Lack of time to show library support

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 October 2011

View of Highbridge and Burnham Town Sign.

View of Highbridge and Burnham Town Sign.

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HIGHBRIDGE library has failed to secure council backing in a review document which will help shape the future of Somerset libraries.

Campaign group Friends of Somerset Libraries wants Somerset County Council to fully fund and manage the county’s libraries, and sent a document to that effect to all town and parish councils in the area.

The body hoped to secure signatures of support ahead of submitting the completed document to a judicial review panel.

However, Burnham and Highbridge Town Council failed to sign the appeal, blaming a lack of time - a move which has caused upset among some members.

Councillor Helen Groves said: “The statement was given to us three days before it was to be sent to court. The council works as a consensus and we could not make a full council decision in that time.

“Speaking from my personal opinion it just seems as if the town council does not want to support this service.”

John Irvin, member of Friends of Somerset Libraries said: “I contacted all of the parish and town councils, including Highbridge, but the council could not form a decision in time and so it did not sign the statement. But we did get signatures from four other councils.”

A number of local libraries have been threatened with closure across Somerset. Highbridge is one of several now under judicial review, leaving residents anxiously awaiting the outcome.

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