Thursday 17 March 2011

Saving the Warwickshire Libraries - The Consultation Starts Here

It was a packed WCC Committee Room today with 60 people at 1.45pm awaiting the outcome of a Cabinet to discuss and approve Warwickshire Library and Information Service - Facing the Challenge to the Public Consultation -Tell Us What You Think. This phase, which starts today, lasts 12 weeks and ends on 9 June 2011.

The Consultation booklet is eight pages (two page information, six pages questionnaire). although it asks general questions, it does not outline any detail on hearing from people who are part of a local group who would be interested in running an alternative service.

So, to get started, there is a meeting at 7pm today for Save Dunchurch Library. I will be compiling a list of all Warwickshire Libraries with links, meetings and press releases over the next few days to coordinate all groups and share knowledge.

Highlighted Name = Threat of Closure. Links will be added as soon as they are available. If you know something or have a suggestion - email of leave a comment.
save Alcester library
save Baddesley library
save Atherstone library
save Bedworth library
save Bedworth Heath library
save Bidford library  Fight to Keep... (17 Feb)
save Binley Woods library Parish Council met on 10 March 2011
save Bulkington library  Saving Bulkington Library - Press Release from the Residents (Next Meeting 21 March for Steering Group)
save Camp Hill library
save Coleshill library
save Dordon library  Village protesters call for 'lifeline' library to be saved from the axe (25 Feb)
save Dunchurch library  Fight to save village library from chop (Meeting 17 March at 7pm)
wiK attended this meeting. Infant school hall was packed with 150 people. Slideshow presentation by Robin Aird outlining facts from WCC data. Audience invited questions and ideas to keep the Library open. This was the first Dunchurch meeting. Suggestion that Meeting 2 has rep from WCC to assist consultation process.
save Harbury library  Brainstorming begins to save Harbury library (21 March 2011)
save Hartshill library
save Henley in Arden library
save Kenilworth library
save Keresley library
save Kineton library
save Kingsbury library  We must fight to save library (5 March 10.15am)
save Leamington library
save Lillington library
save Nuneaton library
save Polesworth library
save Rugby library
save Shipston on Stour library  Cotswold Journal (24 Mar 11)
save Southam library
save Stockingford library
save Stratford library
save Studley library  News Report (11 Mar 2011)
save Warwick library
save Water Orton library
save Wellesbourne library
save Whitnash library
save Wolston library


  1. Are they planning on closing Kenilworth library ?

  2. Kenilworth Library stays open, it is proposed to reduce opening time by 16 hours - see this post Mike


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