Essex Drops Massive Library Closure Plan After Protests

Essex Drops Massive Library Closure Plan After Protests

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      Thanks to a large campaign of activists and authors, a plan to close up to twenty-five libraries in Essex has come to an end.   A conservative-led council proposed budget cuts that would lead to the closure of 25 of Essex’s 74 libraries, as well as another 34 being handed off to private companies. This led to several protest marches in Galleywood and Chelmsford as well as several petitions gathering almost 60,000 signatures.     This biggest movement was during the council’s public consultation, which received 21,000 responses criticizing the council for the decision. Several authors also …