Make sure you take part in Hampshire’s consultation on the future of libraries – They’re proposing to close 14 of the 42 libraries across the county.
Cutting libraries destroys communities, says Jim Forrest
Thankfully, Stubbington Library is not earmarked for closure. But Lee-on-the-Solent Library is, so we can expect even more pressure on Stubbington’s car parks as readers from Lee have to travel to get their books.
The consultation runs until March 18. You can take part online, and download an information pack here.
Hampshire County Council is proposing another £80million of cuts in its so-called Transformation to 2021. The Tory Government tell us austerity is supposed to be over – measures like these from the Tory County Council tell us it’s not!
• £1.76 million cuts to libraries – which could mean some whole library closures, or day closures at many other libraries
• A whole range of further cuts to Home to School Transport.
• £596,000 reduction to the Short Breaks for Disabled Children programme
• £8.2 million of waste costs to be dumped onto district councils
• £1 million from introducing charging for wood disposal at Household Waste REcycling Centgres
• Another £500,000 saving from switching off street lights or further dimming of them
• An astonishing £43.1million cut to the Adult Care Services budget, when the need is increasing rapidly
Hampshire County Council has launched a public consultation about three services it helps to fund: street lighting, subsidised transport services, and the concessionary travel scheme.
Don’t miss the bus says Jim
It’s particularly relevant to Stubbington and Hill Head, because one of the services being looked at is the 21/21A bus service.
You can view the consultation and download a response form and information pack here
The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday, August 5, and we urge residents to take part.