Friday, April 06, 2012
Gloucestershire library cuts of £1.8m agreed by council (UK)
Protesters have been ejected from a meeting called to agree £1.8m of cuts to the library service in Gloucestershire. The campaigners were escorted from the council chamber to a cry of "shame on you" as the new proposals were agreed by the county council. About 12 members of the public attended the cabinet meeting at Shire Hall. The council will continue to run 31 libraries but seven will lose funding and be run by local communities. James Beecher, from Stroud Against the Cuts and the main heckler in the meeting, said: "Sixteen thousand people signed a petition against these proposals the first time round, they've barely changed despite all the comments that people have made. I'm disgusted with what's happened"