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Council U-Turn on Hanwell Library

by Nigel Bakhai on 14 June, 2011

Here is the text of my speech at the Ealing Council meeting in June following the council’s announcement that Hanwell and other public libraries would not be closed.

On behalf of the Liberal Democrat council group, I would like to thank the Portfolio holder Cllr Dheer for his announcement today that the libraries at Hanwell, Northfields, Northolt Leisure centre and Perivale will be saved. The “devil is in the detail”, and we wait to see the council’s proposals for the future of the library service, in particular how volunteers will help to run the library service and how the mobile library service will be managed.

The Liberal Democrats were opposed to closing libraries and the number of signatures on the petitions handed in today clearly shows the strength of public feeling towards saving public libraries, but given that it is in my ward and the fact that I signed their petition, I would especially like to congratulate Carolyn Brown and the Hanwell Community Forum Library Action Group for their fantastic efforts in organising their petition and their campaign to save Hanwell library.  It is thanks to the pressure you have put on the council that they have made this announcement today, and we will keep working to make sure that libraries are genuinely saved in Ealing.

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