Extremely well considered blog post on the heartbreaking decisions ahead for our wonderful libraries
Originally posted on a sense of place:
Well the news is in and the news isn’t good. On 15th August a proposal will go to the meeting of Liverpool City Council in the Town Hall to close eleven of our nineteen libraries.
Before I list those threatened and those to stay, a bit of context from when I attended one of the public consultation events back in May. I wrote then:
“Liverpool gets 76% of its funding from Central Government. And they’re going to cut this by half by 2016/17.
Therefore the City Council has been forced to decide to cut its mandatory services, including libraries, by 25%. And its discretionary services, like sports and culture, by 50%. In the case of libraries this will mean an annual budget of £10m being reduced by £2.5m.
The Council has been running a survey (which I’ve written about before) to gather facts and opinions about…
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Fresh from swinging off platforms for the three days of the Giant Spectacular as part of the Memories of August 2014 celebrations, our very own Lilliputian Paul Brown told us about his experience
Q – Hi Paul, so tell us what’s your day job?
I’m a Prevention/Assessment Homeless Officer for Housing Options Service in Liverpool City Council
Q – How did you get to be involved in this year’s Giant Spectacular?
Following the initial advert made public, I formally applied to be a Volunteer Lilliputian
Q – What role did you play in the Giant’s event?
I was a Lilliputian on the Grandmother Giant, receiving specific intensive training into “walking” the Grandmother during the show.
Q – So what was the experience like for you?
It was an awesome experience that will stay long in the memory. Doing something I really enjoyed with a group of wonderful people in my own city!
Q – Were there any challenges/tough bits?
Learning the specifics of my new role & executing it correctly, irrespective how tired, hot or exhausted I might become!
Q – Was there a particular highlight for you?
Walking out of the main doors onto St George’s plateau on Friday morning and seeing a sea of excited faces. It was very special moment for everyone.
Q – How are you feeling now it’s all over?
I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to have been involved in such a spectacular event. It was an awesome experience that I will cherish & reflect on for many years to come!