Library transfer details revealed

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 August 2016

Congresbury Library is involved in the consultation process.

Congresbury Library is involved in the consultation process.

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Congresbury Parish Council could take over the running of the village's library if details of a transfer of services can be agreed with North Somerset Council.

The future of the area’s libraries and children’s centres is currently out to public consultation and one of the options for under-threat Congresbury library, in Station Road, would be for its day-to-day running to be transferred to the parish council.

If the proposed transfer goes ahead, the parish council would lease the building from North Somerset until March 2017. After this date, the building would then be handed back to the parish.

The parish council would also be responsible for maintenance costs, public computers, book stock and furniture.

Councillors agreed at a meeting on August 8 to wait until details of the cost of a transfer were revealed by North Somerset before possibly committing to the scheme.

Councillor Arthur Hacking said: “We need to look at this and ask how it will actually operate.”

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