The call-in of the cabinet’s decision to proceed with volunteer-run libraries is tomorrow (16th August 2012) between 10am and 1pm in the Aschcombe Room, County Hall in the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames. All are welcome to attend.
The special meeting of the Communities Select Committee will decide whether to refer the library decision back to the cabinet for reconsideration.
Witnesses have been called to address the Communities Select Committee and answer questions as follows:
- Helyn Clack – cabinet member for community services
- David Hodge – Leader, Surrey County Council
- Sue O’Connell – Chair of Bramley Parish Council
- Jenny Meineck – Ewell Court Library
- Lee Godfrey – SLAM
Another prospective CPL announces its dissension
The Friends of Stoneleigh library, the group expected to take over Stoneleigh library should the CPL policy be approved, are the latest group to have sent an open letter to SCC CEO David McNulty announcing their disquiet about the CPL policy and ask for sensible amendments to the flawed CPL policy.
Their complaint highlights that their volunteers came forward because they were led to believe running their own library was the only way to save enough money to keep it open. Now SCC has admitted the policy will save no money they are demanding their paid staff and library management system back.
The letter was sent on 11th July and, as yet, they have had no reply. The Friends of Stoneleigh library are not the first group to have been ignored by SCC and I suspect they won’t be the last.