Highbridge Library' protest held outside County Council meeting
against the possible closure of Highbridge Library took their campaign
to Shire Hall in Taunton on Wednesday (February 21st) where county
councillors were setting their budgets for the coming year.
'Save Highbridge Library' group held a campaign banner and waved
flags outside the meeting with around 30 union members.
discussed their concerns for the library with county councillors
as they arrived for the meeting. Among them was former Lib Dem MP
for Burnham and Highbridge, Tessa Munt, who supports the campaign
to save the libary.
of the protesters, Sheila Forrester from Highbridge, said outside
the meeting: "Some people can't get to another library as they
haven't got the money to do so. Highbridge needs a library - it's
only open part-time and it isn't going to be a big saving to the
council to shut it."
is an area of deprivation with the second highest deprivation in
the country, so it has a good case."
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
considered by county councillors says the cutbacks are expected
to deliver between £300,000 and £520,000 of annual savings
County Council says that Highbridge Library has a catchment population
of 6,786 people, but it has just 288 active borrowers, and an annual
footfall of 3,786 people. The council's consultation on the future
of how its library services can be accessed is online at: www.somerset.gov.uk/librariesconsultation.
The protest in Taunton on Wednesday (photos Andy Mitchell)