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Consultation over library move decision is slammed.

INCENSED residents, councillors and MP Lorely Burt have accused the council of ‘discounting’ Shirley Library users’ views following a decision to move the facility into the new Parkgate development.

INCENSED residents, councillors and MP Lorely Burt have accused the council of ‘discounting’ Shirley Library users’ views following a decision to move the facility into the new Parkgate development.

But Councillor Kate Wild, cabinet member for environmental and community services, who officially approved the move this week, has insisted a thorough and precise consultation has been carried out, which has been representative of the whole community.

Concerns were raised at a meeting on Tuesday, that the views of regular library users have not been considered when making the decision to relocate the facility.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt has said she is ‘outraged’ by the way the consultation has been handled.

The consultation was split into two parts - a telephone survey, which questioned residents from across five wards, and a self selected survey, where questionnaires were made available at the library.

The results of the telephone poll came out in favour of the move, where as over 80 per cent of those who filled in the questionnaires were against it.

“This is a typical ‘we know best attitude’ - I am extremely angry,” Mrs Burt said.

“They ask the question and when the people who use the library give them the answer, as usual, they are ignored. It is unbelievable.”

Officers assured members that both parts of the consultation were considered but said the telephone

 

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