Tuesday, 19 March 2013


Historically the decisions made by Labour in Newport (historically in the old Stow Hill Labour Club, but, more latterly in Ringland Labour Club) on Monday night before the full council meeting tend to be binding. If so then this could be bad news for the Newport residents who care about public services. The Labour in Newport run Newport City Council look set to close Stow Hill Library. 

According to the South Wales Argus, Debbie Wilcox, the Labour Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture has pushed through plans to move the service to the Central Library (in John Frost Square). As part of the plans to streamline Library services across the city both St Julians and Pillgwenlly libraries will survive unstaffed within community learning centres. Labour in Newport’s plans will reduce the opening hours of six Libraries, extended hours in others with the other eleven hours are also due to reorganised. 

The South Wales Argus has been on the case since January when it revealed Labour in Newport’s proposed budget cuts to Library services with the threatened closure of Stow Hill and Maindee Libraries and the ongoing threat to Underwood Leisure Centre. A public meeting to campaign to campaign to keep Stow Hill Library open is to be held at the Civic Centre on Wednesday. 

Please contact the Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Bob Bright at: bob.bright@newport.gov.uk or by phone, Newport 656 656, or by post, c/o The Civic Centre, Newport and communicate to him your concerns.

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