Day: 5 March 2016

Since the Plain English Campaign was launched in 1979, 324 local councils have been awarded the Crystal Mark seal of approval for clearly written documents. Shropshire Council is not among them.[1] Libraries are all about communication. We love them. But we are for fearful for their future. A review of the six hub libraries – Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Bridgnorth and Ludlow – is shortly to get underway. We don’t know the details of the review yet. A few weeks back, Shropshire Council wrote to Ludlow Town Council about the forthcoming library review: We anticipate seeking, within a soft market testing exercise, feedback and responses on the interest of potential partners in helping Shropshire Council to shape and further develop these into vibrant, relevant and sustainable community hub venues. Did anyone reading that sentence understand it on first reading? Or did you, like me, need to read it twice?

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