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Essex's local libraries under threat again

April 30, 2021 12:10 PM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

Save our Libraries ProtestersEssex Liberal Democrats have been campaigning alongside local residents to support our local community libraries.

After a massive campaign in 2018, Conservative-run Essex County Council put their plans to close a third of Essex libraries on hold. The county council pledged not to close any more libraries for five years.

However, the Conservative's promise to keep libraries open will run out during the next County Council's term, in 2024.This means this May's county council elections are crucial to keeping our local libraries open. Whoever ends up in charge afterwards will decide the future of our library service.

Local Liberal Democrats have expressed concern that the Conservatives are already running down some local libraries by transferring them to other organisations and with-drawing support from professional librarians.

Cllr Smita Rajesh said "Libraries are incredibly valuable resources in our community. They don't just lend people books, they provide space to community groups and computer and internet help to people who need it, letting them access vital services. We can't let Essex Conservatives have the chance to take these brilliant local libraries away from our communities."