on council's library shake-up set to end this Sunday
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being reminded to have their
say on proposed changes to Somerset County Councils 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
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."
you havent yet had your say there is still time. Get in
touch before Sunday 11th January and help us shape the way forward."
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.