Protests over potential Coventry library cuts

Protests over potential Coventry library cuts

Protestors staged a demonstration in Coventry yesterday, calling for the city council to stop plans to make heavy cuts to public services, including the city's libraries.

Coventry City Council is looking to make £15m worth of budget cuts this year, and £65m by 2017. As part of money-saving plans, the council is considering shutting its contact points, including the city's 17 libraries, and replacing them with five "super-hubs" which would cover the whole of the city, targeting the more deprived areas.

A public consultation into the cuts is due to end later this month, with the council making a decision on plans in February.

Councillor David Kershaw, cabinet member for education in the city, told the Coventry Observer the council was open to working with community groups to see some libraries stay open. He said: "We will continue to explore opportunities of working in imaginative and thoughtful ways with members of the Coventry community about libraries."