Ahead of this afternoon’s cabinet meeting, local Labour councillors from across the city have continued to back Mayor Marvin Rees’ plan to keep all of Bristol’s libraries open.

Into the future, local Labour councillors and the Mayor’s all-Labour administration will continue to work with local community groups on how to modernise and transform the service.

Cllr Mike Langley (Labour – Brislington East), speaking before the meeting, said:

“I am delighted – as I am sure everyone in Brislington will be – to see plans on the table which will keep Wick Road Library open. It’s an incredible resource for residents and I look forward to working with local people and community groups in Brislington to make our local library even better in the future.

Other local councillors should welcome the sound financial management of Mayor Marvin Rees’ all-Labour administration which will enable all 27 libraries in Bristol to remain open. This plan would not be possible without our progressive budget which protects people’s public services while cutting senior management in City Hall by £1 million per year – something sadly opposed by all of the opposition parties.

I ask that my Labour colleagues in the cabinet endorse the paper before them today as warmly as my constituents have done.”

Cllr Don Alexander (Labour – Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston) added:

“I would like to thank both Deputy Mayors for their hard work which has led to this really positive result, including in my own ward where Avonmouth, Sea Mills, and Shirehampton’s libraries will all now be safeguarded thanks to the financial competence of our Labour administration.

Many communities will be looking forward to seeing the engagement policy in October with a view to helping to shape their local libraries. I would like to ask both communities and officers to use this opportunity to try to integrate into libraries some of the services which were once offered at citizen services points, particularly out on the edge of the city where connectivity is so challenging.”


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