show support for closure-threatened Highbridge library
new group of volunteers that has been formed to help run Highbridge
Library when the County Council closes it down later this year
met for the first time at a public meeting on Thursday evening
The group, pictured, gathered at the Town Council chambers where
they discussed the way forward for the library with local councillors.
volunteers were told that Somerset County Council may not fully
withdraw funding and shut Highbridge Library on 1st October as
expected due to an ongoing judicial review into library closures
across the country.
review will take place in late September and the final decision
on Highbridge will not be known until later in the year, possibly
December, which gives us some time to put our plans in place,"
Cllr Helen Groves told the meeting.
to form a new charitable trust were discussed, along with plans
to conduct a survey of residents to learn more about what they
think about the library.
meeting was attended by nine volunteers and was chaired by town
councillor Cllr Helen Groves, alongside county councillor John
Woodman, town councillor Alan Miller and town councillor Martin
residents feel that Highbridge has been badly treated on this
and they feel strongly that the library should not close,"
Cllr Groves told the meeting.
Cllr John Woodman responded: "Sadly, there just isn't money
at the County Council to run this library in the same way as in
he confirmed that £5,000 has been set aside by the County
Council to help fund any community group that is set up to run
the library. Further funding is also expected to be made available
by the Town Council.
volunteers aired concerns about the possible closure, saying they
would do all they can to keep it running.
Cllr Cox told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Green shoots will grow
from this meeting and there is a reason for optimism moving forward."
Groves added: "It's really positive that a group of volunteers
has come forward showing such enthusiasm and commitment and a
willingness to give their time."
further public meeting is to be held over the next few weeks.
The date and time will appear here on Burnham-On-Sea.com.