Parish to take over library from North Somerset Council

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 October 2016

Congresbury Library will soon be managed by Congresbury Parish Council. Photo by Zak Ghent.

Congresbury Library will soon be managed by Congresbury Parish Council. Photo by Zak Ghent.


Congresbury Parish Council has confirmed it intends to take on the management of the village's library in order to safeguard its future.

Congresbury’s library, in Station Road, is one of several libraries across the district which are part of a consultation process being carried out by North Somerset Council.

The end result of the consultation could see libraries and children’s centres in Yatton, Congresbury, Winscombe, Worle and on Weston’s Bournville estate merged or significantly changed, so the authority is able to save money.

However, Congresbury Parish Council announced earlier this year that it would consider taking over the running of the village library to protect the service, and councillors voted to pursue this course of action at a meeting in September.

The parish council estimates the library will cost about £4,000 per year to run, and it says it will fund it by raising the council tax precept – but this would only amount to a £3 increase for a band D property.

A report by the parish council into the proposal said: “North Somerset Council has confirmed the transfer would involve assigning furniture, fixtures and fittings, book stock and public access computers to the parish council.

“North Somerset would continue to buy book stock, allow volunteers limited access to the library management system, provide a reservation service and IT access to the public computers, recycle furniture, provide training for volunteers and parish council staff and provide access to library service staff.”

The report also confirmed North Somerset would continue to ensure library requirements would still be considered when section 106 or community infrastructure levy payments from housing developers are required.

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