Campaigners hit out at Labour's library cuts


Campaigners for Hull's libraries have reacted angrily to plans that will see library services across the city reduced significantly.

A report going to the Council's cabinet this month recommends significant cuts to library opening hours. These include closing Central Library for two half days during the week and full day closures for libraries including Avenues, Fred Moore and Holderness Road. 

Campaigner Diana Hatcher, who helped organise a petition late last year to keep Holderness Road Library open, said: "These libraries are vital to hundreds, if not thousands of people, across the city. Not just to access books, but also other services the Council provides. It has been quite clear, from the number of people who signed our petition - and the comments from the hundreds of people who contributed to the Council's consultation - that these cuts will hit people hard."

This is not the first time the Labour run Council have axed library services in the city. In 2013 they announced they would close Anlaby Park Library (which is now being run by a community group) - and in 2014 they cut the mobile library service completely, despite claiming months before that they weren't.

Lib Dem councillor Claire Thomas added: "Make no mistake, Labour bosses at the Council are choosing to make these cuts. They don't have to make cuts to the library service - at last year's budget meeting we offered an alternative that would have kept funding for libraries at its current level. Labour chose to reject that, putting the future of libraries in the city at risk.

"Labour councillors will try and blame these cuts on the government - but the reality is that the money was there and this is their choice. They came to power in Hull back in 2011 on a promise of saving jobs and services. These library cuts are yet another example of Labour in Hull breaking their promises to the public."

 


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