Library closures could be against law

A PARLIAMENTARY committee has warned any plans to cut libraries in Southend could be against the law.

The Commons culture, media and sport select committee declared councils across the country were tip-toeing on edge of legality as they tried to slash costs.

Southend Council announced it would hold a “review” of the town’s six suburban branches, with the aim of squeezing even more cash from the already stripped-back system, in July.

However, under the Public Libraries and Museum Act 1964, local authorities have to maintain enough libraries to cater for most people.

Although it did not name councils, the select committee claimed some were making snap judgments “under considerable pressure to quickly find cost savings”.

John Whittingdale, chairman of the committee, added: “At the moment, councils appear to be somewhat in the dark about what is expected of them and are making decisions which are being overturned by judicial review.

“This is an expensive, undemocratic and generally unsatisfactory way of making policy.”

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10:16am Mon 12 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

When you realise how much money they have control over in their so called 'budget' iro £180 million. I am glad that they will have to account for their spending plans .......
When you realise how much money they have control over in their so called 'budget' iro £180 million. I am glad that they will have to account for their spending plans ....... Olivia2847
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10:34am Mon 12 Nov 12

Nebs says...

Olivia2847 wrote:
When you realise how much money they have control over in their so called 'budget' iro £180 million. I am glad that they will have to account for their spending plans .......
That is only about £1,000 per person living in the Borough.
[quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: When you realise how much money they have control over in their so called 'budget' iro £180 million. I am glad that they will have to account for their spending plans .......[/p][/quote]That is only about £1,000 per person living in the Borough. Nebs
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10:43am Mon 12 Nov 12

jayman says...

chalk one up for the good guys..

any time Southend council announce a public consultation, replace the word consultation with 'cuts' or 'delivery'

question 112.5/b

would you

A, like to have a reduction in core services
B, prefer a reduction in core services.
C, opt for a reduction in core services.
D, enable us to make the decisions we want anyway and also remove any political heat we may sustain while enacting options A, B, and C..... basically, we want to continue our 'easy number' here at the civic centre, well! why else would anyone become a political representative? to feather our own nest of course..
chalk one up for the good guys.. any time Southend council announce a public consultation, replace the word consultation with 'cuts' or 'delivery' question 112.5/b would you A, like to have a reduction in core services B, prefer a reduction in core services. C, opt for a reduction in core services. D, enable us to make the decisions we want anyway and also remove any political heat we may sustain while enacting options A, B, and C..... basically, we want to continue our 'easy number' here at the civic centre, well! why else would anyone become a political representative? to feather our own nest of course.. jayman
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12:30pm Mon 12 Nov 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

Jayman you forgot option E, STOP WASTING MONEY ON THE BOURGH'S LAZY, FECKLESS, DRUG ADDICTED AND ILLEGAL POPULATION.
Jayman you forgot option E, STOP WASTING MONEY ON THE BOURGH'S LAZY, FECKLESS, DRUG ADDICTED AND ILLEGAL POPULATION. notinwestcliffanymore
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1:40pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

notinwestcliffanymor
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Jayman you forgot option E, STOP WASTING MONEY ON THE BOURGH'S LAZY, FECKLESS, DRUG ADDICTED AND ILLEGAL POPULATION.
Another erudite comment from our overseas correspondent!
[quote][p][bold]notinwestcliffanymor e[/bold] wrote: Jayman you forgot option E, STOP WASTING MONEY ON THE BOURGH'S LAZY, FECKLESS, DRUG ADDICTED AND ILLEGAL POPULATION.[/p][/quote]Another erudite comment from our overseas correspondent! Olivia2847
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2:11pm Mon 12 Nov 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

Indeed well read, and once had the pleasure of living in Westcliff, I've seen where the council's money is spent. It ain't a pretty sight.
Indeed well read, and once had the pleasure of living in Westcliff, I've seen where the council's money is spent. It ain't a pretty sight. notinwestcliffanymore
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7:00pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Max Impact says...

notinwestcliffanymor
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Indeed well read, and once had the pleasure of living in Westcliff, I've seen where the council's money is spent. It ain't a pretty sight.
So don't look, and don't comment, stick to whatever cesspit you are living in.

It's always the same with people like you, slag off one place but can find no fault with yours, I'm guessing you live in Utopia a Garden of Eden where the sun always shines, the paths are made from gold, and the sky full of diamonds, unemployment is zero, nobody smokes, nobody drinks, no drugs, no crime, everything is free and when it rains it rains money, everyone is fit and healthy, no sickness, everybody had everything they could everwant...
[quote][p][bold]notinwestcliffanymor e[/bold] wrote: Indeed well read, and once had the pleasure of living in Westcliff, I've seen where the council's money is spent. It ain't a pretty sight.[/p][/quote]So don't look, and don't comment, stick to whatever cesspit you are living in. It's always the same with people like you, slag off one place but can find no fault with yours, I'm guessing you live in Utopia a Garden of Eden where the sun always shines, the paths are made from gold, and the sky full of diamonds, unemployment is zero, nobody smokes, nobody drinks, no drugs, no crime, everything is free and when it rains it rains money, everyone is fit and healthy, no sickness, everybody had everything they could everwant... Max Impact
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11:01pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

