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Hundreds sign libraries petition, says Herne Bay Labour group

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Labour supporters with parliamentary hopeful Frances Rehal (wearing red hat)

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HUNDREDS of people have signed a petition asking the county council not to transfer its library services to a charitable trust, Herne Bay Labour Party has said.

Party supporters were collecting signatures for their Save our Library Services petition on Saturday at their stall in Mortimer Street.

It called on the county council to keep library services in-house, with current access maintained or improved, and for them to be professionally run and accountable to the electorate.

County Hall is recommending that they be outsourced to a charitable trust managed by volunteers.

Thanet North parliamentary hopeful Frances Rehal said: “Since the coalition government took office in May 2010, there has been a concerted programme of cutbacks in local government funding and this has had a clear impact on public libraries.

“Between March 2010 and 2014, there was a reduction of almost 442 library service points across the country – we do not want to see such seismic cuts to Kent’s library services.

“Our county’s library services have a very good reputation. Let’s keep them that way and keep them in-house.”

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