February 17, 2011
Highbridge Library from axe boosted by volunteers
that Highbridge Library can be saved from closure have been boosted
this week after 15 volunteers came forward to offer their help
in running the service following an appeal by town councillor
It comes as Somerset County Council this week announced the library
in Market Street will be shut on October 1st unless volunteers
can be found to operate it.
Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that 15 people have contacted the town
council to offer their help since Cllr Chris Williams' appeal
was first published here.
Chris, pictured below, said on Thursday: "It's very encouraging
that so many people have come forward to offer their help. We
will be contacting the County Council very shortly to discuss
how we take this forward."
the devil is in the detail and we want to fully understand all
the costs before we commit anyone, but this is a promising step
added: "I was appalled by the County Council's suggestion
of closure, particularly as the ward is one of the most deficient
socially and economically in the whole of Somerset."
councillor Cllr Joe Leach also welcomed the news and said he was
"very disappointed" at the County Council's announcement
on Wednesday that the library would close in October if volunteers
could not be found.
The library was last year placed on a hit list of 20 libraries
across Somerset which the County Council wants to wind down as
part of a £75million cost-cutting exercise.
Any Highbridge residents who can help the library are asked to
contact the Town Clerks office on 01278 788088 to express