14th Nov, 2018

Rallying call for Rubery residents to join protest to save the village's library

Tristan Harris 7th Nov, 2018 Updated: 8th Nov, 2018

A PROTEST against library cuts will be held at Rubery Library at 11am on Saturday, November 10.

The gathering will offer residents the chance to show their opposition to the controversial plans being outlined by Worcestershire County Council.

We reported on last week’s front page that a 90-day consultation had been launched to consider the future of the county library service and Rubery and Catshill libraries were among those which could face the chop.

A petition launched by the area’s county councillor Peter McDonald will be available to sign during the demonstration.

It calls on Worcestershire County Council to not only be kept open but also to remain on its present site.

Campaigner John Chatwin issued a rallying call to Rubery residents to show their support and to encourage their family, friends and neighbours to do the same.

“Our library is an important feature of our community and is used by residents of all ages and its closure would be a nail in the coffin of our community life.

“Your active support is essential to demonstrate Rubery needs a library, not only for the loan of books, but for other services housed there.

“Not everyone has access to the Internet in their homes and there is a growing need to use computers for everyday communication, job applications and other reasons.

“All this will be thwarted if this service is lost and, if our appeal to keep the library open is ignored, it is unlikely that it will reopen at a later date, meaning all our children and grandchildren will suffer.

“Complacency now could be the cause of another public service in Rubery disappearing.”

Petitions will also be in several shops, including The Co-Op, Rubery Social Club, Polly Put the Kettle On and Robinson Opticians.

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