Readers will remember that back in September Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, said that he was ‘not minded to direct a local inquiry over Island libraries.
He added that before making his final decision he was keen to hear further representations from community groups, members of the public, etc.
Friends of the Isle of Wight Libraries made their submission this week and were happy to share it with On The Wight readers.
Library service changes show serious decline, say Friends
They say that the data they’ve collected to date gives them great cause for concern with regard to the future of the Library Service on the Isle of Wight.
They go on to say, “We do not feel confident that the library service has been improved by the Councils changes, rather the opposite in fact, as shown by the serious decline as evidenced by the statistics given in this submission.”
For the full submission, see the document sent to the DCMS, embedded below for your convenience.
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