision of a “comprehensive and efficient library service”, we all pay our Council Tax and Income Tax to finance these services and the Library Authority should and must provide that service.

    The Divestment process is a disgrace to Suffolk and to its people in that it is really a staged closure programme not least because of the Council’s under-reported intention to reduce (over 3 years) then cut off funding to any organization or body interested in running its local branch. A paltry 0.86 of one per cent of the Suffolk CC budget (on 2010/2011 figures) is spent on our libraries and record offices. Getting rid of the whole of that system – the envy of many other authorities – would save next to nothing in the overall scheme of things.

    The public library network in Suffolk has always been a Cinderella service relying on the dedication to the public and love of the library culture of its overworked, underpaid and overstretched staff. This outrageous ideological move against the libraries from an out-of-control political elite in Endeavour House will result in staff going off on long-term sick leave and the service will be at breaking-point in many branches. Perhaps that is what they are trying to achieve. There is no consideration apart from a little lip service to provision of the excellent library service to which the borrowers have become accustomed. Saying that you are not taking away libraries from people by this procedure doesn’t mean that you aren’t doing it in a very underhand way. When organizations find it financially and practically non-viable to take on their local branch, which most of them will, the County Council can say: “The branch closed because of lack of local public interest and support”!

    As custodians of public money – that is OUR money – we demand that Suffolk County Council spends it directly (albeit wisely) on a service that is vital to the life of Suffolk and which, until now, we get at a bargain price.”

  3. Ian Anstice March 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    The Government is “consulting” on removing what little legal protection libraries have – see http://www.voicesforthelibrary.org.uk/wordpress/?page_id=1365. It is vitally important as many people as possible responde to the consultation.

    Also please note, on the same website, that evidence is required to help with a national legal challenge against closures – please send in information if you can to this.

    Thank you.

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