The first email from Barnet Council
I have been asked to let you know that the petition you have sent in on the Library Service will be submitted to Cabinet when it receives the report on the Strategic Library Review which it initiated back in September.
At present it is intended that Cabinet will consider the matter at their meeting on 29 March 2011.
Senior Democratic Services Officer, Corporate Governance Directorate
London Borough of Barnet, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
Tel: 020 8359 2024
Barnet Online: www.barnet.gov.uk
The second email from Barnet Council and my response
----- Original Message -----From: Pike, TomSent: Thursday, January 06, 2011 9:39 AMSubject: FW: Barnet Council Library Closure program
Dear Mr Tichbourne,
I have been asked to respond to your email as the points you raise relate to operational issues within the library service.
Libraries carry formal consultation by the council and appropriate public sector partners. We do not carry any campaign material by third parties. This is a long-standing position regarding third party campaigning and petitioning in libraries, not specific to any individual campaign.
This position is taken to help ensure that the service and officers are seen as impartial by all groups, as part of our duty to give efficient, courteous and impartial service delivery to all groups and individuals.
The council has carried out an extensive consultation exercise to help understand and assess the needs of library users, those who don't currently use libraries, and those who are disconnected from use of libraries. The consultation aimed to consider areas where library services can be improved, understand the priorities of library users and non-users, listen to views on the future role of the library service, and hear ideas and suggestions on how services could be provided more effectively or at lower cost.
The consultation exercise has received 1,700 detailed responses, and almost 50 consultation activities have been completed with different groups and communities across Barnet to gain an in-depth understanding of different needs and views. This information can be used to help develop a strategy for coming years to meet local needs, and provide options for the council to consider.The council does provide a process for petitions to be received, considered and responded to by the council. Information on procedures to register a petition is available via the council website: http://www.barnet.gov.uk/cpr-section4-nov10.pdf
Head of Libraries, Museums and Local Studies London Borough of Barnet, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
Tel: 020 8359 7058
Barnet Online: www.barnet.gov.uk
P please consider the environment - do you really need to print this email?
From: Roger Tichborne [mailto:Roger.Tichborne@btinternet.com]
Sent: 03 January 2011 12:53
To: Walkley, Nick; Hillan, Cllr Lynne Conservative; Harper, Cllr Andrew Conservative; Rams, Cllr Robert Conservative
Cc: Moore, Cllr Alison Labour; Cohen, Cllr Jack Liberal Democrat; Alex Hayes; email@example.com
Subject: Barnet Council Library Closure program
Dear Mr Walkley, Councillor Rams, Councillor Harper, Councillor Hillan,
I am not sure which one of you is responsible for this, therefore I have copied all of you into the email. Apologies if this is not within your your remit.
As you know I am organising a campaign to save Barnet Councils Libraries from closure and selling off. Many people have commented to me that the petition we have organised should be available to sign at local libraries. We have asked at several libraries and told that the staff have been instructed to not allow the petition to be displayed for signature within the local libraries. I have asked who made this decision and have not been given an answer.
It would seem that the most logical place to leave the petition is at the libraries. Not displaying it at the libraries amounts to discrimintation against the many people who wish to sign it and do not have access to the stalls we've run or the online version. I would suggest that this would also give yoruselves a truer view of the strength of public support towards the retention of the service. I am therefore directly asking permission from whoever is responsible to allow the petition to be available for signature within all of Barnets libraries.
I would appreciate an answer ASAP so that we can facilitate getting the petition delivered for signature ASAP.
Save Barnets Libraries Campaign