Save Odiham Library

You may have seen the news that Hampshire County Council are consulting residents about different ways that a library can remain open in the future and one of the ideas they have asked for comments on is the possible closure of Odiham Library.

Odiham Library is a valuable part of our local community and I've seen that for myself first hand. While I’m not here to defend Hampshire County Council, in fairness to them, it is important to make clear that their announcement does not herald the closure of Odiham Library. Even if Hampshire County Council did decide that they don’t wish to run our local library any longer, I am sure a community-led solution can be found, like in Kingsclere.

Nonetheless, I believe it is important that we demonstrate, together, the strength of local opinion against such an idea and highlight to Hampshire County Council the other ways that they can secure the future of our libraries, so I would encourage you to sign my petition – then share it with your friends, family and neighbours.

I would urge constituents to make their voices heard by responding to Hampshire County Council’s consultation too, at:

This petition has now been presented.

Save Odiham Library

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To the Leader, Cabinet and Members of Hampshire County Council.

The Humble Petition of the residents of North East Hampshire, 

Declares that Odiham Library and all our local libraries are highly valued services; further that their closure would be a significant loss to our community; and further that the money Hampshire County Council proposes to save by the closing of Odiham Library is not worth the loss of this service.

The petitioners therefore urge Hampshire County Council not to close Odiham Library or any of North East Hampshire's libraries; further not to reduce its opening hours either; but, if you do decide to go ahead in the face of public opposition, to give us sufficient notice and opportunity to seek to establish a Parish Council subsidised or community-led solution first.

And the petitioners remain, etc.

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