Northamptonshire residents are angry. We won’t give in to cuts | Natalie Bloomer
Axing buses could cost my friend her job, and Mum’s fighting to save her library
I’ve lived in Northamptonshire for 19 years and since the Tory-run county council effectively declared bankruptcy, I can’t remember a time when people here were so concerned about local politics. At the school gates parents talk about what the current situation will mean for their children, in coffee shops I hear people discussing who’s to blame, and in the back of taxis I listen to the drivers’ anger about the state of the roads and the likelihood they will get a lot worse.
Earlier this month, I received a text from my mum asking if I’d heard anything about the local libraries. She had received two calls inquiring about whether the small library where she volunteers would be open that day. It turned out that it wouldn’t be. The council had announced the night before that 21 libraries across the county would only open one day a week with immediate effect. Several days later that decision was reversed, but it did little to relieve fears that the county is in chaos.
I can’t remember a time when people here were so concerned about local politics
Source: Guardian Transport