Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire Jamie McMahon has called on the Council Council Cabinet to follow through on its decision to delay plans to cut funding from four of North West Leicestershire’s six libraries, putting them at risk of closure.
The County Council report to the 19th September Cabinet meeting recommends that a decision on the future of libraries is delayed until November while the Council relooks at the basis made for identifying the libraries set for funding cuts.
Jamie has welcomed this decision and continues to call on the Council to consider more than just usage when deciding the future of libraries.
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“It’s good news that the County Council are looking again at its plans for local libraries. Libraries can be social hubs at the heart of our local communities. The County Council should be looking at ways to maximise the use of libraries; ensuring people can access more services. Four out of North West Leicestershire’s six libraries at being put at risk and they should not simply cut funding and threaten these libraries with closure.”
“We’ve been calling on the Council to consider more than just usage in the decision to cut funding for a library. It’s about the importance of that service to local people. Measham Library serves one of North West Leicestershire’s poorest communities and the building is just ten years old. Ibstock Library is already a great partnership with the school and offers one of the cheapest lending services. Castle Donington and Kegworth are both rapidly growing communities and are already isolated from vital services.”