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A meeting of Sefton Council’s ruling Cabinet is to take place on Thursday morning at Bootle Town Hall.  A key decision is due which could see three out of Southport’s four libraries close.
Meols Ward Lib Dem Councillor Nigel Ashton plans to attend the meeting to argue the case for Churchtown library before the seven Bootle Labour members who comprise the Council’s Cabinet.

Cllr Ashton will be speaking in support of a petition submitted by 262 local residents, opposing the possible closure of their local library.

“Churchtown Library has an excellent reputation and is highly valued by local residents.  Closing such a well used library would be an act of cultural vandalism,” explains Cllr Ashton.

“Together with my Meols Ward colleagues Cllr David Rimmer and Cllr John Dodd, I have already been collecting petition signatures.  This is just the first step in the campaign to keep our local branch library open.”

“We feel strongly that Churchtown library is a valuable resource for the local community.  That’s not just for borrowing books, but also for internet access, story-time for pre-school children, reading groups for adults and teenagers, and other activities”

Churchtown resident Jo Barton (pictured with Meols Ward Councillor David Rimmer) is a mother of school aged children and is worried about the threat to Churchtown Library.

“I have been very keen to help with the petition as I think most parents are very unhappy about closing down our local branch libraries,” she says.

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