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Local MP Alan Mak is urging all residents to respond to a consultation on the future of the Emsworth Library and to sign-up to his community campaign.
Hampshire County Council (HCC) is currently consulting on the future of its Library Services around Hampshire, including Emsworth Library. HCC believe that Emsworth Library is under-used, and options for its future include reducing opening hours, greater community involvement in its operation, or complete closure.
Alan has been in close contact with Emsworth’s County Councillor Ray Bolton (Emsworth’s elected representative on HCC) and the HCC Cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, Cllr Sean Woodward, including organising a meeting to discuss the issue and call on Cllr Woodward to keep the Library open.
While the consultation is ongoing Alan will be working with the community to try and find a solution to keep the Library open and has launched a community campaign, calling on residents to sign-up. You can do this by adding your name to the mailing list below. Alan will aim to turn this into a petition that can be presented to Cllr Woodward and his decision-making colleagues at HCC.
Alan said: “I want Emsworth Library to stay open, and I will be working with local councillors and the community to persuade Hampshire County Council to keep the Library open. Libraries are about more than books – they are an important community hub. I’m asking Emsworth residents to sign-up for my Emsworth Library mailing list, so that I can update them on this matter and gauge the level of supporting for keeping it open. By doing so, you will also help me emphasise to HCC that this is a subject important to many people in the community, and encourage HCC to pay attention to your views.”
You can respond to the HCC consultation here https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/consultations/library-consultation