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Liberal Democrats take library campaign to the Town Hall

March 5, 2015 12:50 PM

Alasdair Hill campaigning against library closuresLiberal Democrat candidate for Hendon Alasdair Hill presented councillors with a petition against library cuts signed by more than 9,000 people at this week's Council meeting.

Alasdair Hill told the councillors: "Libraries are the temples of civic society. They go beyond books.

"More 2,000 consultation responses have been submitted. This is despite the galling question asking residents which options they prefer - close, close or shrink. Limiting the response may produce the data the council wants but it flies in the face of open and transparent democracy. Why can we not say we disagree with all options?

"We the petitioners and voters do not see any merit in any of the proposals nor do we see the consultation as anything other than a deeply flawed and misleading process."

Alasdair Hill urged the council to "return to the drawing board" and find other ways to fund the service.

Responding to the petition Liberal Democrat councillor Jack Cohen criticised the Conservatives for having a "distinct misunderstanding of what makes a community tick".

Cllr Cohen said: "Public libraries are where you are a citizen, not a customer."