Save Swindon’s Libraries campaigners dressed as book characters and braved the drizzle to parade in Sunday’s Old Town Festival Parade. The imaginative costumes made an impression on the judges who gave them the first prize for a parading group.
Campaigners are awaiting the much-anticipated Library Strategy, due for release on 5 July. The release date was put back from June due to the need to review the large number of public responses to the engagement questionnaires earlier in the year. There is considerable concern from the campaign group, however, that only one option will be put forward for consultation.
Sarah Church, Chair of Save Swindon’s Libraries, said: “Due process for consultation must be undertaken by Swindon Borough Council. Campaigners and residents have submitted their considered views to the public engagement, and Save Swindon’s Libraries welcomes the extension to the period given to Council officers to draft a strategy in light of the volume of responses.
“However, we will be looking carefully to see whether the Council has considered all the options available to them, many of which are already in practice around the UK.”
Save Swindon’s Libraries will join the Swindon Peoples’ Assembly and other local campaigners on the steps of the Council Chamber prior to the emergency meeting scheduled for Wednesday 14 June.