February 8, 2011
15 volunteers could save Highbridge Library from closure
Library could be saved from closure if 15 volunteers are found
to help run it as a community facility, a town councillor has
said this week.
At a town council meeting on Monday, Cllr Chris Williams (pictured)
appealed for helpers to come forward to operate the threatened
Market Street library.
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "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
"Wards like Highbridge need support with existing services,
not cuts, whether they be promoted by the central government coalition
or the current County Council."
are appealing for any residents who would be prepared to act as
volunteers at the library to contact the clerk."
15 or more potential volunteers reply, there should be an evening
meeting in Highbridge between the potential volunteers, representatives
from this council, and the County Council to specifically look
at Highbridge becoming a community library under one of the two
schemes on offer."
"If there is not an adequate response, no-one can accuse
the Town Council of failing to get an opportunity for Highbridge
residents to keep their library. If there is an adequate response,
there may be a chance of some funding from this council towards
keeping the service running."
The library was last year named 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.
Residents are asked to contact the Town Clerks office on
01278 788088 to express their interest in joining the volunteers
running the library.