Ealing libraries Threatened With Closure

Hanwell Library

The Situation

Ealing Council is proposing to make cuts of £1.14million. This means it will ceasing to manage Greenford, Hanwell, Perivale, Northfields, Pisthanger, West Ealing and Wood End libraries. Unless local groups come forward to manage these libraries, they will close.

Ealing Council’s Solution

The Council expects local groups volunteering to run the libraries to provide ‘community offers’ such as story times for children, opening for a specified number of hours and doing an enormous amount of fundraising. The consultation suggests local groups would need to raise around £15k – £30k per year to meet annual running costs, though the exact figures are unclear.

Our Concerns

Ealing Green Party is concerned this is not feasible and libraries will close. Libraries provide a safe space for children and adults to read and study. They offer free access to computers and the internet which is critical now that even many public services are ‘digital by default’. They also draw people to local town centres which benefits the shops, cafes and other businesses in the area.

West Ealing Library

What you can do

The Ealing Green Party is opposing the cuts and would urge you to do the same by:

More details to follow!

Article written by Jane Humphreys

Northfields Library

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