January 9, 2011
calls for re-think on Highbridge Library closure plans
of residents who are concerned at the County Council's plans to
shut 20 libraries across Somerset - including Highbridge's - have
signed a petition calling for a re-think about the controversial
who arrived for a special open day at Highbridge Library on Saturday
morning (January 9th) were urged to sign the petition, as pictured,
which calls on the council to hold an urgent review about the
petition sheets have been placed in local shops and you can also
sign the petition online here.
of residents flocked to the library in Market Street to air their
concerns. The event was held to raise awareness and encourage
residents to take part in the County Council's Libraries Consultation
Questionnaire, which is available online here.
Cllr Chris Williams, who was among the local residents at the
event, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There absolutely has to
be a library in Highbridge. It is too crucial for the town to
Pat Burge added: "No-one wants this library to go - every
alternative to closing it must be considered."
And Cllr Janet Keen added that Highbridge Library is a "valuable
facility" that must not be lost.
Local resident Andrew Rose, pictured below, added: "I regularly
use the computers in Highbridge Library - they are a wonderful
facility that gave helped me greatly. I would hate to see the
Nadia McDevitt, senior library assistant at Highbridge, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com she was pleased with the support shown during
Saturday's open day.
"We had a good turnout with lots of support from locals
who don't want to see this library close."
overwhelming feeling is that Highbridge needs these facilities.
There are not a great deal of facilities in the town as it is,
and the town would be worse off it the library were to go. Many
local youngsters who use the facilities would have nowhere else
to turn to."
"It's also interesting to note that Highbridge Library actually
has a wider catchment than just the town - it's used by many people
from the villages around."
During Saturday's open day, residents heard about the council's
proposals to slash funding for the library and seek volunteers
to run it. 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
Pictured are, top, Highbridge Library users Mike Long and
Helen Groves with the petition on Saturday and, above, some of
the others who attended the open day