Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Defend Rotherham Central Library.

Rotherham Borough Council's Cabinet Members have quietly made plans to destroy Rotherham Central Library.

On a recent visit to the Central Library, I asked library staff if they had any information regarding the cuts they would be facing. Although there was general awareness that cuts would come, they had very little detail of any cuts. The only concrete news they had was that the library itself was being demolished and being relocated to the new government building opposite the police station.

According to staff, there had been plans to build a new library, but these had been abandoned in the light of massive council budget cuts.

I was unaware of these plans and did a little research to see if I had missed any announcements.

There was an article from August 2010 on the council website which, obviously, gave an upbeat account of the council plans. Written, typically enough, as straight propaganda it gave no indication of any public concern that the plans would not be welcome by the community. (Click here to read the article).

No article relating to this news appears on the Rotherham Advertiser search engine (which covers the Advertiser, Record and the Dearne Valley Weekender).

- Chris Bingham

-----Supplementary (02/08/2011) -----

Article from BBC I just exhumed... "Town library to have new location in Rotherham"


  1. "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves and the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem."
    - Howard Zinn

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