Seacombe Library is occupied as protesters battle against cuts in opening hours across Wirral
Protestors were tonight staging an occupation in Seacombe Library to express their opposition to plans to reduce several libraries’ opening hours.
A group of 17, representing campaigning community group Wirral SOS and the TUC, entered the library shortly before it was due to close at 5pm.
The group, which includes a 12-week-old Baby
, have said that they intend to stay “indefinitely.”
Protestor Alec McFadden said: “We won a judicial review against closure of the libraries two years ago. Now they want to close it 50% of the time.
“The Labour group have said that if they win the election there’ll be more money to keep the libraries open – but that would still leave librarians redundant for a month.
“Our point is that the libraries should be kept open whatever happens.
“People use libraries, particularly poorer people who are here to use the computers for job searches.”
David Armstrong, acting chief executive of Wirral council, was tonight at the library talking to protestors.
He said: “It’s a group of people, they are being very quiet and very well-behaved and they are reading and they are making their point, and that’s fine.
“The only problem is that I have got a member of staff who finished at five who wants to go home.”
Mr Armstrong said he intended to negotiate with protestors to reach an agreement.
Merseyside Police confirmed that officers were attending the scene.
Source: Liverpool Echo