Search

Council budget: Ex-libraries chief slams ‘vandalism’

15:00 29 August 2014

Cllr Andrew Curtin with the book he has translated from Russian into English

Cllr Andrew Curtin with the book he has translated from Russian into English

Archant

Plans to slash the library budget by more than a third and reduce opening hours have been described as an act of “vandalism” by a former department chief.

The proposed changes to the service are expected to save £1.138million.

Cllr Roger Ramsey, leader of Havering Council, said: “Our starting point was that we are not willing to close any libraries. We have refurbished most, just opened a new library in Rainham and we are having a new one built in Harold Hill, so we had to think of another way.”

The Conservative administration is proposing to keep Romford, Hornchurch, Harold Hill and Rainham libraries open six days a week, but reduce the opening hours of the other six to three-and-a-half days a week.

Former councillor Andrew Curtin, who was responsible for Havering’s libraries until May, said: “Already I have been contacted by residents who want to know what they can do to stop this act of vandalism.

“No one is saying libraries should be spared from cuts – they weren’t when I was responsible for them before May – but they should be treated more equitably than is currently being proposed, and councillors should do the hard work to minimise the negative effect that this has on our quality of life.”

Cllr Ramsey said that if teams of volunteers were available and willing to help keep libraries open for longer hours, this would be considered.

He added that the book lending service would remain free, but charges were planned for the use of library computers.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford News Stories

Police at the scene last night (credit: donatassimkus.com)

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a shooting in Gidea Park last night.

15:26
British Transport Police

A man has been identified and will be interviewed by police after a disabled commuter was pushed and slapped on a train.

12:02
Jim Reynolds pictured with Stalkers Lily

Romford Greyhound Stadium has terminated its contract with a high-profile trainer after accusing him of “bringing the integrity of the sport into question”.

Mohamed Omer founding member of the Gardens of Peace cemetery with the graves behind him.

Trespassers who have built a wooden campsite on land earmarked for a cemetery have said they are “just growing flowers and potatoes”.

09:08
Households in Norman Road, Hornchurch, are without running water this morning. Photo: Google Maps Street View

A second burst water main in as many days has forced residents to wake up without running water this morning.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell

Millions of pounds in funding for community projects could be lost from the borough after it was revealed an environmental trust is to be dissolved.

Yesterday, 15:53
A plane making a final approach to land at City Airport (Pic: PA/Yui Mok)

The government today announced it has given City Airport the green light to expand.

Yesterday, 14:33
The M-eco Award was won by Mecca Bingo

Shoppers cast their votes and now staff from the Mercury Mall’s best shops have walked down the red carpet and received awards at a glitzy ceremony.

Breaking News

16:29
Police at the scene last night (credit: donatassimkus.com)

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a shooting in Gidea Park last night.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now