WikiWirral is where great friendships are made.
Forum Stats
12186 Members
65 Forums
72617 Topics
978515 Posts
68 posts in the last 24hrs
Max Online: 7831 @ 8th Apr 2013 4:18pm
Who's Online - Click Me
74 registered (11kendo, 12 invisible), 1576 Guests and 193 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


(Views 7days)This Weeks Most Read
Trump 790
Secretive mega shake-up of NHS could cost £15 mil 740
Parking Charges 711
Paypal help 424
RAC ,AA v Breakdown Recovery 367
Question Time 353
When we live to be a 100 yrs old 348
Paper Recycling. ? 340
Best Price for Scarpping my car 336
Animal Cruelty in the Film Industry 312
New General Forums
Test on old english words
by derekdwc
20th Jan 2017 8:02pm
Jets
by cools
20th Jan 2017 12:14pm
The Scouse Accent
by palemoon
18th Jan 2017 7:49pm
birthday wishes
by sunnyside
18th Jan 2017 12:48pm
New Wirral History
753 Sea Horse, Unit 9, Wallasey Waterfront
by Norton
18th Jan 2017 9:07pm
What was County Hall, Abbey Street, Birkenhead?
by yoller
15th Jan 2017 1:28pm
752 The Old Manor Club, Withens Lane, Liscard
by Norton
13th Jan 2017 2:20pm
751 Plough Inn, Mount Pleasant Rd, New Brighton
by Norton
13th Jan 2017 1:38pm
351 Prince Alfred 30 Tunnel Road 30 30 to 32
by yoller
8th Jan 2017 7:18pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
fireworks on the Mersey last night
Hadlow train station
Topic Replies
Problem With Wifi
by Uffda
23 minutes 51 seconds ago
Parking Charges
by venice
Today at 02:29 PM
LCD/Plasma wall bracket - £10
by DavidB
Today at 02:16 PM
Childs solid wood bed
by Mike_Hoylake
Today at 01:01 PM
Trimm Rock Quarry, Cilcain
by venice
Today at 11:59 AM
Something to get a drone off a roof!
by fish5133
Today at 11:28 AM
Trump
by venice
Today at 11:07 AM
Animal Cruelty in the Film Industry
by granny
Today at 10:25 AM
Paper Recycling. ?
by spinner1
Yesterday at 11:51 PM
January
M Tu W Th F Sa Su
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Indian/Jazz fusion music Liverpool
by buddy
17th Jan 2017 9:46am
Chinese New Year Liverpool
by paxvobiscum
15th Jan 2017 11:08am
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#368661 - 27th Nov 2009 1:30pm Wirral libraries announcement to be made on Monday
_jase_
Unregistered


Wirral libraries announcement to be made on Monday



WIRRAL Council has alerted its members that a decision on the controversial - and now abandoned - library closure plans is expected to be made by the Government next Monday.

An email from the authority's director of law, Bill Norman said he had been told by the DCMS "that the Secretary of State’s Decision on the Libraries Inquiry has been made".

The council had planned to shut 11 of the borough's 24 libraries and replace them with neighbourhood centres.

It is part of the council's Strategic Asset Review, in which it assessed all property owned and maintained by the authority against what it needs to offer its services.

A public inquiry was ordered by the previous Secretary of State Andy Burnham after a huge campaign against the closures began.

The Government appointed Sue Charteris, a former council chief executive, to head the inquiry, which heard evidence during two days of hearings during the summer.

However, publication of her report and the Secretary of State Ben Bradshaw's decision were delayed when Wirral Council announced it was abandoning the closure plans at the end of September.


THE WIRRAL NEWS

Top
Local News : Advertising
Click me for more Information......

* * * WikiWirral - Advertising Forum * * *
Now Advertise with WikiWirral.
WikiWirral stats 35,000 Page Views a Day +500 Search Engines.. Click Me
#369418 - 30th Nov 2009 5:53pm Re: Wirral libraries announcement to be made on Monday [Re: ]
_jase_
Unregistered


Wirral Council displayed 'lack of logic' on libraries closure issue



A GOVERNMENT report into the now abandoned plans by Wirral Council to shut 11 libraries has said the authority would have been in breach of it statutory duties.

The report by Sue Charteris also says the council displayed a "lack of logic" and that the plans would "disadvantage relatively isolated and deprived communities".


Wirral Council leader Steve Foulkes issued an immediate response saying he was disappointed with the contents of the report.

The inquiry, held earlier in the summer, was ordered by the former Culture Secretary Andy Burnham hours before the first libraries were due to close.

It was chaired by a former council chief executive Sue Charteris, who held two days of public hearings at New Brighton's Floral Pavilion theatre and conference centre.

The report had been due two months ago, but publication was delayed when Wirral Council dramatically announced a u-turn on the proposed closures. It later became known that the council had received a draft copy of the report for fact-checking.

