Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge library opening hours cuts defended
County Council has this week defended its decision to cut the
opening hours at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries from
this month as part of a cost-reduction exercise.
County Council's cost-cutting plans have seen Burnham Library's
opening hours reduced by four hours per week while Highbridge
Library's hours are being cut by 3.5 a week.
council recently approved £7.8m of cuts including £762,000
from the vulnerable adult services budget, £500,000 from
bus services and £200,000 to library services.
a Somerset County Council spokeswoman told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We know how important library services are to people, and
our teams work hard to ensure they are vibrant places offering
a variety of community activities and services."
is while having to respond to the stark reality of the on-going
financial challenge for local authorities."
decision to reduce opening hours, even by a small amount, while
keeping core opening times, means we can sustain our valued services,
and most importantly, keep our libraries open."
enables us to deliver savings equivalent to the cost of running
the countys ten smallest libraries no mean feat in
the face of plummeting local authority funding."
Burnham-On-Sea Library Opening Hours:
Highbridge Library Opening Hours:
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