GCC library plans formally challenged by Libdem Councillors

Yesterday afternoon Liberal Democrat county councillors have issued a constitutional challenge to GCC cabinet’s decision on Library Services.  The ‘call-in’ of the Conservative administration decision for library cuts requires answers about how and why the decisions have been made.  The new Library Service Policy is now delayed until the council has given public answers to justify their decision.

The council must explain the decisions were made taking into account the issues of the legal status of the new library policy.  The library policy must be fair to residents across the country and include properly considered plans for the future.

Statement by Cllr Jeremy Hilton, leader of the Liberal Democrat group:

“With reckless abandon the Tories at Shire Hall are destroying the county’s                         library service. That is why the Liberal Democrat group has called-in the                             library plans approved by the Tory cabinet on the 2nd of February.

The business planning behind the proposals is woeful, and many                                              communities in Gloucestershire will suffer from the loss of their library                                because of political dogma and incompetence. Communities are being                                    treated differently with some communities retaining their library for six                                days a week whilst others with an equal sized population are getting a just                            few hours, run by volunteers or closed.

Our call-in challenges the administration to prove their case and to answer                           fundamental questions about fairness and legality.”

We understand that the ‘call-in’ will be considered at a meeting of the GCC Overview and Scrutiny Committee this Monday evening.  There is no further information at present.

We are excited by this challenge and will await developments.

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