Petition to: keep Heston library open

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

We the undersigned petition Hounslow Council to keep Heston library open. More details

Petition update 8 from the council, 28 June 2011

The Mayor invited Councillor Peta Vaught to speak on behalf the petition organizer, Ms Vass. Councillor Vaught stated that she supported
the retention of all Borough libraries and noted that there was strong feeling locally that Heston Library should be kept open. She considered libraries to be a helpful source of information for the many people who were not computer literate, as well as being a helpful study space for
pupils after school hours. She argued that libraries should be local and asked Members not to close it.

The Mayor then 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 ChronicleNewspaper. He explained however that the Borough had undertaken an extensive onsultation 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

• 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.

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

Petition update 6 from the council, 17 February 2011, while petition was still open

An additional paper petition was submitted with 148 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 hand written petition to "save all libraries" has been received by the council. The 261 signatures have been added to this on-line petition. Councillors will be advised of this at the meeting on 1/3/2011.

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:

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 The deadline for comments is Friday 28th January 2011.

More details from petition creator

Heston library is an extremely important resource for the local people, and for many from further afield. It is open six days a week so is used by people from other parts of the borough whose local libraries are closed on Wednesdays and Fridays. The library is a vital part of the lives of many older people and children who would find it very difficult to travel to Hounslow or Feltham and would therefore lose their library service altogether. It provides a much-needed centre for families with young children who enjoy the story times and other activities, and older children benefit hugely from homework help and the Summer Reading Scheme. The computers are also extremely important for people who do not otherwise have access to the Internet or other IT resources. In these hard times when we are all having to cut back the library is becoming even more important! Please don't take it away from us. Thank you.

Current signatories

Mrs Sarah Vass, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Mary Blyth
  • Mr D R Blackett
  • sharad sethi
  • Stephen Woodman
  • Brenda Britnell
  • Herdeep Singh
  • Sian Lloyd
  • Ruth garner
  • Hilary Garner
  • Gillian Maxwell
  • Karen Gilchrist
  • Samia Jackson
  • Christine Owen
  • David Gilchrist
  • randeep karwal
  • gurpal singh
  • Kishore Ramdeen
  • Graham Seaman
  • Penny
  • sarah hudson
  • Jessica Thompson
  • Alison Park
  • Susannah Mary Coco
  • James Park
  • Linda Barry
  • Phil Shane
  • Sally Carlton
  • Sarah John
  • Nicholas Marbrow
  • K V Blackett
  • J May
  • Deborah Hutcheson
  • A S Dehal
  • G Singh
  • Prabhjyot Robertson
  • rebecca herdson
  • Kate Ciborowski
  • Ellie Dyer
  • Ben Collen
  • Rhiannon Lloyd
  • Jo Keogh
  • William Cornforth
  • K Baker
  • Chris Yesson
  • Idrish D
  • Harry Marshall
  • Monika Bohm
  • Rob Deaville
  • Paddy Brock
  • Chris Carbone
  • Nathalie Pettorelli
  • Alienor Chauvenet
  • David Hitchcock
  • K.K. Dehal
  • Jon Bielby
  • D. Green
  • Tola oni
  • Katie Colvile
  • Rob pickles
  • Marie Hitchcock
  • John Ewen
  • Martina Di Fonzo
  • Guy Cowlishaw
  • Brian Clark
  • Raymond Hounslow
  • N Rozario
  • David Robertson
  • jacqueline fazal
  • Ann Sylph
  • David Hayman
  • Nadia Richman
  • James Duffy
  • Angela Sharp
  • Caitlin Douglas
  • marius twomey
  • Caroline Pickett
  • Sarah McCarron
  • Diane Richards
  • Miriam Murphy
  • Ian Richards
  • Sarah Whilton
  • cheryl horabin
  • William Holt
  • Victoria Gillian Pook
  • Marie PUNTER
  • olga martinez
  • Ian Hassett
  • Kumud Bawa
  • Dawn V Hardy
  • G. Willis
  • Stuart mcdougall
  • Rebekah Burrow
  • Kenneth Matthews
  • Sara Munro
  • Claire Rawding
  • Birgitta Johnson
  • Lynette Edwards
  • Pam Cole
  • Joan Anderson
  • marie mcdermott
  • Sandra Reid
  • Alison Debney
  • Robert Vass
  • Teresa Guevara
  • Sue Welch
  • E R Welch
  • Lucia Clari
  • Gulbanu Kermalli
  • Mandeep Sarai
  • Iveta
  • Robert Wheeler
  • vijaya Mallula
  • Nirmala Mallula
  • Nirmala Dhavala
  • Hardeep
  • Abigail Miller
  • N Deol
  • Azeem Shaikh
  • Avmeeta Virdee
  • gurtej singh
  • Priyanka Kaur
  • Kulvinder Lal
  • Jay Bharaj
  • jasmine gill
  • Eithne Kennan
  • Anika Saini
  • Michael Gibbons
  • Michelle Gibbons
  • Raffaella Newman
  • Luigia Maddaloni
  • Anastasio A M
  • Jagbir Singh Dhugha
  • Donna Al Assaad
  • 409 offline signatures