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Option 4 - Libraries Consultation

Lead petitioner : Iain Woodall-Buchanan

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Petition

Option 4: To keep ALL of Northamptonshire's libraries open, in permanent public ownership and operated by professionally trained staff, for the benefit of all residents in the county that wish to make use thereof.

Background information

Northamptonshire County Council is consulting on the provision of its library service, saying that if communities do not take on the running of the libraries then small & medium size libraries will close.

Our libraries are an essential community facility and a frontline statutory service. They hold local communities together and help to deliver national objectives relating to learning, economic regeneration, health and wellbeing and diversity. They provide community spaces and a range of learning events for all ages.

It is simply unsustainable and unrealistic for communities to run libraries. Having them run by communities and volunteers would mean that there would be funding to be found each year. The three options being offered in the public consultation all offer cuts that will lead to closure or offloading of library services by the County Council to make relatively small savings to the County Council at great losses to our communities.

We, the undersigned, demand that Northamptonshire County Council desists from closing libraries and/or putting the responsibility of them onto the communities they serve and instead complies with their statutory duty under law to “provide a comprehensive library service for all those that have a desire to make use thereof” and to fund the service properly themselves. Furthermore, we demand an “Option 4” to be added to the consultation or that the consultation is withdrawn in its entirety, with “Option 4” being:

“Option 4: To keep ALL of Northamptonshire's libraries open, in permanent public ownership and operated by professionally trained staff, for the benefit of all residents in the county that wish to make use thereof.”

Signature Count

929