Petition to: prevent the closure of eight of the 11 libraries which serve Hounslow Borough

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

We the undersigned petition Hounslow Council to prevent the closure of eight of the 11 libraries which serve Hounslow Borough. More details

Petition update 2 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 1 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

More details from petition creator

This petition was organised and submitted by the Hounslow Chronicle.

It will be presnted to Borough Council on 1/3/2011.

Current signatories

Jessica Thompson, the petition creator, joined by:

  • 1,128 offline signatures