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#301965 - 19th Mar 2009 10:38am library closures
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Strategic Asset Review Ė Timetable for Library Closures
18 Mar 2009

Arising from the Strategic Asset Review and confirmed by Council February 9th, Wirral Borough Council has now announced the timetable for the closure of 11 Wirral Libraries.

The closures will happen in three phases. The dates and locations are:

Phase 1: Saturday 4th April to be the last day of service

-Higher Bebington, New Ferry, Ridgeway and Wallasey Village

Phase 2: Saturday 2nd May to be the last day of service

-Irby, Prenton and Seacombe

Phase 3: Saturday 4th July to be the last day of service

-Beechwood, Eastham, Hoylake and Woodchurch

This will not affect current library members and membership cards will remain valid in all other libraries. They can continue to be used when accessing remote services through the Library website such as renewals, requests and use of Library Reference subscriptions.

Anyone wishing to access the Home Reader service should contact the staff at Wallasey Central Library 0151 639 2334 or Birkenhead Central Library on 0151 652 6106 to discuss how we can help.

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#301967 - 19th Mar 2009 10:44am Re: library closures [Re: derekdwc]
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anyone feel up to taking photos of the inside and outside of their local library

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#302220 - 19th Mar 2009 8:15pm Re: library closures [Re: derekdwc]
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subject to ombudsmen review and the inquest.

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#302225 - 19th Mar 2009 8:28pm Re: library closures [Re: pacef8]
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A photo? Only if there is a local councillor nailed to the front door

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#302274 - 19th Mar 2009 9:34pm Re: library closures [Re: Snodvan]
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If part of our council tax is to pay for local comunities ie Library etc. As they are closed down should'nt we get a reduction in council tax, as we are paying for a service which we are not getting?

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#471442 - 10th Feb 2011 12:04pm Re: library closures [Re: derekdwc]
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Are we likely to once again face closures following Manchesters' lead


news


Edited by derekdwc (10th Feb 2011 12:05pm)

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#708897 - 12th Jul 2012 4:51pm Re: library closures [Re: derekdwc]
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Can and will they be considering having a go again in today's economic climate.
Methinks I'd better get the old brownie camera out to get some pics of the libraries now, just in case.

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#709907 - 16th Jul 2012 3:36pm Re: library closures [Re: derekdwc]
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I spoke to senior library managers at a public consultation evening earlier this year. They said there are no plans to close, out-source or privatise any Wirral libraries. However, given the way this government is cutting money to Local Authorities, who can say what will happen on the future. Even the library managers said they can't see more than a year into the future.

Still, if we can find money for nuclear weapons, illegal wars and the Olympics, surely we can afford properly funded libraries. They are a cornerstone of a civilised, educated and literate society. Not everyone wants to or can afford to go on Amazon whenever they want a book.

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#710885 - 20th Jul 2012 1:51pm Re: library closures [Re: Touchstone]
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Do not trust them - don't forget we still have the rump of Foulke's ("I don't use them - so what's the point of them")regime - and they are now in overall control - plenty of the Labour councillors were made (and deservedly so) to look very foolish and self-serving in 2009 - they will not have forgotten that and revenge - I am certain is on the cards....

Be prepared to man the barriers and repel the pirates again !

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#711227 - 21st Jul 2012 6:42pm Re: library closures [Re: bigpete]
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Originally Posted By: bigpete
Do not trust them - don't forget we still have the rump of Foulke's ("I don't use them - so what's the point of them")regime - and they are now in overall control - plenty of the Labour councillors were made (and deservedly so) to look very foolish and self-serving in 2009 - they will not have forgotten that and revenge - I am certain is on the cards....

Be prepared to man the barriers and repel the pirates again !


Yes don't forget it was the labour clowns (no betterr or worse than the Tory or Lib Dem clowns) who decided to close libraries swimming pools and everything else on their damned list. They have got overall power until 2014 as there are no local elections next year. They have to save £28 million next year and £42 million the following year. (by the way if you add up the amount each council in the country has to "save" in the next 2 years it comes to the £12 billion spent on the Olympics)

Expect to see service privatised, outsourced, and cut left right and centre. They are doing the groundwork now.
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#711241 - 21st Jul 2012 8:15pm Re: library closures [Re: Capt_America]
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Think you missed out not adding the lotto money, they halved the jackpot as soon as the Olympics were announced.

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#711278 - 22nd Jul 2012 12:42am Re: library closures [Re: derekdwc]
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Hmmmmmmmm think

Have a look at this, Serco were in line last time I believe:

http://www.serco.com/markets/leisure/index.asp

and then have a look at this! third one down. Woodgate,Hook.
Does this mean that Serco have been renting office space in a building that Merseyside Pension Fund owned ,maintained and fully refurbished?

http://www.hollishockley.co.uk/index.asp?PageKind=NewsList

Senior library or leisure centre managers, wouldn't have a clue until it's too late.


Edited by granny (22nd Jul 2012 12:48am)
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#711281 - 22nd Jul 2012 1:33am Re: library closures [Re: derekdwc]
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A little something about Serco, should they ever be in the running again.

http://www.tpuc.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5280
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#711289 - 22nd Jul 2012 8:29am Re: library closures [Re: derekdwc]
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Well done Granny,very informative.It's strange that we haven't heard of this all pervasive organisation before.It would be interesting to know which MP's have a connection with Serco as share holders,directorships etc.

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#711335 - 22nd Jul 2012 12:39pm Re: library closures [Re: derekdwc]
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What always gets me is how these private companies can make a profit (which it's what they are in it for) as against public run facilities.Someone at the top (possibly the wrong person for the job) in the public ones is making the wrong decisions somewhere be it by over or under staffing or the way the system works.
Why can't the public ones(who use our taxes) do exactly the same as the private ones that are making profit.


Edited by derekdwc (22nd Jul 2012 12:41pm)

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