Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire Jamie McMahon has called on the County Council to respond to news that half of the libraries under threat in North West Leicestershire have received no expression of interest by changing course.
Four of North West Leicestershire’s six libraries are at risk of closure as the County Council plans to cut support for them and County Hall hope the community can take over the running of the library. The County Council’s plans put Castle Donington, Ibstock, Measham and Kegworth Libraries in North West Leicestershire at threat. However, this week we found out that half of those libraries (Ibstock & Measham) have received no expression of interest by the deadline, putting their future at real risk. Jamie spoke up for the future of libraries in North West Leicestershire at a County Council scrutiny meeting last year.
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“Our worst fears about this proposal have been realised with this news. It is bad enough that County Hall are forcing the running of libraries on local communities at gun point but to find out that no expression of interest has materialised in the case of half of the libraries under threat is very worrying. I’ve opposed this do or die approach to community engagement from the Tories and will continue to do so. Now is the time for the Council to take stock and change course.
Ibstock library is already a partnership with the school and costs very little to run and Measham library serves one of Leicestershire’s most deprived communities in a building only 10 years old.
To lose these libraries would be a disaster for local people and it’s time the Tories at County Hall changed course.”