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Save Ingatestone Library

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Essex County Council is proposing to cut all funding responsibilities for Ingatestone library by designating it as a ‘Tier 3’ library. This means we will lose the librarians, the books on shelves, the computers, and the building. Volunteers or other partners will then be asked to run a limited, unguaranteed service.

Under this proposal -and with adjacent Shenfield, Writtle, Galleywood and Stock libraries also under threat, and with a shrinking public transport service- people of all ages who rely on Ingatestone library will struggle to find alternative opportunities for guaranteed access to books and computers, and will suffer from increased social isolation. The library is one of the only safe, quiet, public spaces to study in Ingatestone. For the youngest villagers, there is no substitute for picking out new picture books from colourful shelves. It offers choice over reading topics and encourages a love of the physical element of reading. These are vital building blocks of literacy. Ingatestone is a growing village, so more people will need access to these services in the future.

This petition calls on Essex County Council to guarantee the future of Ingatestone library, by accepting responsibility for its funding and by designating it as a ‘Tier 2’ service.

 

Other ways to get involved:

Consultation survey on the draft Essex Library strategy: https://surveys.essexinsight.org.uk/librarystrategy2018

Information drop-in session: Ingatestone library, 14th January, 3-5pm.

Essex County Council contacts: Leslie Wagland cllr.lesley.wagland@essex.gov.uk or Susan Barker Cllr.susan.barker@essex.gov.uk



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