PROTEST GROWS AGAINST LIBRARY CUTS – Beeston & Chilwell campaign report and future events including 5th Feb ‘Read-in’


Opposition to cuts to library services is growing after more than 100 people attended a public meeting in Beeston.

Protesters will gather at 11am on Saturday 5th February at Beeston Library to oppose Conservative-run Nottinghamshire County Council’s plans to reduce opening hours and to slash the new book fund by 75%.

Under the proposals, Beeston Library’s opening hours would be cut from 57 hours a week to 52, while at Inham Nook Library in Chilwell the opening hours would be cut from 20 hours to eight.

Public opposition to these plans is escalating. On Saturday 15th January more than 500 people signed a petition against the cuts during just two hours of leafleting in Beeston town centre.

More than 100 people attended a public meeting organised by the newly-formed Beeston and Chilwell Defend Library Services group (part of the wider Notts Save Our Services campaign) at College House Junior School on Thursday 20th January.

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Beeston & Chilwell residents queue to sign petition in opposition to proposed tory county council library service cuts - photograph

Beeston & Chilwell residents queue to sign petition in opposition to proposed tory county council library service cuts

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4 responses to “PROTEST GROWS AGAINST LIBRARY CUTS – Beeston & Chilwell campaign report and future events including 5th Feb ‘Read-in’

  1. Really pleased to see this happening (and sorry I couldn’t make the meeting). I’ll be there: as an (academic) librarian and Beeston local I can’t believe how undervalued our local library services are.

  2. My wife and I will be there for some of the time, as it clashes with the Chinese New Year events in the Square. Beeston Library is excellent and all the staff are brilliant. I go in at least once a week, if it’s only to read the magazines and look at the displays.

  3. We wanted to share a short campaign film with you that we have made about the proposed library closures in Somerset, which we hope may be of support to your campaign. You can find it on You Tube:

    http://bit.ly/hsac4m

    With best wishes from all of us on the WeLoveLibraries production team

    Kevin Redpath

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