Parents March to Save Library

Protesters angry about plans to close Millbrook Library are going to hand in a petition at the Civic Centre City today.

Many parents want to fight the proposed closure of the library in Cumbrian Way, Millbrook. Children in the area use it as an after-school club and for the free internet facilities.

Southampton City Council plan to close the library to save up to £25,000 per year.

Cllr John Hannides, Southampton City Council’s cabinet member for Leisure and Culture has issued the following statement:

"Southampton City Council is committed improving Cumbrian Way Parade by providing new family homes, shops and facilities for local residents. We asked local residents last summer about the future of the Parade, they told us they wanted major improvements - this is why we are proposing significant investment to redevelop the area.

"We have currently reserved an option for the developer to provide a space within one of the shops or cafés for a library if it is required. However the council has not yet appointed a developer so there is still a long way to go and much to decide."

Nearly 400 people have so far signed the petition which calls on the city council to reverse its decision.

Protest details:

10.30am Protestors board coach outside Millbrook Library in Cumbrian Way

11am Coach arrives at Southampton Central Railway Station (TOYS R US side)

11.15am March begins leading up to the Civic Centre

11.30am Petition is handed to officials at Southampton City Council