The current financial crisis at Birmingham City Council is soon to be laid bare, as the budget will be presented at city council on 5 March. We have been told to expect major cuts to the library service, and we know that the plan is to retain just 11 of the 36 libraries in Birmingham. That means that our local libraries in Sparkhill, Hall Green and Kings Heath are at risk of being closed down.
Libraries don’t just provide books – they provide refuge from the cold, company for lonely people, space for community organisations and a hub for civic related duties. They are a free place to go with children and a place that inspires people to learn and develop, and they are a quiet place to go to if things are difficult at home.
Will you join me in petitioning to save your local library?
Councillor Izzy Knowles
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Birmingham Hall Green and Moseley
I the undersigned pledge my support for Sparkhill, Hall Green and Kings Heath libraries and urge the council to keep them open to the public.