Two-pronged campaign launched to save Leigh library

Echo: Save Leigh Library campaigners outside the Grade II listed building Save Leigh Library campaigners outside the Grade II listed building

THE Leigh community is gearing up a two-pronged attack to save its library.


The town council has set up a campaign group to pitch its case to Southend Council, while a residents’ group “Save Leigh Library” has been formed.


The council announced last month how five branch libraries would close in a bid to save £338,000, with Grade II listed Leigh Library in a straight fight with Kent Elms as to which service stays.


A year-long review has been recommended with Central library, in Victoria Avenue, closing in favour of the new £27m Southend Forum Library, due to open in September.


It is planned for the new super library to be served by a two “hub” libraries, one in the east and one in the west – meaning either Kent Elms or Leigh, in Broadway West, will have to go.


Ian Sanders, from Save Leigh Library, said: “It would be tragic for the library to close.


“We understand that cuts have to be made, but £300,000 just seems like a drop in the ocean compared to what Southend has to save in total.


“The library offers a fantastic serve for both children and adults and people rely on the library to search for jobs in these tough times, plus it is the busiest branch library.

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8:49am Thu 4 Apr 13

Saxonpride says...

I wish them good fortune.
Knowledge and learning must be safeguarded always.
I wish them good fortune. Knowledge and learning must be safeguarded always. Saxonpride

9:56am Thu 4 Apr 13

mys842 says...

Where's Leigh Town Council in all of this? Isn't this the kind of thing they should be supporting? However, it's a tricky one.

On one hand, lots of libraries in the borough will be closing, so why should Leigh keep more than one? The idea of one in Leigh, one in Southend and one in Shoeburyness does actually make sense. However, on the other hand, why have the council spent £27m on a library that wasn't really needed? That could have kept all of the local libraries open and a refurb on the one in Victoria Avenue.

I'm not sure if the council have any plan for Victoria Avenue other than just close everything, but pretty soon the council's civic centre will be the only thing on the ghetto road!
Where's Leigh Town Council in all of this? Isn't this the kind of thing they should be supporting? However, it's a tricky one. On one hand, lots of libraries in the borough will be closing, so why should Leigh keep more than one? The idea of one in Leigh, one in Southend and one in Shoeburyness does actually make sense. However, on the other hand, why have the council spent £27m on a library that wasn't really needed? That could have kept all of the local libraries open and a refurb on the one in Victoria Avenue. I'm not sure if the council have any plan for Victoria Avenue other than just close everything, but pretty soon the council's civic centre will be the only thing on the ghetto road! mys842

10:20am Thu 4 Apr 13

jayman says...

"Two-pronged campaign launched to save Leigh library"

southends Tories have a three-pronged plan to close everything.

1)ignorance.
2)arrogance.
3)indifference.
"Two-pronged campaign launched to save Leigh library" southends Tories have a three-pronged plan to close everything. 1)ignorance. 2)arrogance. 3)indifference. jayman

10:43am Thu 4 Apr 13

norfolkbroad says...

Wish you the very best for your campaign! No libraries should close.Do your councillors support closure? If so VOTE THEM OUT ASAP.If you don't vote, you can't complain when people elected by a tiny percentage of the town get into power and start messing around with your taxes. Good luck.
Wish you the very best for your campaign! No libraries should close.Do your councillors support closure? If so VOTE THEM OUT ASAP.If you don't vote, you can't complain when people elected by a tiny percentage of the town get into power and start messing around with your taxes. Good luck. norfolkbroad

10:59am Thu 4 Apr 13

perini says...

I'm not sure if the council have any plan for Victoria Avenue other than just close everything, but pretty soon the council's civic centre will be the only thing on the ghetto road!”

I think they have plans to waste more of OUR money gloryfying this piece of concrete waste-land - I believe figures up to £15 million of our hard-earned has been ear-marked.
I'm not sure if the council have any plan for Victoria Avenue other than just close everything, but pretty soon the council's civic centre will be the only thing on the ghetto road!” I think they have plans to waste more of OUR money gloryfying this piece of concrete waste-land - I believe figures up to £15 million of our hard-earned has been ear-marked. perini

11:44am Thu 4 Apr 13

Russ13 says...

