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Saturday, November 3, 2012

What would Cicero have made of Wolverhampton Council's proposals to alter our libraries into community hubs?

Cicero, the great Roman statesman and orator, was once quoted as saying that "a room without books is like a body without a soul".

Following that logic, this could also apply to a city that begins to close its libraries. Our council was voted in to provide good governance and adequate facilities for all its citizens.

The provision of libraries has always been one of the foundation blocks of a civilised society, and the denial of that local facility, is an affront to those communities that need their local library for relaxation, information and education.

Our council seems to fund consultants at £750 a day and will further burden the council tax payer with borrowing millions to refurbish the civic centre. Perhaps the electorate will remember this, when they next put pen to paper at the ballot box.

This is a guest blog post from John Holt, Finchfield, Wolverhampton.