Save Burnage Library

Burnage library opened in 1974, replacing the previous, fire damaged library. Since then, it has provided the community with an essential service for learning and leisure and has maintained a central position in the community as other council services have eroded over the years.

Locally, it is the last surviving public council facility, which provides an essential resource for young and old alike and we are fighting to stop its merciless closure. Please lend your support our campaign and help keep Burnage library open!

Campaign meetings are public and take place at Burnage Community Centre on Wednesday evenings, 6pm - 8pm until the decision on the consultation on the 17th April 2013.

Sign the online petition at;

Alternatively, sign the petitions at the health centre, library and other outlets and don't forget to like our Facebook page at:

Friday, 15 March 2013

Closing how many? I've to go how far?

"Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand. "- Ezra Pound 

A very quick blog this time.

I've done a quick and dirty analysis of the transport implications for the closure of Burnage library on local residents. I have written up and presented my findings in the following document:

The key here is to note that in the cases shown, Burnage residents will not only be affected by closing Burnage Library, but then be further affected by the loss of 3 of the libraries closest to Burnage as part of the same proposal. That leaves only two libraries affecting areas furthest from Burnage residents.

Additionally, having combined the data with public transport travel times, I have included the extra journey times and distances that people will travel and also the amount of walking they could typically do (based upon the speed of a young or middle aged adult of below pensionable age). I have highlighted this and it is important to note, that for the majority of library users, this is an absolute best case scenario and even that is grim!!

The impact analysis that the council are due to deliver with the consultation will at least have to look at the data in this way, but for all the libraries under threat. Our library serves a community who have little other practical options. As Tom stated in his first blog, "A Polite Request", many people will find they won't bother to use the libraries further away and some simply won't be able to!

Take heed MCC. 


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