Library must be saved from closure' - former MP Tessa Munt
MP Tessa Munt has this week hit out at Somerset County Council's
plans to close Highbridge Library.
former Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge MP says the town's library
in Market Street is a "vital service that must not be allowed
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Given that the County Council's Cabinet
has this week decided to save Highbridge Children's Centre from
closure based on local need, surely the same criteria must apply
to Highbridge Library and it must now be retained because of local
addition to being an essential facility for local people, the computers
at the library are especially vital, given that they are the only
method of applying for jobs, housing and universal credit,"
people in the town should not have to travel to Burnham or Bridgwater
libraries to use a computer."
also says Somerset County Council's libraries consultation document
is also 'unfriendly and inaccessible'.
full consultation documents are huge - in total, it's almost 65,000
words long, which at normal reading speeds will take the average
person nine hours to read. The
information is in a very unfriendly format which for such an important
issue is ridicious."
week, Burnham-On-Sea.com reported that a new campaign group called
Library was launched in a bid to try and halt the closure plans.
comes as Somerset County
Council says Highbridge Library could close under its cost-cutting
proposals unless local volunteers are found to keep it open. The
council says the cutbacks are expected to deliver between £300,000
and £520,000 of annual savings across Somerset.
County Council's proposals and questionnaire are available online
during the consultation until April 22nd at www.somerset.gov.uk/librariesconsultation.