22nd Jan, 2018

EDITOR'S COMMENT: Councillor Maton's brash retort can't mask real threat to libraries

Les Reid 12th Jan, 2018 Updated: 12th Jan, 2018

COUNCILLOR Kevin Maton appears to claim council leaders have thwarted the Save Coventry Libraries campaign.

“The fact is we undermined their entire strategy, which was to blame us for closing all libraries. And since we haven’t closed any, they don’t know quite what to do now,” he told us.

It’s a characteristically brash and reductive statement, despite any good intentions amid heavy government funding cuts to councils.

As our two Special Reports on libraries illustrate, libraries offloaded by the council to community volunteers remain at high risk, as evidence nationally shows too.

And there can be no guarantees for any Coventry libraries, with further multi-million pound council cuts forecast for years.


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