Sefton Council Discriminating Over Access To Library.

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Anyone who believes that Sefton Council is discriminating against the people of Southport and Ainsdale over library provision can sue the council and see how far they get, says Labour Cabinet Member Ian Moncur.

He was responding to a formal question to him in the Council meeting by Ainsdale Lib Dem councillor Haydn Preece. Councillor Preece has asked him:

“Does the Cabinet Member accept that by making Woodvale residents walk twice as far to get to a Library as any resident of Bootle has to walk to a Library, the Sefton Council is guilty of unfair discrimination?” and Cllr Moncur had answered: “No”.

Over 80 per cent of people who use libraries walk or use bicycles to get there, including virtually all the children who use libraries. So, making it impossible to walk to libraries is effectively denying those residents affected a comprehensive and efficient library service as required by law:

Councillor Moncur represents Netherton where there is the most little-used library in Sefton which is being kept open. If it were closed, every part of Bootle would still have a Library within three miles, unlike parts of Southport.



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