mys842 wrote:
Where's Leigh Town Council in all of this? Isn't this the kind of thing they should be supporting? However, it's a tricky one. On one hand, lots of libraries in the borough will be closing, so why should Leigh keep more than one? The idea of one in Leigh, one in Southend and one in Shoeburyness does actually make sense. However, on the other hand, why have the council spent £27m on a library that wasn't really needed? That could have kept all of the local libraries open and a refurb on the one in Victoria Avenue. I'm not sure if the council have any plan for Victoria Avenue other than just close everything, but pretty soon the council's civic centre will be the only thing on the ghetto road!
Errmmmm..... "The town council has set up a campaign group to pitch its case to Southend Council" in the second sentence/paragraph
[quote][p][bold]mys842[/bold] wrote: Where's Leigh Town Council in all of this? Isn't this the kind of thing they should be supporting? However, it's a tricky one. On one hand, lots of libraries in the borough will be closing, so why should Leigh keep more than one? The idea of one in Leigh, one in Southend and one in Shoeburyness does actually make sense. However, on the other hand, why have the council spent £27m on a library that wasn't really needed? That could have kept all of the local libraries open and a refurb on the one in Victoria Avenue. I'm not sure if the council have any plan for Victoria Avenue other than just close everything, but pretty soon the council's civic centre will be the only thing on the ghetto road![/p][/quote]Errmmmm..... "The town council has set up a campaign group to pitch its case to Southend Council" in the second sentence/paragraph Russ13

12:28pm Thu 4 Apr 13

mys842 says...

Russ13 wrote:
mys842 wrote: Where's Leigh Town Council in all of this? Isn't this the kind of thing they should be supporting? However, it's a tricky one. On one hand, lots of libraries in the borough will be closing, so why should Leigh keep more than one? The idea of one in Leigh, one in Southend and one in Shoeburyness does actually make sense. However, on the other hand, why have the council spent £27m on a library that wasn't really needed? That could have kept all of the local libraries open and a refurb on the one in Victoria Avenue. I'm not sure if the council have any plan for Victoria Avenue other than just close everything, but pretty soon the council's civic centre will be the only thing on the ghetto road!
Errmmmm..... "The town council has set up a campaign group to pitch its case to Southend Council" in the second sentence/paragraph
whoops i missed that
[quote][p][bold]Russ13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mys842[/bold] wrote: Where's Leigh Town Council in all of this? Isn't this the kind of thing they should be supporting? However, it's a tricky one. On one hand, lots of libraries in the borough will be closing, so why should Leigh keep more than one? The idea of one in Leigh, one in Southend and one in Shoeburyness does actually make sense. However, on the other hand, why have the council spent £27m on a library that wasn't really needed? That could have kept all of the local libraries open and a refurb on the one in Victoria Avenue. I'm not sure if the council have any plan for Victoria Avenue other than just close everything, but pretty soon the council's civic centre will be the only thing on the ghetto road![/p][/quote]Errmmmm..... "The town council has set up a campaign group to pitch its case to Southend Council" in the second sentence/paragraph[/p][/quote]whoops i missed that mys842

5:24pm Thu 4 Apr 13

RobertFS says...

anyone know how i can sign a petition?
on line or at the leigh library or both.
if you do, spread the news for goodness sake!
anyone know how i can sign a petition? on line or at the leigh library or both. if you do, spread the news for goodness sake! RobertFS

11:35pm Thu 4 Apr 13

Nebs says...

Keep the libraries and close the council offices. Money saved, and nobody would notice any difference to their daily routine.
Keep the libraries and close the council offices. Money saved, and nobody would notice any difference to their daily routine. Nebs

6:34pm Fri 5 Apr 13

librarysupporter says...

Saxonpride wrote:
I wish them good fortune.
Knowledge and learning must be safeguarded always.
Leigh library is the obvious choice for the west hub library. Kent Elms is not big enough!
[quote][p][bold]Saxonpride[/bold] wrote: I wish them good fortune. Knowledge and learning must be safeguarded always.[/p][/quote]Leigh library is the obvious choice for the west hub library. Kent Elms is not big enough! librarysupporter

6:34pm Fri 5 Apr 13

librarysupporter says...

Saxonpride wrote:
I wish them good fortune.
Knowledge and learning must be safeguarded always.
Leigh library is the obvious choice for the west hub library. Kent Elms is not big enough!
[quote][p][bold]Saxonpride[/bold] wrote: I wish them good fortune. Knowledge and learning must be safeguarded always.[/p][/quote]Leigh library is the obvious choice for the west hub library. Kent Elms is not big enough! librarysupporter

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