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Campaigner fights libraries plan

A petition to protect Kent’s libraries has been handed to KCC after a determined campaigner collected thousands of signatures. Richard Stainton, of Sydenham Street, Whitstable, started the ‘Save Our Public Libraries petition after it was revealed the authority intends to hand over the county’s network of 99 libraries to a charitable trust. The petition was delivered to KCC’s County Hall …

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Questions on library trust

ON MARCH 18 an article drew attention to the ongoing consultation process over the future of Kent County Council (KCC) library services, the preferred option being transferring management to a charitable trust. The previous day I had dropped in on the roadshow manned by KCC representatives at Faversham library, where I learned of some matters not mentioned in the consultation …

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Anger seems to be in the news. I think people should be more angry about things that matter – like the loss of our public services. Across England, privatisation of the NHS threatens to destroy our national treasure while in Kent our much-valued network of 99 libraries is being put up for grabs. We are being asked by Kent County …

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A chance to sign libraries petition

Thank you for providing information about the Save Our Public Libraries petition at http://tinyurl.com/kentlibs (Don’t Close Book On Our Libraries’ Future, Letters and Opinion, Herne Bay Gazette, February 26). Unfortunately, just as the Gazette was published, a technical error at KCC’s petition site made it very difficult to sign. This problem has now been fixed; so anyone who was prevented …

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Online library petition launched

OUR SHARED library service is one of the few remaining things that links people across Kent. Yet when Cllr Mike Hill launched Kent County Council’s consultation about handing over our libraries to a trust he said “It will be a matter for the trust whether it wants to maintain Kent’s 99 libraries”. This was a warning. None of us will …

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Don’t close book on our libraries

Kent’s network of 99 libraries is one of the few things that links people across the county – we all share it! In response to Kent County Council’s consultation about its future a Save Our Public Libraries petition has been launched. Everyone across Kent is now invited to sign at: http://tinyurl.com/kentlibs The petition allows people to oppose cuts and closures …

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Protesters urge council to keep libraries as a service

Town residents are concerned charity plan will lead to closures MORE than 200 people turned out to join the protest to save Whitstable’s library service on Saturday. The gathering, which was held on National Libraries Day, followed the announcement of Kent County Council’s money-saving plans to hand over Kent’s network of 99 libraries to a charitable trust. Event organisers launched …

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Public urged to join bid to save library services

Protesters to gather in Whitstable at the weekend PROTESTORS will be gathering this weekend in an attempt to save their local library service. Following the announcement of Kent County Council’s money-saving plans to hand over libraries to charitable trusts, Whitstable residents are inviting people to join in their protest on Saturday at 10.30am. On the day, National Libraries Day, adults …

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Libraries trust is a ‘backward step’

PETER Cronin-Hill is right to worry about the future of Kent’s libraries (letters, January 14). A consultation has started about transferring all of Kent’s 99 libraries to a trust. You can get details of what is being proposed at Whitstable library or online at www.kent.gov.uk. Please make sure that you use the form available to tell the county council what …

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Join the debate to keep your library

Kent County Council has not dropped its proposal to hand the county’s public libraries to a trust. This week, it has launched a consultation asking those who live, work or study in Kent what they think of the proposal. It is vital that a lot of people respond – online www.kent.gov.uk/lraconsultation or in your local library and/or attend one of …

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