An attempt to send Bootle Labour’s Library Closure plan back to the drawing board has narrowly failed.

Ainsdale, Birkdale and Churchtown Libraries are all under threat of closure in Southport.  Birkdale Lib Dem councillor Iain Brodie Browne and four fellow councillors used a special council procedure to “call in” the closure decision which was made in October

Unfortunately their attempt to persuade Sefton Council’s Scrutiny Committee to force the Bootle Labour-dominated Cabinet to reconsider was defeated – with Ainsdale’s Tory councillor Terry Jones voting with Labour.

Coouncillor Brodie Browne commented: “Local residents were quite rightly appalled at the original decision.  We are particularly concerned that a number of sensible alternatives have not been adequately worked out or costed – options like community-managed libraries and the possibility of greater use of volunteers.”

“Lib Dem councillors have serious doubts about the soundness of the decision taken on 11th October by the Bootle Labour Cabinet.  What is absolutely staggering is that Ainsdale Conservative councillor Terry Jones voted that he was ‘not concerned’ about the Labour decision.”

Ainsdale Lib Dem councillor Haydn Preece (pictured collecting petitions outside his threatened Library) was one of those who signed the ‘Call-In’ and he attended Thursday’s meeting.

He added: “I just don’t understand what Terry is up to.  His actions are an absolute kick in the teeth for the thousands of Ainsdale residents who have already mobilised to try and save our library.”

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