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To: Essex County Council

Save our Libraries Essex (SOLE)

Essex County Council have announced that all libraries across the county will remain open.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-48922247

Save our Libraries Essex (SOLE)

Please don't close down libraries across Essex

Why is this important?

Essex County Council have announced plans to close 25 libraries and to turn a further 19 over to be run by local communities to save money.

My local library, in West Mersea, employs 2 people for 21 hours a week. Not only will they lose their jobs if these closures go ahead, but so will all the staff at the threatened 44 libraries.

My library is thriving. It is always busy with people of all ages reading newspapers and periodicals, borrowing books, DVDs and CDs, accessing the internet, researching their family ancestry and speaking to others. Libraries are fantastic assets to the community and need to be saved. No libraries in Essex should be closed or downgraded to being run by volunteers

The elderly population of Essex need these libraries. Many do not have computers and some of them may not speak to anyone else in their day. We need local libraries in local communities which can be accessed on foot or bike, by all sections of society. Please think again before implementing these closures.

Essex

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Reasons for signing

  • Recent legislation such as the the Care Act states the importance of connecting with the community, linking in with community resources yet now proposing to close the libraries! The heart of the community and place where people can link in to their communities. Our communities won’t be communities without them!
  • It is the right of every person in the UK to have the opportunity to read books, to learn and to educate themselves if they can't get this in their local library then just where can they? Not everyone has a computer or the ability they need the library and it's many facilities available to them there.
  • Libraries are a great boon to promote literacy and learning

Updates

2019-07-09 14:18:38 +0100

Petition is successful with 11,721 signatures

2019-02-12 15:17:09 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2018-11-30 00:28:15 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2018-11-26 16:24:32 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2018-11-24 17:29:39 +0000

500 signatures reached

2018-11-22 19:19:47 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-11-22 18:28:15 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-11-22 18:13:43 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-11-22 17:59:37 +0000

10 signatures reached