As you may be aware the Council announced on Tuesday what the scale of the cuts will be for the whole council – LINK
Inevitably the most eye catching of the proposals are
– Closure of 8 Libraries including Pheasey
– Reduction of waste collection
– Possible closure of 12 Children Centres, no names given yet
This will inevitably become very political with I notice a comment Cllr Andrew will be at Pheasey Library this afternoon to campaign for it to stay open.
We have to remember in any discussions in this that the cuts HAVE to happen unless you suggest a illegal budget is set and central govt step in to run the council. It is no good people saying save this or that without saying how the money will be saved elsewhere.
When the consultation starts on October 30th I will be looking at the figures and suggesting a possible outcome to save the library and still save the required money. I will need to check not he actual figures first before I comment on that.
However I believe as we are the forgotten area for Walsall the Library is one of the few facilities we get. On top of this I personally think that access to books should not be reduced and especially when the nearest library is in Aldridge.
Pheasey Labour Party have issued a statement and I would welcome and link any other statement from any other political party for political fairness.
The Liberal Democrats have said THIS through leader Ian Shires
I have checked and the Conservatives have no local site and UKIP have not posted anything on this either.
We have to remember that when the budget is voted on Labour do not have a majority and thus any budget can be voted down.