Library campaign steps up pressure with new survey
of the 'Save Highbridge Library Campaign' have this week launched
an online survey as it steps up its pressure on Somerset County
Council to halt its plan to close the facilities.
survey is available online at http://bit.ly/hblibsurvey
and is open until the end of May.
Fones, from the Save Highbridge Library camnpaign, said: "The
County Council want to close Highbridge Library. We believe Highbridge
Library should stay open. We believe its usage is low because its
hours have been cut to only 9.5 a week and it has limited facilities.
In addition we believe Highbridge has particular needs for a library."
has high rates of child poverty 35.66% after housing costs
are taken into account. A high proportion of adults have no qualifications
21.3% in 2011 census. Only 36% of people have access to the
internet. There will be a big population increase in the next 10
years, as 1,291 houses are expected to be built with a new Primary
to a library is essential and we believe the library should stay
and it should have trained staff."
we are to get the County Council to change its mind we need evidence
that people want the library to remain. Please take a few minutes
to fill in this survey. To do so, just put a mark in the box alongside
any statement that applies."
campaign team visited the Youth Club Bus on Friday to talk to the
young people of Highbridge.
a lecturer in Computer Science and IT at Bridgwater and Taunton
College, added: "We know that robotics and automation are changing
the employment and training landscape and that many of our young
people will be looking for training and work in industries that
probably dont even exist yet. The key to employment as we
move into our 21st century careers will be flexibility and learning
best prepared young people will be those who have the ability to
get online and find courses tailored to their changing needs. Many
of these courses already demand a high level of not only functional
but also technical literacy. If we cant read this stuff, then
we cant access the training - and we definitely cant
access the careers."
generation of young people coming through our primary and secondary
schools now have got to be prepared to train and retrain several
times in their working lives and this will often mean reading up
on the latest technologies from online courses."
have to train my students to use the library well and this is because
so many of them have lost the habit of using libraries and turning
that information from online sources into knowledge."
desperately need to hold on to and improve our library service here
in Highbridge for the whole community but especially
for our young people."
Save Highbridge Library Campaign is available online at http://bit.ly/hblibsurvey.