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Public Libraries (Wirral)

Volume 490: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009

I have the greatest concern about Wirral council’s regrettable decision to close 11 libraries and potentially to close 22 halls, civic centres and other valued community assets. One library that could close as early as this Saturday, 4 April, is that in Higher Bebington. This petition has been signed by some 500 residents of Higher Bebington and others.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of Higher Bebington, and others,

Declares that the decision by Wirral’s Council to close Higher Bebington Library does not take into account the high regard in which it is valued by local residents and users; further declares that there was strong representation for the retention of Higher Bebington Library during Wirral’s consultation period over its Strategic Asset Review; notes that Higher Bebington would benefit from the continued existence of a library facility in the sense that it serves just that community; and further notes that the concept of community transfer (which, according to Wirral Council, could be “vigorously pursued” after the closure of Higher Bebington Library) has not been sufficiently thought through.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to encourage Wirral Council to reconsider its decision to close Higher Bebington Library.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.