about future of Highbridge Library to be revealed this month
fate of closure-threatened Highbridge Library will be revealed later
this month when recommendations for the future for Somersets
libraries service are announced.
the recent libraries service consultation, which ran from January
to June, over 7,000 responses from across Somerset were received,
including nearly 13,000 comments.
have been carefully reviewed and analysed over the summer and a
report detailing the consultation findings and the councils
recommendations is expected to be published online on 16th October
ahead of a discussion by the councils Scrutiny Committee on
24 October," said a council spokesman on Tuesday.
library may close if volunteers and other funding cannot be found,
Somerset County Council said.
local campaign, called 'Save Highbridge library', was run earlier
in the year which raised hopes that it a solution would be found.
David Hall, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member with responsibility
for libraries, added: "We are heartened by the number of responses
and the feedback from communities we received. These are all being
taken into account as we compile the report."
is clear that library services are valued across Somerset. Even
in these tough financial times, we remain committed to delivering
a strong, thriving library service whilst living within our means.
Where a change to their existing library service is proposed, we
encourage communities to continue talking with us."
report will detail the evidence of the need for library services
and potential impacts of any change. It will include feedback from
the libraries consultation and set out how the Council will continue
to ensure there is reasonable access to library services.
County Councils Scrutiny Committee for Policy and Place will
meet to consider and debate the recommendations on 24th October
before the Councils Cabinet Committee make a final decision
on 5th November.
approved, Cabinets decision will confirm whether library services
within communities will remain the same or be provided in other
ways in future. This could be through Community Library Partnerships
or, if these are not forthcoming, through mobile library and/or
those libraries where a change to existing services is proposed,
a Community Library Partnership Expression of Interest invitation
will be issued to identified interested parties on 16th October
with the completion deadline of midday 15th November.