library escapes first round of council cutbacks
at Burnham-On-Sea library breathed a sigh of relief on Friday
(September 3rd) when they escaped the first round of a huge cost-cutting
exercise by Somerset County Council, however bosses warned that
further economies will have to be found.
Council Leader Ken Maddock announced that the authority is currently
in debt to the tune of £350m and it faces a £75m deficit
over the next three years.
In order to accommodate government spending cuts and make savings
across the county, a raft of cost-cutting measures is being introduced
- including 1,500 council job cuts - plus a reduction in library
While Burnham library (pictured) escaped the first round of cuts,
six others across Somerset will be temporarily cutting their hours
from the end of September and one will close.
Maddock said voluntary groups could soon be invited to help run
libraries like Burnham's to help cut costs.
He said: "We are keen to see if voluntary groups, communities
and charities can get involved and help us with the running of
some of our libraries. For local people who are interested, these
are exciting opportunities."
The council has committed itself to a zero per cent increase
in Somerset County Council's council tax bill.
Mr Maddock said: "These are tough times for everyone and
it's important the Council does not increase the financial burden
on the residents."