YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS
A VOTE FOR THE CONSERVATIVES IS A VOTE TO CLOSE THE LIBRARIES IN ESSEX!
Essex County Council pledged ‘No library closures’.
'Changes to library opening times and the mobile library service will be made to make savings, but the council has pledged not to close any libraries.’ This promise was made back in 2011.
In 2016, the Essex County Council leader boasted, “We have an excellent record in making savings, more than £520 million has already been taken out of the council’s budget, and I am confident that we are well positioned to meet this challenge head on.’ We disagree with this statement and believe that these brutal cuts have damaged communities in Essex.
The County Council knew they were facing an additional 84% cut in Government support grant funding up to 2020, from £118 million to £18 million. Local councillors have remained quiet throughout this whole process and have acquiesced to the demands of County Council attacks upon our services, which include cuts to local children’s centres, services to disabled and people with special needs and social care. Now faced with local outcry at the betrayal of promises made in earlier years, our Tory councillors are expressing mild objection in order to save their local council seats.
They also know that in the next year, we will see even further cuts to library services, parks, open spaces and other local services.
Labour is the ONLY credible opposition that can fight these savage cuts.
We are absolutely appalled by the decision of Local Conservative County Councillors to vote against the Labour motion to keep the Libraries of Essex open.
Conservative County Councillor Reeves stated at a recent protest at Hadleigh Library that she would do all she could to keep the library open. Yet she voted AGAINST the Labour motion to keep our libraries open.
Conservative County Councillor Sheldon stated in his 2018 election address that he is "not afraid of speaking up if something is wrong and I know how to get things done." , yet he too voted AGAINST the Labour motion to keep our libraries open.
When he did speak up it was to criticise the calling of the extraordinary council meeting, saying that it was only called because there was an election coming.
The reality is it was called because a massive 57,000 people signed petitions to keep the libraries open.
Yet again the Conservative priority is to put party first and the people second
The proposed closure of our local libraries is a measure of the callous disregard and contempt that this Conservative ruled County Council has for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. The loss of Tarpots, South Benfleet and Hadleigh libraries will have an immeasurable cost to the quality of life for many disabled, housebound, older members of our community, who rely upon the services offered by both paid and volunteers workers who deliver and collect books to and from the homes of those who are unable to access this service in person.
·Did the Tory County Council think that we, as a community would stand by and lose this service forever?
·Did they think that our community would tolerate this injustice?
·Did they think our community would not fight with everything in our means to stop this despicable and unnecessary cut?