Essex County Council rejects chance to listen to the public

Essex county councillors voted down calls yesterday to abandon their swingeing cuts to library services. An extraordinary council meeting was called after nearly 60,000 people signed petitions condemning a consultation on the future of libraries that will close at least 25. A further 18 libraries will close if no volunteer groups can be found to […]

‘You don’t improve library services by shutting them down,’ UNISON tells Essex County Council

Essex County Council’s aim to improve services while shutting down libraries “beggars belief,” UNISON says today in its response to the Council’s library closures consultation. UNISON, the union representing Essex libraries’ more than 400 staff, warns that the closures and reduced service would spell disaster for job seekers, Universal Credit claimants and some of the […]

Essex says loud and clear: Don’t close our libraries

Hundreds of people marched through Chelmsford on Saturday telling Essex County Council to scrap plans to dozens of libraries. The Council has opened a consultation into the future of its 74 libraries, involving closing 25 immediately and condemning a further 18 to closure if community groups can’t be found to run them for free. More […]

Essex libraries: these cuts are wrong

We joined Essex residents and campaigners outside County Hall in Chelmsford today to oppose the council’s plans to shut at least 1 in 3 libraries in Essex. UNISON Eastern’s Tim Roberts explains why libraries are so vital to communities in towns and villages across Essex. To keep up to date with the campaign visit the […]