Libraries: Let's look at some new ideas

Loud cheers were heard at a packed meeting in the Council Chamber at City Hall in November to discuss the options to save Bristol’s libraries.

A motion, developed by the cross-party scrutiny committee, to reconsider proposals for saving £1.4 million through closures and instead to protect the future of Bristol’s libraries, was passed by just one vote.

Cotham councillor and chair of the scrutiny committee, Anthony Negus said: “Sadly the fight to save our libraries is not yet over. Cabinet makes a final decision on December 4 and we shall see then if they are prepared to step back and be flexible with no extra cost or job losses, for the sake of all communities across Bristol.”

Deputy Mayor Asher Craig said that no decisions have yet been made but that barring the end of austerity some local libraries will have to adapt.


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