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Challenging the decimation of Wirral council’s services

by Dan Swain
Issue No. 2132

Around 300 workers and service users demonstrated outside Wallasey Town Hall in the Wirral, Merseyside, on Wednesday of last week against a drastic series of closures being proposed by the council.

Wirral council plans to close 14 libraries, three leisure centres and an arts centre, decimating its services.

Protesters included large contingents from the Unison and Unite unions, and also many local residents’ groups.

Wallasey Swimming Club organised a march to the town hall from nearby Guinea Gap swimming baths, one of the sites threatened with closure.

Groups from the other areas joined the protest with home made placards and banners.

The council proposals have been met with massive anger across the Wirral.

The borough contains some of the poorest areas in Europe.

There was a 100-strong demonstration at the end of November.

Further protests are planned for January.

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Mon 15 Dec 2008, 19:00 GMT
Issue No. 2132
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