Residents may have read about Ealing Council’s so called consultation regarding our libraries.
It on one hand, reasonably, talks about the need to make savings but then forgets to state how many libraries it plans to close. In its budget, it states that libraries will close so why budget for something that you are consulting on?
At the meeting when the Council Tax was set a month ago the Liberal Democrat Group put forward a proposal to reduce borrowing for the proposed Southall car park which would pay for a number of things including the saving of both Hanwell and Perivale libraries.
The Labour Council sadly did not support these reasonable proposals.
Ealing Council over the past few years have invested in many libraries and so it is a crazy decision to close a lot of these buildings – that is a waste of many millions of pounds.
Liberal Democrats believe it would make more sense to review the service and then take a positive step to see what other Council, or other, services can be located in our libraries. This would lead to a greater use of libraries especially if they had the range of computer technologies that many other libraries have introduced around the country.
The closing date for the Council’s library consultation is 3rd May 2011 so do let them know what you think of our libraries and what services you want to see in our libraries.
You can complete the survey online at www.ealing.gov.uk/consultations or your views can be handed in to any library or to Ealing Council’s Customer Service Centre at Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, W5 2HL.
Councillor Gary Malcolm,
Leader, Ealing Liberal Democrat Group