"Sutton Coldfield Liberal Democrats are shocked and dismayed by Birmingham City Council's plans to close Sutton Coldfield Library. While the library may be relatively large compared to the number of users, the recent acquisition by the Council of the Red Rose Centre, in which the library is based, could be expected to provide savings in rental costs, as well as the opportunity to ensure the efficient use of the building.
Liberal Democrat campaigner Jenny Wilkinson said "My three young boys are regular visitors to Sutton Coldfield Library, enjoying access to the wide range of books on offer as well as the fantastic range of children's activities, especially during the school holidays. The library also organises visits for local schools, which will be greatly missed. To suggest that my family, who currently enjoy being able to walk to the library and pop in after school, can instead travel to Mere Green to use the facilities there is frankly ridiculous."
We also recognise that other parts of Birmingham will suffer library cuts too. Aston Learning Centre is set to be axed and others face opening hours being cut. Under these plans 24 employees will lose their livelihoods.
The Liberal Democrats expect the Council to give due consideration to a full range of options to secure a reprieve for the library, such as relocation to an alternative site or expansion of the services on offer, and will be inputting to the Council's consultation process on this basis. We also call on Sutton Coldfield Town Council to support the campaign to save this precious local asset. Should anyone have any comments they should like to contribute to this submission, please let us know."
You can add your support right away by visiting the Save Sutton Coldfield Library Facebook group which the Lib Dems have set up.