January 18, 2011
Eavis to speak out against plans to close local libraries
festival organiser Michael Eavis is among several well-known names
that are set to appear in a new 'Save Our Libraries' campaign
film aimed at halting the proposed closures of libraries such
MP Tessa Munt, House of Lords member Julian Fellowes, and Anne
Chisholm, Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, will also
take part in the six-minute film which aims to pile pressure on
Somerset County Council to re-think its proposals to withdraw
funding for 20 libraries, including the one in Highbridge.
In the film, they will be offering their comments on the importance
of libraries, books and education.
comments will appear alongside members of the public who have
been invited to film shoots taking place in Glastonbury and Shepton
Mallet this week.
film will "challenge the extent and the permanence of the
cuts to library services and address the likely impact to communities
both now and in the future," says film maker Ken Kutsch.
County Council has proposed ceasing funding to 20 out of its 34
libraries, prompting campaigners to demand that the government
hold a public inquiry into the plans.
Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last
month that Highbridge library, pictured above, is on the hit
list of libraries which the council wants to wind down as part
of a £75m cost-cutting exercise.
Pictured, top, Michael Eavis on a previous visit to Burnham
and, above, Highbridge Library