Friday, 13 July 2012
Andrew Gwynne MP listens to residents concerns over the closure of Haughton Green Library
A great turnout from the people of Haughton Green over this important issue. The impressive turnout was no doubt helped by the tremendous community campaigning by the Denton South Independent, Carl Simmons, who rallied the troops with the statement below. A fair performance from Andrew Gwynne MP too which can be watched on the video above. Let's hope the library which is an important community asset can be saved.
Contrast the recent local election result in Denton South:
Labour 1369, Independent 675, UKIP 302, Conservative 250, Green 78 and compare that with:
The Haughton Green Library Petition: 1457.
More people signed the petition to keep open Haughton Green Library than voted for any of the individual candidates in the last local elections.
This shows that though people may have become discontented with politics and the political parties; they are still just as ready to put their faith in the ancient democratic power of PETITION!
Tameside Labour Council, who conveniently claim to be endorsed by the "Will of the People" whenever it suits them, are equally just as ready it seems to adopt the most callous disregard for the wishes of the electorate once the election is over.
We have already lost Two Trees High School and now we will soon lose our Library too. Not having Haughton Green Library will create a big void within our community. It will also have a huge impact for our children and for adult education, as well as for our social development for generations to come. This is very sad news for everyone, especially for the many people who supported my campaign against the closure!
Why were the announcements for all the Cuts not made before the recent local elections? After all, if the Tories are solely responsible, what would Tameside’s ruling Labour Council have had to fear by announcing the closure of Libraries, Public Toilets and Youth Clubs across the Borough before Polling Day?
Yet, with no other thought than to have themselves re-elected, Labour’s Councillors decided to wait until after the votes were cast before making the “tough decisions.” Now, with no further election until 2014, they believe they can safely ride out the storm of public outrage; secure in their own minds that in two years time the people will have either forgotten or returned to their usual apathy.
It bodes ill for Democracy when politicians put the interests of their own party first before the welfare of the people, when self-preservation far outweighs the public interest and when the electorate can be treated with such contempt.
Denton South Independent