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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Tory County Councillors vote to close libraries

March 6, 2018 4:53 PM

East Sussex County Council announces closure of all seven libraries

libraryStephen Lloyd MP and Eastbourne's Lib Dem County Councillors, David Tutt, Alan Shuttleworth, Colin Swansborough and John Ungar, were at County Hall in Lewes today to make a final plea to the Tory-led ESCC Cabinet on behalf of Willingdon and Langney Libraries, and those five others set for closure across East Sussex.

Alongside them were representatives from Polegate library and Ringmer. All of them reiterating just how important libraries are in the community, acting as a hub, how they offer access to the internet and PC's for those seeking employment. In Langney's case it's position in the shopping centre makes it doubly valuable as a community resource. Supported by local schools such as West Rise, as well as many elderly residents, some of whom will struggle to get into town to the main Eastbourne Library.


Sadly all the pleas were disregarded and our Conservative controlled County Council is now set to close a full quarter of the library network along with the mobile library. All because the government (also Conservative) have ignored their lobbying and so savagely cut their grant. We must ask, therefore, what's the point of them as they obviously have so little clout with their own Tory colleagues in government?

Library users, the broader community, - all of us - across Eastbourne, Willingdon and the county were let down today......