News Roundup – 10th January 2010

Here is a selection of recent news items from the web

Big protest over plans to close Wivey library
10/01/2011 Protestors have called on Somerset County Council to review their plans to close Wiveliscombe’s recently-opened and refurbished library. Over 220 people squeezed into the Community Rooms last Friday for a meeting called by the town’s civic society over the library services review. More from www.thisissomerset.co.uk.

10/01/2011 Further legal challenges to library closures planned
Legal challenges to library service cuts are being considered by campaigners in Doncaster, Oxfordshire and Lewisham.
The developments echo those in Somerset, where campaigners have sent a pre-judicial review letter to the council on behalf of parents and children whose libraries are threatened with closure, calling on the council to rethink its library proposals. More from TheBookseller.Com.

10/01/2011 Library campaigners in Somerset threaten legal action
A group of library campaigners in Somerset has threatened the local County Council with legal action over its decision to cut library services. The concerned locals have demanded clarification from the council into whether its actions place it in “breach of their statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service” and have called for the consultation into library closures to be suspended. “If a satisfactorary reply is not forthcoming from the council legal action will start,” the residents said. More from TheBookseller.Com.

10/01/2011 Council rethink on mobile library closures in Somerset
Plans to reduce mobile libraries in Somerset may be reconsidered after more than 150 people from one town turned up at a protest meeting. Residents in Wiveliscombe invited the council to discuss the issue after not being included in a “closure roadshow”. More from the BBC.

09/01/2011 Petition calls for re-think on Highbridge Library closure plans
Hundreds of residents who are concerned at the County Council’s plans to shut 20 libraries across Somerset – including Highbridge’s – have signed a petition calling for a re-think about the controversial plans. More from Burnham-On-Sea.com

08/01/2011 Ilminster residents urged to act now if they want to save library
PEOPLE in Ilminster are being urged to have their say on the future of the town’s library. There is a petition to save the library, which has attracted pages full of signatures so far. Now the town council wants people to contact them with their views via e-mail or to attend this Tuesday’s full town council meeting. more from www.thisissomerset.co.uk

07/01/2011 Don’t move our library, says Williton
LIBRARY chiefs will have a fight on their hands if a move to relocate the Williton facility from its purpose-built village centre base goes ahead. Williton and Minehead are the only libraries in West Somerset which will remain funded under swingeing cuts announced by Somerset County Council shortly before Christmas. More from West Somerset Free Press

07/01/2011 Libraries seen as easy touch when it comes to balancing the books
Up to 800 – a fifth of the total – could close as local authorities look for savings. More from Guardian.co.uk

07/01/2011 Campaign launched to save library
SUPPORTERS of Cheddar Library have launched a campaign to prevent the ‘much-needed’ facility from becoming a victim of county council funding cuts. Around 100 residents and library users attended a packed meeting on Monday to discuss Somerset County Council’s proposals to end the funding of the village service. More from The Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury

05/01/2011 Angry residents urge council: Don’t shut Highbridge Library
Dozens of residents attended a special public consultation event in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (January 4th) to air their views about controversial council plans to withdraw funding for Highbridge Library. More from Burnham-On-Sea.com.

05/01/2011 Council’s ‘pathetic excuses’ for Highbridge library closure attacked
A senior Highbridge councillor has this week attacked Somerset County Council for considering closing the town’s library, claiming it is breaking government guidance and making up ‘pathetic excuses’. More from Burnham-On-Sea.com.

05/01/2011 Petition power may be the key to library woes
The fight to save dozens of threatened libraries across the West has stepped up with book-lovers across the region rallying for their rescue. Any petition with more than 5,000 signatures forces councillors into a public debate over a matter. More from www.thisissomerset.co.uk.

23/12/2010 Scandalous plan to butcher library service
On December 16, Somerset residents received an early Christmas present from Somerset County Council: a consultation document proposing to dismantle two-thirds of the county’s library service.

Twenty of the county’s 34 libraries will have their funding withdrawn, and unless they are taken over by the community, they will close. Under this proposal, the libraries at Cheddar, Glastonbury, Ilminster, Martock, Shepton Mallet and Somerton, along with those at Bishop’s Lydeard, Bruton, Castle Cary, Dulverton, Highbridge, Milborne Port, Nether Stowey, North and South Petherton, Porlock, Priorswood, Sunningdale, Watchet and Wiveliscombe are effectively doomed. More from www.thisissomerset.co.uk.

15/12/2010 Pickles says cut back office functions before libraries
Local Government secretary Eric Pickles has insisted councils should be able to cope with the budget cuts without damaging essential services, and has said that back office functions should be cut ahead of libraries…more from the BookSeller.com.

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