hours at Burnham library cut by 20 per cent from today
hours at Burnham-On-Sea Library have been cut by a fifth from
today (Monday October 17th) under a cost-cutting programme by
Somerset County Council.
Burnham Library in Princess Street is seeing its opening hours
reduced as part of the council's spending cuts.
The library is now open 7.6 hours a week less than the previous
schedule, with its hours reduced on every day except Saturdays,
while Mondays hours have been reduced to a half day.
The new opening hours are: Mondays 10am-1pm (previously 9.30am-5pm);
Tuesdays 10am-5pm (previously 9.30am-5pm); Wednesdays 10am-1pm
(previously 9.30am-1pm); Thursdays 10am-5pm (previously 9.30am-5pm);
Fridays 10am-5pm (previously 9.30am-6pm); and Saturdays 9.30am-1pm
The council has justified the changes by saying Burnham Library's
footfall first thing in the morning is low and that the facilities
are 'underused' on Fridays after 5pm. It also claims that closing
on Monday afternoons will minimise the impact of the reduced hours
on the library's busiest days.
The council has also said that Burnham Library is due to have
new self-service facilities installed during 2012, which may lead
to fewer staff. The proposals were first announced earlier this
The county councils cabinet member for community services,
Councillor Christine Lawrence, said: "As with all services,
the decision to reduce budgets for libraries has been very tough
but is necessary because of the Councils financial position.
We need to provide the best service we can within the resources