FOLLOWING the Harlow MP’s extensive campaign to ‘Save Our Libraries’ in Harlow and across Essex, the leader of Essex County Council, Cllr David Finch, has announced today that “no libraries will close in the next five years”.
The decision comes after Essex County Council proposed to close over a third of libraries across Essex, including three in Harlow: Tye Green, Mark Hall and Great Parndon.
Rob Halfon MP campaigned tirelessly with the support of Harlow residents. He wrote to over 6,000 households before Christmas, informing them of the plans and encouraging them to take part in the online consultation and drop-in sessions.
The Harlow MP also drew attention to the Council’s proposals and highlighted the importance of free access to libraries for all in the House of Commons Chamber on a number of occasions, including with the former leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom MP, and the Libraries Minister, Michael Ellis MP.
He also took his campaign directly to Essex County Council, handing in a petition to the Libraries Councillor, Susan Barker, alongside pupils and teachers from Cooks Spinney and St James’ C of E Primary Schools, and passing on hundreds of letters and emails from Harlow residents.
During the Full Council meeting this morning, Cllr David Finch asserted that “no library will close”.
Rob Halfon said: “I am thrilled with the news today that our libraries in Harlow and across Essex will remain open.
“As I have been campaigning, our local libraries are a lifeline in our community of Harlow, ensuring that everyone has access to free resources, books and computers.
“I was overwhelmed with support to keep the libraries open – from school pupils and their teachers to families and elderly Harlow residents.
“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone in Harlow who took part in the consultation, wrote to me or supported my campaign – this is a fantastic result.”
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