Libraries must be saved

Delivered by Margot Parker on 29 July 2014


Councillor David Sprason is spot on when he says libraries are vital community hubs and we must do all we can to protect them, (July 5).

It's shocking to hear that Leicestershire County Council's £110m funding blackhole could see 36 village libraries axed in an attempt to save £800,000.

So all credit to Councillor Sprason for suggesting, along with the rest of the UKIP group, that the council should look at adopting the system used by Suffolk County Council since 2012 to salvage library services.

It involves setting up an independent charitable organisation to deliver all library services.

We have seen the slow erosion of our post offices and pubs, we do not want our libraries to fall into the same black hole of history.

Let's hope Leicester County Council gives serious thought to Councillor Sprason's idea - it has to be an better alternative than cuts, cuts and more cuts.


Margot Parker, UKIP MEP for Leicestershire



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