notinwestcliffanymor
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Indeed well read, and once had the pleasure of living in Westcliff, I've seen where the council's money is spent. It ain't a pretty sight.
Which is why you moved and what a relief that is .....
[quote][p][bold]notinwestcliffanymor e[/bold] wrote: Indeed well read, and once had the pleasure of living in Westcliff, I've seen where the council's money is spent. It ain't a pretty sight.[/p][/quote]Which is why you moved and what a relief that is ..... Olivia2847
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11:02pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Max Impact wrote:
notinwestcliffanymor

e
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Indeed well read, and once had the pleasure of living in Westcliff, I've seen where the council's money is spent. It ain't a pretty sight.
So don't look, and don't comment, stick to whatever cesspit you are living in.

It's always the same with people like you, slag off one place but can find no fault with yours, I'm guessing you live in Utopia a Garden of Eden where the sun always shines, the paths are made from gold, and the sky full of diamonds, unemployment is zero, nobody smokes, nobody drinks, no drugs, no crime, everything is free and when it rains it rains money, everyone is fit and healthy, no sickness, everybody had everything they could everwant...
Must be Canvey the ;->
[quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notinwestcliffanymor e[/bold] wrote: Indeed well read, and once had the pleasure of living in Westcliff, I've seen where the council's money is spent. It ain't a pretty sight.[/p][/quote]So don't look, and don't comment, stick to whatever cesspit you are living in. It's always the same with people like you, slag off one place but can find no fault with yours, I'm guessing you live in Utopia a Garden of Eden where the sun always shines, the paths are made from gold, and the sky full of diamonds, unemployment is zero, nobody smokes, nobody drinks, no drugs, no crime, everything is free and when it rains it rains money, everyone is fit and healthy, no sickness, everybody had everything they could everwant...[/p][/quote]Must be Canvey the ;-> Olivia2847
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7:26am Tue 13 Nov 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

Ha i got got out of westcliff because A, most of the school's are sh4t and English is a second langauge, B, I was fed up with all the lovely houses that have been ruined by turning them into bedsits. C, Sick of having to step over beggers all over HCR. D, The feeling of being unsafe when walking around there after dark and the constant threat of crime. E, Having to live nextdoor to the epitome of benefit Britain, six in the house no job between them, two dirty great dogs, cr$p all over the garden, duvet for curtains and the waft of skunk always avaliable.. yeah right you can keep it. Where i am ain't perfect but at least it has got civic respect.
Ha i got got out of westcliff because A, most of the school's are sh4t and English is a second langauge, B, I was fed up with all the lovely houses that have been ruined by turning them into bedsits. C, Sick of having to step over beggers all over HCR. D, The feeling of being unsafe when walking around there after dark and the constant threat of crime. E, Having to live nextdoor to the epitome of benefit Britain, six in the house no job between them, two dirty great dogs, cr$p all over the garden, duvet for curtains and the waft of skunk always avaliable.. yeah right you can keep it. Where i am ain't perfect but at least it has got civic respect. notinwestcliffanymore
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9:02am Tue 13 Nov 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

Olivia2847 says...

The sooner we leave the EU the better regardless of the cost so we then stop becoming the dosser capital of Europe for all and sundry to screw us blind .....
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.you seem to have a change of opinion since you posted about the state of westcliff>>>
Olivia2847 says... The sooner we leave the EU the better regardless of the cost so we then stop becoming the dosser capital of Europe for all and sundry to screw us blind ..... .. .you seem to have a change of opinion since you posted about the state of westcliff>>> notinwestcliffanymore
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2:28pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Max Impact says...

notinwestcliffanymor
e
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Ha i got got out of westcliff because A, most of the school's are sh4t and English is a second langauge, B, I was fed up with all the lovely houses that have been ruined by turning them into bedsits. C, Sick of having to step over beggers all over HCR. D, The feeling of being unsafe when walking around there after dark and the constant threat of crime. E, Having to live nextdoor to the epitome of benefit Britain, six in the house no job between them, two dirty great dogs, cr$p all over the garden, duvet for curtains and the waft of skunk always avaliable.. yeah right you can keep it. Where i am ain't perfect but at least it has got civic respect.
Where then, Broadmoor Hospital, where trolls like you enjoy life.
[quote][p][bold]notinwestcliffanymor e[/bold] wrote: Ha i got got out of westcliff because A, most of the school's are sh4t and English is a second langauge, B, I was fed up with all the lovely houses that have been ruined by turning them into bedsits. C, Sick of having to step over beggers all over HCR. D, The feeling of being unsafe when walking around there after dark and the constant threat of crime. E, Having to live nextdoor to the epitome of benefit Britain, six in the house no job between them, two dirty great dogs, cr$p all over the garden, duvet for curtains and the waft of skunk always avaliable.. yeah right you can keep it. Where i am ain't perfect but at least it has got civic respect.[/p][/quote]Where then, Broadmoor Hospital, where trolls like you enjoy life. Max Impact
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