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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 (3032398)
Council will 'take all views on library closures on board'
by Natasha Young


RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on the council's proposals to change the library Service in sefton, now that the consultation is underway.

Cabinet members previously agreed to launch further consultation on proposals which would see only six main libraries remain in place to serve the borough, in the main towns including Bootle, Crosby, Formby, Maghull and Southport as well as a ‘co-located' library in the new Netherton Activity Centre leisure facility.

No final decision to close any libraries has been made at this stage, so residents are being strongly erged to have their say on the draft proposals and a range of mitigating measures as well as potential new ways of delivering the service.

Under the draft proposal, the libraries would be complemented by improved opening hours, extensive collections, improved ICT facilities and outreach services.

The draft proposal follows an initial major public engagement including more than 6,000 responses from library users and non-users.

Councillor Peter Dowd, leader of Sefton Council, said: “These are unprecedented times for the council and we take no pleasure from being in a position where we have to make further massive savings.

”We have already made £64m worth of savings and need to find another £43.7m over the next two years.

“However, we must stress that no decisions have been made to close any libraries at this stage and it is essential that people take part in the consultation so we can take on board all views before any decisions are made in the future.”

A consultation questionnaire is available at www.sefton.gov.uk/libraries. Copies will be available in large print and other formats on request. Paper copies are also available at libraries, One Stop Shops, and Bootle and Southport Town Halls.

There will also be information at local area committee meetings and further consultation with focus groups and targeted groups, particularly those with a high interest in the library service. These will be publicised in the coming weeks.  

The consultation ends on January 14, 2013. 






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