Library campaigners head to Number 10




A delegation from Save Lincolnshire Libraries will be heading to Number 10 tomorrow (Tuesday) to appeal to Prime Minister David Cameron to help with their campaign.

The group hopes the PM will intervene on plans to cut library services in Lincolnshire, which could mean Kirton, Donington and Coningsby face closure unless volunteers run them.

At 2.30pm the delegation hopes to present a book containing more than 900 comments from the 23,000 people who have signed the Save Lincolnshire Libraries petition, including comments from Melvyn Bragg and Michael Rosen in support of the campaign.

Campaigner Melvyn Bragg said: “The public library system in this country is one of the finest achievements that we have, alongside the BBC and the British Museum. To close libraries is to close minds, especially young minds and I do hope that the opposition to these plans will persuade the county council to think again and reverse what could be an act of irreparable damage to the future of learning and the enrichment of minds.”

In addition to the comments from supporters, Save Lincolnshire Libraries will present a letter to the Prime Minister setting out what is happening to libraries in Lincolnshire.

The letter concludes: “We have already asked your ministers to intervene, without success so far. Please can you have a look at what is happening in our county and help.”

Julie Harrison, one of the delegation, said: “It is time for the Prime Minister to intervene. The county council is sticking its head in the sand and not listening. We need our Government, who have the powers to stop Lincolnshire destroying our public library service, to take action. Such a sweeping, ill thought out, decimation of an institution that is a lifeline for so many is too short-sighted. It must be stopped immediately if irreversible damage is not to take place.”

Campaigners will be live-blogging the event from their Twitter account (@savelincslibraries) under the hashtag #Lobby4Libraries

The 900 comments in the book to be presented to the Prime Minister can be viewed by anyone on the campaign website at: http://savelincslibraries.org.uk/nine-hundred-comments




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