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LIBRARIES: We share the concerns

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Your correspondent voices concerns about library closures, which are shared by Conservative councillors, (News Guardian, May 24).

It’s important that people of all ages have good access to libraries, and to have them all shut on Saturday afternoons is dreadful.

When the council’s budget was being discussed earlier this year Conservatives proposed that there should be no reduction in library hours, that weekly bin collections should be kept, and that council tax should not rise.

Additionally, we proposed employing an extra Admiral nurse to assist dementia sufferers and their families.

We demonstrated how this could be achieved financially, with a balanced, legal budget.

Regrettably, all the Labour councillors present and the Elected Mayor voted against our proposals.

They voted for the library closures instead, along with the five per cent tax rise and reduced bin collections too.

Coun Judith Wallace

Conservative Group Leader, North Tyneside Council