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A story of services threatened by the axe

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Issue 2347
Telling tales in Manchester
Telling tales in Manchester (Pic: Socialist Worker)

The campaigns to save libraries threatened with closure in Manchester teamed up on Saturday of last week, to build a “pop-up library” for storytelling in Piccadilly Gardens.

The threatened libraries are in Burnage, Northenden, Levenshulme, and Fallowfield. 

A campaign to save Miles Platting library has been dropped as a Labour councillor has said he will staff it with volunteers. 

The city council has suggested that the libraries could be replaced with a book collection service of up to 7 hours a week from supermarkets, GP surgeries or fire stations. 

Valerie O’Riordan told Socialist Worker, “Levenshulme is supposed to get a joint library and leisure centre from 2015 but it’s not clear what the library component will actually be.

“We don’t want to wait two years to find that it never really opens.

“Northenden library is a tiny prefab that’s supposed to serve 15,000 people and 37 percent of the children live below the poverty line. 

“It’s appalling that the council think they need to reduce the service.”

More campaign events are planned next weekend before the council’s next meeting on Wednesday 17 April.


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