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CUTS: Protests pointless say council leader Mitchell
9:10am Monday 29th November 2010 in News
THE council leader behind library and youth centre cuts has warned petitions and protests are unlikely to have an impact.
Oxfordshire County Council leader Keith Mitchell said in a statement: “I fear petitions and protests will not be effective, because, as Liam Byrne – an ex-minister in the Labour government – said in his leaving note: ‘The money is all spent!’”
The Conservative-run authority announced plans on Friday to withdraw funding for 20 libraries and 20 youth centres to save £6.2m-a-year. It called for volunteers to run libraires instead.
Adderbury Library, in Mr Mitchell’s Bloxham division, is among those in jeopardy.
He said: “I am greatly saddened that Adderbury is in the list for cessation of funding. I know villagers who use the library will be saddened and angry at news of its loss of funding.
“What we need now is a Big Society to demonstrate their support for local village services by offering to support them.”
But Labour group leader Liz Brighouse said: “The whole thing is absolutely ridiculous. We should not be making these cuts.
“The Government should be raising taxes, taxing the banks to make the money up.”