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COUNCIL MEETING : 23 SEPTEMBER 2010

Your Petition to 'Save Swindon's Community Libraries'was formally received by the Council on Thursday, 23rd September

Please Click here to read Shirley's address to the Councillors about the Petition

here  to read : Shirley Burnham's letter to Mayor and Councillors : 24th September
here  to read : Swindon Advertiser : 'Letter from Sherry Waldon' : 28th September and   here  to read : 'Mayor Apologises to Elderly Woman after "Humiliating"
Meeting' : 30th September

WESTMINSTER HALL DEBATE : 7 September 2010

Please click  here  to read the text of Justin Tomlinson's speech when opening the Westminster Hall 'Libraries Debate' and access a video link to the Debate on iPlayer : 7th September

OLD TOWN & LAWN AREA PANEL : 11th March 2010
Councillor Mattock re. Old Town Library

Please Click   here to read what Councillor Mattock said about the future of Old Town Library at the Panel Meeting on 11th March 2010

ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE : 29th October 2009

Please click  here to access the Council's agenda for this meeting.
Please click :
here to read Questions put to the Committee and a comment on the meeting.

ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE : 22nd September 2009

Please click  here to access the Council's "agenda and document pack" for this meeting.
Please click :
here to read Shirley B's question to the Committee.
here to read what Terry King had to say.

The matters discussed seemed not to include an overview of specifics of the ERS Report; this was surprising in light of it being the main Agenda item. There were, however, some interesting contributions and remarks from Councillors S Pajak, D Heenan and the Chair.

CABINET : 22nd July 2009  (and 30th July email from Cllr Foley) :
QUESTIONS FROM RESIDENTS and ANSWERS

Please click :-
 here to read the outcome of the Cabinet's vote and  here to read Councillor Foley's  email to Shirley of 30th July.
 here   to read Sherry Waldon's Questions to Cabinet and
 here   to read Margaret Cooney's Question.
 here   to read Shirley's Question and  here   for her Statement to Open Forum;
 here   to read Martha Parry's Question to Cabinet on behalf of the Swindon Federation
            of Community Organisations, and
 here to read what Mary Ratcliffe said at Open Forum

BARBARA FOLLETT MP, Minister for Culture & Tourism, WRITES TO
ANNE SNELGROVE MP : 4th August and 2nd July 2009

Please Click   here to read the Minister's letter to Anne Snelgrove MP, dated 4th August,  and   here to read her letter to Anne Snelgrove, of 2nd July.

OPEN FORUM and CABINET : 10th June 2009
Open Forum Statement, Question, Supplementary Question and Responses

Please click  here to see Shirley's Statement to Open Forum   and  here  for her Questions to Cabinet and the responses : on 10th June 2009

Anne Snelgrove MP attacks Council cuts at
PRIME MINISTER'S QUESTION TIME : 6th May 2009

Please Click  here   to read Anne Snelgrove's question at PMQ's on 6th May and the Prime Minister's response : Swindon Advertiser : 7th May

COUNCIL MEETING : 30th April 2009
Public Question Time :

Please click  here to see Shirley's Question and Supplementary Question at Public Question Time and the responses : 30th April 2009

OPEN FORUM and CABINET : 11 March 2009
Open Forum Statement, Question and the Leader's Responses

Please click  here to see Shirley's Statement to Open Forum, her Question
and the responses from Councillor Bluh on 11th March 2009

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE : 16th February 2009

Scrutiny Committee looked at the business conducted at Cabinet on 11th February.   Please click  here for Shirley's question to Scrutiny, the Answer and some comments from Councillor Nick Martin noted during the meeting.

OPEN FORUM and CABINET : 11th February 2009

Please click  here  to see the Question, Supplementary Question and Answers
and  here  to read Shirley's Statement to Open Forum

LETTERS from ANNE SNELGROVE MP   26th  and  7th Jan 2009

Please click  here to read Anne's letter sent on 26th January to the Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

and  here to read Anne's letter sent on 26th January to Angela Eagle MP

Please click  here to read Anne's letter to Shirley B, dated 7th January

QUESTIONS to CABINET  21 January 2009

Please click  here to see Shirley's Question, her Supplementary Question and the Written and Verbal Answers from Councillors on 21st January 2009

and  here  to read her Statement to Open Forum

QUESTIONS to COUNCIL  15 January 2009

Please click  here to see Shirley's Question, her Supplementary Question
and the Written and Verbal Answers from Councillors on 15th January 2009

LETTER SENT to ALL COUNCILLORS : 24 Dec 2008

A letter was sent to all Councillors by post and by e-mail, urging them to vote "No" or abstain when asked to agree to proposals for 'volunteers or closure' for Old Town Library.

Please click  here to read the letter sent on 24th December

An E-MAIL from DORSET COUNTY COUNCIL : 12 December 2008

We have made inquiries to Dorset's Library Service about the 'Dorset model', cited by our Library Service officials and Councillors to support their proposals. This is Dorset's reply.

Please click  here to read Dorset's response
Please click  here   to read Mike Chaney's Message from Puddletown, Dorset

OPEN FORUM and CABINET : 10 December 2008

Please click  here  to see the Question and Answer, and  here  to read the
Statement to Open Forum

Contact Robert Buckland MP

Please use the link below if you wish to contact
Robert Buckland MP :    Mail Robert Buckland MP

Any Comments ?

You can mail the Lead Member for Libraries, Councillor Keith Williams Mail Councillor Williams

the Leader of the Council, Councillor Roderick Bluh :    Mail Councillor Bluh

1964 Libraries Act

Please Click here to read the Libraries and Museums Act 1964, with all amendments