Petition to: Keep Brentford Library open

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

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

Petition update 8 from the council, 22 February 2011

An additional hand written petition has been received with 362 signatures which have been added to this on-line petition.

Petition update 7 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 6 from the council, 17 February 2011

An additional paper petition was submitted with 321 signatures. These signatures have been added to this on-line petition.

Petition update 5 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.

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 4 from the council, 07 February 2011, while petition was still open

A paper petition was received on 7/2/11 and 291 signatures have been added to this on-line petition.

Petition update 3 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 2 from the council, 26 January 2011, while petition was still open

Please note, that as well as this petition being presented to Borough Council it is also being forwarded to the relevant departments to inform the wider consultation process.

Whilst the formal consultation period has closed, departments and Councillors have been informed of your petition so that discussions can take place well ahead of any final decisions being made on cuts.

Councillors and departments are being updated regularly on the number of people of who have signed up to this position and will be advised of the total signatories once the position has closed

Petition update 1 from the council, 24 January 2011, while petition was still open

If you wish to comment on the proposed library closures, you can also email your views to libraryconsultation@hounslow.gov.uk. The deadline for comments is Friday 28th January 2011.

More details from petition creator

Many depend on the excellent Brentford library service for their reading.It is the hub of the local community. It is a quiet space where you can research on the internet.It is the source of information about local places of interest, local community group activities and much more. From the Library Consultation map it is clear that Brentford library serves a unique geographical area within the Borough of Hounslow. There is no overlap with other Hounslow Libraries. Brentford Library is an iconic and unique building. It was purpose built by the famous Andrew Carnegie for the people of Brentford to use as a library.It stands proudly in a pivotal location, as a very beautiful and most important monumental building in Brentford. The gardens of Brentford Library hold war memorials which add an important significance to the library building. Closure will both deny people many services and will add to the decay of Brentford Town itself. It will end the library and community hub functions and even destroy the very fabric of the Brentford Town Centre's built environment.We therefore urge you to keep the building open and running as a library next year.

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