Repair Cafe threatened with closure!
I hope from time to time you have had the benefit of the Repair Cafe which for the last 3 yrs has been operating every Thursday evening in the library. Essex County Council have decided to charge all groups wanting to use any library!
The Repair Cafe works on a donations basis and we rarely get £5 in donations, our volunteers have committed to weekly sessions and they are all fantastic and deserve better.
This is the email I received from ECC:
Apologies for the delay in getting back to you but the charges/fees for use of library space have now been settled.
For you to use the library in Wivenhoe 5.30 – 7 p.m every Thursday will be £15. ( £10 per hour ). If this is acceptable please could you let us know. In the meantime I will contact Eammon to find out how your current licence stands timewise.
I'm afraid this is not acceptable, we run a free service for members of the public occasionally we receive donations. If we are to be charged for this valuable service which reduces landfill and is a necessary solution to reduce impact on the environment we will withdraw from the library.
If you feel motivated enough please send your objections to; Gavin Jones, Chief Executive Essex County Council firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for considering us.
Chris Blomeley, Repair Cafe Coordinator & Repair Reuse Recycle Coordinator
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