In one of the most damning lines in the report Ms Charteris says the closures would be "better described as an indication of intent rather than a fully worked up plan".

Cllr Foulkes said: "In many ways the report published with the statement is no longer relevant because we have withdrawn the original decision on the Libraries.

"But I am very disappointed at its contents. I am disappointed not because it is critical of the decision, but because it is fundamentally flawed in its logic, and in many places it is just plain wrong.

"If Wirral were to be in breach of its statutory duty when the plans were implemented, then so would any number of other local authorities who would have had the same level of provision as us.

"The report illustrates totally the difference between theory and reality and I had really hoped and expected that the inspector would not fall into that trap.

"In theory, we could keep all our libraries open, improve our services and repair our buildings for no additional cost, just by introducing some minor changes like self service systems.

"In reality, the decision not to close some libraries and invest in Neighbourhood Centres will cost £2.3m next year, which is the equivalent of a 2% increase in Council Tax. Over the next three years we will also need to find another £2.4 million from revenue budgets for major repairs which will mean either increased council tax levels or cuts in services elsewhere."

Leah Fraser, prospective Conservative MP for Wallasey, said: "This report has exposed, for all to see, that the needs of library users had not been assessed and that the decision, had it been enacted, would have been illegal under the Libraries Act.

"I cannot help but wonder if the people responsible for this mess have, even to this day, any kind of idea how much concern and anguish they have caused to thousands of people across Wirral, not least among those vulnerable groups identified by Sue Charteris in her report.

"The fact that the needs of so many adults and children had not been considered, either before or during this process, nor it seems, since, is a masive dereliction of duty by those people who have been given the power to make the decisions."



THE WIRRAL NEWS

Top
#369431 - 30th Nov 2009 7:18pm Re: Wirral libraries announcement to be made on Monday [Re: ]
jimbob Offline

Forum Addict

Registered: 26th Nov 2008
Posts: 1535
Loc: Birkenhead
It comes as a great shock to us all the council leader Steve Foulkes does not agree with the report , ha ha. Its time he was shown the door.
_________________________
Ships that pass in the night, seldom seen and soon forgoten

Top

Moderator:  Mod 
Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
Problem With Wifi
by Uffda
23 minutes 51 seconds ago
Trimm Rock Quarry, Cilcain
by diggingdeeper
Today at 05:03 AM
Animal Cruelty in the Film Industry
by granny
20th Jan 2017 12:00pm
Question Time
by derekdwc
19th Jan 2017 11:27pm
Sanctuary awaits 5 bears
by venice
19th Jan 2017 6:25pm
For Sale & Free
LCD/Plasma wall bracket - £10
by DavidB
Today at 02:16 PM
Childs solid wood bed
by Mike_Hoylake
Today at 01:01 PM
Something to get a drone off a roof!
by TheComputerLab
Yesterday at 04:56 PM
PC Monitor
by organiser
Yesterday at 01:16 PM
SwissGear suitcase only used once
by newbrightonmole
20th Jan 2017 8:54pm
Featured Member
Registered: 4th Apr 2010
Posts: 40134
Newest Members
IdontKnow, Glenburn63, Branco, Smudge22, Collette63
12186 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
New Wirral Info
Paper Recycling. ?
by fish5133
19th Jan 2017 11:16am
Paypal help
by venice
17th Jan 2017 8:59pm
Brown Bin Collections Restarting Today 17th Jan
by fish5133
17th Jan 2017 9:04am
Indian/Jazz fusion music Liverpool
by paxvobiscum
15th Jan 2017 11:19am
Chinese New Year Liverpool
by paxvobiscum
15th Jan 2017 11:08am
News : New Topics
Brides Flown In
by granny
Yesterday at 11:16 PM
Tasering Again
by diggingdeeper
20th Jan 2017 6:14pm
Trump
by cools
20th Jan 2017 4:16pm
Nuns Abused Children in Care Homes.
by granny
20th Jan 2017 12:13pm
Parking Charges
by diggingdeeper
19th Jan 2017 3:01pm
New Enthusiast Forums
Problem With Wifi
by Uffda
23 minutes 51 seconds ago
Trimm Rock Quarry, Cilcain
by diggingdeeper
Today at 05:03 AM
Animal Cruelty in the Film Industry
by granny
20th Jan 2017 12:00pm
Question Time
by derekdwc
19th Jan 2017 11:27pm
Sanctuary awaits 5 bears
by venice
19th Jan 2017 6:25pm
(Views 24hrs)Trending Newest Topics
Something to get a drone off a roof! 311
Brides Flown In 68
Trimm Rock Quarry, Cilcain 19
Problem With Wifi 0
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Sun 8:11am
Sunset Sun 4:36pm
Local Time Sun 4:30pm
WikiWirral Can . . . .
Advertising Click me
To Advertise with
Wikiwirral Click Me