Councillors vote to try to prevent Highbridge Library from closing

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 April 2018

Somerset County Council announced Highbridge Library could close in January.

Somerset County Council announced Highbridge Library could close in January.

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Burnham and Highbridge town councillors have voted unanimously to try to prevent Highbridge Library from closing.

Campaigners from Save Highbridge Library spoke at a town council meeting to voice their concerns over the proposed closure of the building, in Market Street, by Somerset County Council.

MORE: People urged to join fight against library closure.

Speaking to councillors, John Fones said: “Children need to develop their reading and learning skills in the preschool and reception years, which is why the library is crucial to their development.”

Cllr John Parkes said: “Keeping the library open is an absolute must.

“We have to find options for younger generations.”

Cllr Debbie Matthews added: “Simply keeping it open is not enough, we need to enhance the services it offers, perhaps by operating an educational facility for parents as well as children.”

The final decision on its closure rests with Somerset County Council.

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