Save Coventry Libraries campaigner speaks as Cheylesmore library set for closure
Protesters outside Earlsdon Library
We have been sent the following article by Save Coventry Libraries campaigner Sarah Smith.
Cheylesmore Library will be closing on 10/8/2017. Okay, so it’s earmarked to be re-opening as a community run Library on 4th September; why all the fuss you ask?
First of all, that is a whole three weeks and four days that a community will be without a library; just when it needs it the most, due to it being the summer holidays.
The government and local councils have NOT done a full investigation into the impact of community/volunteer solely ran libraries, however, they do know this, the average life span for a community/volunteer solely ran library is 18 months, where there has been only a handful of exceptions. Therefore when this happens it appears like they aren’t responsible for the closure of the libraries but the community/volunteers are.
Not only do they give up the responsibility to run these libraries, but they also give up responsibility for the safety of you. These volunteers are not CRB checked. They will not be trained to deal with medical or other emergencies that occur, such as safe guarding issues, etc.
They are not even obliged to even open up the library as in if volunteers don’t turn up to open it then the library just doesn’t open.
Council’s across the country do not have to impose the cut backs imposed by central government, they could spend reserves and form a campaign against central government for more money; better still, they could say no, if they wanted to and if our local councillors & MP’s refuse to do this, then maybe it’s time to elect those who will stand up for the people of Coventry.
Join the protest outside Cheylesmore Library on Thursday August 10th at 6pm!