Following a successful initial meeting at Birkdale Library at the beginning of November, campaigners to retain the busy Liverpool Roadlibrary are holding a public meeting this Saturday (17th November).

The Birkdale Library Action Group (BLAG) has been formed and concerned members of the public are invited to come along to the meeting which starts at 2.00pm.  The venue this Saturday is theLiverpoolRoadMethodistChurch, just 100 yards from Birkdale Library.

BLAG was started by concerned local residents Peter Rimmer and Terry Durrance.  Birkdale Councillor Iain Brodie Browne chaired the first meeting which was attended by over 40 people (pictured outside the library).  Councillors Simon Shaw, Richard Hands and Tony Dawson were also present.

Councillor Brodie Browne says: “The meeting 10 days ago was a good opportunity for worried residents to learn more about Sefton Council’s Plan B which would mean the closure of Birkdale, as well as Ainsdale and Churchtown, Libraries.”

“It was particularly useful that Melanie Horridge of the Friends of Ainsdale Library was able to come along and explain the really useful work that FOAL has been able to do for that library over the last 18 months.”

“There were 152,000 book issues last year at Birkdale Library.  ThreeBootlelibraries between them had less than 122,000 issues.  Yet the plan is to retain three libraries in Bootle and just one inSouthport.  It’s mad, and the people of Birkdale together with their local councillors will be fighting this senseless proposal.”

BLAG co-founder Peter Rimmer also attended the first meeting and explained the plans for the forthcoming public meeting.  He adds: “Lots of people feel strongly that we need to save our local library.”

“Birkdale Library has excellent parking facilities which means that it is particularly convenient for the elderly and disabled.  I hope everyone who is concerned about this dangerous plan will come along this Saturday.”

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