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Save Ealing's Libraries petition

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ealing libraries protest
Ealing libraries campaigners on the steps 
of Ealing Town Hall before the June 14
meeting at which Ealing's Libraries
were saved.

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EALING Labour Group has announced that it is not closing any libraries in Ealing.

Cllr Dheer (Labour's libraries guy) told the Council Chamber during the full Ealing Council Meeting on June 14 that he is going to recommend to Cabinet on 5 July (the date of the meeting that will seal the fate of libraries in Ealing) that Hanwell Library, Northfields Library, Northolt Leisure Centre Library and Perivale Library will all stay open.

But this is more than a mere recommendation -- the decision pre-dates tonight's meeting, because Ealing Labour Group has already started a door-to-door leaflet campaign announcing that it will not shut any libraries.

In short, this campaign and many others like it across Ealing borough has prevailed.

Sadly, we were unable to save Ealing's Mobile Library Service.

Challenges still lie ahead (volunteers will be heavily involved in providing future library services) but the primary objective has been met.

Thank you to everybody who took the time to sign this petition and leave a comment.

It was the 8,000 signatures on the many library petitions that in no small part forced this U-turn.

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Below is the original petition text:

Ealing Council is looking to axe a quarter of its library services across the borough. Those facing closure are:
-- Hanwell
-- Perivale
-- Northfield Library
-- Northolt Leisure Centre Library
-- The Mobile Library Service

We, the undersigned, know these cuts will harm the communities that Ealing Council is elected to serve, by:

1. Depriving children of access to learning
2. Isolating the elderly and housebound
3. Removing internet access, used by the growing number of unemployed borough citizens.

We also strongly object to Ealing Council's Library Consultation, which is forcing communities to fight one another in the bid to save library services.



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