May 11, 2011
Opening hours at Burnham-On-Sea library to be cut by 20 per cent
hours at Burnham-On-Sea Library are set to be cut by a fifth from
this autumn, Somerset County Council has announced this week.
Burnham Library in Princess Street will see its opening hours
reduced from October 1st as part of the council's ongoing spending
The service will be open 7.6 hours less than at the moment, with
hours reduced on every day except Saturdays. Mondays opening
hours will be reduced to a half day.
The new opening hours will be Mondays 10am-1pm (currently 9.30am-5pm);
Tuesdays 10am-5pm (currently 9.30am-5pm); Wednesdays 10am-1pm
(currently 9.30am-1pm); Thursdays 10am-5pm (currently 9.30am-5pm);
Fridays 10am-5pm (currently 9.30am-6pm); 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 added that closing on
Monday afternoons will minimise the impact of the reduced hours
on the library's busiest days.
The council also said this week that Burnham's library is due
to have new self-service facilities installed during 2012.
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
Meanwhile, Highbridge Library, which was saved from closure after
an agreement was struck in April, may receive £5,000 to
help the takeover of the facility by the community. The cash could
be used alongside the £16,000 set aside by Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council to support the facilities.