Nearly a hundred people braved a frozen November night on Thursday to protest against plans to close Churchtown Library. The public meeting, held at St Cuthbert’s Church Hall in Churchtown last Thursday, heard passionate pleas from many residents to save the library.

Councillor Nigel Ashton, explained how Sefton Council were consulting on a plan to close seven libraries, including Churchtown. Cllr Ashton told the meeting how he and his fellow councillors had been fighting the library closure plan, through the Council and in the community.

He said:” We have been organising a petition through local shops and schools as well as on-line, and there are over 2,000 signatures already in support of keeping our library open. Children from local schools have organised their own demonstrations and banners in support of Churchtown Library, without any prompting. A Facebook page called Save Churchtown Library has also been set up by a local resident, which now has over 1,200 members.”

Councillor Ashton explained how there was a viable alternative to the closure plan, called Option C, which would keep the entire branch library network in the Borough intact, including Churchtown. He urged everyone present to take part in the Council’s consultation, so that the cabinet were left in no doubt about the strength of feeling.

Below: Councillors Ashton, Dodd, Keith and McGuire listen to Councillor David Rimmer addressing the meeting.


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