As the city celebrates the opening of our new Library of Birmingham an unanswered question hangs over its future.
Sir Albert Bore was asked at Question Time at the Council meeting in July to ‘give a commitment that the Library of Birmingham will remain publicly run and publicly owned for the forseeable future?’
Instead of answering ‘yes’ or ‘no’ Sir Albert gave a politicians answer and referred to the setting up of Strategic Management Board to oversee the new Library. He chose not to directly answer this very clear question.
£188m pounds of public funds have been spent on the development of the new Library and it is perfectly reasonable for the citizens of Birmingham to know whether the Council leadership intends to privatise the running of this service or not.
So in the week that the Library opens we believe that Sir Albert Bore should publicly and unambiguously answer this question on the public record.
Mary Pearson, President of Birmingham Trades Union Council
Jolyon Jones, Friends of the Library of Birmingham