No inquiry into Isle of Wight library closures confirmed

Secretary of State, Maria Miller MP, has taken into account representations by the former leader and Friends of Isle of Wight Libraries and will not be conducting an inquiry.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey MP, has written to leader of the Isle of Wight council, Cllr Ian Stephens, to confirm that an inquiry into the library closures on the Isle of Wight will not be carried out.

Ed Vaizey:Readers will remember that Mr Vaizey declared back in September 2012 that he was “not minded to direct a local inquiry”.

A week later he advised that he would extend the deadline for members of the public to have their say.

Critical rebuttal of council leader’s evidence
Friends of Isle of Wight Libraries took the opportunity to set out their concerns and former Ethics and Standards Committee member, Keith Fagan made public a critical rebuttal of then-council leader David Pugh’s evidence to the DCMS.

Considered responses
In the letter to Cllr Stephens, Mr Vaizey confirms that Secretary of State, Maria Miller MP, has taken into account representations by the former leader and Friends of Isle of Wight Libraries and will not be conducting an inquiry.

Thanks to the readers who sent this to us at the weekend.


Image: © Ed Vaizey

Monday, 3rd June, 2013 4:44pm

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Cynic
“For the purposes of her assessment as to whether to order a local inquiry, the Secretary of State (i.e. Maria Miller) has based her view solely on the council run libraries, and the mobile library service. The community libraries have not been taken into account, although they appear to be successful and to form an important part of Island life.” Classic weasel words from the ideologically loyal… Read more »
steephilljack
They are all in it together: nothing new there. This decision comes after we have trounced David Pugh and replaced the Tory council with an Independent spirit. The new council can do what it wants about libraries, toilets and TICs, but the money is scarce. There is no point in having an inquiry because that will not make the resources available. It is a great pity that… Read more »
Mark L Francis

Why are the IWCC threatening children’s lives and how can the IOW Conservative Association stop them?

Mark L Francis

Oh yeah – crossing the road.
Why was this not fixed during the last 4 years then if it is so pressing?
I must say I was hoping for something more fiendish- like a “laser” gun operated by tax-payer funded snipers, subborned by Dr. Evil, with Tory councillors forming a human shield.