School Boy Campaigns To Save Libraries

25 July 2014, 14:08

Leon Remphry hopes that he'll be able to get enough signatures on a petition, so Cornwall Council are forced to debate the revised opening hours of libraries.

In just two weeks, the online campaign, set up by Leon, with the help of his mum and 38Degrees, has had more than 2,800 signatures.

Leon tells Heart he came up with the idea after going to his library in Falmouth, only to find it was shut.

As a keen reader, he wants to get Cornwall Council to hold a debate and revise the opening hours of libraries here. Reduced opening hours were agreed by the Council as part of budget cuts.

To force the Council to hold a debate, Leon needs to get 5,000 signatures, so he's even been out on the streets of Falmouth collecting signatures, where he's managed to get about 500.

Leon's Mum Sarb has been helping him and says "I'm very proud Leon's taking such an interest".

They've been standing outside the library with placards reading "Save our libraries" and "Write to read".

A Facebook and Twitter page has also been set up to drum up support for the campaign.

Leon says he's determined to get the Council to discuss the issue, as libraries across the Duchy have had to reduce their opening hours.

You can sign Leon's petition here.

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