The news on BBC Radio Sheffield this morning has revealed that Mayor Davies has refused the proposed amendment to his budget which would fund the re-opening of Denaby and Carcroft libraries, and would also fund a paid member of staff in both those libraries and the remaining 12 being thrown to vounteers to run. The news. and short soundbite from the Mayor. was heard by this campaigner at just after 8am during Toby Foster’s breakfast show. During a short statement Mr Davies revealed that he believed he was the one with the power to set the budget, not the Councillors, and he did not want to amend the budget to allow for this change. The amount in question was minimal in the extreme and indeed was reported as only one part of a 6-part amendment totalling £610,000. In short, the Mayor has revealed he is unable to maintain any flexibility whatsoever in his plans, is deaf to the pleas, protests and reasoned arguments of protestors, ignorant to costed and forward-thinking plans of others and fixated only on his original scheme to destroy Doncaster’s Libraries. Doncaster Councillors have betrayed the service by approving this budget. Make no mistake, this is an ideological attack on the Library service of Doncaster, one in a borough of high levels of unemployment, high adult illiteracy, over 23% of 16-25 year-olds being NEETs and nearly 40% having no independent online information access themselves.
If you wish to ask the Mayor yourself about this travesty, he is allowing members of the public 20 minutes prior to Cabinet meetings during which to do so. Doug Wright, of SDL, has taken advantage of this opportunity, and was surprised to be the only member of the public to do so. Do not be shy, the Mayor states
“ ”I am always happy to answer questions from any member of the public and am committed to being open and honest with people.
“Whenever I’m out and about I get stopped and asked questions so I thought it would be good to offer people a regular slot to come and talk to me.”
And if you remain unhappy, we can only recommend you let the Mayor and his Cabinet know so in the Mayoral Referendum poll of May 3rd. To have your say on May 3rd, you must make sure you are registered to vote. For further information on the Referendum or voting, please call Doncaster Council’s Elections team on 01302 734649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To check you are on the Electoral Register, you can (ironically) go to Central Library, Waterdale, Doncaster or to the Electoral Services Unit also in Waterdale, Doncaster. Alternatively you can call the Electoral Services Unit direct on telephone number (01302) 734658/734685 or email the elections people on the forementioned address.
DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN!!!! HELP US FIGHT THE PROPOSALS ALL THE WAY!!! Help us to match the Legal Aid funding granted to our campaign regarding a Judicial Review, which continues making its course. Donations are welcomed in different ways, you could simply pass cash to a member of the campaign who will ensure it gets to our Treasurer John Sheppard. You could log in to your own paypal account and send funds directly to our campaign using the email address email@example.com or you could contact John directly to request an address to where you could send a cheque (payable to ‘Save Our Libraries’), either by email or telephone on 07951382703.