MP Robert Halfon remains committed to keep Harlow libraries open

ROBERT Halfon, MP for Harlow, has reacted to the news that some local councils are opening new libraries while the libraries at Tye Green, Mark Hall and Great Parndon are at risk of closure under Essex County Council’s current plans.

The data was collected by use of Freedom of Information laws and found that while some councils, such as Essex County Council, are planning to close some of their libraries, other councils, such as Gloucestershire, are actually opening new libraries.

This comes in the light of Essex County Council’s library consultation where libraries at Mark Hall, Tye Green and Great Parndon are at risk of closure.

Over half of Essex’s libraries are at risk of closure in the cost-cutting move by Essex County Council.

Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, commented in the Daily Express saying “The truth is that closing our libraries is an act of cultural vandalism.

“Cuts are used as an easy excuse, yet why is it that some councils, such as Lancashire, are actually reopening and modernising libraries for the 21st century?”

Separate data from the TaxPayers’ Alliance also revealed that Essex County Council pays salaries in excess of £100,000 to more members of staff than any other local authority in the East of England.

On this matter, Robert commented “The same councils who do not have enough money seem quite happy to pay their council offers many hundreds of thousands – way more than even the Prime Minister earns.”

Robert remains committed to ensuring that the Mark Hall, Tye Green and Great Parndon remain open.

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