library users urged to have their say on closure plans
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being urged to have their say
on the future of Somerset libraries services until Wednesday 13
3,970 responses to the consultation have been received so far from
across Somerset, but the Council says it wants to hear from more
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
consultation, which started in January, asks all Somerset residents
to review proposals for the library they visit most, consider the
options put forward for delivering library services in future, and
give their feedback via an online questionnaire at www.somerset.gov.uk/librariesconsultation.
are nine area summaries available online and in all 34 Somerset
libraries, covering proposals on how library services could be delivered
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 and Yeovil.
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.
it is not possible to keep library buildings open in future, library
services would instead be provided either through outreach in community
venues or through additional mobile library stops.
David Hall, Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Development
at Somerset County Council, said: "Libraries are popular with
pre-school children and wed encourage parents to use the consultation
to tell us about what impact the proposals would have on their children,
by filling in a questionnaire on their behalf and talking to their
children about the proposals."
still time to give us feedback on our proposals and wed like
to encourage everyone, including as many children and young people
as possible, to let us know their thoughts on how we may deliver
library services in future."
of library consultation focus groups are taking place with young
people as well as information included in college and youth newsletters,
youth clubs, Early Years settings, young carers and the Youth Parliament
to urge young people to help ensure their voice is heard.