What you can do

You can do all sorts of things to get your voice heard and take part in the council’s consultation on the future of the library service. If enough people show their support for our libraries, we can make a real difference. Here are a few suggestions for how you can do that:

1. Take part in the council’s consultation
Somerset County Council are consulting with the public about their proposed cuts. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard and directly influence their decision.

There is an online questionnaire here, and there are six consultation events planned for January 2011:

  • Burnham – 4 January
  • Crewkerne – 5 January
  • Glastonbury – 7 January
  • Castle Cary – 8 January
  • Williton – 10 January
  • Wellington – 11 January

You can find full details of the events on the council’s web site.

2. Sign the online petition

There is an online petition. Sign up and show your support today. The more people we get the better.

Some signatures collected so far and counting…

Sign the petition

You can also print off paper copies ot the petition for those who do not have internet access. SaveSL Petition PDF copy.

3. Tell the Council what you think
Why not tell the council what you think of their plans? Somerset County Council provides all sorts of ways to get in touch with them, so it makes sense to take advantage of that and let them know what you think.

If you prefer the direct route, why not get in touch with the key people directly and let them know how you feel:

Ken MaddockKen Maddock
Go straight to the top! Ken is the leader of Somerset County Council.

Email Ken at: kmaddock@somerset.gov.uk

Write to him at: 4 Church Lane, Baltonsborough, BA6 8RP

Even better, give him a ring on 01458 850906 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 01458 850906 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Christine LawrenceChristine Lawrence
Christine is the cabinet member with specific responsibility for Libraries.

Email Christine at: cmlawrence@somerset.gov.uk

Write to her: 33 Quay Street, Minehead, TA24 5UL

Or give Christine a call on 01643 707889.

4. Use your local library!

Of course the best way to show your support for Somerset’s library service is to use your local library. Libraries in Somerset are dotted around the county, free to join, and you get access to millions of books, DVDs, CDs and computer games. Find out more about Somerset’s libraries here.

5. Spread the word!

  • Tell all your friends, family, work colleagues what is happening.
  • Print off copies of our information leaflet and pass them round SaveSL flyer print version A4.
  • Contact us to show your support or offer assistance.
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