Budget Council bid to provide funding to Community Libraries

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Budget Council bid to provide funding to Community Libraries

Tonight’s Sefton Council Budget Council meeting is due to see a call by Liberal Democrat councillors for financial support to Community Libraries to replace those lost in recent months as part of Labour-controlled Sefton Council’s cuts.

Despite the efforts by community groups to keep them open, just before Christmas the Council put up the shutters permanently on the much-used Ainsdale, Birkdale and Churchtown Libraries.  Further afield Aintree and Crosby Carnegie Libraries also suffered closure.

This evening Cllr Iain Brodie Browne, Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Sefton Council is planning to move an amendment to provide council financial support to enable groups to reopen the now closed libraries as volunteer-run “Community Libraries”.

“The decision by the Bootle Labour-run Council to close three of Southport’s four libraries, as well as those serving Aintree and Crosby, has provoked an enormous backlash from the public,” commented Cllr Brodie Browne.

“Southport is now reduced to just one library while Bootle gets to keep three.  No wonder people are angry.”

“Through cutting back on waste we want to provide funding to enable groups to reopen these Community Libraries, either in their former premises or, as, for example, in the case of Churchtown, in suitable alternative premises.”

“The level of funding we propose in our budget amendment is still a lot less than what it used to cost the Council in running these branch libraries.

This sort of approach has worked well in other areas – why not in Sefton?”

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