More than 19,000 petition Suffolk CC to save all libraries

Save our Libraries petitions with more than 19,000 signatures have been handed to Cllr Judy Terry, Suffolk County Council cabinet member responsible for libraries. The petitions come from 12 libraries and a couple of other sources, out of 44 libraries in the county, so it can be anticipated the total number signing Save Libraries petitions is considerably higher.

Paper
Online
Total
Aldeburgh
1200
1200
ALL Libraries
722
722
Bungay
1202
56
1258
Debenham
828
149
977
Hadleigh
59
59
Ipswich County
3945
3945
Ipswich Labour
1600
1600
Kesgrave
45
265
310
Leiston
759
181
940
Oulton Broad
1229
22
1251
Rosehill
3128
469
3597
Saxmundham
1703
147
1850
Stradbroke
700
100
800
Woodbridge
578
578
TOTAL
16976
2111
19087

Petitions in italics previously handed in but representatives at handover. Ixworth also handed over their petition. List from James Hargrave.

Cllr Judy Terry, who is the portfolio holder for libraries, came down to the entrance of Endeavour House, after some shoting and phone calls, to recieve the petitions. She was very keen to explain that no decisions on the future of libraries had been taken as can be seen in this video.

There did appear to be a change of tone in what she said reflecting the promise of the new council leader Mark Bee that they would be more transparent and listening. However, many questions about the consultation remained unanswered.

A complete video of the comments made by Cllr Terry and her answers to questions is available here. It includes the admission of an “error” in a council response to a Freedom of Information request.

Before the presentation opposition leader Kathy Pollard (Lib Dem) and Sandy Martin, the Labout leader, were interviewed by Anglia News. The videos are my recording of the interviews.

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