Formation of Save Suffolk Libraries campaign network

13 Jun

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: Monday 13th June 2011

Library Campaign groups from across Suffolk met in Bungay on Friday 10th June. The groups, representing almost half the ‘community’ libraries threatened with closure by Suffolk County Council, met to formally establish the Save Suffolk Libraries campaign network, a county-wide umbrella organization for all library campaign groups.

The new group will:

• Network, share information, knowledge, ideas and expertise.

• Coordinate countywide campaign activities

• Work collectively on identified themes of common interest

The new campaign network immediately issued the following statement:

“Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet are scheduled to meet on the 19th of July in order to make a decision about the future of Suffolk’s libraries. We believe that the Cabinet will not be in a position to make a properly considered decision because the information put before them will be incomplete and inaccurate.

On the 14th June the Save Suffolk Libraries campaign network will present the County Council’s Scrutiny Committee with evidence showing how the consultation process begun this January is fundamentally flawed – not least because those delivering it have failed to follow Suffolk County Council’s own procedures as outlined in Consultation and Engagement Guidance (SCC, 2009).

The Save Suffolk Libraries campaign network will request that the Scrutiny Committee recommend in the strongest terms that the Cabinet must defer any decisions on 19th July until such time as they have completed a review of the completeness and validity of the information they have received, assessed whether they have adequately gathered and listened to the views of the Suffolk people and have completed an appropriate Impact Assessment.“

 The Save Suffolk Libraries campaign network invites all groups campaigning to save libraries in Suffolk to contact James Hargrave james@hargrave.org.uk for more information and to join the network mailing list.

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Prepared by members of the Save Suffolk Libraries campaign network following a meeting held in Bungay on Friday 10th June. Note for Editors: For further comment, attributable quotes and images please contact: Josiah Meldrum on 01986 897 097 or josiahmeldrum@gmail.com

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