Sheffield’s Liberal Democrats have revealed that over 2,500 people have signed their petition which calls on the Labour run City Council to withdraw their plans to close half of Sheffield’s 27 libraries.
Today the campaign was backed by Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam and Deputy Prime Minister.
Sheffield’s Labour councillors have proposed to save just £370,000 in the next financial year by closing half of Sheffield’s libraries. However, at the same time the Council is spending £2.2m on refurbishing offices in the Town Hall, £4.7m on consultants and £0.5m a year on full time trade union officials.
Local people can add their name to the petition by visiting www.savesheffieldlibraries.com
Nick said: -
“The fact that so many people have responded to the campaign shows the strength of feeling. I know just how much the libraries in my constituency are valued by local people.
“Our libraries could stay open if Sheffield’s Labour councillors stopped playing politics. Whilst we all have to deal with less money, it doesn’t seem fair for them to suggest that half of Sheffield’s libraries should close instead of cutting back on Town Hall refurbishments, consultants and Trade Union officials.
“It’s clear that Labour can’t be trusted with our money and they can’t be trusted to make the right choices for Sheffield. I hope they will see sense and withdraw the closure plan.”