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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Willingdon Library Closure Public Meeting

October 29, 2017 3:19 PM
By Stephen Lloyd

I attended a packed public meeting in Coppice Avenue yesterday to discuss East Sussex County Councils proposal to close Willingdon Library. The mood in the room (130+ attended) was overwhelmingly against the Conservative county councils decision.

With the library only costing around £40k pa and playing such an important role in the community, I believe it is absurd that such a minuscule amount from the councils overall budget of £780m, could not be found to keep it open.

Despite the anger at the county councils decision, the meeting actively and positively discussed what actions can be taken to ensure the leader of the council, Cllr Keith Glazier and his conservative colleagues, 'really' will listen to the views of local people, rather than just going through the motions with a consultation.

Willingdon Parish Council organised the meeting in Trinity Church and their Chairman, John Pritchett, facilitated the meeting. I flagged that almost two thousand people so far have signed my petition, both on-line and in the shops across Willingdon and the Langney Shopping Centre, where that Library is under threat as well.

A colleague of mine, Lib Dem county county councillor Colin Swansborough, also told the meeting that as Chair of Scrutiny in Lewes he had asked the proposal be sent back for review, but was promptly out-voted by the three Tory cllrs on his committee.

It does make one wonder whether it's already a done-deal.....

Anyway folks, it is really important we keep up the pressure on East Sussex county council so they turn back from what I and the vast majority of local residents believe to be the wrong decision. If you haven't already done so please sign my on-line petition here: https://stephenlloyd.org.uk/…/save-willingdon-and-langney-l…

And go to their consultation website to express your views. www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay

Thx all. Have a good day.