Bromley and Bexley to share library services

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PROPOSALS for Bromley to share library services with Bexley have been approved by councillors.

On Wednesday Bromley Council’s executive said it would look at setting up a non-profit trust organisation to manage libraries, which would qualify for an 80 per cent relief from business rates.

However the option of reducing opening hours is still being explored.

Across the two boroughs there are currently 71 library posts, yet under the merger plans, which could save more than £2m over the next three years, only 36 jobs will be available.

Back office and management staff will be based at offices in Foots Cray while each borough will keep full control of its own watch.

A council spokeswoman said it was not considering the closure of any libraries at this stage.

The council also said compulsory redundancies might not be necessary as staff had taken voluntary redundancy.

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6:35am Sat 23 Jul 11

Polly Staight says...

So once again we see councils abandoning one of the reasons for their existence.

If it carries on like this, we can abolish the local council and have Westminster government provide us with one national library in Leamington Spa…. (the centre of England)… (This is a facetious comment!!!!)

I mean, Westminster has handed all of its responsibilities to Brussels, so they need something to do.

What none of these so-called "public servants" ever seem to realise, is that they are there to provide services… (it's all in the name).

Please note…

WE DON"T WANT, YOUR KIND OF SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD, WE DON'T WANT DIVERSITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OFFICERS AT £60,000 PER YEAR PER HEAD AND THEIR POLICIES ON "CLIMATE CHANGE" (or weather, as I like to call it), WE DON'T WANT YOUR SOCIAL SERVICES HIJACKING OUR FAMILIES AND DESTROYING THEM IN THE PROCESS, WE DON'T WANT WHAT YOU THINK ARE SERVICES….

WE JUST WANT OUR WEEKLY BIN COLLECTION (IN ONE BIN), STREET LIGHTING, OUR LIBRARIES AND OUR PUBLIC TOILETS BACK…
So once again we see councils abandoning one of the reasons for their existence. If it carries on like this, we can abolish the local council and have Westminster government provide us with one national library in Leamington Spa…. (the centre of England)… (This is a facetious comment!!!!) I mean, Westminster has handed all of its responsibilities to Brussels, so they need something to do. What none of these so-called "public servants" ever seem to realise, is that they are there to provide services… (it's all in the name). Please note… WE DON"T WANT, YOUR KIND OF SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD, WE DON'T WANT DIVERSITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OFFICERS AT £60,000 PER YEAR PER HEAD AND THEIR POLICIES ON "CLIMATE CHANGE" (or weather, as I like to call it), WE DON'T WANT YOUR SOCIAL SERVICES HIJACKING OUR FAMILIES AND DESTROYING THEM IN THE PROCESS, WE DON'T WANT WHAT YOU THINK ARE SERVICES…. WE JUST WANT OUR WEEKLY BIN COLLECTION (IN ONE BIN), STREET LIGHTING, OUR LIBRARIES AND OUR PUBLIC TOILETS BACK… Polly Staight
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