Open letter to Councilors by Christopher Ruthe

bookgiel libraryI have not written to the Council CEO as he refuses to respond to my correspondence, as does the Mayor.

As Chair of Restore Our Books Budget (ROBB) I have been endeavouring to find out whether libraries will be opening on Thursday as sanctioned by the Prime Minister.

Ratepayers’ mental health and well-being require access a.s.a.p. I have e-mailed and phoned KCDC.

Your automated phone response has failed to be updated to Level 2 requirements. The Council’s inability to have actual staff answering queries when they are all working makes the absence of supplying up-to-date information in excusable.

From the information I have been able to ascertain, the libraries are not ready to open on Thursday because plans have not been filed concerning the rules to be applied.

Staff have had 6 weeks to so plan. They knew the libraries would open some stage. They have all been on full wages, yet apparently the PM’s announcement yesterday, foreshadowed by her a week earlier, including advice libraries would be opening, caught KCDC by surprise and it was unprepared.

One would have thought the first priority would be the return and letting out of books. That is a simple matter of distancing. Supermarkets have done it for weeks. The use of libraries as reading room means have chairs apart as in cafés. For computer use, distancing, perhaps masks, and cleaning of hands before and after use.

As elected representatives, please act immediately. I would appreciate the courtesy of at least an acknowledgement of receipt.

Thanking you in anticipation of your early reply,

C. B. Ruthe