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Editors Note - April 2020
By the time you read this, the Hampshire County Council consultation on the future of libraries in Hampshire will have been concluded. The outcome of this consultation will be decisions regarding the future of, among others, Chineham Library. We have already written about and had multiple submissions pertaining to what a disaster for the local community this would be. That has certainly not changed but interesting information has emerged regarding some of the underlying logic. For starters, Popley has not been included in the catchment area for Chineham Library. Could this possibly have any bearing on its listing at rank 45th out of 48 for usage? There have also been rumours that these statistics are based on some very odd calculations regarding household usage.
More recently, there have been signs that HCC might be reconsidering the decision, as news outlets have reported that the council is positing a choice between libraries and care for the elderly. This is a shocking piece of emotional blackmail in response to the outpouring of public support for our key local facility, as well as the others under threat. Our council tax never fails to increase yet we are being asked to “decide” what should be cut...