City council seeks assurances over libraries' future

October 22, 2010 2:21 PM
Mike Pitt

Mike Pitt

Cambridge City Councillors are seeking assurances that libraries across the city will be saved from closure.

Liberal Democrats won cross party support in their latest move in the fight to secure the future of libraries when they raised the issue during a full city council meeting last night (Thursday, October 21).

Now city council Leader Sian Reid will write to Cambridgeshire County Council Leader, Jill Tuck urging her to give assurances that libraries are safe.

Cambridge City Councillor for Environmental and Waste Services, Mike Pitt put forward a motion to councillors which was seconded by Labour.

He said: "Our library network is vital not only for the people of all ages who use it for educational and leisure purposes, but because it plays a key part in our communities.

"Taking away our libraries impacts on the whole fabric of our society, denying people access to life-long learning opportunities and the wide range of events that take place there.

"I grew up in a village with a travelling library so I also know the great benefits that rural libraries bring to people who have few other services."

Cllr Pitt fears that Tories in the county council Cabinet know that libraries will be lost and they are fighting to protect those in their own wards.

"We must have assurances that our libraries will not close," he added. "The Tories know what they are planning and they must be straight with us."

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