Essex County Council has announced plans to close 25 libraries and to turn a further 19 over to be run by local communities to save money.
Waltham Abbey’s library could have its hours cut from the current 48 per week to just 16, with the majority of staff expected to be volunteers. This could drastically reduce accessibility for working families, put community facilities such as drop-ins under threat and throw away years of experience gained by our paid, dedicated librarians.
We, the undersigned, call on Essex County Council to preserve Waltham Abbey Library’s current hours, services and paid staffing levels.
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