Celebrations as Goodmayes Library is saved from the axe

15:17 14 February 2011

Campaigners have been fighting to save Goodmayes Library

Campaigners have been fighting to save Goodmayes Library


CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after council bosses abandoned controversial plans to close a library.

Thousands of angry voices rejected the proposed closure of Goodmayes Library, Goodmayes Lane, Goodmayes – with more than 4,500 putting their name to a petition.

Everyone from school headteachers to councillors from the Conservative administrative hit out at what they described as an “ill thought through” proposal.

And with town hall chiefs buckling to pressure and scrapping the money-saving proposal a month after announcing it, campaigners have a message for people in Redbridge: “Your voice can be heard”.

Sue Nolan, cabinet member for leisure, said on Friday she had “listened to the community”.

She added: “I believe that there are alternative ways of providing the services in Goodmayes Library and I now look to the community to help deliver this valued service.

“There has been much talk about how we should provide the service in a different way and we are talking to other neighbouring boroughs in relation to shared services but would welcome any initiatives that the community would also like me to consider.”

Campaigner Chris Connelly, of Take Action for Seven Kings, said a group was ready to talk with the council about safeguarding the library’s future.

Calling the original proposals “madness”, he said: “The size and scale of the campaign and petition is unprecedented.”

Labour Cllr Bert Jones added his voice to the delight behind the decision.

He said savings in backroom library staff – which he said total more than £300,000 – need to be made, and the possibility of expanding the library to accommodate offices should be looked at.

Labour group leader Cllr Bob Littlewood welcomed the turnaround but said youth services and adult social services faced big cuts in the council’s 2011/12 budget.

Town hall chiefs said closing Goodmayes Library would save it £191,000 from 2013.


  • And when did Councillor Jones switch parties? With the way "rethink" is going the council will soon suffocate on humble pie.

    Report this comment

    Morris Hickey

    Monday, February 14, 2011

  • So you've now corrected the error!

    Report this comment

    Morris Hickey

    Monday, February 14, 2011

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:30
Ilford South MP Mike Gapes has been attacked by trolls since the news broke he was rushed to hospital on Friday for emergency surgery. One said “let’s hope a few more end up like Mike Gapes

Labour MP Mike Gapes – who was taken to hospital on Friday night with chest pains – has been targeted by trolls on social media.

Yesterday, 14:59
Lee Burkwood is the Green Party GLA candidate for Havering and Redbridge

The Green Party has chosen 25-year-old Lee Burkwood to fight for the Havering and Redbridge seat in May’s London Assembly election.

Yesterday, 13:50
Terrence Higgins HIV Prevention Team is offering HIV tests in community spaces

Living with HIV can be scary but it doesn’t mean a death sentence.

Yesterday, 13:15
NELFT staff at the awards ceremony in Manchester. Picture: NELFT

A health provider in Redbridge has been named the best in the UK for promoting opportunities for ethnic minorities.

Most read news


Win a beautiful monochrome tunic dress with Great British Life!

Great British Life is offering a beautiful monochrome silk tunic dress worth £179 to one lucky reader

Nike Trainers

Nike’s motto is ‘to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.’ With this in mind it’s no surprise why Nike is the preferred training gear for most A-list athletes. Get an extra boost in your run or height in your jump with £500 to spend on Nike trainers.

Digital Edition

Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder