February 2, 2011
Highbridge library closure plans', council leader urged
Residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week
urged Somerset County Council Leader Ken Maddock to re-think his
decision to close the town's Library.
In recent consultations with libraries across the county, nine
were declared to be saved including Glastonbury and Shepton Mallet.
However, Highbridge Library was not given a reprieve as the County
Council claims it cannot afford to keep the facilities and others
like it open.
Dem Cllr Joe Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am disappointed
that Somerset County Council haven't recognised the need for the
library in Highbridge. It is tragic that they are considering
closing Libraries at all across Somerset, but in an area where
so much has been lost already, they are prepared to truly rip
the heart out of our town."
Local campaigner Tom Nicholls added: "I'm frustrated that
the council continues to ignore the Secretary of State's advice
that library closures are not necessary. I, and others, will continue
to fight to keep this vital resource open as I cannot see any
justification for it's closure as the amount saved from doing
so is next to nothing."
Recently, Cllr Leach sent a letter to Eric Pickles MP, calling
on him to personally step-in to stop the closures as doing so
breaks Government guidelines. No response has been received so
Pictured are Burnham and Highbridge Liberal Democrats outside
Highbridge Library on Wednesday