Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Petitions to Save Suffolk Libraries with more than 19 000 signatures handed to Suffolk CC

Me handing a petition to Cllr Judy Terry
Petitions from libraries across Suffolk with more than 19 000 signatures were handed in to Cllr Judy Terry, Portfolio Holder for Libraries at Endeavour House this morning.

More than 20 representatives from libraries across Suffolk together with opposition councillors from both the Lib Dem and Labour groups converged on Endeavour House to hand in the petitions and to send a strong message to Suffolk County Council as the library consultation comes to an end.

Cllr Judy Terry seemed unwilling to come and receive the petitions at first but after chants of "Judy Terry Come on Down" and a trip to Reception she eventually appeared. As you can see from the video (on way) she did seem to be indicating that the strength of feeling had been acknowledged and that "we would be surprised" at what their plans are. She struggled to answer the questions put by protesters eventually telling Cllr Kathy Pollard (Lib Dem Group Leader) and the protesters in a patronising way that we "didn't understand" their plans which was met with derision from those present!


This table shows the petitions handed in:


Paper
Online
Total
Aldeburgh
1200
1200
ALL Libraries
722
722
Bungay
1202
56
1258
Debenham
828
149
977
Hadleigh
59
59
Ipswich County
3945
3945
Ipswich Labour
1600
1600
Kesgrave
45
265
310
Leiston
759
181
940
Oulton Broad
1229
22
1251
Rosehill
3128
469
3597
Saxmundham
1703
147
1850
Stradbroke
700
100
800
Woodbridge
578
578
TOTAL
16976
2111
19087

Petitions in italics previously handed in but representatives at handover


Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.
UPDATE 1425 values altered to include missed out Online petitions from Rosehill and split between Hadleigh and Ipswich Central petitions

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