February 5, 2016
Final chance to have your say on cuts to library hours in Burnham

Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have a final chance to have their say on plans to cut opening hours at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries.

Somerset County Council's cost-cutting plans will see Burnham Library's opening hours reduced by four hours a week while Highbridge Library's hours will be cut by 3.5.

The council began its county-wide "public engagement process" on the plans in December 2015 to gather feedback from residents and the deadline for comments is Thursday 11th February.

A council spokesperson said: "The feedback will inform decisions on plans that could see libraries forming part of Customer Access Hubs in key towns across the county, which will bring several public services together under one roof."

"The proposals show Somerset County Council’s commitment to doing everything it can to keep all of the county’s 34 libraries open, while making much needed financial savings, at a time when the authority’s finances are under considerable pressure."

"For most libraries, opening hours will be reduced, delivering savings equivalent to the cost of running the county’s ten smallest libraries. The opening hours of some libraries will remain the same or be open for longer, especially where they form part of hubs. Self-service technology could also be trialled, allowing people to access the library outside staffed times."

To read about the Council’s plans for hubs and libraries and give feedback, visit here by 11th February.

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Council plans cuts to library opening hours in Burnham and Highbridge


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