Save our public libraries
We the undersigned petition the council to to show pride in Kent's public libraries. We, as residents and/or people who work or study within the county, oppose cuts and closures to Kent’s Library Service. We demand that KCC councillors ensure that this integrated network of 99 libraries continues to be: • free and open to all with current levels of local accessibility and opening hours maintained or improved; • run by professional librarians and appropriately remunerated staff - with volunteers providing additional support ; and • democratically accountable to elected councilors (on operational and statutory matters) and bound by Freedom of Information
This petition has been prompted by Kent County Council's plans to hand over the running of Kent's Libaries, Registration & Archive Services to a charitable trust. Where this has happened in other parts of the country, library services have been detrimentally affected.
Please make sure you respond to Kent County Council's consultation on Libraries, Registration & Archive Services as well as signing this petition.
This petition focuses on public libraries but there are very important data protection and other risks attached to losing democratic accountability of both registration and archives services.
This ePetition ran from 03/02/2015 to 08/04/2015 and has now finished.
720 people signed this ePetition.