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Call to improve, not cut, the Essex library service

February 8, 2019 6:11 PM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

A proposal that would generate extra users of Essex libraries is being tabled on Tuesday. At the Essex County Council budget meeting, the Liberal Democrat Group will propose that the council recruit four new officers to promote reading and literature, particularly among young people.

The Lib Dems will also propose taking unused cash reserves to extend, convert or remodel library buildings to make them more flexible spaces, able to deliver a wider range of services.

Commented Lib Dem Councillor Stephen Robinson (Chelmsford North): "Libraries are not just about books. Other councils that have invested in their libraries have seen them become thriving community hubs. Some years ago, the Lib Dems made proposals for Essex libraries to be more flexible spaces, but Conservatives and Labour combined to block the plans. I hope this time we can make some real progress."

People can still sign the Lib Dem petition against library closures here.