Campaigners fearful of the changes to libraries across the town being suggested by Swindon Council are calling on residents to come together under the banner of ‘Save Swindon’s Libraries’ online and also at a public meeting in April.
Swindon Council is currently holding engagement meetings across the borough where options for a different way of running the library service is being discussed. The future of Lydiard House and Park and the governance review which might see areas of the town not under a parish council area being turned into parishes are also part of the exercise.
Save Swindon’s Libraries has also launched a petition with the aim of gathering the 1500 signatures necessary to prompt Swindon Borough Council to hold a special debate on the future of Swindon’s libraries.
Save Swindon’s Libraries chair Sarah Church, from Highworth, said: “We want residents from all over Swindon to add their voices to the Save Swindon’s Libraries campaign – local campaigns are already running in Highworth, North Swindon, West Swindon, Old Town and Wroughton.”
Talis Kimberley-Fairbourn, of Wroughton Library’s local campaign group, added: “We are encouraging everyone to join the conversation on social media, to visit and use your local library – and help us keep them at the heart of all our communities.”