COUNCILLORS HIT OUT OVER PROPOSAL TO SHUT THREE SOUTHPORT LIBRARIES

With libraries in three areas of Southport under threat of closure, councillors representing those parts of the town have joined in attacking the plan put forward by Labour-controlled Sefton Council.

Ainsdale, Birkdale and Churchtown libraries could all be closed if the seven Bootle Labour councillors who comprise Sefton’s Cabinet give the go-ahead to the proposal at their meeting this Thursday.

Birkdale councillor and Lib Dem Group leader Iain Brodie Browne has already condemned the proposal as “completely unacceptable”.  He particularly attacked the suggestion that Bootle would retain two libraries compared to only one in Southport.

His colleague Cllr Haydn Preece (pictured) is a founder member of Friends of Ainsdale Library and has pledged to fight the plan to shut the village’s library.

“Ainsdale Library is a central part of our village community.  I will fight tooth and nail to save what is one of our key facilities.”

“As a former teacher I know how important libraries are.  If we lose this part of our heritage we will never get it back.”

Councillor Nigel Ashton, who represents Churchtown and Crossens, has also attacked the proposal to close Churchtown Library.

Cllr Ashton said “Churchtown is an efficient, friendly library which lends out over 110,000 books a year. Closing such a well used library is an act of cultural vandalism.”

“We will fight to protect this treasured local asset.”

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