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Lib Dems delighted that decision on the future of West Berks Libraries will be made by the Full Council

August 3, 2016 9:29 AM

The Liberal Democrat Group on West Berkshire Council have welcomed the fact that the decision on the future of libraries in the district will now be made at a meeting of the full council after public consultation.

Previously stakeholders had been told that the decision would be made by the Council's Executive Committee made up of ten Conservative councillors.

Opposition Leader Alan Macro commented "it is important that a decision on the future of such a valued service should be made in the most democratic way after consultation with the public. It's a shame that it has taken pressure from me and from a petition being raised by Friends of Lambourn Library to cause this change of heart."

Councillor Lee Dillon (Lib Dem Thatcham North) added "We have been calling for residents to be consulted again following the completion of the detailed needs assessment and have been tabling questions asking for the Council do to this since April. I am surprised it took them this long to formally announce it as it was the only fair way to proceed. I would urge all residents to read the needs assessment report and speak up yet again about the importance of their local libraries to their communities. Hopefully this time the Council's Conservative administration will listen."