Keep the awareness going!

The consultation period may be over, but it’s hugely important we keep the awareness of the campaign going, we keep supporting the library, and we keep our voices being heard by East Sussex County Council.

The 3 key things you can do right now are; Use Ore Library, Write to ESCC, and Share with everyone. Head over to the ‘What You Can Do’ page for more details, including e-mail addresses for all the relevant people at ESCC and ideas on what to write.

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Press release: Campaigners hold Save Ore Library street stall

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Campaigners opposed to the proposed closure of Ore Library by East Sussex County Council were out in force in Ore Village on Saturday morning collecting signatures for their petition and encouraging residents to respond to the official consultation.

“The weather may have been cold”, said Ore’s Hastings Borough councillor Richard Street “but the reception was very warm. We spoke to dozens of people from Ore itself and the villages around and every one of them thought the idea of closing Ore library just to save a few pounds was appalling.”

123 people signed the petition at the stall bringing the total to over 1500.

Local resident, Heather Bishop and her son Ben, were there: “Libraries are so important especially if you want to encourage children to enjoy reading. On Saturday, I was shocked to learn that many people living in the villages outside Hastings didn’t realise that the mobile library service is also faced with the chop.”

The next event in their calendar is on Tuesday 12th December at County Hall in Lewes where campaigners from across the County whose local libraries are under threat will be gathering in protest prior to the Cabinet meeting. The Save Ore Library petition will be delivered at the same time. Anybody interested in joining that protest should go to the Facebook group “Save Ore Library” for more details.

The consultation which will play a significant part in informing the Cabinet’s decision runs until 14th December and can be completed online https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/draft-strategy/consultation/subpage.2017-08-09.4864277929 or in hard copy available from all libraries. The decision is expected in March.

The photo shows Richard Street and Andrew Battley talking to residents.

Further information about the campaign from Cllr Richard Street 07710 386111

Further information about the protest on 12th December from Andrew Battley 07739 490935

Response from East Sussex County Council to email about Ore Library

We’ve been asking supporters to write to the County Council Cabinet members who will make the final decision about Ore library, and all the other libraries under threat. Here’s a letter sent by one supporter to Cllr Glazier, the leader of East Sussex County Council, and the response received. Curiously, the response did not come from Cllr Glazier but from Nick Skelton, the ‘Assistant Director Communities, Economy & Transport ‘; he does not explain why he is responding on behalf of Cllr Glazier. (more…)

Email the Cabinet and tell them to save our library!

The final decision on whether to approve East Sussex County Council’s (ESCC) library plans (including the closure of Ore and six other libraries, plus the mobile library) will be made in March 2018 by the ESCC Cabinet.

The Cabinet consists of eight councillors, all Conservatives. Their contact details are below – clicking on a name should open an email for you to send. Why not email them and ask them to keep our libraries open? (more…)