MP calls for halt to Tower Hamlets library closures

The battle to save lots of East Finish public libraries from being closed down by Tower Hamlets Council goes to Parliament. 

A movement is being tabled within the Commons on Wednesday, February 17, by Poplar and Limehouse MP Apsana Begum. 

Youngsters campaign to stop Tower Hamlets Council closing down Bethnal Green library

Kids marketing campaign to cease Tower Hamlets Council making library cuts at Bethnal Inexperienced

– Credit score: Glyn Robbins

“Libraries face their best disaster for the reason that Second World Struggle,” she stated in an announcement to the East London Advertiser. “Folks on low-income endure the brunt with kids from disadvantaged backgrounds dropping desperately-needed assist outdoors the classroom.” 

The MP has lodged a Commons movement demanding that libraries are protected against cuts within the post-pandemic interval, a transfer backed by shadow chancellor John McDonnell. 

Three commerce unions have additionally begun a web based petition forward of the council’s key finances assembly on March 3, when the axe may fall on Cubitt City and Bethnal Inexperienced libraries and diminished hours elsewhere, with 35 job losses. 

A individuals’s marketing campaign on the Isle of Canine led by writer Jackie Lees can be attempting to halt plans to shut Cubitt City library, following public consultations which completed January 29.

Library campaigner and author Jackie Lees

Library campaigner and writer Jackie Lees together with her new e book on Bob Dylan’s time in London.

– Credit score: Zoe Lees Walsh

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Jackie used her native library as “an important area” to work on her new e book Dylan In London, the story of folk-singer Bob Dylan’s time at London’s Troubadour membership within the Sixties, which was printed on February 4.

She advised the Advertiser: “I felt individuals ought to know what is going on because the session was too normal and never particular about Cubitt City. This library is a useful neighborhood area, the place I completed off my e book.”

Cubitt Town library

Cubitt City library. If it was closed it might depart Isle of Canine and not using a public library

– Credit score: Jackie Lees

She had 1,500 leaflets printed and posted them by way of letter containers in a private struggle to cease the closure, which would go away the Isle of Canine with none library in an space with Britain’s fastest-expanding inhabitants.

Jackie is backed by Cllr Andrew Wooden who’s difficult the closure on the March 3 finances assembly.

No formal resolution has been made to scale back libraries and the extent of service supplied, the council factors out.

Their spokesman stated: “We have been consulting the general public.  The suggestions are being thought-about at our March cupboard assembly.”

The authority has an additional £4m from Whitehall it didn’t assume it had, which campaigners say may preserve East Finish libraries  working. 

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