library services across the Burnham-On-Sea area face the axe
is running out to have your say on proposed cuts to mobile library
routes across the Burnham-On-Sea area as Somerset County Council
aims to save £500,000.
are planned for routes through Brent Knoll, East Huntspill and
the proposals, some stops will be axed altogether from August
2015 and others will be merged.
mobile library stops that are earmarked to be cut include nine
serving Brent Knoll - Burton Row, Ham Farm, Post Office, East
Ride, Lympsham Road Junction, Brent Street No. 137, Old Post Office,
Shrub Farm and The Red Cow.
and district councillor Bob Filmer told Burnham-On-Sea.com the
proposals would be a blow to the area. "While we have a population
of mixed ages in Brent Knoll, a lot of elderly residents rely
on the mobile library service - it's a popular facility, which
is why there are so many stops here in the village."
County Council would be making a relatively small saving on its
overall budget by cutting these services - savings should be made
village is already being hit hard because we stand
to lose our 102 bus service as part of other cost-cutting
plans, so this would mean residents would not even be able to
travel to Burnham Library instead."
seems that when the government is trying to promote sustainable
communities, this is a step backwards. As a village, we have raised
our concerns via the Parish Council to the County Council and
our County Councillor, John Denby, is also in discussions on the
Cllr David Hall, cabinet member with responsibility for libraries
at Somerset County Council, defended the plans, saying: "These
proposals would enable us to continue to provide a high quality
library service, whilst potentially saving the council nearly
buildings will remain open for all to enjoy, but as can be seen,
there are still tough decisions to make. We are keen to hear your
views which will help shape our final way forward."
from the consultation is set to end on January 11th 2015. It will
be used to create a final set of proposals to take to Somerset
County Councils Cabinet meeting in February when a final
decision on the way forward is due to be made. To
take part, the proposals and questionnaire can be accessed online
or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org