Published:
January 7, 2015
Consultation on council's library shake-up set to end this Sunday

Residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being reminded to have their say on proposed changes to Somerset County Council’s Library Services, as the consultation enters its final few days.

Nearly 3,000 people have been in touch with the County Council online and in person at a number of sessions held in Somerset Libraries to give their views on the proposed plans - which include cutbacks to the local mobile libary service, as we reported here.

The council says the proposals will not see any library buildings closing but, along with internal non-customer-facing changes, will save the authority nearly £500,000.

Proposals include phasing out the lending of CDs, making changes to how the Performing Arts Library Service is delivered, cutting mobile library visits locally, but also installing wi-fi in all libraries, and expanding outreach services. A number of internal changes to the management of the library service will also contribute to the savings.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said: "We have had an amazing response from across Somerset regarding these proposals and I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to let us know their thoughts on the future of our Libraries."

"If you haven’t yet had your say there is still time. Get in touch before Sunday 11th January and help us shape the way forward."

The consultation is due to close at midnight on Sunday. Final proposals will be published at www.somerset.gov.uk on Friday 13th February ahead of a decision at a meeting of Cabinet on Monday 23rd February.


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