West Berkshire Council has just published the second phase of their budget consultations. The proposed cuts are so severe to a range of services including transport, libraries, sports centres and the arts that several protest groups have formed in response. However you must respond to the Council’s consultation (scroll to find the service you’re interested in). This is what the Council will consider more than social media or petitions.
West Berkshire SOS (Save Our Services)
This group has been formed to urge the council’s ruling Conservative group to think again.
West Berkshire SOS thanks everyone who attended events this week. The Public Meetings generated good practical solutions and there was great turn out for the Library Meet Up at Newbury Library with West Berkshire Save Our Services, Friends of Hungerford Library, Friends of Lambourn Library, Thatcham, Pangbourne and Mortimer Libraries. BUT – there were also lots of people who couldn’t make it for transport/mobility/health reasons, people who will find it very difficult to use Newbury Library.
Please support the Demonstration Against the Cuts 5.30pm Tues 1 March – before the Full WB Council Meeting at 6.30pm – see agenda here which includes motions to reduce councillors’ allowances and retain business rates to be spent locally.
PROPOSED CHILDREN CENTRE CUTS
Petition to save Lower Way Children’s Centre in Thatcham which offers invaluable support to parents and an outdoor space for children to play
Public Meeting about Hungerford Children’s Centre 7.30pm Thursday 3 March at Hungerford Nursery School, The Croft, Hungerford.
Please support the Children’s Centre which provides support for lonely and vulnerable families in and around Hungerford; support for parents with low self esteem; professional help from speech therapists, job centre staff and housing officers, who regularly attend children centre groups, such as the mother and baby group in Lambourn
PROPOSED LIBRARY CUTS
If you care about the 8 out of 9 proposed library closures you must respond to the Council’s consultation – preferably by 1 March. This is what the Council will consider more than social media or petitions.
There is also a 38 Degrees Petition to save West Berkshire Libraries
Friends of Hungerford Library
This group is working to keep Hungerford Library open and accessible to all.
Please sign 38 Degrees Petition to save Hungerford Library
Friends of Lambourn Library
Petition to Save Theale Library
Click here to sign Councillor Alan Macro’s petition
To add your group to this list please comment below or contact [email protected]
Corn Exchange Newbury & New Greenham Arts
To understand how the cuts will affect this great arts venue in Newbury and how you can help please click here
Lambourn Parish Council has helped set up committees to support the buses under threat to Wantage, Swindon, Hungerford & Newbury from Lambourn
We’re Affected by the Council Cuts
We’re Affected by the Council Cuts is a public facebook group for people to post their photos and statements of how they will be affected by the cuts. If you’re not on facebook you can email [email protected] and your email will appear as a post in the group.