Following a question from the Lib Dem group of councillors to the Executive last night, it emerged that the decision on the future of the library service will now be made in November.
Residents have made their worries about Council plans for the Library service perfectly clear. In September last year Lib Dem campaigners, including Rachelle Shepherd -Dubey who has since been elected a Councillor for Winnersh, presented a petition to the council. This triggered a debate in November during which residents urged the Council to think again about using a commercial operator seeking profits to partner with them in providing the library service.
Local Lib Dem campaigners and councillors are pleased that the new Conservative Executive member wants to get the decision right but are concerned about the effect of further delays. Cllr Shepherd- Dubey said “the Conservatives were supposed to make the final decision about outsourcing the library service in March then it was pushed off until June now it will be November. By then the staff and users of the service will have had this hanging over them for 18 months. We really hope the Conservatives will stick to this new date and not let it drag on any longer.”
The Lib Dem petition last year called upon the Conservatives to listen to the local community and asked them to think again about the outsourcing. The Lib Dems hope that this delay until November means the Conservatives are doing just that.