Library campaigners consider launch of charitable trust
fighting to save Highbridge Library from closure are pushing forward
with plans to create a new community charitable trust to run the
The new trust will be formed if a judicial review into Somerset
County Council's decision to withdraw funding from 11 libraries
- including Highbridge's - does not reverse the closures.
Highbridge town councillor Helen Groves, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "We are awaiting the decision of the judicial
review prior to any final decision by the Town Council."
"In the interim, though, we are continuing to assess the
viability of supporting the library via a community charitable
the judicial review fail, the only manner in which the Town Council
could support the provision of a library service would be via
such an organisation."
is because the Town Council cannot use the 'powers of wellbeing'
to run it."
"Meanwhile, we are still seeking volunteers both to run the
library and to potentially serve on its board."
"We are also hoping to hold a meeting to update volunteers
at the library itself once the outcome of the review is known."
Proposals to form the new trust were first raised in August at
a public meeting in Burnham Town Council's chambers, as we reported
The recent three-day judicial review hearing saw the High Court
examine the legality of the cuts. It heard that councils in Somerset
and Gloucestershire may have broken the 1964 Museums Act which
states that a 'comprehensive and efficient' library service must