Friday, 8 July 2016

Please sign this petition about the future of West Berks libraries

The decision about what happens to the public libraries in West Berkshire after the Needs Assessment is complete is currently intended to be taken by the Council's Executive Committee. This committee consists of ten members of the ruling political group (Conservative). Only members of the committee can vote and other councillors have very limited rights to speak at its meetings.

This petition asks for the decision to be taken by the full Council. This would allow all councillors to speak and vote on the decision. The petition also asks for the full report from the Needs Assessment to be published and for groups such as Friends of Theale Libray and parish councils to be consulted on its proposals

The petition reads:

The West Berkshire Council Executive is proposing radical changes to the library service.
We ask the Council to:
  1. Publish the full Libraries’ Needs Assessment Report in the interests of transparency of decision making
  2. Consult with stakeholder groups on proposals resulting from the Needs Assessment in order to allow co-creation of practical joint solutions
  3. Discuss and decide on the proposals in Full Council so that all Members can participate
and can be signed on-line at

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