Champ News is a service of Champion Newspapers ... Sefton & West Lancashire's favourite local newspaper
NEWS STORY Champion Story

.You can order this picture now by going to PIXONLINE - the Champion Photo Library
Picture no:

Bookmark and Share
What do you think?
Write directly to the reporter
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 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. 


Champion House ad

Advertise on this website

Click logo to return to our front page
•  Buy & Sell
•  About us
•  Contact us
•  Useful links
Clare House
166 Lord Street
Southport PR9 0QA
United Kingdom
01704 392 392
Sefton & West Lancashire’s favourite newspaper
delivered to over 166,000 homes every week
Champion newspaper titles and website are published by Champion Media Group, a trading style of Waypride Limited.
Company registered in England & Wales at Clare House, 166 Lord Street, Southport, PR9 0QA, company registration number 2889999, VAT registration number 582 4899 86. © 1999-2016 Champion Media Group. All rights reserved. No content of this website may be used without the express permission of the publishers in writing.
Information believed correct at time of publication, but subject to change without notice.CMG are not responsible for the content of external websites. Website designed by CMG CREATIVE.