Lewisham Libraries March, 30th October

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its good to see people doing something,instead of going on about the van parking issue.

Brockley Nick said...

The two things aren't mutually exclusive.

Anonymous said...

Mobile Libraries?

Sad Crofton Resident said...

I understand that the council has made its decision and the process is merely a smoke screen to make Steves decision easier. Crofton will close and some one will make a profit from a coffee shop with workshops for kids so no library anymore.

oryx said...

Anyone here go on the march & like to feed back?

I'd like to have gone but unfortunately had a prior appointment pretty much right at the time it was taking place!

Sue said...

Transpontine has a write-up and pictures, and I've put smthg brief up on Green Ladywell too.

Tamsin said...

Thanks for the links - and do I recognise that coffin?

oryx said...

Thanks for the links. 200 people on the march and 20,000 signatures is really impressive.

Sue said...

@Tamsin yes, I believe the coffin was recycled from the train cut protests!

fabhat said...

I went on the march on Sat and although I arrived after the heckling of the MP/Councillors - it did feel a bit hijacked by the "no cuts at all" campaigners. However it was very good natured while marching - with lots of cars beeping support as we walked and great leafletting happening along the route to explain to passers by what we were marching about.

However, considering it was a march for all five libraries, and that the consultancy meetings have been packed out, 200 seemed a low turnout for a sunny Saturday...but maybe I was just hoping for more!

Although the march was well publicised on the local blogs (here/transportine/deptford dame/greenladywell) when I was talking to local friends and library users they had no idea about it - and might have come if they had known sooner...perhaps more posters and morning/evening station leafletting is needed for the next step (and before anyone asks - yes I'd happily volunteer to help with that)

We just can't let the pressure drop on this issue - or let it be subsumed into the wider (and less realistic) no cuts lobby.

Brockley Nick said...

@Fabhat - tell your friends and library users to read local blogs! There's really no excuse not to ;)

I agree it's unfortunate that it should get mixed-up with the no-cuts lobby. I think we need to differentiate between preserving front line services like libraries and opposing all cuts, which are inevitable and not necessarily undesirable.

fabhat said...

Nick - I know - they have been reprimanded for the inexcusable lapses of blog reading!

But it just shows that it is dangerous to rely on only one form of communication - to have only concentrated on posters would have been just as bad/worse...

And yes - differentiation of the two protest groups is really important - if the library protest is to be taken seriously.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, I accept the limitations of BC's reach. Although we are steadily growing, some people still like paper :)

Anonymous said...

There appears to be a Labour councillor who supports closure but hasn't said so publicly.

According to an eye-witness there was a verbal confrontation behind net curtains.

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