Speaking in response to the council press release Councillor Prue Bray said “The council press release blames those campaigning against the council’s plans for libraries for spreading misconceptions and scaremongering. That is an insult to the thousands of people unhappy with the idea of handing over the running of the library service to a private company.
If there have been any misconceptions on the part of the public I would lay the blame squarely with the council who have throughout conducted an entirely secretive process. The Conservatives can’t blame EU rules for imposing secrecy on them –
Given the council’s complaint about misconception it is rather ironic the press release itself is grossly misleading. It refers to a ‘cross-
Given the importance of this issue to the community as a whole, the council should be listening to people and be open about what is going on. Instead they have put out a press release which has shown they are unable to do either.”