Northamptonshire County Council is currently undertaking a public consultation comprising three options, all of which include cuts to our libraries, with the potential of the closure of some libraries or handing them over to other organisations to run.
There are currently 36 libraries, plus the mobile library, owned and operated by the County Council. The consultation options all remove the mobile library and offload the vast majority of libraries within the county. Options 1 and 2 only retain 15 libraries to be operated by the council, and option 3 only retains 8 libraries to be operated by the council.
We feel that this is a “sham consultation”, and that the County Council has already made the decision to cut services and are only offering three different options for cuts in order to be able to say “the public backed this option of cuts”.
If the consultation was a true consultation of the public, then there would be an option to retain all of the libraries in public ownership and operated by the County Council. This is what we are calling “Option 4”:
Because the consultation surveys only contain options that include cuts, we are asking people to respond outwith the official survey forms that constrain feedback.
To do this we ask for people to provide input to the consultation either asking for Option 4 to be added to the consultation, or inviting the council to withdraw the consultation and proposed cuts completely.
You can do this either by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Draft Budget and Council Plan Consultation
Northamptonshire County Council
One Angel Square
You can see the full details of the consultation on Northamptonshire County Council’s website by clicking here.
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