on the cards for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries
times at Burnham-On-Sea library could soon be increased and the
threat of closure hanging over Highbridge library could also be
lifted after a report this week recommended that a series of library
cutbacks should not go ahead.
officers have recommended that a series of financial cuts to library
services across Somerset should not proceed after a High Court
judicial review last November concluded they would be unlawful
because they do not comply with equality laws.
the recommendations are approved, Highbridge library will keep
its funding and no longer be faced with closure, while opening
hours at Burnham Library would revert back to the previous times.
report to Somerset County Council says that not reverting library
services to their pre-February state would make it "highly
likely the council would be held in contempt of court."
23 Somerset libraries - including Burnham's - had their hours
cut by 20 per cent last
October and 11 libraries - including Highbridge's - were told
they would no longer be funded, leaving them likely to close.
report also suggests that self-service facilities be introduced
at several libraries across the county, including those in Burnham
and Highbridge, at a cost of £600,000.
county council had hoped to save £1.02million through the
cutbacks but the report claims that those benefits will no longer
final decision on whether to accept the recommendations is due
to be made by 11th January.