January 11, 2011
Council considers £15,000 plan to save Highbridge library
councillors have this week considered a proposal to spend £15,000
on securing the future of Highbridge Library.
Peter Burridge-Clayton proposed at a town council meeting on Monday
(January 10th) that the money is used to keep the closure-threatened
service operational with the help of volunteers.
library is an important service for Highbridge and the town council
should consider allocating this money, providing there is support
from the community to run it," he said.
the proposal was not supported from fellow councillors despite
widespread concern about the future of the Market Street building.
Neville Jones said: "What would we get for our £15,000
- would the library be cleaned, lit, heated and insured or would
we just get a book service and have to find more funding to keep
Cllr Ken Smout added: "Sentiments can often get in the way
of common sense. There is no empty cheque book to be waved here."
Dennis Davey asked: "How viable is it? Why would we take
on a building if few people go there?"
But Cllr Janet Keen said she is keen for a pilot study to be
undertaken on whether the library's visitor numbers are being
hit by its low opening hours.
"It's use it or lose it time. We need a pilot study to find
out whether the restricted opening hours are reducing the footfall
and affecting its viability," she said.
petition is currently underway to ask the county council to review
its decision about the funding of libraries. You can also sign
the petition online here.
Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last
month that the library is on a hit list of 20 across Somerset
which the council wants to wind down as part of a £75million