by Andrew Brown on 3 March, 2015
Tonight, Bristol’s Cabinet will meet to discuss the proposed closure of 7 libraries across the city, including the one at Marksbury Road.
When Liberal Democrats were in the administration, we did not close any libraries, and we are opposed to these closures now. Windmill Hill Lib Dem Councillor Mark Bailey and I are especially opposed to closing Marksbury Road as this will adversely impact some of the most disadvantaged people in city.
The Green Party’s Assistant Mayor (whose portfolio includes libraries) has sought to blame the proposals on Central Government austerity. In reality, though, the savings (which are a fraction of the Council’s overall budget) reflect the spending priorities of the Mayor.
Here’s my statement. It starts off with a bit of a story, so in the style of Jackanory:
“Are you sitting comfortably, then I’ll begin. Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…