Category Archives: Woodbridge

‘Divestment’ of Suffolk council services: Woodbridge library-users protest

Save Woodbridge Library - and all the others in Suffolk. We love them and use them

Saturday morning in Woodbridge – and people of all ages are using their much-loved library.

Please, Suffolk County Council, will you  make clear what your plans for ‘divestment’ by April 2011 will actually mean to the library-user in the street? We know what we are fighting for – but we need to know what we are fighting against!

SUFFOLK LIBRARIES UNDER THREAT!!!

WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR WOODBRIDGE  LIBRARY?

The SCC Chief Executive, Andrea Hill  and Council Leader Jeremy Pembroke are pushing through a scheme supposedly to save money by – in effect – privatising Suffolk County Council. Without consulting the people of Suffolk they are planning on ‘outsourcing’ as many staff and departments as possible.
Top of the list are our libraries!!!

You think this is a bad idea? Sign the petition here or online:
http://www.gopetition.com/petition/39430.html

Putting the principle to one side, this hasn’t even been planned or costed – and the timescale is ludicrous. For example, although libraries are due to be “divested” next April, SCC have absolutely no idea of what they plan to do with them.

SCC claim they’re “consulting with communities” – well not in Woodbridge they’re not. Our library has not heard a word about its future. Will libraries remain part of a County network even? The council is strangely silent.

Consultation? They have not consulted us – not you, not me, not anyone. And the plan was certainly not in ANY manifesto. But though they haven’t asked you, you can still give them your opinion. Please, sign this petition and tell your friends!

PS Perhaps the worst thing about this is that the council has just spent a lot of money moving the library from its old, horrid sixties concrete site to the renovated victorian school building that was once New Street school. WHY should Suffolk residents pay good money for a building that is immediately hived off to some external income-generating organisation?

Suffolk epilepsy care

About 5,500 people in Suffolk have long-term epilepsy, yet it remains very much a Cinderella condition, kept secret, inadequately recognised and poorly funded. People are often anxious to prevent others know they suffer from it because they fear stigmatisation ostracism and discrimination – with good reason. Yet over 70% of people with epilepsy are completely seizure-free through drugs and are leading ‘normal’ lives. The other 30% (including my daughter) live in hope. For the last few weeks she has been lucky enough to be seen at the NSE Sir William Gowers centre – the last port of call for people who difficult-to-control epilepsy – while they try to stabilise her condition.

There are generally about twenty people here being assessed: she has already met several others from Suffolk

EADT coverage can be found here:

Epilepsy in Suffolk: Caroline Page's view  EADT
EADT coverage for Caroline Page's concerns about epilepsy care