Petition to: Keep Beavers Library open !

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Hounslow Council to Keep Beavers Library open !. More details

Petition update 7 from the council, 28 June 2011

The Mayor invited Councillor Jagdish Sharma, the Leader of the Council to speak. Councillor Sharma stated that he had been presented with petition nine, the petition seeking to keep all Hounslow Libraries open which had been organised by the Hounslow Chronicle Newspaper. He explained however that the Borough had undertaken an extensive consultation exercise and had received a significant response from residents.

He appreciated the views of the community and stated that the Administration had given much consideration to the views expressed, and also to emails and petitions. Members appreciated the involvement of
residents and he concluded by hoping that the public would again get involved in similar exercises in the future as these would need to take place again in the light of the financial constraints.

The Mayor then put the recommendations to the vote and it was RESOLVED –

• That the petitions that had been submitted to the Council which related to the budget be noted;
• That it be noted that these petitions had all previously been submitted into the Council’s budget consultation process which informs the Council’s decision making in relation to the setting of the budget (except where provided too late to do so)
• To bear the requests of the petitioners in mind when coming to a decision on the budget matters which were to be considered as part of other items on this agenda


Further information

It was decided that in order to keep libraries open for this finacial year, the new book fund would be used to maintain the services and no new books would be purchased on 2011/2012.

Petition update 6 from the council, 21 February 2011

The agenda for the Borough Council meeting on 1/3/11 has now been published on-line and can be found at http://democraticservices.hounslow.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=57435

Petition update 5 from the council, 17 February 2011, while petition was still open

An additional paper petition was submitted with 27 signatures. These signatures have been added to this on-line petition.

Petition update 4 from the council, 10 February 2011, while petition was still open

Tuesday 1st February 2011 - PRESS RELEASE

Council works with residents to minimise
cuts to services


- Majority of youth services to be retained
- Street cleansing services to be fully maintained
- Library savings postponed
- Community halls savings also postponed to develop plan

Hounslow Council has announced it intends to minimise cuts to frontline services after residents offered their views in the public budget consultation.
Nearly 7,000 residents completed the consultation, which offered people in Hounslow the opportunity to share their views on the council services they felt needed saving the most after central government cut funding to the borough by £60m over four years.

As a result of public views, the council’s Executive has put forward revised proposals that would ensure youth centre activities in Hanworth, Hogarth, Southville and the Hub will remain open and fully functional, with scaled-down savings taken from administrative roles instead.
Street cleansing services will also be retained in their entirety after residents declared how much they valued these services, with 58% disagreeing with the proposal to reduce levels.

The public response to libraries was also positive, with 57% of residents wanting to retain all the sites. As a result of the public budget consultation, Hounslow Council has proposed that immediate savings can be delivered by deferring some book purchases, minimising the risk of library closure. In the meantime, a more specific library consultation is underway which will inform the longer term strategy.
Following the consultation, the Executive also recommended that cuts to community halls were delayed. This will allow detailed options for transferring the halls to community groups to be developed.
View the report and a full rundown of the public budget consultation results
The full list of proposals, including the revised options, will be put forward to the meeting of executive members on 8 February at the Civic Centre in Hounslow, with the final budget decision being made by all councillors on 1 March.

Cllr Jagdish Sharma, leader of Hounslow Council said: “The near 7,000 responses we received were vital in helping us to make the tough choices about where we can save money after central government cut £60 million from our budget over the next four years.

"The strong responses offered about a number of the necessary savings proposals have shown us areas where our residents simply don’t want to see cuts or a reduction in services. We are committed to listening to the people of Hounslow and making sure your views are heard and these services are protected as much as possible.

“I wish we didn’t have to make these cuts to services, but the response we have received from residents has been staggering. I would like to thank each and every person who returned the form and let you know your views have been heard and we are trying our hardest to protect the services which clearly matter to you.

“We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable residents in Hounslow, and with the public’s help I believe we can do this, despite the huge cuts to government funding we are faced with.”

Petition update 3 from the council, 10 February 2011, while petition was still open

A paper petition was received on 1/2/11. An addtional 58 signatures have been added to this electronic petition.

Petition update 2 from the council, 02 February 2011, while petition was still open

This petition will be presented to Borough Council on the 1st March 2011. The agenda for this meeting will be published at least 7 days before the meeting is held and can be found at the following web address:

http://democraticservices.hounslow.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CId=254&Year=2011

Petition update 1 from the council, 30 January 2011, while petition was still open

The petition date has been changed to 20/2/11 as all petitions relating to proposed budget cuts are currently also being considered as part of the wider consultation process.


Further information

This petition will be presented to Borough Council on 1/3/11.

More details from petition creator

Beavers Library is an extremely important resource for the local people, and for many from further afield. It is part of an extremely valued local hub housing the library, Sure Start centre and local youth centre. Along with these 3 main services it also has a café, serves 2 local schools, adult education and ESOL classes, Baby clinic, craft groups and the local army barracks. It stands in an estate which over the last couple of years has seen a major improvement in anti social behaviour mainly due to the services run at The Hub. There are many older people and young families who do not find it easy to make the journey into Hounslow to visit the library there. These people will no longer have access to events or computers at the library, and will also lose out on the friendly, welcoming atmosphere. During this recession the library is becoming even more important to people most feeling the recession. Please do not close Beavers Library !

Current signatories

June Woods, the petition creator, joined by:

  • denise wright
  • hayley kissi
  • Anita Hill
  • Judith Hobbs
  • Sally Strutt
  • S. Jennings
  • Manpreet Jandu
  • Aby Walia
  • ruthwoods
  • Gemma Eagleton
  • Gurpreet Jandu
  • Gaurav Walia
  • Russell Miller
  • Daisy humphreys
  • Carly Yorath
  • Jacquie Brambley
  • Karen Milsom
  • rachael freer
  • Kate Mirzayantz
  • Emma Tate
  • Marilyn Yorath
  • Maritza Ardila
  • Lynette
  • Robert Wheeler
  • Sarah Vass
  • Mary Blyth
  • Julie Hollinshead
  • Abid Qureshi
  • maria hidri
  • Davina Berryman
  • Abigail Miller
  • Tooba Qureshi
  • Amtul Qureshi
  • Inayat Qureshi
  • Homa Qureshi
  • Sarah E. Allen
  • 85 offline signatures