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Hanwell Library under threat

by Nigel Bakhai on 7 February, 2011

This month I raised an oral question at the full council meeting on 1st February to the Labour Portfolio holder for Customer and Community Services, Councillor Kamaljit Dhindsa, about the future of Hanwell Library.

I was told that the council is planning to hold a public consultation over the future of the library service in the borough starting at the end of the month. Although, Councillor Dhindsa said that as yet no decision had been taken to close any library, the main considerations that the Council said they were using the review for was to decide whether there should be “fewer but better libraries”, and another was “to stop doing things that are no longer cost effective”. Given that Hanwell Library is currently in a state of disrepair following many years of neglect, I fear that this effectively signals that the future of Hanwell Library is under threat. 

Libraries are a vital community service used by all ages and while all of us accept that there is a need to manage reduced budgets in the current economic climate,  I believe Ealing Council should be looking for new ways to modernise and make better use of the current library service rather than close buildings.

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