day to have your say on plans to close Highbridge Library
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being urged to have their say
on the future of Somerset library services before the consultation
finishes today (Wednesday, 13th June).
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Somerset
County Council says Highbridge Library could close under its
cost-cutting proposals unless local volunteers are found to keep
have had their say, but with county council's consultation due to
end today, time is running out for those yet to take part going
'Save Highbridge Library' says it is 'hopeful' about the outcome
of the consultation, adding: "We are clear that we think that
Highbridge Library should remain open, our preference would be that
the county continues to run it with paid library staff. We feel
strongly that Highbridge library needs longer opening hours."
Library is an important part of the town centre, and should be a
key part of the town's future."
and Highbridge Town Council has issued an agreed statement on the
future of the library: "The Town Council recognises that the
usage of Highbridge Library needs to improve if it is to be successful.
Accordingly it expresses its willingness to work with local Parish
Councils, the Library Service and other relevant bodies as part
of an integrated response to enhance the offer to residents. As
part of this, it will consider financial assistance."
David Hall, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member with responsibility
for libraries, added: "Id like to thank everyone who
has completed the survey so far. Your voice really does count and
once the consultation ends on Wednesday, the results will be analysed
and final decisions will be made later this year."
urge everyone who is yet to have their say to complete the survey
online or call into your local library. This really is your last
chance to tell us your thoughts on our proposals."
council's proposals show that for 12 libraries, there will be no
change. These include Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater, Chard, Frome,
Glastonbury, Langport, Minehead, Taunton, Wells, Williton, Wincanton
15 libraries, the council says that community support may be required
to keep the buildings open: Highbridge, Bishops Lydeard, Bruton,
Castle Cary, Milborne Port, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Porlock,
Priorswood (Taunton), Somerton, South Petherton, Street, Sunningdale
(Yeovil), Watchet and Wiveliscombe.
proposals also highlight that seven library buildings may remain
unchanged or may require community support to remain open: Cheddar,
Crewkerne, Dulverton, Ilminster, Martock, Shepton Mallet and Wellington.