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Wirral U-turn on library closures

Issue No. 2172

Activists on the Wirral are celebrating after the council made a dramatic U-turn and announced that it would scrap plans to close 11 libraries in the area.

The council’s cabinet committee met on Thursday of last week and agreed the move without debate.

Many believe that the council was pushed to act ahead of an inquiry into the decision to close the libraries, which is expected to be critical of the way the council has handled the issue.

The Campaign for the Book backed the fight to save the libraries. Organiser Alan Gibbons said, “This move has been forced by a magnificent show of resistance by Wirral residents, librarians, authors, trade unionists and campaigning groups.

“We now expect the inquiry to give the people of Wirral the library service they deserve. If there is a successful outcome it must become a beacon for the many battles which will surely come. If you fight you can win.”

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Tue 6 Oct 2009, 18:30 BST
Issue No. 2172
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