Save Totley Library: Campaigners Target 7,000 Homes In Ten Days
Every home in Totley, Bradway and Dore will be targeted by campaigners over the next 10 days as part of efforts to save Totley Library from closure.
More than 50 campaigners will deliver leaflets to 7,000 homes across South-West Sheffield highlighting Sheffield City Council's plans to close the library, as part of its proposals to shut more than half the city's libraries. The leaflets will urge every resident to complete the Council's current consultation survey to force it to rethink plans dubbed 'cultural vandalism' by campaigners.
The leafleting campaign emerged as campaigners held a protest march followed by a public action meeting at the Dore & Totley United Reform Church Hall. More than 100 residents attended the meeting to complete the Council's consultation survey, sign petitions and learn more about the impact on the area if it lost its library.
Among them were many of the community organisations, children, elderly and vulnerable people who would be denied the last publicly-funded building in the area if the Council presses ahead with the library's closure.
Matt Kik from the Save Totley Library campaign said:
"It's clear that many people are still unaware of the Council's plans to close more than half the city libraries. So we will make sure that every one of the 7,000 homes in the area knows the extent of this cultural vandalism, and has the opportunity to make their voice heard through the Council's consultation.
"The closure plans are not just savage - they simply don't stack up. Even by the Council's own estimation, it would cost just £140,000 per year to save all libraries from closure by turning them into community libraries, funded by the Council but staffed by volunteers - a drop in the ocean for its £1 billion budget, and still saving them £1.46 million."
Save Totley Library: Campaigners Target 7,000 Homes In Ten Days, 12th November 2013, 10:44 AM