Leader of the Council Warren Morgan has hailed the success of the council’s library plan, being voted on at full Council tomorrow:
“When Government cuts are forcing many councils to close or privatise public libraries, Labour councillors in Brighton and Hove are keeping the city’s libraries in public hands, open for longer and we are putting them at the heart of our communities.”
Green councillors have said they will vote against the plan, putting the future of seven local libraries at risk in order to stop Hove Library from moving from a century old building that is no longer fit for purpose and which costs a huge amount of money to run. The proposals for a new Hove Library would mean services closer to the majority of users, longer opening hours, a café and outdoor space for community events. The changes have been backed by residents in two public consultations.
Cllr Morgan added:
“Labour has a proud record of defending and promoting libraries in the city, having overseen the building of our award winning Jubilee Library and having opposed the closure of the mobile library under the previous Green administration. Our vision for Brighton and Hove is one where libraries form an essential part of a network of community hubs, providing an expanded range of advice and support services which will bring council and other public services closer to the communities that need them.”