About 350 people attended the Friern Barnet Library party on 16 July. This, of course, clearly shows the need of the local community for this library to remain open.
The next stage of the campaign is to present questions to Barnet council’s cabinet on its meeting Tuesday 26 July (7pm Hendon Town Hall, the Burroughs – the public is welcome). Meeting starts at 7pm, get there early to meet the campaigners and ensure your seat!
According to the council’s pamphlet ‘The Council Tax and Business Rate in Barnet 2011/12′, “Our One Barnet programme will make over £13m of savings over the next 3 years and this, along with other improvements to efficiency, will account for the bulk of our savings.”
However, according to the One Barnet Programme Report for the year 2011/12, the expenditure on this program will be £6 million per year, which is £18 million over 3 years… (Mr Mustard’s blog)
That’s right: £18m spending to achieve savings of £13m!!!….
Can anyone see the sense in these figures???
A BAPS member has asked the cabinet: How many new libraries can be opened if the council will scrap its One Barnet Programme NOW?
Come along to Hendon Town Hall tonight (Tuesday 26 July) to support Friern Barnet people and hear the public questions and councillors’ answers.