Campaigners against library closures were out in force over the weekend as they gear up for a march on County Hall next month. A book raid were held at Prettygate Library in Colchester where hundreds of users took out their maximum entitlement of books. The library users were joined by a number of local councillors: Prettygate library raid gets children talking about their love of books. Meanwhile in Chelmsford campaigners returned to the High Street with a petition and collected over 400 signatures, while a stall was held outside Hockley Library where a book raid is to be staged next Saturday from 10am. These activities occurred after the County Council announced an extension to its consultation sessions, a move proclaimed as a ‘victory for people power’ by the campaign.

‘It is clear Essex County Council has been overwhelmed at its drop-ins, we’ve heard reports of two-hundred or more people turning…

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