In only six weeks the Save Swindon’s Libraries campaign collected nearly 3000 signatures on a petition calling for Council Leader David Renard to safeguard Swindon’s library service.
Lead petitioner Shirley Burnham presented the document to Councillor Jim Grant last week, securing a debate in Full Council on Thursday 14 April.
All library users and concerned residents are invited to join the Save Swindon’s Libraries campaign on the steps of the Council Offices from 6pm on 14 April to peacefully demonstrate against the library budget cuts.
Campaigners held a public meeting to inform residents of the campaign last Sunday 10 April in Old Town and attracted a crowd of 125 plus 3 best-selling authors and representatives from the national Library Campaign. An invitation was put out to invite library users to demonstrate prior to the Council meeting on Thursday.
Lead petitioner Shirley Burnham said, “When it came to saving Old Town library 8 years ago, the Council were able to find a solution, we hope they can use all their effort to ensure the future of Swindon’s library service now”.
Chair of Save Swindon’s Libraries, Sarah Church, adds that “the size of the budget cut, 60%, to such a vital service as the libraries is disproportionate. There is a genuine concern among residents that they are going to lose a service that they love and need.”
There will be another petition presented on Thursday by the Save Highworth Library campaign who have collected an additional 2700 signatures on their own petition – making a total of nearly 6000 signatures of Borough residents and library users.