News Release from Alex Burghart MP - Great News for Essex Libraries

Brentwood and Ongar MP Welcomes Investment Plan to Keep Local Libraries Open

Brentwood and Ongar MP, Alex Burghart, has welcomed the commitment from Essex County Council that no libraries will close in the next five years.

Three libraries in Alex’s constituency, Ingatestone, Shenfield and North Weald, had been told if community groups and volunteers did not come forward to run them, their future would be in doubt. 

“Dozens of constituents contacted me about the changes being proposed to the library services in Shenfield, Ingatestone and North Weald, and I know many more completed the consultation which was carried out by the County Council earlier in the year,” said Alex. “Essex County Council’s pledge to keep them open is a great relief. I’m delighted county councillors have listened to the strength of opinion about our library service, and have recognised the love shown not only for books but for library buildings themselves which offer space to learn through group and social activities. I have worked hard to send the message that our libraries are very important to the local community in all sorts of ways and I’m  cockahoop with the result.” 

The final libraries strategy will be published on Monday 15th July and a decision will be made on it by Essex County Council’s Cabinet on 23rd July.

Alex added: “Three million pounds is going to be invested in modernising our library service by the County Council in the next five years. All those who have written to me to voice their concerns can get involved in shaping the future of their local libraries. Changes are afoot, but they are positive changes which will ensure we can all enjoy and influence how our libraries work for us in the future.”

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Alex can be contacted for further comment or interview on 020 7219 1613 or at alex.burghart.mp@parliament.uk