and Highbridge libraries safe in county council shake-up
users in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have welcomed the announcement
from Somerset County Council that it has no plans to close any
of its libraries.
authority announced proposals on Monday (October 6th) to make
savings of almost £500,000 from its service.
is looking at restructuring management and phasing out the lending
of CDs. The future of mobile libraries is also under consideration.
paper is going to Somerset County Councils Cabinet on 22nd
October exploring a range of proposals, which will see no library
buildings close but will make savings.
If approved, the proposals will then go out for formal consultation
at the beginning of November when the public will have a chance
to comment before any decisions are made.
Previous proposals of communities becoming responsible for the
running of libraries to reduce costs are not part of the new plans.
Proposals include seeing wi-fi installed in all libraries across
the county, outreach services expanded for those who cannot visit
a library, phasing out the lending of CDs, making changes to how
the Performing Arts Library Service is delivered and introducing
criteria for stops on the mobile library route.
Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries,
said: "These proposals will enable us to provide a good quality
library service, whilst potentially saving the Council nearly
£500,000. As the proposals show, there are still tough decisions
to make, but I want to stress we have no plans to close any library
buildings. These proposals will support us in keeping them open
for all to enjoy."