Library is reprieved

PUBLISHED: 17:37 19 November 2010

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A village library has been saved from immediate closure.

Banwell Library, in West Street, was lined up for closure as part of a cost-cutting exercise by North Somerset.

But because of uncertainty over the future of a nearby library in Winscombe, officers have decided to keep Banwell’s facility open for the foreseeable future.

The council is unsure whether to look for a new home for Winscombe’s library, in Woodborough Road, after a structural report revealed the building in a state in disrepair.

In the meantime, a North Somerset Council spokesman said minor work to the front of Winscombe’s library was to be carried out.

He added: “The building at Winscombe is not in the state of repair we would wish it to be.

“We are going to have discussions with potential partners about the future library provision in the village.

“Any decision about the future of Banwell will depend on the outcome of the discussions.”

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