Regarding Councillor Hudson’s Report, which appeared in the December issue of In Touch with Kesgrave and Rushmere.
Councillor Hudson should check his facts before compiling his monthly report. In his report in December’s issue one of the paragraph headings stated “Suffolk’s approach to libraries endorsed by MPs”. If he had taken the time and trouble to read the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee report into Library Closures. On page 34 of the report item number 82 he would have read the following:
“We will be very interested to follow the development of the Industrial and Provident model for library provision in Suffolk. Again it relies heavily on the goodwill of volunteers, but it has the advantage to the local population that the county council retains overall responsibility for the service”.
The report does not endorse what’s happening to Suffolk’s libraries and in particular to our library in Kesgrave, which has already seen on numerous occasions the library not opening because of lack of staff. We were given the promise before the switch to IPS that we would not see any change to the service that our library provides its local community. That simply is not true.
The people of Kesgrave and it’s Town Council need some honest answers about the future of our much loved library and how it is to be run by IPS, plus our two County Councillors should also be fighting to get answers, after all they are supposed to be representing the people of Kesgrave and Rushmere. In Councillor Christopher Hudson’s case he should not believe the spin being spouted by either the county council or his party because Kesgrave deserves better and needs to keep its library.
Published in In touch with Kesgrave & Rushmere January 2013